Tsavo East to Maasai Mara
September 23, 2017
Five takeoffs and landings brought us from Tsavo to the Mara via Nairobi. We were able to just see Kili (Mt. Kilimanjaro) through the haze as we flew near the Tanzanian border. Lunch was served by Francis, the friendliest Kenyan I think I have ever met (and that is saying a lot!) He greeted us each by name and knew all of our dietary preferences. Afterwards we were free to relax before our evening game drive. My tent here at Mara Intrepids is perched above the Talek river; quite a peaceful setting. As the sun sank lower in the sky we boarded the jeep and, to my surprise, were greeted by Raphael, the same driver guide I'd had 10 years ago when I first stayed in the Mara! Just a short distance from our camp we encountered buffalo, ostrich, topi, baboons, elephants, numerous gazelles, impalas and, of course, wildebeest and zebras. A bit farther on we came across two lions who had just mated. The female tried to entice the male again but he was not interested so she moved off in search of a more willing partner, passing within a few feet of our vehicle. Around the next corner were two cheetahs resting with full bellies. They only moved off when a pack of hyenas began to close in. We stayed to watch the stunning sunset and then headed home for showers, dinner and bed. The soothing sounds of flowing water lulled me to sleep.