09.10.2008 - 13.10.2008 24 °C
Had a very busy few days after arriving and have began to see some of the amazing wildlife here in Eastern Africa. I'm currently in Arusha, Tanzania.
On Thursday I left Nairobi behind for a few days to go to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, had my first experiences of the roads here and the overland trucks which send you at least 20cm off your seat when you hit a bump (more complaints on this to follow!) We did a long day in the park on Friday, setting off at 7.30am and getting pack at gone 6pm. About 20 minutes in we saw a half eaten zerbra, thinking we'd missed the lion we were pleased to see him relaxing under a tree by the side of the road with a huge belly just 50m away. Have got some fantastic shots from close of him and his friend but the internet is too slow to upload here.
As well as the two male lions we saw a lioness, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, vultures, three types of antelope, tens of giraffe and elephant and thousands of zebra and wildebeast! The only hyena and leopard to report were in our campsite on the first night, the Masai people saw them off safely though! In the evening we had a chance to visit the local Masai village and go around their thatched and mud-huts, watch their dancing and ask questions about their way of life.
After driving back to Nairobi on Saturday, a few people from the safari and I went out to a resturant called Carnivores. Anyone going to Nairobi, this is a must do, you wait at your table whilst they bring round lots of different types of meat; the best part being its not just beef, pork, chicken and lamb! They have different game meats avaliable on different nights but we tried crocodile and ostrich, the ostrich was great, the croc too fishy.
Yesterday we set off on the full 42-day tour to Cape Town, about 9 of the people from the 3-day Masai Mara trip were also on this. Others have joined from tours in Uganda, giving us 25 people. It's a mix of travellers, including 8 couples, some friends travelling together and 6 single travellers like me. The bus is dominated by Aussies/Kiwis but also have other nations represented! We range from me at 21 to two of the older couples who are late 40s/early 50s. Because of my age and inexperience at travelling compared to the others I've been granted the nickname junior (pronnounced by the Aussies as June-Ya!!), I personally think they're jealous!
So, after spending yesterday on the truck crossing the Keynan-Tanzanian border, I'm currently in Arusha where people keep yelling Chelsea at me because I'm wearing my shirt. We are off on another day of game driving in small 4x4s tomorrow at Seregneti National Park and Ngorogoro Crater. Should give me some more good pictures and a chance to add to my list of animals. After that we drive to Dar-es-Salam on Friday near the East coast before going to Zanzibar. I should update from there.