Friday, June 15, 2007
Masaai Mara Safari
We've gotten a bit behind in blogging, so we will rewind a few weeks to our safari to the Masaai Mara. Kate Matthay came to visit, so Brian and I decided the time was right for a trip to Kenya's most famous game-viewing destination: the Mara. We boarded a tiny plane that was scarcely larger than a safari van and took off for the bush. Even as we landed, we could see giraffes and hippos dotting the savannah. And that was just the beginning. From there, we saw all manner of beast of bird that body Africana had to offer. Here are some highlights:
We went on game drives in the mornings and afternoons, and in the course learned a number of things.
1) Lions sleep up to 20 hrs a day...and they seem to spend the rest of the time yawning and rolling around and stretching
2) Elephants flap their ears and growl when they get mad
3) Ostriches are the second fastest animal in the savannah; only the cheetah can outrun them
4) In Singapore, the most popular new excercise machine on the market is a device that simulates a bumpy car ride and supposedly tones your muscles as you try to balance hands-free...Madonna supposedly uses it everyday. I figured there was no harm in trying a similar workout...
We met some interesting people along the way.
But the real highlights were the creatures we encountered:
And the beautiful landscape...
And the time we got to spend together...aaaw
Oh yeah, and the lunches!