S: Photographs by Leo Manalo & Jenny Chang
BC: Sunrise on our last day in Masai Mara.
FC: MEMORIES OF KENYA 2009
1: These moments will live in our hearts forever.
2: In Nairobi getting ready for Safari.
3: And so our adventure begins.... We toured with GAP Adventures and first day on the road was already filled with so much to see.
5: Finally after 7 hours, we make it to Samburu Game Reserve. Established in 1948, the reserve is home to over 50 species of wild animals, including 450 indigenous birds.
6: Snapshots of the wildlife in Samburu....
8: We visited the Samburu tribe, a clan of the Masai people.
9: They live a tradition untouched by modern development.
11: The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists and are extremely dependent on their animals for survival. The Samburu usually live in groups of five to ten families. Traditionally men look after the cattle and are also responsible for the safety of the tribe. Women are in charge of gathering roots and vegetables, tending to children and collecting water. | SAMBURU TRIBE FACTS
12: Our visit with the Samburu tribe was truly an unforgettable experience.
13: Next, another 7 hour drive to Lake Nakuru....these are some of the wonderful sights along the way.
14: LAKE NAKURU:
15: Reknown for its huge concentration of flamingos and over 460 species of birds, but also the place where we saw lots of rhinos and buffaloes, part of the BIG 5.
19: This page is dedicated to the GAP crew who took great care of us. | Isaac was our head cook. | Patrick was the assistant cook. | Joesph & Richard were truly amazing! | Emil (in red) was our tour leader and he worked with safari guides- Joseph & Richard.
20: Chilling out at camp in Masai Mara.
21: Visiting a school in Masai Mara.
22: Then, visiting the Masai Mara tribe. | Chief brushing his teeth.
24: MASAI MARA TRIBE FACTS Kenya's most well-known ethnic tribe, the Masai are cattle and goat herders. Their economy is almost exclusively based on their animal stock, from which they take most of their food-meat, milk, and even blood, as certain sacred rituals involve the drinking of cow blood. Moreover, the huts of the Masai are built from dried cattle dung. In spite of their reputation as fierce warriors, Masai culture revolves around their cattle. Despite the growth of modern civilization, the Masai have largely managed to maintain their traditional ways, although this becomes more challenging each year. There are numerous traditions and ceremonies performed by Masai men. The best known is the warrior "jumping" dance, where young Masai morani (warrior-youth) leap into the air from a standing position, in order to demonstrate their strength and agility. Unlike many tribal cultures, Masai women have a strong voice in their culture. Masai women are easily identified by their shaved heads, bright clothing and beads, and the removal of one of the bottom teeth (for both sexes).
26: MASAI MARA:
27: This reserve is famous for its exceptional game population, especially lions, and the annual migration of wildebeests, also called the "Great Migration."
28: Masai Mara is one of the great natural wonders of the world.
29: It was definitely not hard to see why.
30: Not one of the BIG 5, but the Cheetah was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful animals we saw.
32: Vultures finishing a lion kill.
34: THE BIG 5 - Lion
37: THE BIG 5 - Elephant
38: THE BIG 5 - Buffalo
41: THE BIG 5 - Rhino
42: THE BIG 5 - Leopard
44: THE BIG 5 FANS
46: Back in Nairobi, but we can't seem to get enough of the animals...so we visit the elephant orphanage.
48: This is what we see of the giraffe at eye level.
49: And we couldn't miss an opportunity to kiss a giraffe!
50: And finally, spending time with friends - Mohamed, Sherry and Bakary.
51: "I'll miss you Sherry." ~Jenny