Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it’s a lion]
Nants ingonyama bagithi babaSithi uhhmm ingonyamaIngonyamaSiyo Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]
IngonyamaIngonyama nengw’ enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]
(Zulu words to opening verse of “circle of life,” Lion King Movie playing in my phone)
A new day, a beautiful morning, some of the city lights are still on, there are only a few stalls opened (many which are cafes) and there are a few people walking through the streets. I smell good coffee and my tummy reminds me I have had no breakfast today. Java is opening and its then I decide to head to the office kill some minutes and later head back for some coffee downstairs.
It’s exactly at 6:30 Am when my phone buzzes and by now hakuna matata song stops to play. Today I am into animal king songs. “Morning Yvonne, umeingia town? (are you in town yet), shuka chini hapa kwa parking nje ya transnational plaza (come meet me at the parking lot outside transnational building)” Says Mr. Joseph. By the time he drops the call I am already locking the office and heading to the lifts side. “Hi Joseph, hope I am not late” we shake hands and I get in the car and off we head to upperhill where we pick up two guest (Rjish&Gish). I met this two 3 days ago in the office but I hardly got their names. “Jambo,” Joseph shakes their hands as they head towards the car where I am sited. “Jambo efin” they both applause me. By now I am laughing at their Indian accent and at my newly acquired name. This reminds me of the movie three idiots. Who will be the third idiot? Let’s find out.
The vehicle starts and we leave Nairobi for some place in the wild. It is amazing how nature gives one a sense of appreciation to God and a strong belief of his presence (I think to myself)
The sun now is out and the beautiful rift valley escarpments welcomes us to this new county. The view is scenic and I can’t stop to stare at the hills around it especially the Mt. longonot and Mt.suswa.
Our guests order coffee from one of the restaurants here as we all enjoy the view We later on drive our way to narok county and at 3.30 Am we are welcomed by some tall guy from the masai community to where we will be staying for the three days that we will be there. We all alight and check in to our rooms. It’s a beautiful manyata with a tent inside. At around 4 pm we have our late lunch and prepare for an evening game drive.
At 4.30pm we all head to the parking lot and by now the vans roof is open. Its time for our first game drive.
During the evening game drive we spot the giraffes, gazelles, antelopes and the wild beasts we also watch the sun set as we head back to our camps where dinner is served. Back in my tent its cold and the thought of a snake attack gets me to slumber land and I now tightly sleep and forget the tent.
Later we visited the Masai village after exiting the park that evening . A village whose population is the masai community. Upon arrival you are welcomed with masai songs and dances and one of the dancers insights you to join the dance . Later you visit one of the manyatas and get to learn more about hteir lifestyle; A demo on how they light up fire by rubbing sticks together is then followed by a dance by the women in the village. The culture is rich and their traditions are well kept and followed.
Back to the camp for dinner and overnight. I slept immediately on getting in bed. It was fun spoting the big five in a single day in the wild and the thought of Nairobi was scary. Though the network coverage was poor, i would still go back any day any month.
Goodnight all. Goodbye Masai Mara, goodbye the big five,goodbye Narok county.
Thank you adventure360africa,mr Joseph Mwangi our guide and shofer and to Miti Mingi Eco camp for the accomodation