Of all the recognized natural goodness of Kenya, Masai Mara is the most fascinating among animalists. In summer, large migrations and herds begin their pilgrimage to more fertile lands. A struggle for survival during which nature presents a unique spectacle. Our trip – Safari in Swahili – starts with the bucolic stamp of the infinite plains. It is dotted with some yellow acacia, leave the Mara river in the Maasai lands. This image, which inevitably evokes films such as Mogambo or Memories of Africa, anesthetizes our anxiety to discover the world. It also helps immerse in a peaceful reverie t far from sharing symptoms with Stendhal syndrome. It also invites us to be part of the miracle of life. The Masai Mara Nature Reserve consists of 320 km.
The scenario of the great migration, this reserve has become a complex network of 4 × 4 tourist roads. It crossed the main safari companies in the area. Radio connects off-road vehicles that transport tourists. If a car sees an animal of interest in a particular place, the driver informs by the walkie-talkie and the nearest vehicles can take advantage of the find. A hunting lioness, a leopard in the middle of the race or a herd of wildebeest grazing at our side are just examples of everything to check if it is right at the time and place. Some clueless hippo in search of a pond, hyenas search for carrion and gazelles grazing in continuous alertness. They are only part of everyday life in these soft hills that make up the African savanna.
Masai Mara: The Man, Another Great Protagonist
The Masai tribes are the other image of the park. The closest thing to a city is at the door of the park, Masai Mara Town. Then you only see small villages scattered among the savanna. Among these population centers, there are several destined to show tourists the Masai way of life and its most atavistic rites. The Masai, happy, show the visitor how the organization of their manyattas, the Masai villages.
Their huts, made of mud, straw and animal excrement, are arranged in a circle. Their center becomes the meeting point of the town as the main square. Here the Masai elders convey their wisdom about life to the younger ones. In the tribes, it is easy to identify the Moran, teenagers who, after a circumcision ritual and four years in nature, return to the village. They turned into warriors to take a wife and leave with her to form a new settlement. The shuka, the traditional Masai dress, reddish a rough and exciting landscape where black and ocher tones predominate. Also striking are the showy dilatations that both men and women wear on their ears, adorned with wooden circumferences and colored beads.
Hunting And Grazing
The Masai, people of a hunting nature, have been forced to transhumant grazing. However, it is easy to find a leader who gladly agrees to share distant times when man, provided with his spear, looked face to face with lions. A mixture of literature, exaggeration, and superhuman feat, the truth is that this cultural exchange has become an enriching formula of tourism. It is where the imagination of the traveler flies until a time that resists ignoring. The Masai Mara, in return, take out a handful of dollars with which to survive between extreme austerity. Additionally, it was with the infinite pride of keeping alive the ancestral flame of an ethnic group of which only 800,000 people remain.