Samburu are an ethnic group in north central Kenya that are
related to but distinct from the Masai. The Samburu are
semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd cattle, sheep, goats and
Most dress in very
traditional clothing of bright red material used like a skirt
and multi-beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings Their houses
are of plastered mud or hides and grass mats stretched over a
frame of poles.
Masai Marai a large park reserve in south western Kenya Named
for the Masai people
and the Mara River, which divides it, it is famous for its
exceptional population of game and the annual great migration of
zebra and the wildebeest from the Serengeti every year.
The Swahili word safari wouldn't mean much to most people if it
wasn't for this East African adventure land.
Our sojourn to
East Africa included places spread across all of Kenya and
Tanzania. When we arrived at Nairobi, we were greeted with
the usual vivacious “Jambo” reserved for the tourists. If
you want to ingratiate yourself with the locals though
respond with a “vipi mambo” instead or try “poa”.
We drove to the
Aberdere national park first located on Mt.Kenya. We visited
the Samburu and Sweetwater national parks and were lucky to
witness a lion kill on our very first day. We also got
caught up in some local unrest in Samburu, so be advised
that this is not a place to visit if you are looking only
for peace and quiet! Our trip to Kenya also included
visiting the flamingo filled lake Nukuru, the hippo infested
lake Naivasha, the imposing Thompson falls and of course the
incomparable Masai Mara.
We then followed
the migration path from the Mara to Serengeti, located in
Tanzania. After having a few more close encounters with the
“big five” at the Serengeti, we drove on to the Olduvai
Gorge, which is considered as the cradle of all humanity. We
saw evidence of fossils of the hominid species found here
dating back to over 3 million years. The grand finale was
the Ngorongoro crater followed by Arusha nestled at the foot
of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The principal feature of the Serengeti is its stunning wildlife
and the annual spectacle of the migration of millions of zebra
and wildebeest in pursuit of water and food in response to the
changing seasons. It is thought that over 3 million large
mammals roam the plains. Not to forget reptiles like the gaudy
agama lizards, rock hyraxes and the
500-plus bird species that can be found in this endless plain.
famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti
in northern Tanzania. The crater is the largest unbroken ancient
caldera in the world. Ngorongoro is
now considered “Africa’s Garden of Eden” – a haven for thousands
of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras,
rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes.
The Serena Lodge at
Ngorongoro provides among the best views of the crater.