This is my first time to Kenya, and my first time to go on a safari in Maasai Mara. Somebody pinch me!
Maasai Mara is a national reserve dedicated to the protection of the savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Once you have been to the Maasai Mara you pretty much get a feel of what Africa is like in terms of terrain. You also get to see the Big Five — Rhinocerous, Wildebeest, Lion, Elephant, and Leopard. If you are here in July through September, you get to appreciate the migration of the wildebeest and zebras.
After a week long event where Edric and I served in ministry alongside my parents at Christ is the Answer (CITAM) Family Fest 2017, we are now enjoying a few days of relaxation and bonding time in Maasai Mara, at the Mara Serena Resort.
We were supposed to pay for this league of the trip in Kenya, but Citam sponsored our safari! God is so good! It’s always been in my bucket list to go on a safari.
What’s in like in Maasai Mara? Well, for starters it feels like I am getting a much needed detox from city life. I rarely have internet connection. There are no TVs in the rooms. I am completely surrounded by the pure, unspoiled beauty of nature. Fresh air, wild animals, and stretches of savannah without a building in site (including people). We had a deer grazing outside our room, and my parents had a baboon commit attempted robbery by jumping into their balcony in the hopes of stealing food.
Being here makes city living lose all its appeal. My only heartache is that my kids don’t get to experience all of this with Edric and me. They would love riding in the safari jeep for hours and hours everyday to see all the animals we have been enjoying.
Besides this, I am realizing anew that nature is a treasure trove of life lessons. It takes patience to wait for animals to present themselves, an inquisitive and curious mind to ask questions about animal instincts and behavior, attentiveness to spot subtle changes in the environment or interpret the movements and sounds the animals make, and child-like wonder to appreciate God’s creation.
I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it is here. So I will post photos instead…
It’s rare to be able to see the Big Five but God answered our prayers and we saw all of them in just two days!
I am including that last bit of information just to celebrate the goodness of the Lord. Every animal that we prayed to see, we did! Today we caught sight of a rhinoceros clunking through the brush. There are only a handful of them and they tend to be shy but there he was! What a treat!