July 7, 1987

7/7/87 Masai Mara

Masai Mara Game Reserve

After some breakfast and last minute shopping in Nakuru, we headed out for the long drive to Masai Mara. All along the highway, we could see giraffe, zebra, gazelle and ostrich. But we also started to see a lot of Masai herders, distinct with their red clothing, spear and ear decorations. Our new word for the day is "Soba", kimaa (language of the Masai) for hello. I couldn’t get over the feeling that every town we passed through reminded me of the American Old West.

In Narok, we stopped for lunch of mendazi and samosa. Mendazi is a fried sweet dough and samosa is a deep fried dough wrap covering meat, sausage or potatoes. Narok was a real tourist hangout outside of the Masai Mara. You could buy jewelry, spears, shields and throwing clubs.

We saw a herd of elephants as soon as we went in the gate of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. We’re not camped more than a hundred feet from the Mara River in which a group of hippos gave us a noisy welcome. The ranger warned us that elephants and lions had come through this camp in the past and that if we needed to use the choo (toilet) during the night, to stay very close to the tents.

Elephants just passing by

Be careful when you're near the river