Tanzania to Kenya. Day 26. Another bus day, from Karatu, crossing the border to Kenya and Nairobi - 10 hours of sleeping, reading, talking and singing The Lion King soundtrack, trying to sound like a zebra. Funniest sound ever. Put up our camp at someones backyard. Surprise: Free wifi in the livingroom.
Kenya. Nairobi. Day 27. Pancake breakfast! Visited a giraffe center, gave them food and trying to avoid blue tongue giraffe kisses. Then we visited a center for baby elephant orphans, there was 25 of them, from 3 month up to to 2 years old. Sad baby elephants that lost their mommy in one way or another. Cruel world. Lunch at a mall then back on the bus for a few hours from Nairobi to Naivasha. Instead of safari animals I did my own bus game viewing. Spotted Kenyan bus names: Angel, Guardian, Only prayers, Sparkles, Martial, Blessings, Digital, Pirates, Glorious and God's powder. Our camp, situated by Lake Naivasha, Camp Cannelys. Beautiful place, cozy bar - but also home of a million mosquitos. Fall asleep to the sound of motorbikes - turnes out that's how hippos sounds. Elephants, giraffes, one sheeta and hundreds of other animals. Then the real adventure started - one of our cars got stuck in the mud - and the rescue car did the same. What to do? The park was closing and it's really dangerous to be in the park at night. So - 16 people in one car. Hey ho let's go! Before we left the park, we where so so lucky, a lion mom and her two tiny lion babies walked (and jumped) in front of the car. Amazing!
Kenya. Day 28. Left the bus and our bus driver Gunnar at the camp in Naivasha - two vans picked us up -next stop: Maasai Mara for a couple of days. Went off road for a couple of hours until we reached our tent camp in Maasai Mara, close to the national park. Before sunset we took the cars to the park for some game viewing. Elephants, giraffes, one sheeta and hundreds of other animals. Then the real adventure started - one of our cars got stuck in the mud - and the rescue car did the same. What to do? The park was closing and it's really dangerous to be in the park at night. So - 16 people in one car. Hey ho let's go! Before we left the park, we where so so lucky, a lion mom and her two tiny lion babies walked (and jumped) in front of the car. Amazing! The rest of the evening we spent around the bonfire at the camp listening to a few maasai men telling us about their culture. Very interesting. So diffrent from the world we live in. Makes you think about your life - and wondering if they really telling us the truth. Update: later we where told another version of their reality.
Kenya. Day 29. Early morning safari time in Maasai Mara National park. On a cliff we saw a lion mommy and her three one-year old babies taking a nap in the morning sun. So many elephants, big, small and everything in between, so close you could almost touch them. We went all the way down to the border where Maasai Mara in Kenya becomes Sarangeti in Tanzania. Took a short walking safari trip. 40-ish happy hippos and two happy hippo babies sunbathing on the rocks in Mara River. Wow! On the way back to our camp we stopped at the maasai village for a guided tour. Can't really describe it by words. I just hope they are happy.
Kenya. Day 30-31. Happy new year! Woke up super early, 4 o'clock in the morning - hot air balloon safari over the landscape of Maasai Mara. Super expensive (425 usd) but worth it! Magic view and after 2 hours up in the air - we was invited to a luxury champagne, bloody mary & bacon breakfast. Could there be any better way to start the last day of 2015?! After the great balloon adventure we packed our bags and jumped into the cars - back to Naivasha and the pink bus. Let's celebrate new years! And we did - almost all of us was awake until midnight (record of this sleepy group) - two minutes after we where only four left haha. But we celebrated for all of us. Springbock & pimms, good combination. The day after I slept til 11, woke up, cleaned the bus and spent the rest of the day by the next camp pool. Lazy day. Great start of 2016!