Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Last day on the Mara

Yesterday we went on an all day game drive across the Masai Mara.  The animals are not as plentiful at this time of the year as most have migrated to Tanzania.  There are the faithful "residents" that reside on the Kenya side year round.  We had a great day driving across this great expanse of land.  We saw many elephants, lions, giraffe, zebras, gazelles of all types, and many different antelopes.  We also visited a hippo area of the river.  They are monstrous when up close, and from what the ranger told us, they are very dangerous.  They can run fast-who knew?- and they don't like to be disturbed. 

We walked the hippo trails (escorted by a ranger with a very big rifle) up and down along the riverside.  The hippos have very sensitive skin and avoid the heat and sun of the day, and the trails are used  to head to the grass in the evening to eat and are used by the wildebeest during the migration.  Steep hills, and treacherous footing.  No wonder so many wildebeest are injured on the trek down to the river, and then are snapped up by the crocodiles once in the river.  We did see several large crocs as well.

On the long road back to Nairobi, we saw many people carrying water, and water containers for sale at every store along the way.  Water is never far from anyone's mind, and always must be on the daily
 "to  do" list. I counted numerous water projects in progress as we drove along- which is good to see.  I do think that the government of Kenya is trying to increase the water coverage for the people.  There is still much to do.

Please consider organizing a walk for water for your school, youth group, church or community and join H2O for Life on April 16th to raise funds for schools around the world.  If you need help getting started, please contact us!  We are ready to give you ideas and resources that will help you plan a successful event. Bringing water to schools changes lives and opportunities for students.  YOU can help!

Kwaheri! (good-bye)

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