After posting about Samburu National Park and Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha there’s not a lot more that can say about the Masai Mara, except that it was probably my favourite park of the trip. We spent 2 days and 3 nights within the park, at Sentrim Mara, and it ended up being my favourite lodge as well. We arrived Tuesday evening and just as we pulled up the skies opened and we got caught in the biggest downpour I’ve ever seen (and I live in the UK!). We were assured by our driver and the lodge staff that this was a good thing, as it meant more animals would be out in the morning utilising the fresh water, so we relaxed and enjoyed the sound of the rain on our tent.
Our “room” as such, was really neat – the bathroom and shower area were tiled and covered by a wooden roof, whilst the bedroom area was under the canvas tent. Our tent was set on stilts as well, and opened onto a little deck area from the bedroom, so we go some great views in the morning and evenings as we watched the wildlife from there (not that I took any pictures of that!😅).
Again, we got up early and went for a long game drive in the morning. Our guide, Charles, was in his element as the Masai Mara is where he has the most experience, so he was determined to show us the best of it. And he did! The Masai Mara is the biggest park in Kenya, and it borders Tanzania where it turns into the Serengeti. We spent hours driving around to different locations, and given that it’s considered ‘low season’ for the animals, we were really impressed with how many we saw; I can’t imagine what it’s like during the Great Migration!
It’s probably easiest to let the pictures speak for themselves, and feel free to check out my Flickr account for even more!
It was in the Masai Mara that we found out what Rich’s new favourite animal is: the Ostrich! He’d never seen one before, and found them highly amusing.
Now it’s my favourite: the elephants! This family had a 2 week old calf with them that we were lucky enough to see.
All these pictures were taken on our first day in the Masai Mara, and we were all set to head to the other side of the park to look for hippos and rhinos on our second day. You’ll know; however, if you read Kenya: What Not to Do that Rich got sick, and we were unfortunately stuck at the lodge all day. I could have gone out on my own with our guide, but decided at the time to stay with Rich (moral support, and all that 😉). Looking back on it now, I wish I had gone out on my own, because I would have loved to see more hippos. Hindsights 20/20, and at least I got a nice day relaxing by the pool!