July 2016 I travelled to Maasai Mara for the annual wildebeest migration. I have done game drives before at Nairobi National Park and at Lake Nakuru National Park but hadn’t experience the game drive at the Mara so this was huge for me. Let me say that was my best travel experience in 2016.
How did it all start though? As you already know, I like budget trips, so travel packages that meet my budget are my BFF. One of my friends had mentioned in our WhatsApp group about an offer Lamech Magaki Safaris was running which required we be a group of eight people, each paying ksh13000. It was a 3 day trip to the Mara, Friday to Sunday.
The offer was a good catch and so inviting. It included bottled drinking water to and from Mara, bed and breakfast at the camp, lunch at the park, dinner at the hotel, pick up on Friday early morning and drop off back to our homes on Sunday, wasn’t that just the catch of the day? And what’s better than girls only trip? We decided to do it.
It was the real deal. I say so because we did so much; we started the game drive when we arrived late afternoon that Friday, but first we freshened up, had our lunch then left for the first game drive. We drove around up to the Mara river, saw the wildebeests and watched them migrate, WOW! Things I had only seen on TV, the other thing that was also beautiful was the sunset that evening and I got to capture the moments.
Saturday we left for the game drive very early in the morning; this was the most exciting and tiring day because we drove around the park till late ensuring we saw most if not all of the animals and oh boy we did! I had never seen the king of the jungle and his lioness in my previous game drives (forget about the ones we see in our showgrounds) 🙂 this was the highlight for me, it was amazing.
We were done with the game drive around 4.30 pm and decided we visit and have a tour of the Maasai manyatta village which was a few kilometers away (this was at our own cost, yes you pay for it). We toured their homestead, learnt a lot about their culture and I must say this was a shocking yet awesome experience.
That night we lit a bonfire to keep the cold at bay; we relaxed listening to music, having drinks and roasting meat to celebrate the wonderful experience we had encountered.
Bucket List accomplished on a budget, YAY!