Sunrise over Masai Mara- Maisha Morufu- Swahili for 'the good life'
We started the day with a 5:15 am wake up call, a knock on our tent door, for our sunrise balloon ride over Masai Mara. It was my first balloon ride ever and most definitely worth it. Climbing into the basket with roughly 20 others, my fear of heights returned for a brief moment. It ended up being the most spectacular experience! It was an hour and a half ride,covering roughly 15 kilometers, we ended up being very fortunate as the wind picked up to our advantage. There was a point during the ride where the sky seemed covered with colorful hot air balloons! To set the scene, we had the sunrise in the backdrop and an arial view of the park with animals scattered about. The only guarantee they offer for the balloon ride is the champagne breakfast afterwards since we are not in the zoo but we were able to see quite a variety- zebras, gazelles, lions, wildebeests etc- essentially they decided to cooperate. After being the skeptic about whether or not we should do it, I walked away so happy that we had the experience. Since the great migration is at a tails end, we decided it would be better to have this experience over doing it in the Serengeti- our next stop, and it was a great decision.
The brunch after the balloon ride was straight out of a travel magazine! We had bloody Mary's, champagne, and fresh cooked breakfast in abundance with zebras chilling in the backdrop! It was a great start to the day and was only 8am.
The remainder of the day was focused on a game drive through the park. We saw so many varieties of animals with lions and cheetahs being the most special of the lot. The baby elephants and giraffes were the cutest followed by hippos and cheetahs (hard to believe they could be so ferocious!)
Overall Masai Mara has been amazing. We can see the serengetti from the Kenyan side as it is adjoining Masai Mara and are awaiting what the safari experience will be on that side.
Tomorrow we head to lake Nakuru for the night en route to Amboseli national park for the next set of game drives on the Kenyan side.
More soon (depending on net access!)