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DAY TWO We got up at about 7:15 and got the fire going. A couple of Masai herd boys came along while we were having breakfast and we gave them tea, toast and bread in exchange for them letting us take their photos. We packed up the truck and were on the road by 8:50. I sat up in the cab with Mike and we yarned away while the stereo played “Diesel and Dust.”¹

We stopped for ½ an hour in a run-down town called Narok and were pestered by kids wanting pens and women selling jewellery.

Moving on, we left the tar seal at about 11:30 and drove into Masai Mara game reserve.

The Mara is on the Tanzanian border and backs onto the Serengeti. Our camp is right on the border.

We had lunch, pitched our tents in the heat of the day and had a wash in the creek.

About 4:00 we went on a game drive. There were thousands of wildebeest about along with the usual zebra and impala. There were a lot of Thompson’s gazelle and Topi around too. We came across a herd of elephants but they didn’t hang around and it was getting too dark for photos so we went back to camp.

¹The classic Midnight Oil album.

Safari dinner prep in the Masai Mara. L-R Fran, Brian, Linda.

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