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Masai Mara, the most spectacular nature reserve of the world

Published : 08/14/2018 08:49:49
Categories : Travels

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Kenya is an impressive place, both for its landscapes and for the incredible variety of native groups. If you want to know more about this extraordinary country and its spectacular nature reserve, read on!

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WHEN TO GO

Between July and October is the best time to go, since it is the dry season and there is a bigger concentration of wildlife population. Furthermore, in July is when migrations begin so you can see groups of hundreds of animals moving to fresher places while avoiding potential predators, a full-blown natural spectacle.

WHAT TO SEE

Accommodation in this area is somewhat expensive as safari tourism is pretty high-priced; therefore almost every hotel is a luxury one. These camping-hotels (with luxury tents) have all the facilities you may need, from swimming pools to boutiques.

We suggest going on a tour of the Bomas of Kenya, where you can take a look at the 42 tribes that compose the impressive Kenyan culture. Here, you will get to better know life in the villages and the way they are organized, also you can enjoy traditional dances and music. Do not miss the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where they are responsible for helping orphaned elephants and rhinos, often because of poachers. There, they take care and rehabilitate the animals before reintroducing them to their natural environment.

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Another stop in Nairobi must absolutely be the National Museum, where you will surely be able to better understand the heritage of Kenya, how its culture created in the course of history, and its counterpoints compared to its historical colonizers. They also have a gallery with 900 bird species, which represent a wide range of the East African avian fauna.

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CULTURE

In addition to the natural parks, you will see the Maasai tribes. In general, they live in small villages scattered across the savannah, and the closest thing to a city is Maasai Mara Town, which is located next to the park gate. The traditional Maasai dress is called shuka, it stands out in the savannah with its bright red colour and all the members of the towns wear dilatations with wooden circumferences and other colourful ornaments.

Remember that you must be respectful to the native population, therefore, in order to observe such a special cultural exhibition you can access some small villages created by the Masaai to be shared with tourists. There, you will see their huts placed in a circle, the center of the village that is the meeting place, and they will show you how the manyattas (Maasai villages) are organized.

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WHAT TO EAT

If you like beers ask for an Uki Uki, which is made with honey. If you’d rather drink wine, then ask for a Mnazi, which is an incredibly good palm wine, and it's sweet, so be careful while drinking it as you can easily get drunk without even realizing it.

The sukuma wiki looks like spinach, but it's actually a wild cabbage, and its taste has nothing to do with the vegetables that Popeye loved to eat. Another must-try is the Matoke, a banana puree accompanied with lemon juice. And that is not a dessert! Actually, it is a sauce, served on a side with the main courses.

You will often find the Ugali, a mass of cornmeal, which is served as a side dish to many recipes. It is considered the staple food of the eastern part of the continent, so don’t worry it will be easy to try it pretty much everywhere you go. Another star dish is the mukino, whose origin can be found in the tribe of the Kikuyus. The mukino is made of corn, peas and mashed potatoes, with stewed meat and sauce.

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