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Masai Mara,  Kenya - flag Kenya -  Rift Valley
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Masai Mara Game Reserve Kenya

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Mt Kilimanjaro from the air
Mt Kilimanjaro from the air
The flight from Mombassa passes the awesome Mt. Kilimanjaro on its way to the Masai Mara airstrip. On arrival you are met by your game warden from one of the camps. Mine was the famous Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp where you are driven by your allotted game warden in open Land Rovers during your safari stay. Now this is camping in some style! Huge tents with full size beds, proper mattresses and a bathroom within the tent! It’s no wonder that this was the base camp for the filming of “Out of Africa”. Kichwa Tembo is situated at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment on the western border of the Masai Mara Reserve in south-western Kenya. Located in the exclusive western Mara, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of the spectacular Great Migration when nearly 1.2 million wildebeest along with over 200,000 zebras migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya between July and October annually,

Favourite spots:
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The Masai Mara is a Game Reserve and a National Park. Kenya is famed for its Masai warrior people. They are said to have originated in North Africa and migrated south to the fertile plains of Kenya and Tanzania several hundred years ago. The Maasai are a proud semi-nomadic cattle-rearing people with a fascinating culture. Prior to the arrival of the European colonists in the area of Kenya and the subsequent parcelling up and selling of land, the Maasai were true nomads. They moved their herds and settlements in tune with the rains which fed the pastures. In recent times, the Maasai of Kenya have largely abandoned their nomadic lifestyle, although they uphold their tribal traditions and dress codes in a manner scarcely touched by the 21st century. With a staple diet of milk and blood, cattle provide the daily requirements for the Masai, who eat meat only on ceremonial occasions.

What's really great:
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The Masai Mara Game Reserve is often called simply The Mara which is the Maa word meaning Mottled - a reference to the patchy landscape. It is probably the best safari game viewing in the world and the so-called Big Five of Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros are all resident. The Big Nine residents of the Mara extend this to include Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippopotamus. Other common sightings include Baboon, Wildebeest, Spotted Hyena and Warthog.

Sights:
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Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion Rhinoceros Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippopotamus. Other common sightings include Baboon, Wildebeest, Spotted Hyena and Warthog.

Accommodations:
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Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - pure luxury a Scout Master would die for!

Nightlife:
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None - It is a National Park - The only nightlife is what you make with your fellow guests in your safari lodge. Next morning up at 6.00am and out before breakfast for more game viewing!

Hangouts:
Cheetah - the fastest animal of all
Cheetah - the fastest animal of all
None but all the game lodges have alcoholic beverages available (at a price)

Restaurants:
Lioness on the lookout
Lioness on the lookout
Dinner will be available in your game safari lodge or camp.

Other recommendations:
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Best time to go: Long rains from March to May, short rains from October to December, so summer months are usually the best time to visit

Published on Thursday April 22th, 2004


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Thu, Jan 20 2005 - 09:34 PM rating by carolr

Hi,
I compliment you on your game shots and your report, game has to be seen to be believed, doesn't it. Your report brings out that fact that it is special being there, being part of it.
Thanks for the trip out this eveing!
Carolr

Sun, Nov 07 2004 - 10:54 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

after reading so many reports from you i can just say that thankz a lot for sharing such a nice report with all people here ,i appreciate the amount of effort and time you devoted in writing such a great reports
ravi

Mon, Jul 12 2004 - 05:53 PM rating by bineba

Hi Brit,

just been reading your report on Kenya. Looks fantastic. We'll be going to South Africa in September, hope to get a few good wildlife pictures, too.
Thanks for your feedback on my first report.

Sabine

Tue, May 11 2004 - 02:08 PM rating by davetherav

Just briefly seen your article on Kenya. I'm going in September, so I'm looking for a lot of info. I'll print it and let you know what i think. Bye, Davetherav

Mon, May 10 2004 - 02:37 AM rating by melissa

This is amazing. I could only dream of going to this place. I would think it is quite $$$$ but well worth it! You pictures areexcellent.

Thu, May 06 2004 - 09:49 AM rating by beograd

Great article! I simply enjoyed your comments and wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us...
Nina

Fri, Apr 23 2004 - 03:10 AM rating by travelalain

A good informative report, it makes me want to go there.

Thu, Apr 22 2004 - 10:04 AM rating by trondpg

A very informative and interesting report.

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