At about 7:30AM two safari vans where outside the guest house occupied by the Sisters. These vans were to take us, along with teachers Mary, Samuel and James, on a 5 hour road trip to Masai Mara to experience African wildlife up close and personal. The first van driven by Peter carried Ashley, Delores, Mary, Samuel and along the way in Karen picked up Michele and Roger
(a couple from the Netherlands visiting Africa on vacation). Van 2 rolled away with Carol, Rhena, Lisa, Lydia, Laura, and James. The driver for Van 2 was Leonard. The day was filled with sunshine and the drive was very pleasant; especially after reaching the fully paved, two-lane highway. The passengers relaxed taking in the beautiful landscape, chatting with one another, listening to their i-Pods, and napping off and on. Lunch was provided along the way and at about 6:00PM (after being back on the bumpy non-paved roads for approximately the last 25 miles) the vans pulled into the Masai Mara campground where our tents were set up and prepared for us for the next 3 nights. Everyone took a quick bathroom break and we all piled back into our respective vans and headed out to the Masai Mara Reserve to see what, if anything, we could see before the sun set for the evening.
- Any worries that may have been had about not seeing natural wildlife were quickly put to rest since, in the 2 hours we were able to be out we saw: zebra; hartebeest; impalas; vultures; gazelles; elephants; several lionesses with baby cubs (with cubs feasting on a recent kill); topi; dic-dic;, and about 20 giraffes. After the sightings we returned to camp to eat dinner and sing songs in both English and Swahili (as best we could) before packing it in for the night to be ready for a 7:00AM trek back out to the Reserve the following morning.