Saturday we left Gary and Mary’s compound. Gary had his Maasai employees sing us a traditional Maasai song. You can watch part of it by clicking on this link: Maasai Song. After leaving the compound, we stopped back at Endonyo Narasha to treat a few people from the surrounding community.
At this point, we were starting our safari portion of the trip, in the Masai Mara National Reserve. But first, we had to stop at a small village to pick up a spare tire for our van. You don’t want to get stuck with a flat in the middle of an animal reserve! While we waited for the tire, I met a Kenyan named “Black Fire,” who sold various types of vehicle and generator fuel. He taught me to say the date and time in Maasai.
Once our tire was loaded up, we headed for Siana Springs, a tented resort just outside of the reserve. Each dwelling area there is a large tent spread over a wooden frame built into a concrete foundation. Each tent even included a toilet, shower, and electricity! The entrance consisted of a normal tent zipper, and we were told to tie the zipper shut to keep out monkeys, who had learned how to unzipper the doors.
We were able to get a discount for our stay at the resort by treating their workers, so after lunch we held open consultations for the resort staff. Then we spent the rest of the day enjoying the pool and exploring the beautiful grounds (and wildlife!) of the resort. That night we held devotions in the open-walled bar.