Hot Air Ballooning
Ever wanted an aerial bird’s eye view of the game wildlife and fly next to the birds in the one and only Masai Mara. Going on a hot air balloon gives you this magical experience that takes you over the vast Masai Mara savannah which is full of diverse wildlife with a recorded 450 species both prey and predator with a good amount of birdlife.
An early ride on the hot Air Balloon will ensure that nothing happening in the lush savannahs will pass your eye and you get to spot even those animals that tend to shy away from the public eye. It is best to have your travel agent book the balloon safari for you in advance since they are limited to a max of 16pax per ride and waiting till arrival to book might mean you have to wait till one basket is full.
The icing of the cake is that after the 1 hour ride you get to enjoy a Champagne Bush Breakfast in the wilderness at the balloon landing site.
The great land of the Maa people is as iconic as you can imagine and this is partly due to the rich maasai culture. It is one of the richest cultures in Kenya and this Semi-nomadic northern tribe always delivers with their enthralling stories of the years they spend in the jungle training to become morans. They also acquire other skills that keep the society afloat such as; blacksmithing, herbal medicines, hunting, conflict resolution e.t.c. Their social structure is also really interesting and differently unique where the roles of the women and those of the men are clearly defined.
Men’s roles are to provide security for the household and ward off from any threats that may be posed towards the community. The women roles are to take care of the households and provide for the children, they also build the Manyattas they live in and to earn extra income they make jewelry that they sell to tourists.
They live in small communities with the head of it being a chief who can take up to 10 wives so long as he is able to provide to them equally. Their livelihood revolves around their Cattle which provide them with meat and milk as well as hides to make their beddings.
This by far is the best part of the visit and you will be in for a treat. The best times for a game drive is early morning when the animals are just getting up hungry and ready to hunt and if you’re lucky you will witness the hunters get in formation and ready for a chase and the actual chase happening.
Masai Mara is widely known for providing a diverse wildlife and being home to the great wildebeest migration which takes place between July and October with herds of millions of wildebeests and zebras crossing over from Serengeti to Mara and back via the Mara River.
The big five are also a common sight and you will see the big cats enjoying their kills, some napping and hiding away from the afternoon sun, others keeping an eye out for any sign of trouble. Leopards are known for being solitary as well as the rhinos and if you see one it usually is a pleasant sight. Apart from that there are hyenas, jackals, elands, warthogs, impalas, zebras, giraffes, buffalos, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many other animals you will get to see.
Tip: For an unlimited smooth experience it is best to book your tour with an agent as by this you get to be with an operator who knows the park by heart and how to track wildlife. Also by doing so you will have saved yourself the trouble of understanding the tax systems and the do’s and don’ts while in the park failure to which you could find yourself facing heavy penalties and fines.