As we landed at our destination, our guides met us in 6 large green Land Rovers to transport us from the airstrip to Camp Intrepid. Upon arrival at the camp we were assigned to our tents. Each couple got a tent that was surrounded by lush green foliage and was far enough away from the neighboring tents to provide privacy. The veranda of each tent overlooked the Mara River. A 4 ft. high electric fence was all that separated us from the critters on the other side of the river. We were also informed that whenever we left our tent, we needed to prop the two deck chairs in front of the front zipper of our tent, because the local monkeys had learned how to unzip the front flap to get at any food or other goodies inside.
After settling into our tent we went for a great four course buffet lunch. There was then about an hour and a half to nap, visit the gift shop, or explore the camp before our first game drive. As much as I enjoy a good nap, we choose to explore.
Posing at the airstrip after arriving safely at the Mara!
This is not your typical Boy Scout tent! It had hardwood floors, a flush toilet, shower, his and hers vanity, mosquito netting for the beds. At night after we returned to our tents from our 4 star restaurant dinner, we found that some one had put a hot water bag in our beds so we had warm beds to crawl into. In the morning they brought us hot chocolate as a wake up call.
This the group with whom we went on all of the game drives (2 or 3 each day for 3 days). Our guide/driver was a Masai native who was extremely knowledgeable about all of the animals and where and when to find them. His christian name is James or as he said "James Bond". The other 2 couples are the McBrides who serve their mission in Mombasa, Kenya (on our left) and the Burgeners who serve in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania-he is a counselor to the Mission Presidency (on James' left).
One of the monkeys in our camp.
The King of the Beasts "Simba"