We are ready for a road trip !

My room at the camp site 😀 Loved it!

From the garden of the Camp cottage site 🙂 Beautiful!

Here are quite a few pictures from the trip to Kenya 🙂 

I think I can speak for everyone who went that we had a blast! 😀 

In the national park we saw so many animals. It was an indescribable feeling to there in the wild and see these animals in their natural habitat. Our drivers from the Elida safari tours were amazing at spotting the animals and they knew where to go. The trip in the park lasted the whole day – we started at sunrise and exited the park at sunset. We also got to see some amazing sunsets from the camp site where we were staying. 

The next day we went to visit a Maasai village near by. When we arrived we were met with a dance by the men in the village. They also showed us another dance. Here the point of the dance was to jump the highest. The man who jumped the highest got the girl and had to pay less than 10 goats to marry her. This was kind of a man hood test as well. Our Maasai guide proudly showed us around his village. The Maasai men usually have many wives, but this man only had one wife and three children. He said that having one wife was enough. (Hahahaha). 

In the Maasai culture it is custom to hunt lions. They this lion hunt as a sign of bravery and personal achievement. It used to be a solo hunt, but as the population of the lions has decreased they are now encouraged to hunt in groups. This group can be as many as 12-13 people. Another ´rule´is that they are not allowed to hunt female lions as the Maasais believes that females are the bearers of life in every species. This goes for humans as well. It is the females, wife, in the village whom build the houses and raises the kids, and makes their clothing, while the men herd the goats and go hunting. (External source: Maasai Association)

When we visited their market they proudly showed us the necklaces they had made out of a lions tooth. It truly was an experience being there and seeing the tribe. 

Another thing which was relatively new to the Maasai culture was that the children had startet to attend school and get jobs other than being a shepherd herding the goats. But if they wanted to go to school and get a ´real´ job they were not allowed to extend the ears as many of the Maasai tribes have a tradition of doing. So if you see a Maasai without the stretched ears the chances are is that he or she is attending school or is old enough to have a job outside of the tribe culture. 

 

 

Rift Valley – Amazing view

Rift Valley poster from one of teh viewpoints along the mountain side.

On our way from Maasai Mara, via Narok, to Nairobi, we drove past The Great Rift Valley. The valley is bordered by escarpments to the east and west, which you can see on the picture above. The floor is broken by volcanoes, some which are still active. Luckily no volcano erupted while we were driving past. Though some of the students had enough to think about driving up the steep roads on the side of the valley. And as you know, African roads can be bad and their driving even worse. You do the math!