Safari of my Life – Behind the Scenes – Episode 7
Leaving Amboseli - Travelling to the Mara
Our time in Amboseli National Park had finally come to an end. One last breakfast before heading off to the airstrip about 40min away. Everything was very still as we drove though the park as if recovering from the relentless rain, even passing by an abandoned safari car.
Our flight was going to be longer than anticipated. We needed to collect more people near Tsavo National Park in the east. Although this delayed us we got to see more of the now lush green countryside. Just a week ago it was still brown.
We landed again to transfer to another aircraft in Nairobi and had about another hour flight to get to the Masai Mara. Flying in over the Mara is absolutely incredible. The hilly landscape suddenly ends as you encounter endless green fields of grass. It started raining as we neared the first airstrip. Again we made a stop at to drop and collect travellers. It was more of an air-taxi than a charter flight. Land, reload and takeoff, repeat. I have never taken off and landed so often within one morning.
John Masek awaits
For almost a year now Klaus spoke of John Masek, his Kenyan friend. But no matter how many stories he told and how much he explained who this man was, it didn’t match meeting him in person. Klaus stepped down off the stairs of the airplane exit and was met with the biggest hug.
John, surprised by the amount of weight Klaus had lost, picked him up while laughing. Klaus quickly poked back pointing at “what had happened the once skinny Masai Boy” he met all those years ago. It was clear these two were friends.
We grabbed our gear and set off to our Camp: Mara Ngenche.
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