Photos of our bathroom that was located behind a curtain at the head of our bed in the tent: I thought it amusing that the window opening had a UN World Food Programme canvas bag.
The sun had risen a little earlier but we could still see a pinkish hue on the horizon.
The van with the raised roof was perfect for being able to take in 360 degree views of the wildlife in the Reserve.
My improvised cup holder: the very light plastic mug from Walmart has been all over the world with me. Unfortunately, I need to search for a new one before our next trip as it was lost in the last few days of our trip several weeks later.
A little while later, we saw this hyena. Anthony mentioned it had the strongest jaw; not sure if he meant of any animal its size or any animal period. It had been too early in the day for me to have thought of my asking for clarification!
The hyena had watched us patiently for a good while until my admittedly very loud sneezes caused him to run away quickly!
We passed three rangers out on an early patrol in their 4x4.
To be able to see The Great Migration of millions of animals midsummer from Tanzania to Kenya must be a sight of a lifetime, I thought. What we had seen yesterday and already this morning had been fabulous and beyond our wildest dreams but witnessing the annual migration must be even more incredible. We saw about 120 wildebeest and zebras and a couple more Ugandan cranes and that was absolutely phenomenal.
Anthony mentioned that there were 156 national parks and reserves in Kenya. Maasai Mara is a reserve operated by the city of Narok, the nearest city to the Reserve. As soon as he finished telling us this, he heard over his CB radio that an animal was spotted and he high tailed it to get to the spot before the animal left the area.
Obviously, the word had gone out to the other guides/drivers in the area too, as five vehicles converged on the spot to see two male lions!
It was fantastic seeing them lumbering across the grass after crossing right in front of our van.
The wildebeests didn't cross the road so they could stay well away from the lions.
Just a few feet away from the van, we saw two female lions eating their kill. I think we stayed put for a good twenty minutes or so as we were totally engrossed watching them.
Anthony told us this was a sausage tree and was used to make beer as well as traditional medicines!
Vultures eating a zebra carcass:
We returned to the same watering hole we had stopped at twice yesterday, hoping to see hippos, but again we weren't in luck.
We sure didn't complain when we 'only' spotted huge numbers of both wildebeests and zebras at the watering hole as we never grew tired of seeing them or any other animals!
On the way back to camp AND breakfast, Anthony counted 43 giraffes all together! Sadly, they turned out to be our last animal sighting on our three hour morning drive at Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We knew, though, we'd still be lucky enough seeing many more animals in another week or so while spending close to a week in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
At the end of of the block, we saw a huge group of people gathered around a man speaking about his transformation from having been a 'Most Wanted Grave Robber.' We've seen a lot of spontaneous speakers in cities around the world before but definitely never a former grave robber!
We walked to the nearby August 7th Memorial Park. On that date in 1998, a terrorist bomb attack on Nairobi's US Embassy resulted in the death of 218 people and seriously injured thousands more. The explosives, loaded on the back of a truck, were intended to be driven into the embassy's basement car park. However, security guards stopped the truck at the gates, at which point the terrorists detonated the bomb. The explosion ripped through the building and killed many on the street.
A plaque on the granite wall listed names of those who died on that tragic day.