Every creature has it’s story to tell..
You can’t help wonder what happened to the human race when you spend some time in the natural habitat of so much wildlife and learn about the way they all know their position in the world and just get on with it without fuss and bother..
The trip from Arusha to the new luxury camp (and we MEAN luxury) in the Eastern Serengeti NP is about 9 hours if you don’t stop for a breather on the way. We took off in the safari vehicle which looked more like a sardine can last Friday after Rami had finished school. The count was eight humans, about 50 cushions, several boxes of alcohol, 8 handmade wooden trays, an umbrella stand, luggage for each of us and, of course, some snacks for the 3 hour journey to a beautiful haven in the hills called Plantation Lodge. Stunning!
Saturday, we drove the rest of the way over the dustiest, bumpiest track in the world. We were so well packed in though that we hardly noticed the ‘African Massage’ but we did notice the dust!! The Maasai folk and the wildlife along the way kept us all awake! It was so worth it to arrive at Ehlane Plains Luxury Camp. What an incredible job the team had done in less than 4 weeks: wooden floors, plush furnishings, solar lights and hot running water, white sheets and towels, fantastic a la carte meals in the dining room and even ice for our drinks... a miracle and a lasting tribute to Donna’s dear Nas whose dream this was.
After a few days of being totally spoilt, we farewelled Donna and family who had to return to Arusha for business. The staff at Ehlane Plains made us all cry as they farewelled us with a traditional song and dance... we even had some acrobatics! We headed over to another one of Donna’s permanent camps in the centre of the Serengeti called Naona Moru. We had the BEST two young guides to drive us, Henry and Frank. What great blokes.. nothing was too much for them.. we stopped for every bird and moving thing we saw.. Hakuna Matata! The staff were exceptional at the camp.. there were only 4 guests so we were indulged! Jen got to work and taught the Chef and the Manager very well while I relaxed and thought positive thoughts,, it worked! They get the new online program.. hooray!!
Next stop: Kaskaz Camp in the far north of the Serengeti. We drove for 8 hours at incredible speeds over a rough, rutty road to get to this haven in lush, green pastures where every creature has enough feed for years to come... Was it worth the dust, the bone adjustments, the wind burn? Every bit of it.. Kaskaz Camp has the best outlook of any of the camp we saw this trip...a buffalo herd grazing, topis looking lost, impala chasing themselves, zebra being cool.. what a place to call home for a couple of nights! Jen got to work again and taught the program to the Chef and the manager.. they learnt quickly and the internet behaved.. bonus!! We were joined on our second day there by four highly regarded South African Travel Journalists who were invited by the company to critique tha Nasikia camps and to hear the story behind Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Camps... especially Ehlane.. but they started at Kaskaz.. They were great company and we loved the insight they shared about the life they are priviged to lead...
We are delighted to be roaming the Serengeti Plains again after nearly four years. We are always intrigued by the stories our guides tell us about the inate behaviours of these abundant African animals.
Here’s some Wildlife Wisdom
Simba: The Lion: Patience, patience then Grab the Opportunity
Twiga: The Giraffe: (my favourite of all these wonderful creatures): Reach for the highest branches and don’t let the prickles get you down
Pundamelia :The Zebra: Always watch your mates’ back and be yourself (Not one other is like you!)
Kiboko: The Hippo: Stay cool even if it means covering yourself in mud to achieve it!
Tempo: The Elephant: Don’t let weight or size stop you achieving your goals: just go for it! (Elephants travel for kilometres every day to find the right grasses and they eat 300 kgs per day... not recommended!)
Fisi: Hyena: Everyone is beautiful in their own way (Hyenas clean up after every kill.. not necessarily recommended!)
Paa: Impala If someone is willing to scratch your back, return the favour (Impalas have teeth like a comb and they tidy each other up.. not necessarily recommended, especially with your teeth!)
Next Stop: Zanzibar but first a ‘light’ thought,,
We saw this rainbow as we flew back to Arusha yesterday over the mountain range that took Nas, Shatri and Star’s lives. It was a moving reminder that God’s love will always shine through, His covenant of favour is eternal!
I have placed a rainbow in the clouds to remind you of my everlasting covenant (relationship) of love towards you.. Genesis 9: