African Overland Tour: Naivasha And Nakuru

African Overland Tour: Naivasha And Nakuru

Our third stop was the Marina Camp on Lake Naivasha in the Nakuru National Park area, which is actually closer to Nairobi than Ma’asai Mara….why didn’t we do this first and then swing around to the Mara afterwards? Just so we could get used to long days on the truck, maybe? We had a couple of options in the morning while the hippoes grazed on the grass beside us, we could either go for a 12KM cycling trip into Hell’s Gate National Park, which sounded awesome except for the fact that 12KM round trip is actually 24KM, and I can ride a bike about as well as I can write a poem (that is to say, not well). The reviews of that trip from our truckmates were quite good, and the pictures looked unbelievable, similar to Antelope Canyon in the States and there was apparently a rock that looked similar to Pride Rock from The Lion King which led to some nice photo opportunities. Fortunately for us, we were in for some pretty spectacular photo opportunities ourselves when we went on a guided game walk through Crater Lake National Park, where we were able to see giraffes, zebras, impalas, warthogs, and other animals on foot. 

Do you ever wake up early, take a few steps out of your back door with a fresh cup of coffee, ready to face the day, and there is a deer or other wild animal in your backyard? That was kind of like what we were doing, except THEY WERE FUCKING GIRAFFES AND ZEBRAS. We spent three hours walking around the National Park, being led by a knowledgable guide who continually spent time pointing out beautiful trees and flowers, not the animals, because they were right there. We were literally within 30 feet of these majestic (and yes, I realize I keep using the word majestic, and I’ll probably use it at least twice more before we’re done with this post, but there is really no other way to describe them) creatures as they went about their daily activities, grooming each other, eating, and fighting (yes, we actually saw two impalas fighting). 

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African Overland Tour: The Ma'asai Mara

African Overland Tour: The Ma'asai Mara

We were up bright and early (no lion attacks) for the long and bumpy drive to Ma’asai Mara National Reserve. When I say bright and early, I mean we were up at 5 AM pulling down our tents and sipping instant coffee before departing our Nairobi campground before 6 AM. The first four hours were on paved roads, but the last 100km or so were on a dusty and pockmarked road. We remarked that a long drive like that reminds you just how far from civilization you were traveling, many (rich) tourists take the short flight from Nairobi direct to the small airstrip on the National Reserve, which makes the entire park seem like a zoo instead of a 200 hectare grassland in the middle of the African bush. As I mentioned earlier, the animals are everywhere, they aren’t restricted to the national park, and many visitors to Africa (usually the tourists who’ve paid a lot of money for a private Jeep and are dressed in all khaki as if they’ll be out of the air conditioning even once during the day) will forget that these are truly wild animals. They don’t respect the fact that these lions will eat you in a heartbeat, the buffalo will charge if you annoy them, and the monkeys will grab your stupid safari hat right off your stupid head.

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African Overland Tour: Day 1

African Overland Tour: Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of our African Overland Tour. More than likely you won’t be reading this unless you’re either considering taking an overland tour through Africa, or you know Josh or Renee personally. If you’re a member of either camp, you’ll want a lot of details. And, baby, you’re going to get ‘em in spades! We’ll be going day-by-day through our 52 day journey (most posts will be more than one day, but I wanted to answer the clamors for some details ASAP), and if you want to check out why we chose to take an Overland Tour in the first place, check it out here! If you want to read about Absolute Africa, check them out here. And if you want to read an extended review of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, check that out here. And now, on with the show…..

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