28 Sep 2007

Maasai Mara

Two weeks ago we were at the Maasai Mara in western Kenya. During the four days we saw oodles of animals: elephants, giraffes, lions, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, gazelles, topi, crocodile, hippopotamus, ostrich, vultures, hyena, waterbuck, buffalo... the only one we didn't see was the leopard. Just made me wish I had a longer lens on my camera..



The scenery at the Mara was wonderful. Mountains on all sides with seemingly endless grasslands stretching in every direction. The occasional tree always stood out.


Here we are at the Kenya - Tanzania border. From the left: Kylie, Heidi, Elvin, me and Heather.

We were there during the wildebeest migration and saw thousands of the creatures. At one place in the river though, we kept seeing dead ones float past. What you see in this picture is hundreds of dead wildebeest in a pile beside a bridge. It was rather sad. But at least the vultures had a feast. (What do you wanna do? I don't know, what do you wanna do?...)


We also came upon a pride of 13 lions killing a zebra. They had already caught it by the time we got there and had it on the ground. A few lionesses were holding it by the neck and you could hear its raspy breathing and struggling. The other lions chewed at the zebra's butt. Then, the zebra got up and tried to get away, its entrails hanging out of its stomach. They quickly brought it down again and kept on eating it. Finally after about 15 min of kicking and struggling the breathing stopped. It was a gruesome scene.




The zebras were my favorite creatures in the place.

This was the group of us that went.

11 Sep 2007

Maasai wedding

A week and a half ago we drove out into Maasai land to attend a wedding. On our way back we took a different route and saw some scenery.


Looking out over Maasai land


Some of the kids being shy



The bride making her way through the crowd. The wedding was half maasai, half western, so she wore a white dress and had attendants. The guests all wore traditional clothes though.


Wedding guests

The road out to John Farmer's house


This was one of twelve wives at this place.



We walked out to some cliffs along the Rift valley. It's so beautiful up there.

On our way back we stopped to watch a few rally cars go by. They were driving at crazy speeds along those roads.. I wonder if they knew there was a sharp left turn coming up??


home

This is home. Maxwell Adventist Academy.

The ad building that also includes classrooms, library and auditorium.

The court and back of the ad building

View from beside the cafe towards the Ngong hills

Inside the kitchen

Looking down the hill from the amphitheater. From the left: our house, the hostel and the elementary.


The elementary


Our backyard

The back of our house

Our living room

My room. (Please forgive the mess...)