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Destination: Masai Mara

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Learning Swahili from the Locals

Learning Swahili from the Locals

Learning Swahili from the locals in the Masai Mara was part of the Kenya experience. Every person we met made an effort to teach us a word or two. Imagine how much better we’d all communicate if that enthusiasm for sharing language was global. “Jambo!...
Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara...
Ten Seconds with a Leopard at the Masai Mara

Ten Seconds with a Leopard at the Masai Mara

Our safari guide, Edward, is his usual cheery self when we meet at 6.15am for an early morning game drive. As Edward has already shown us the Big Five — the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino — on the previous two days’ drives, he is...
On Safari in the Masai Mara

On Safari in the Masai Mara

Late in the afternoon of our first day on safari in the Masai Mara, we take our first ‘proper’ game drive into the national park – the awesome wildlife spotting I described in an earlier post took place just on the drive from the airport...
African Safari Tips

African Safari Tips

I had read so much advice on safaris before coming to the Masai Mara – when to go, what to wear, what to take, what to do, etc. However, some of it was conflicting. Nearly everything I read said to wear camouflage safari clothes to...