It was on the fifth day of July 2015 that my travel to Africa was planned. I was on my way to Kenya, which is in the eastern part of Africa. This was an academic trip arranged by my school as a reward for my outstanding results at the end of the school exams. In fact, this trip was part of a scholarship program that occurred due to an outstanding result. Since it was the first time I’ve been to Africa, I was very excited about the journey.
At 19:00 p.m., I was waiting for my flight to JFK airport, which was one and a half hours away. Finally, it was time to depart and I could not wait to set my eyes on the beautiful sights that Kenya had to offer. I had heard a lot from friends and read plenty of material on Kenya, including the wildebeest migration, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After several hours of traveling, the plane landed safely at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.
The warm reception I got from the moment I arrived was impressively similar to the heat of the capital city. The airport attendants and the hotel crew were homely and receptive. I checked into Marble hotel to spend the night there, preparing for the trip to Maasai Mara the following day. The Mara National Reserve of Kenya is a large game reserve located in the Southwest of Kenya, in Narok County. I woke up early the next morning and boarded a bus ride from Nairobi to Maasai Mara national reserve, which took about 4 hours. We were received well by the Maasai people, the native inhabitants of the Mara, who showed their long jumps, songs and dances. After paying the entrance fee of 150 Kenyan shillings, I hired a tour guide. During the tour, I was fascinated to find out that it was during this period that the wildebeests migrated from Maasai Mara to Serengeti national park in Tanzania. I did not squander this opportunity, having taken full advantage of it, and proceeded to observe the wonder of nature. There were numerous well-maintained lodges and tent camps such as AA Lodge Maasai Mara, Keekorok lodge and Mara Leisure camp inside the reserve and conservation borders. The reserve was patrolled by rangers to ensure that poaching activities were tamed and to help out whoever needed it.
Early next morning, we were able to use the van to tour the reserve, getting breathtaking views of the landscape, the rising sun and the animal gatherings. The park was inhabited by lions, leopards, buffalo, African elephants and black rhinos. While underrating this adventure, I had the opportunity to board hot air balloons, offered by Hot Air Safaris. The aerial view was spectacular and impressive as the scale of the wildebeest migration and several other animals could be seen. In the Mara and Talek rivers, we were able to see the crocodiles and hippopotami in large groups. We got a good view of the lions and cheetah at the plains between Mara River and Esoit Siria escarpment. The plains are also home to the distinctive Maasai giraffes, antelopes, Grant’s gazelles, duikers and impalas. The events of the day, which ended well in the evening with entertainment from the Maasai people, were amazing. I joined them in their dance and jumping, which was a lot of fun. This was the last day of the enjoyable and memorable three day trip.