Mesmerizing Masai Mara

Mesmerizing Masai Mara

In 2007 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a life changing experience for me to meet so many people from different parts of the globe. For few days Nairobi became the capital of the world. When someone travels to Kenya then the words Masai Mara always comes to their mind. A trip to Kenya would be incomplete without visiting the great Masai Mara game reserve for a true African Safari. To my luck there were some safari organizers at the World Social Forum venue and I had already negotiated a one night and two days package for 200 US $. This would including pick up and drop to and from Nairobi, safari, entry fee, lodging and food. I was picked up at 8 AM from my guest house. Luckily I was the first one to be picked up so I secured the priced front seat. I had done my breakfast at the guest house and since I knew that the next meal would be lunch so I had stuffed enough food inside me for the long journey. My luggage just included a few clothes for a night’s trip. Rest of the group members were picked up from different hotels and by 9.30 AM the minivan was ready to head towards Masai Mara. The group was a mixed bag with Brazilians, Americans and of course good old Indians (mostly Guajarati). Within an hour we left the bustling Nairobi town and were now in the real Africa. The roads were good so the journey for the next couple of hours went smoothly.

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Land of the Red

In the beginning

It is becoming somewhat of a tradition to go on photography tour during Holi vacation. Last year it was Khajuraho and we desperately wanted to go somewhere this year also. We had shortlisted Betla – Netarhat circuit or Murshidabad – Baharampur. Our first preference was always Betla – Netarhat but in the back of our mind we were aware that the biggest challenge we might face during Holi vacation will be that of hotel booking. Specially in Betla and Netarhat the best lodging facility was only with Jharkhand Tourism hotels and booking them was a bit difficult than that any other generic hotel.

The only hitch in my plan was the cost factor, it would be bit expensive for two person to travel to Betla – Netarhat since almost all part of the journey would have to be done by a private car since no organized local transports were available.

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