We woke up early in the morning to take the drive from Nakuru to the Mara which is the wild game reserve in Southern Kenya. It borders Tanzania. The drive took seven hours, three hours of which were on unpaved, bumpy roads. Our drivers told us we were getting their version of an African massage as we bumped and prodded along. We were able to stop at two curio shops though with authentic Masai art and goods. The Masai are the tribe in the area where the national park game reserve is located. They are known for their tall slender build and bright colored clothing. They live as shepherds of sheep and cattle. Driving through this country is breathtaking with the level planes and the mountains surrounding. As we drove along the highway we frequently saw monkeys, zebras, and wildebeest.
We arrived at our lodge and grabbed a quick bite and then went out on our first safari. Immediately upon entering the park we saw impala, gazelle, zebra, and wildebeest. Later we saw giraffe. It began to rain, hard, so hard we had to put down the top of our bus. We saw a huge crowd of cars gathered and wondered what was there. As we pulled up we saw two lions and a lioness. Absolutely fascinating.
It continued to rain so we made our way back. On our way back we ran into a herd of elephants including two babies. Truly another day in paradise.