When one watches The Lion King, it’s easy to romanticize and imagine that life in the savannah is peaceful and all animals live in harmony, amongst themselves and with Nature. In real life, you get to understand that they call it “the wild” for a reason.
Doing a safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, you get to be as close to wildlife as most regular human beings are bound to get. Inside the comfort of a van, you still get pretty close to the animals, while trying to interfere as less as possible with their natural habitat.
If you are lucky, you might spot a lion eating some bloody meat, which will probably make you feel bad after observing the deers eating some greens 5 minutes earlier. Akuna Matata?! Humm…. not really. At least not for the herbivores!
In the Maasai Mara Reserve, your days as a visitor will revolve around the idea of spotting “The Big Five”. This collective of African animals include the lion, elephant, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard. They are all fairly easy to spot actually (that is how amazing a Kenyan safari is!), but the leopard is the type who likes to play hide and seek. We didn’t have luck this time around, but I’ll take that as an invitation to go back to Africa sometime soon and live another thrilling adventure!
With the risk of sounding like a travel agent brochure, let me tell you that doing a safari in a national park with plenty of wildlife like the Maasai Mara is the type of experience everyone should get to live at least once in a lifetime. Observing the animals from up close, one can learn a lot about Human nature!
This video includes footage taken at Masai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha, all in Kenya.