took a flight on Saturday morning to the Masai Mara reserve park. Our little plane flew low enough for us to spot elephants as we landed! We stayed at the Governor's Camp and, from the look of some of the outfits we encountered, we were the only people who had planned the trip at the last minute. The place was pretty deluxe- fantastic food and cool tents that felt more like a hotel room (complete with running water bathroom). Our reservation had been made by a Kenyan co-worker of Andy's and he had set us up well by requesting tents that faced the plains and Joseph, the park's head driver. Joseph certainly knew the reserve well and was very knowledgeable about the animals we encountered. We hope to remain in his memory. We had the privilege of being with him for the second time that he has been completely stuck in the mud in eight years of driving in the reserve! All in all, we saw elephants, baboons, giraffes, black rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, half a dozen variations of antelopes, hyenas, warthogs, mongoose (no one could tell me if the plural is mongeese), spider monkeys, ostriches, zebras, lions, and water buffalo. Here's a sample of the many pictures we took:
If you're wondering what the floating blobs are in the green pool, squint your eyes and imagine ten hippos just bobbing up and down. We hung out with them as the sun sank. It was my favorite moment of the safari.