We hated to say goodbye to those at the Fairmont that took extra special care of us but it was time to move on. Our drivers got us to the airport for our short flight to Keekorok Airstrip. They handled everything for us. While other travelers were standing in the long check in lines, the Kattrax group was comfortably seated while they checked us in. We were restricted to 33 lbs total including camera equipment and a laptop. Happy to say all paid attention and were in compliance.
Upon arrival at the airstrip there were others going to all different campsites. There were people from the Masai Tribe selling their handcrafted items and our 3 custom 4×4 Game Viewing vehicles outshined the rest.
Our camp, Sand River Masai Mara is situated within the Masai Mara National Reserve and it replicates the heyday of exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920’s. It is best known for its concentration of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and lions. We are hoping to get a glimpse of the finishing of the Annual Migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras move into Kenya’s Masai Mara. En route to the camp we were treated to amazing sightings along the 45 min drive.
We had a game drive the next morning leaving at 630am. We were in the bush for over 7 hrs and it was one incredible day. The chef had packed an awesome breakfast for us and our Rangers set up everything ever so nicely. I cannot tell you how many lions we saw, also cheetahs some of which were eating their prey or just settling in for a very long nap with a full belly.
In my vehicle were Phil, Katrina, Kellea, Deb and Michael. All 3 Ranger/guides are excellent but we were happy to have Daniel because he is of the Masai Tribe, grew up not far from this area and as he put it, “knows these animals better than he knows his siblings”.
Tomorrow, after breakfast we will have a morning game drive en route to the Masai Village.