Blog post by Joyce, Co-Director, Nakuru.
Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Massai Mara National Reserve to have a close look at lovely wild animals, together with our work-study volunteer, Kenzo. Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, which is an approximate 7-hour drive from Nakuru.
We were luckily enough to spot some zebras when we were close to Lake Naivasha. Even though the road was quite bumpy, my mind was occupied with thoughts of views we will be able to see, basically inspired by photos from National Geographic.
We arrived at around 4 p.m. in the evening and we went straight to the reserve. Kenya treated us pretty well as we got to see a couple of cheetahs not long after we drove into the park. They were adorable and elegant, passing by our car. We were impressed by their beauty and we all held our breath trying to capture this amazing moment. Later on, we saw African elephant families feeding themselves. Baby elephants were adorable and they walked beside our car, didn’t feel bothered at all. It was like a movie scene when we saw giraffe running as most of the time they were gracefully stretching their necks and stood still. In the shadow of a breath-taking sunset, we spotted a group of resting lions.
We also visited Massai village on the third day. They are living a very simple yet sufficient life. Male adults endeavor to keep their community and stocks safe from wild animals and females build houses and take care of the children. But still you can see the influences from the modern world as beneath their traditional red shuka cloth they wear sport shorts and tank tops.
It is hard to describe everything we experienced in words, as words can never precisely reflect what our eyes saw. You have to explore it by yourself and breath African air to fully embrace it.