Masai Mara Game Reserve Favorites

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    After I said she is beautiful !!!
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    Lions with puppies

    by georeiser Written Oct 4, 2009
    Lion with puppies in Masai Mara
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    Favorite thing: Female lions will mostly stay with the pride all their life, and a male will usually leave after a year. If another male comes into the pride, he will fight the leading male lion for head place of the pride. Then he will kill all the puppies, so that his puppies are the only ones in the pride. Females give birth to 1-5 puppies, after a period of three months. The female lion on the pictures has 4 puppies. The small lions face a high mortality rate from starvation or attacks by other large predators.

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    Lions

    by georeiser Written Oct 4, 2009
    Lion in Masai Mara
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    Favorite thing: The male lion is recognized by his mane, and can weigh up to 250 kg, the females weigh up to 150 kg. In the wild lions live for around 10-14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. The lions are hunting in teams to surround and kill. Lion kills with a neck bite to break the neck or by covering the throat, preventing breathing. The lion lacks the stamina for a sustained chase, and is a bad hunter on long distance.

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    Lions eating a Zebra

    by georeiser Written Oct 4, 2009
    Lions eating a Zebra in Masai Mara
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    Favorite thing: Lions hunt mainly at night, bu also early in the morning or at dawn, when temperatures are cooler. The Zebra on the picture was killed by the Lions at 4 PM, right before our safari car was heading towards the camp right outside Masai Mara. It's a strong hierarchy by the lions, where the males are eating first, so the females, and the puppies are eating at the end.

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    Carry a Journal !

    by Homanded Written Nov 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Our favorite part of Kenya was simply absorbing and knowning that due to it's immense, we would need to catalog and jot down for posterity as much as possible in a journal.
    It is easy to become confused and awed due to it's immensity and overwhelming experiences, especially when you first arrive.

    Took me back to my young days as a child on Christmas day when I didn't know which way to look first under the Christmas tree!

    Carry a journal, make as many notes as you can and, if traveling with others, take the time to compare notes and cross reference experiences each may have had within the same journey!

    Fondest memory: Our fondest memory was all collaborating during the mid afternoon rest period which is common in safaris. You are given the opportunity to relax and either take a nap, soak some sun around the pool or walk amongst the gardens at the lodge.
    We chose to sit, the group of 5, near the pool or at the bar writing in our journals and copying notes off one another.

    It was also a great source of accurate information which I am now using here on VT.
    By getting 5 different peoples perspective on an experience or an accomodation, I feel we were able to form a more unbiased rating system for our tips.

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    You WILL find another!

    by Homanded Written Nov 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We're overwhelmed when we first find ourselves in our dream destination: Kenya, with hordes of Masai and herds of animals all around us. All set against that dreamy Kenya panorama we've only dreamed about.
    It happened to us, it'll happen to you. Touts, vendors and aggressive sellers all bank on this to make their living.
    Here's the most important thing to remember:

    That "One of a kind" necklace you saw back there but didn't have time to bargain for? Another just like it is waiting for you down the road...
    That "Special hand hewn giraffe carving" you're sure will look good over your fireplace mantle so, in order to snatch it up you are willing to pay overly inflated prices for? There's a twin about 3 blocks away!

    Bid your time, shop around, you'll have plenty of opportunity for it! Even the gift shops at the lodges and hotels will often have the same item selling for the same or just cheaper than what you were able to bargain down for.

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    Bargain Bargain Bargain

    by Homanded Written Nov 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: You will be offered souveniers from the Masaai whenever you enter a park. This is particularly true at the Mara and Amboseli, home to the tribe.
    The Masai will approach your vehicle and try to shove trinkets and hand made items in through the windows encouraging you to bid on the items.

    Prices are extremely inflated, even by Western standards.

    You should offer at the most only 20 - 30 percent of what they initially quote (they'll act insulted), gradually coming up in price as the negotiations keep taking place.
    NOTE: This will all be taking place very fast while your guide pays for your entry fees to the park.
    The secret is to stand firm and realize that ultimately, both parties should agree on approximately 40 - 50% of the original price.

    Don't dispair, the item you saw them selling back there will undoubtedly be found again at another shopping stop! Theirs is but an exact duplicate of a craft done by the Masai for many generations!

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    Suntrek Safaris

    by BorneoGrrl Written Jul 5, 2006

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    Suntrek Safaris

    Favorite thing: I opted to go on safari with Suntrek Safaris and I'm glad I did so because they are friendly and professional. I made several changes to my itinerary and I had no problems. My guide, Simon, is a friendly guy who met us at Nairobi Airport and drove us to the Masai Mara game reserve and back. We also got a great 4x4 vehicle that helped us to get around the game reserve without problems

    Fondest memory: Everything!!

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    Hippo footprint

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Hippo footprint

    Favorite thing: Hippos use a single path across the country when they emerge from their watery day-home to their grazing area in the evening. This is to minimise the impact of their footprints on the grass.

    Fondest memory: We visited a hippo pool and walking back to the vehicle we came across this foorprint made by a hippo, probably the very same morning. I found this absolutely amazing, to be walking along a hippo path!

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    Meeting the Maasai

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Maasai

    Favorite thing: I really wanted to visit a Maasai village during our trip to Kenya this time, as we've not had any near contact with these colourful peoples on any of our previous visits to Kenya.

    The name of the village was Stokodel Manyatta, where traditional dances were put on for our visit.

    Fondest memory: I was not disappointed. Although there was a charge for visiting, this was a genuine village, not one laid on for the tourists. 85 people lived here, seven families, along with 675 cattle. We met a lot of the people, talked to a few, saw a man who's come out the victor in a fight with a lion and had the chance to go inside one of their houses.

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    Breakfast in the bush

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Breakfast table

    Favorite thing: It is a totally unforgettable experience to sit at a table laid on the middle of the Africa plain, set with table cloth, surrounded by wild animals and grasslands as far as the eye can see, eating frshly cooked eggs, bacon, sausages and fried potatoes, accompanied by champagne.

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    Wildlife from the air

    by grets Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Animals from the air

    Favorite thing: One of the most amazing things about the balloon safari, was obviously seeing the animals from the air. We saw:

    Rhebok
    Elephant
    Thomson's Gazelle
    Bushbuck
    Giraffe
    Hyena
    Hartebeest
    Zebra
    Topi
    Ostrich
    Buffalo
    Impala
    Wildebeest

    Fondest memory: We woke up a large herd of buffalo when we turned on the burner almost right above them, and a stampede ensued.

    Also seeing a small elephant herd with little babies.

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    Cheetahs in the shade

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Cheetah

    Favorite thing: One of my favourite moments on the entire trip, was coming across three juvenile cheetahs resting in the shade of a bush. We were the only people there, the driver switched his engine off and we just sat there for ages, admiring the beautiful markings on these animals.

    Fondest memory: We were literally only about 1.5m (4.5 feet) away from these cheetah. One of the main reasons I wanted to come to the Mara was to see cheetah, and to be so near to them for so long was a real dream come true for me!

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    What's that?

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Lion cubs

    Favorite thing: Driving along the track, I squeeled for the driver to stop! I'd seen something small and furry move in the grass. He didn't believe me at first when I said there were lion cubs in the long grass, but eventually agreed to turn around.

    Fondest memory: There, in the buff-coloured grass, were the two tiniest litttle lion cubs you could imagine. They were certainly not a week old yet, they could hardly walk on their little legs.

    Mother was nowhere to be seen, and these cubs were very vulnerable on their own in the middle of the grasslands, especially with a large herd of elephants nearby.

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    Picnic stop in the dark

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Hot chocolate on a night safari

    Favorite thing: During our night drive, the guide found a suitable spot for us to get out of the vehicle, stretch our legs, answer the call of nature and just generally enjoy the hugeness of the African night sky.

    Fondest memory: The crew carried a flask of hot chocolate with them on the game drive, and there, in the middle of the bush, in pitch dark, we are standing in the game reserve, drinking hot chicolate. Surreal!

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    Lazing in the midday heat

    by grets Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Swimming pool

    Favorite thing: The days when we would have an early morning and a late afternoon game drive rather than an all-day safari, we had time to laze around the pool in the middle of the dday.

    Fondest memory: Set in amongst the trees, the pool was a real haven of tranquility. Most of the time we were there completely on our own, just surrounded by numerous colourful birds who appeared totally unperturbed by our presence.

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