Three days later we left the country of Kenya and said good-bye to the beautiful Masai Mara. We both agreed that it cannot get any better that what we just experienced, but it did.
We flew out on a gravel airstrip on the Masai Mara in a four engine turbo prop and headed back to Nairobi. Here we met the driver that would take us to the border of Kenya and Tanzania. This part of the trip was very comfortable. We rode down paved roads to the border of Tanzania. Here we did the usual stand in line and presented our paperwork along with our passports and yellow card showing we had received a Yellow Fever vaccination. This is where our guide with Odysseys Unlimited really got to work. He had seventeen people to get across the border and it was like herding cats. We also changed vehicles, and luggage had to be transferred. Under our guide’s direction, he made it all happen. Edwin was truly outstanding and not a discouraging word was said. I wondered what he was thinking.
Over excellent paved roads we headed to the Amboseli Plain at the foot of the great Mt. Kilimanjaro. This magnificent road soon ended and it was back to the African Massage where we bounced and jostled our way to the plain. In the evening we entered the park and arrived at our lodge within site of the mountain and a Masai village. Another five star lodge operated by Serena Lodges was nestled on the plain. Security was tight here and the lodge was surrounded by fencing and patroled at night by employees looking for animals that might have breached the security barriers. We felt perfectly safe.
The next morning we visited a Masai village. Here we were met by the residents of the village and learned about their life and customs. Dating back centuries the people remain as herders of cattle, goats and sheep deriving their living primarily from the land. Education has become an intregal part of their life. The picture below shows the students all dressed in their uniforms as they began the day attending school.
|Masai homes are constructed by the women and consist of a framework made of branches and then covered with a combination of mud and dung.|
|My wife with the Medicine Man in the Masai Village|
|Introduction to the Masai and their beautiful dress
School Children in the Masai Village. Kids are kids wherever you go.
|Mt. Kilimanjaro looking over the plain holding a plethora of animals.|
|This elephant was the largest one we saw on the whole trip. Look at the size of the tusks.|
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