How to make fool of yourself? + The Big 5 accomplished!

Once again I’ve learned, that in my family we have no borders. Not even this one, where you know how to behave well and act as other normal people. We’re at a beautiful and luxurious Rhino valley lodge in Tsavo West national park. People here are white, rich guests who are usually very serious. Guess what we did. We took all our Masai things and dressed up as Masai people. Dad was a warrior and I was a soon-to-become-wife (since I had this weird piece of jewelery on my head, that women ward right before they get married). We went for a dinner with all those weird kangas, bracelets, even the original Masai arms and a wooden carved cane. Everybody was looking at us, especially when dad made weird ‘Masai warrior’s noises. The waitress asked whether to bring us fresh blood and milk (the traditional Masai drink). Ohh, it was so much fun at the dinner and we had a good laugh with the manager of the lodge, who did like the idea. Life is so boring when you’re too serious 😉

Apart from this, we have also seen the 5th animal from the Big 5 in Africa! We’ve already seen ELEPHANTS (those red elephants from Tsavo East in taking a bath during the sunset were so beautiful) BUFFALOS (just a big and fat cow that apparently is the most dangerous animal in Africa) LIONS (The ones on ‘honey moon lying down under the tree in Masai Mara and chilling out’) RHINOS (both black and white rhinos, most endangered species, we’ve seen them eating grass in Lake Nakuru national park). So four out of five. The fifth is either cheetah or leopard. Wild cats of Africa, so hard to spot! So rare to see… Today was our last day of Safari and we had the last chance to see a cat. And? we did! He was relaxing on a giant red rock, but as we came he jumped down and lied on the ground. About 80 metres from us, but we could not see its face. Other cars with people who were already bored, drove away and we stayed there alone.  Should we stay or should we go? Well, since we’ve already seen most of the other animals, we decided to stay. And as you know, those who wait, get what they want. After about 40 minutes of waiting, the leopard woke up and walked in the high, dry grasses. Its fur is so perfectly camouflaged in this surroundings, that we had problems tracing him. But it was definitely worth it and we have some great pictures.

Thank you Africa!

Tomorrow I need to wake up before dawn. It’s so marvelous here, with the whole panorama seen from the mountains. Giraffes and elephants coming to drink water. Squirrels, hundreds of lizards and birds. Easily to be missed, since the Sun raises so fast on the equator, dawn is probably the best part of the day. This morning it revealed an enormously precious gift for us. The view of the highest mountain in Africa – Kilimanjaro. I will not forget this day. Lived to the fullest: from early morning to late night!


About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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1 Response to How to make fool of yourself? + The Big 5 accomplished!

  1. tito travels says:

    You made my mom giggle with the image of you dressed as Masai at dinner!

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