Out of Africa, Again – In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro

From my journal for Day 5 (5 April 2016) “I have noticed that Kenyans greet you by asking ‘How are you?” After a very satisfactory breakfast, we went to Amboseli National Park. At the gate, I traded two clean T-shirts for a copper bracelet.”

Tom going to get our park passes

“The ecosystem here is very different from both the Masai Mara (savannah) and Nakuru (lakeland forest). It is a swampy desert.  We saw three lone hyenas (I have been told that the males are solitary, the females and pups were in a den somewhere), and we saw herds of elephants.  Pretty birds came to share our lunch, and now I am sitting at the pool bar watching the doves come for a drink from the swimming pool.”

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

” I have had a lovely chat with Phillip the bartender.  He is Masai and he didn’t get to go to school but he learned English from his older brother who did.  His father had four wives and many children. Phillip wasn’t able to attend school because his parents died and he had to support himself.  He has two sons and they are in school because Phillip believes that education is important.  He told me that Masai boys begin herding goats and sheep at ten years of age and graduate to cattle at fourteen. He has four cows, ten goats, and one wife, who looks after the cows and goats while he works and his sons go to school.   Phillip told me that you can’t eat a big house or a car.  He seems to have found the perfect balance between Masai tradition and contemporary values.”

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