Friday, September 08, 2006

Masai Mara

We arrived in the Mara at sunset in time to see the first of the hundred thousand wildebeast and lions beginning their evening hunt. We met quite a few Masai people during our stay--the crowd of women selling jewelry at the gate, the men who helped us pitch our tents, the entire village that told us about their boma (village), and the many in the park watching over their cattle.

The highlight of the Mara was the cheetah sighting because our fabulous driver, Paul, saw it from a quarter of a mile away. A little speck in the bush. She sat there, all quiet and pregnant, scanning the land for lunch. We also saw wildebeast (alive and dead), zebra, hippos, vultures, giraffes, elephants, impalas, and Thompson's gazelles.

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