Wildlife at your doorstep

The Maasai Mara area connects to Serengeti in Tanzania and consist of the National Reserve as well as surrounding conservancies. It is a unique ecosystem, because of the big and diverse migration. Many documentaries have shown the migration of wildebeests, especially as the cross the river heading to Serengeti. Along with the wildebeests, a large number of zebras and Thomson’s gazelles also migrate to follow the wet season and the green grass. What also makes the Mara unique, is that it is one of the few areas in the world that is still wild. Meaning that most of the ecosystem is remains intact, even though there has been tourism for many years.

Karen Blixen Camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy, on the border to Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is an unfenced camp (though the surroundings are patrolled, no worries), which means wildlife come close. The wildlife is at your doorstep or tent(step), which allows you to see a lot of wildlife without even leaving the camp. Kirk’s dik-dik and mongoose roam around at the camp though avoid humans. If you’re lucky you may even see one of the two species of bushbaby, though the chances are greater that you will just hear their scream in the evening. You can sit and look out at the river, where the resident hippos bubble in the water during the day. Across, on the other side of the river, a number of animals may come by while you sit and relax. Elephants, elands, impalas, giraffes, monkeys, and warthogs are some of the animals I have seen.

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Wildlife is unpredictable, but sometimes you get a great surprise. I got to see a baby hippo be born by the river, while sitting at the camp. It is amazing how small there are, considering the size of a grown hippo. It seems hardly bigger than its mother’s leg, though a good deal fatter and more wrinkled. Within the conservancy there is wildlife enough to see, though some days you are more lucky than others. There are lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, topi, gazelles to name a few. Not to mention numerous birds, which are just as interesting, and very colourful.

Going to the little shop in the camp, you can find traditional beadwork, such as necklaces and bracelets. Local women do these, as part of a project that the camp supports.

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