The Maasai are predominantly a warrior tribe whose lives revolve around herding cattle. They believe the rain God Ngai entrusted the cattle to the Maasai (Masai) people when the earth and sky split, and wealth is measured in number of cattle. Since cattle was given to the Maasai (Masai), they believe its okay to steal from other tribes. They also like to hang around travellers bush camps in the hope of left over food.
One night i faced the call of nature, reluctantly leaving my tent i opted to leave my torch behind as the full moon was bright.
Sleepily looking up from behind the tree ( there are no such luxuries like toilets whilst bush camping) it quickly occurred to me that i was staring at the bright white painted faces of two maasai men.
They seemed quite calm about the scenario however i could have given Usain Bolt a run for his money in complete shock.
Ngorongoro Crater at roughly 20 km wide it’s one of the largest calderas in the world. Within its walls you are likely to see lions, elephants, buffaloes and flamingos to name just a few.
However this beautiful place holds different memories for me………….
The campsite was full of these strange looking creatures called Warthogs, bedding down for the night i became convinced that one was trying to get in to our tent.
I was sure i could hear strange noises outside the tent and i could feel the tents side pressing on my leg.It took a lot of conviencing from my mate that it was just the wind.
I did finally sleep well however stepping out the tent in the morning there were clear signs of animal activity by the tent. Maybe i wasn’t so paranoid after all.
Theres one , theres another…..
It will dawn on you very quickly that zebras are like cows in England and sheep in Wales. When i got my photos developed i think my first twenty or so pictures were of half out of shot , in the distant Zebras
A few silent tears later i finally made it to Africa, being the youngest in the group i soon learnt that i had a lot to learn about life on the road.
My biggest lesson still to this date; if camping and partying on the beach never ever fall asleep in your tent with the fly screen open in a bikini. The mosquitos and sand flies i will definitely make you pay