Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Maasai Mara

The countdown is on!  We leave Kijabe in 4 weeks time for the first of our home leave breaks.  Next month marks the 2 year date when we left Bend, Oregon, and started on this amazing adventure.  The kids were only 7 and 5 then – those of you who we will be fortunate enough to see this summer will notice a BIG change in them both!

Kenya truly is one of the most beautiful countries and if you visit here, you must visit the Maasai Mara.  We took our first trip there last weekend.  The Mara is situated in the middle of Maasai territory, which extends throughout the southern part of Kenya and the northern part of Tanzania. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic and have continued to this day, their age-old customs. The young warriors (the Morani) are known for their strength and fierceness, having learned at a young age to conquer one of the most dangerous animals of all, the lion. They make the best security guards all over East Africa and armed with little more than a bow and some poisoned arrows, they strike fear into all those who dare to confront them!

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(The fact that my maiden name is Moran and my married name is Mara continues to astound most Tanzanians and Kenyans, and convinces me that this is one part of the world where I most definitely belong.)

Mike and I have been on many safaris together, mostly in Tanzania. It is such a thrill to introduce your kids to the majesty of the scenery and the wild animals.  For those of you who have not yet visited…karibuni sana!

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And here’s what we saw…

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And the sunsets!!!

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