Maasai Mara, Kenya — I have crossed the Sand River into bush country.
Among the great natural wonders of the world, the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya (also spelled Masai Mara) and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania form a contiguous savanna of open range grasses with clumps of umbrella-like acacia trees and scrub.
Two flights by small prop planes from Nairobi were required to reach a short dirt airstrip located deep in the Mara.
Even at the cusp of the migration, recent terrorism in Kenya has greatly reduced visitors to both the Serengeti and Mara. During a long day of exploration, I crossed paths with only two other jeeps. For much of the time, it was truly wondrous isolation.
Well guarded from poachers, yet still wild, it's a place a man armed only with a camera is easy prey. (more)