Masai Mara National Reserve
When we first heard of the Masai Mara wildlife preserve in Kenya, we knew we had to look for an opportunity to have a romantic getaway to this beloved and incredible location. This is an environment and area of the world where time stops and has a magical effect to deepen the chemistry between any couple. Like most of us, many couples live a life of monotonous routine of going to work and raising a family. While family is super important, it can lead to boredom. So consider surprising your spouse with surprise getaway to an exotic destination like the Masai Mara National Park and Wildlife Preserve in Kenya, Africa to break-free from a monotonous life. If you do a bit of travel research, I can assure you that it won’t take you long before you decide “Masai Mara” in Kenya is the place to see.
Masai Mara Alluring Wildlife & Natural Beauty
Masai Mara, being the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife preservation, is the home to 95 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and almost 400 species of birds. For us, it was all about enjoying the wildlife and an opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ and pampering ourselves with the 5-star facilities of the resort. We stayed at Nairobi, and it took us around 5 hours to reach Masai Mara National Reserve via Narok. It was a road journey, and the more we progressed towards the Game Reserve, the more lurching the road became.
Generally, July to August is the best time to visit Masai Mara as you could then witness the migration when the animals queue up and follow each other in search of sweet grass. They cross the borders of the countries, Kenya and Tanzania without the notice of the strict immigration officers (I’m just kidding as immigration applies only for the humans!).
What Makes It So Romantic?
It is indeed a one of a kind experience to see the wild animals from such a close vicinity. We saw the lion family and other carnivores. We were also lucky to experience a hunting scene and captured it on our camera. We felt immensely blessed to enjoy nature’s lap, and of course, each other’s company which I reckon can be the most treasured gift of this romantic getaway.
To our utter surprise, our guide drew our attention towards a mating lion, a rare sight amidst the wild. That’s not all; we also enjoyed ‘bird watching’ and the grazing herbivores, not to mention those romantic moments we captured with the Mara River in the backdrop. Undoubtedly, those are something that we will cherish for our lifetime.
How Exciting Was The Wildlife Tour?
As we were already briefed that Masai Mara was an abode to animals of all kinds, we were greeted by a couple of giraffes, with their long necks swinging around each other welcoming us to the park heartily. I could not resist myself capturing those amazing moments in my DSLR camera.
Traveling some yards in the tourist vehicle, we could see various types of herbivores that included Topi, Elan, Dig dig, Impala and Antelopes. We saw the wilder beasts grazing in a group. The Masai were busy rearing herd of cattle and carried long sharp arrows in their hand, just to keep the predators away.
We advanced in the jeep while we saw the wild buffaloes. We were told that these are the most aggressive animals in the park weighing almost 350-400 kilograms and strong enough to topple a jeep. Understandably, we maintained a safe distance and carefully photographed the wild beauties.
While it was almost mid-day and we were searching for some carnivores, suddenly our eyes caught the sight of a family of lions, around 50 in number resting against a Baobab tree. There were more lionesses than lions. We were briefed about the habit of lions and were amazed to know that hunting is mainly the job of the lioness while the lion pampers himself idling the whole day. But when prey is caught, the lion gets the majority share followed by the lioness and the cubs. There is only one king lion in a park and male lions are in the habit of fighting each other in the perseverance of getting the ‘kingdom.’ Even male lions suffer from male ego!
My experience of exploring the lion’s den was somewhat similar to the animation film ‘The Lion King.’ The den, the ground, the grass flowers, and the family everything was so similar to my imagination I gathered from my first film on African life.
We came across a herd of elephants, the most beautiful creature of the park, We noticed Lion cubs whose cute actions no doubt deserved to be photographed! There were a number of beautiful birds, colorful and attractive, who we were able to identify from a book we purchased from the park. East African birds are the cutest of all.
In the distance, our eyes caught a beautiful black and white striped sight where a leopard appeared like a thunder strike. With bright eyes and powerful claws, this ferocious beauty was watching the game park over a high Baobab tree, which seemed to be his watchtower. We stopped to photograph him and also captured his expert skills of climbing the tree in the video.
Getting Pampered Inside The Resort
Now, the resort we opted for was a 5-star rated one, and I must say that was a real value for money. We chose a special package and thus experienced the special welcome of the staff, the romantic, customized décor of the suite and of course the state of the art room service.
Thankfully, our suite was appropriately facing the wildlife park, and we could even see the giraffe grazing while we enjoyed our morning tea. Not just that, we were excited to find the bathtub decorated with fresh rose petals, and it was indeed something very inspiring every time I stepped in it. Besides, we also enjoyed their special spa services, and the warmth of the resort staff was simply unparalleled.
The food offered was sumptuous with a wide variety of continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine to satiate your culinary buds. We enjoyed the melt in mouth meat barbecue topped with awesome sauces. We just could not restrain ourselves from thanking the chef of the resort.
Lastly, we enjoyed the Masai dance by the troop which was specially chosen for entertaining the visitors. The delicious food, the dance, the friendly staff and the romantic night; in one word, there could be nothing more exciting than enjoying the Masai Mara trip in such a mesmerizing ambiance.
Now it’s your turn, get your “Masai Mara” trip planned soon!