Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fig Tree Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

As time winds down with less than a week in the Masai Mara I continue to take in the beauty that surrounds me. I have enjoyed my time learning the ins and outs of the park and the many camps and lodges located within the Masai Mara Game Reserve.  The most memorable time spent here was with the many animals.  I have had the pleasure of following them from land and from above, floating along in the sky.

When planning your East African Safari there are many choices for camps and lodges for your stay in the Masai Mara.  A favorite of mine is Fig Tree Camp, located along the Talek River.  Fig Tree Camp is a wonderful place to rest and relax while on safari.  Your stay will be warm and cozy in one of the luxury tents along the banks of the river or in a chalet mingled among the trees and beautiful flowers that surround the camp.  

The staff at Fig Tree Camp are  kind and welcoming; they are always there to cater to your every need.  Before you set out on your game drive enjoy your morning tea watching the animals from the lookout built into the huge FigTree in the middle of the camp. 
Amazing sunrises can be viewed daily in Hot Air Balloon flights available at Fig Tree Camp, followed by a wonderful bush breakfast in the open Savannah this will be an experience that you will never forget.
You may need to swim a few laps in the pool to work off the great food you’ll be eating.  Four course meals for your delight will keep you fueled for your busy days.  Evening campfires with new friends will create lasting memories, talking of the days exciting activities and sightings.  

I am excited to head to Nairobi to visit the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Manor, for sure my next blog post!  A big thank you to my readers who have been following along on my journey to becoming an East African Specialist.  My journey will continue as I make my way back to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.  Keep following me as I share my travels and experiences in East Africa

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Big Five

When you come on Safari to East Africa you will often hear the term the “Big Five”.  Searching the National Parks and Game Reserves on "Game Drives" is an activity from which you will never tire when you are still searching for the “Big Five”. There are many more animals that you will see along with these specific five however the “Big Five”, named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters, are at the top the list! Depending on the time of year you are visiting will determine the level of challenge in spotting these amazing animals. Your game driver knows the lay of the land and with their trained eye for spotting the animals they will be sure to have you as close as you can be to view the “Big Five”.

Not only are the animals a beautiful site to see they are also here to teach us lessons in life. If one is a spiritually connected and able to look inwardly then the lessons the animals have to share become more available.  As spirit guides, the animals are here to teach us of patience, survival, strength,forgiveness, compassion, love and many other heavenly qualities that so many are searching for in their life.  
I recently crossed off the last of my “Big Five”, the Leopard. It was an exciting day and another check on my bucket list!  My wish is for others to be inspired to make the journey to this beautiful land where some of the world`s greatest animals roam. In no specific order I share with you the “Big Five” I’ve seen during my travels throughout Kenya and Tanzania.

Leopards in the Masai Mara

Rhinos in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Elephant in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

 Lions in the Masai Mara

Buffalo in the Masai Mara, Kenya and
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
To see these wonderful animals during migration is something I am very excited for.  I can hardly imagine how it will be with thousands and thousands of animals surrounding me.  Keep watching my YouTube Chanel for new videos!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Simba of the Mara

The lions in the Masai Mara are a sight you do not want to miss.  While on Safari there are many opportunities to spot these beautiful animals.  The most famous lions in the Masai Mara are a pride known for a few of their habits that are quite different from the rest of the prides.  The king of the pride is the only lion in the Mara to have the full black mane.  He has four sons which he shares everything with, including his ladies.  From time to time he will go up against another king of a pride, move in for the kill and claim his pride.  As it is slow season in the Masai Mara and food is scarce, due to the animals having migrated from the park, this large pride is brave enough to try and tackle the hippos. Normally the female lions will do the hunting but with this particular pride the males take on this task.  With a pride of six-teen and growing keeping everyone satisfied takes a lot of hard work and determination.

Having the opportunity to watch and follow their lifestyle and habits is an amazing experience.  It is a wonderful moment when you can sit ten feet from the lions and enjoy their calming energy.  Watching them carefully plan and make their attack makes one really understand the circle of life.
It is currently mating season for the lions so you never know when you will pull up to some action while roaming the open Savannah.  A pair of lions most often will stay on their "honeymoon" for seven days and will mate for ten to fifteen seconds every fifteen to thirty minutes. After their busy week they will separate for three weeks and then reunite.  Three months later just in time for the return of the wildebeest they will have their cubs, up to three or four can be born.  With the great migration in full swing they will have many opportunities to feed on the hoofed animals.  No matter the time of year you visit the Masai Mara you will have your very own, up close and personal experience with the animal kingdoms top of the food chain.

Watching these magnificent animals is something you have to see for yourself at least one in your life time as I am unsure if pictures and videos can fully describe their true beauty.  Please enjoy my collection of one of my favorite animals in East Africa in my YouTube video story.