Kenya it was for the family and I this year. 4 absolutely blissful days away from the 50 degree’d Dubai and I realized what fresh air and the countryside can do to relax you. Despite the big hitch in our itinerary with the fire at Nairobi Airport (none were hurt, according to the news) we still had a wonderful time, benefits of travelling with a big fun group of people! Photos taken by my wonderful aunt Vidya who has graciously let me use her fantastic talent for my blog!
After a 11 hour bus drive from Mombasa to Nairobi we were fortunate to be put at the Hilton for free! Lovely travel insurance and whatnot.
Early morning sky from the Hilton! Warning: this is just the beginning of my many many sky photos.
An early morning sugar-filled breakfast and we’re on our way!
First stop over gift shopping. Look at that sky!
Short stuff-big ambitions
Had this wee corn cob by the roadside. Can’t say we enjoyed it. In India a little lemon juice and some spice makes this a crave-worthy treat! Here, it wasn’t ripe and it was almost burnt- so no.
Whoops! Wheat flowing out of the truck. No one was hurt. Seems a lot of accidents we came across..
Love the chains and watched on as the lady in the shop made them.
Junior’s the name. Masai Warrior is the game.
One of the wee huts we stayed at in Siana Springs resort. Great place, worth the money!
You know why. SKY!
Wilder beasts everywhere! They were migrating in large groups along with the Zebra, all the way from Kenya to Tanzania
Our first sighting of a lion
Tourists! Tourists everywhere!
“I’m just going to lie here while you guys take a sweet picture of my white underbelly”
“Did you get the it?”
PG warning. Dinner time for the cubs
She/he was a beauty!
It’s play time for the cubs!
They were just everywhere so you can imagine the initial excitement of seeing them died out pretty quickly
Yes. It happened. Again.
“Come on guys! You know my side profile’s better”
Lumps of elephants against the sunset just make for a beautiful shot
These sleek horned buffalos are one of the Big 5 of Kenyan game reserves and they’re nasty aggressive HERBIVORE beasts according to our guide. But not to those wee birds on his back obviously.
Emon, our Masai guide at the resort steals the attention doesn’t he?
Emon’s slippers had a yellow and red ball on his slippers that represented the colors of his tribe. The spike was rubber and he called it ‘fashion’
Our very own welcome dance to a Masai tribe’s village. Sky..of course
Junior wasn’t the best with the horn but he was pretty darn majestic looking with it
I’d live there just to dress as beautifully and colorfully as these warrior men and women do
Living a man’s dream – 80 and 10 wives.
A wee dance with the women/wives of the 80 year old. Notice how proficient the Masai man with the camera is. Like I said earlier – tourists, tourists everywhere!
Stage 1 of building the Masai hut. Each hut belongs to a wife which they build themselves and as more wives are married into this family, more hands there are to help with the building. It takes approx. 5-6 months to build these huts
Stage 2. Next is smearing it with cow dung that will keep the hut cool in the summer mornings and keep in the heat from cooking for the cold nights
A game of hide and seek with the Masai kids
Let’s see who can jump the highest! ^easily the winner
Inside the Masai hut, a family of 5 show us how they function in a 15 sq ft . These tall slender Masai persons curl up to fit in their beds made of hard mud and cowskins. Ikea anyone?
Eldest son of the 80 year old man, killed several lions in transition to manhood, Boss
Man make fire!
Scavengers closing in on carcass
“Tyra Banks said I should practice my Fierce Ostrichwalk! “
A flat tire at the reserve gave me an opportunity to take more sky photos
It also gave me an opportunity to eat my carrot, like a lady
Hippos tanning at the Mara River or as I like to call it – River of death. Scavengers and dead animals washed up on rocks along the river were gruesome to look at!
Jaywalking – tsk tsk. Or should I say tusk tusk
Sky photos and poor puns are my speciality
“No it was thatta way!” “No, I’m pretty sure it’s a right from the zebra crossing”
And there was one..
Didn’t notice this beaut on the road until we were really close !
It rained a few minutes before we got on the road so our guide tells us that the grass gets cold and the lions find a warm road to rest their royal selves on
So many lions!
This was the border of Tanzania and Kenya. I was in two countries at once
At the world famous Carnivore restaurant for lunch before our flight back home!
A little bit of ostrich meatballs, crocodile meat, ox balls, chicken and pork ribs later , we were stuffed!
Enjoying the morning sun on my last day in Kenya- Definitely going back for another holiday sometime!