This was a full champagne breakfast include in a balloon ride over the Masai Mara. A must do experience. Imagine pulling up in your safari vehicle, getting out into the middle of the African Savannah to fully laid out tables equiped with table cloths, napkins, chefs with chef hats, table bar with champagne and more and food so lush that you haven't seen anything like in ages considering you are travelling rough camping round Africa with Pankakes, omelets, croissants, and sooo much more. And not only this, knowing that the beasts are sitting somewhere out there, having a much better idea of where you are then you have any idea of where they are, watching you eat and perhaps even thinking of making you the breakfast. This was a really amazing thing to do, to dine in the middle of the wilds with animals wandering, poop still under the table from the last herd of wilderbeasts that wandered through and being treated like almost a superstar.
Favorite Dish: The whole breakfast was so awesome, I can't even describe. It was the most amazing food and most amazing atmosphere and place to dine I could ever imagine. Note for prices below, it was included in a 400 US balloon ride, hence the hefty fee, but I got to fly over a herd of 24 elephants, see lion and leopard all before breakkie - so definately worth it!
All meals are included in the price when eating at the campground. But the drinks are not included. Remember to have enough bottle water, f.ex 2 liter per day should be a minimum for an adult.
Favorite Dish: It's 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is bread, pancake or egg, tea or coffee. The lunch is bread and a banana (The driver put your lunch in a cooling bag so you can eat in the safari car). The dinner is some kind of African chicken, and is served at 8 PM. If you are used to more food and like to eat later than 8 PM, you have to buy your own food before you enter the safari car in Nairobi.
Kenyan's have a fun way of celebrating Birthdays.
At your request, they will pre-make a cake which will be delivered at your table at the end of the meal.
The birthday affair consists of all employees lining up single file, going from table to table, showing your name to the other guests, each in turn, gradually joining in on the festivities and singing the Kenyan version of happy birthday:
"Jambo Jambo - Hakuna Matata...Jambo Jambo - Hakuna Matata"
Cooks, waiters, restaurant managers, etc. all join in dancing around the dining room, beating on pots, pans, glasses and anything else that will make noise before finally arriving at your table with a cake complete with sparkler!
Great fun and makes for some wonderful picture oppourtunities. The party culminates in the english version of "Happy Birthday" with everyone in the restaurant joining in.
The hotel restaurant serves a variety of food in their buffet, western, indian and local. It's an eclectic mix but well made. My meals were part of my holiday package, so I wouldn't know the price. Meals are served three times a day at fixed times. If you like, you can order your drinks separately
Just outside the restaurant, you can have complimentary Kenyan coffee and tea. You can sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful view of the Oloolaimutia Valley
If you eat in the lodges you will drop a lot of money. There are few options here so stock up in Nairobi for the stores you will need if you are camping. Talek town 2 km away from the budget camping options around the Talek gate has some stores. You can get water, bread, eggs, some vegetables, as well as toilet paper, soap, oil, and other basic stuff.
A BBQ was laid on under the starry sky to celebrate the New Year. Chefs cooking sausages, steaks, chicken wings and ribs over open coals, whilst vegetables, jacket potatoes and salads were available from seperate tables.
The tables had been moved from the under-cover restaurant to the open air for the occasion too, and it was a great way to see the new year in.
Favorite Dish: My favourite from the BBQ was the long curly sausage, and everything on the dessert table was nice too.
We had the choice of two different types of safaris this morning:
1. Leaving at 06.30 and returning at 09.00 to the camp for breakfast
2. Leaving at 06.30, taking a picnic breakfast and returning to the camp at 11.00.
We chose the latter, and didn't actually get back to the camp until about 12.45. About 09.10 we stopped just outside the reserve by Talek Gate to eat our picnic breakfast at a small picnic area provideed by a souvenir shop. There were chairs and a table as well as some welcome shade. The camp provided us with a tablecloth, picnic boxes as well as hot water for tea and coffee.
Favorite Dish: I'm not greatly fond of picnic breakfasts, and this one was no exception. There was a boiled agg, a sausage and a slice of bacon, two slices of toast sandwiched together with jam, a small croissant and a packet of crisps. Also provided was some juice and water.
It was worth it though, to be able to stay out in the park for the extra time.
Open sided restaurant in its own building fronted by huge lawns with the bar to one side and the reception to the other. Staff are very friendly and helpful and seemed to know us after the first meal. The furniture is chunky and rustic, and the seats somewhat low for the table. We requested some cushions the first meal, and after that the cushions were in place each time we arrived.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of self service buffet. The food is fairly plain, but very pleasant and plentiful. For breakfast there is a chef who will cook your eggs to order, including some great omelettes and pancakes.
At lunch and dinner, soup is servied at the table, followed by self service buffet. There are several salads, a couple of vegetarian dishes, usually a carvery, rice and potatoes plus a few other dishes.
Favorite Dish: My two favourite dishes here were the breakfast omelettes with cheese, ham, onion, tomato anc chilli; and the chick pea curry. The salads were also very good.
This is it for the last WILDNESS of the
MASAI-MARA for OCT. 2001!! Not knowing I'll
be back next year! Time to head back to DREAM CAMP!!
Favorite Dish: I loved them all! If it smelled bad. Just move to other side!!
A nice way to end our visit in the:
MASAI-MARA! Was a male GAZELLE!
But no more. VULTURES love to go after each other at KILLS!! I find then funny to watch.
Favorite Dish: They like all the meat they can eat!
Our last full day in the MASAI-MARA,KENYA!
Our MASAI driver from DREAM CAMP was
taking us to a place they call: BILISHAKA!!
We came across just a few MINNI-BUGGERS.
VULTURES, JACKALS, HYENAS & TWO
LIONESSES!! Just tearing away at whats left of this WILDERBEST! This needs a T-LOGUE
it will get one!!
Favorite Dish: THEY LIKE THE "BLOOD"!
Eating is the Masai Mara is extremely limited in places to go. However, your choises are still huge. You are normally dependent on your lodge for meals, which, in my case at Rikeros Lodge were excellent mixes of Kenyan and British. If you want to eat in a Masai village hopefuly your lodge and or guides can arrange it. I visited a tiny six family village and the experience was great.
Favorite Dish: There are some great foods in Kenya, and some include the: Alvacados, Beef, Chicken, Potatoes.. and many more...
The MARA-RIVER CAMP. The dinning-kitchen
area is closed off with wire! THE BABOONS!!
My man LUCAS, loved cooking the meals for us! He did all he could please me. Kept telling him 2 trips now! "LUCAS TAKE IT EASY! NO NEED TO MAKE SO MUCH!"
My buddy LUCAS, IN THE KITCHEN.
A sample of some of the meals he made.
Favorite Dish: ANYTHING HE MADE!
You gotta LOVE IT!! They do,lol! Just sit and watch and take it all in. You never know when you will be back. Or even if it will be here next time.
Favorite Dish: blood N bones!
These bone have been there awhile. Dried and bleached! Don't know what it was. Didn't
see the SKULL, I would have taken a pic of that!
Favorite Dish: IT MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD!