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Maasai Mara June 7, 2006

We were up REALLY early this morning at 4:45 AM - but there was a good reason! Today was the day that we could cross off number two on our list of 101 Things To Do Before We Die - a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. It was spectacular, and definitely something we will do again someday. Gliding across the tree tops, viewing the wildlife, a gentle landing, and a fabulous breakfast by the river - it was incredible. This was followed by a really long game run, complete with a cheetah who posed for us. After a great BBQ lunch, Jim and I relaxed at the camp for the afternoon, well OK, we napped - it was an early morning after all!
Inflating the balloon
Inflating the balloon
The pilot adjusts the gauges
The pilot adjusts the gauges
Sunrise over the Maasai Mara
Sunrise over the Maasai Mara
The Mara as seen from above the trees
The Mara as seen from above the trees
Hippos on the Mara River
Hippos on the Mara River
The Mara River
The Mara River
Giraffe
Giraffe
The other balloon
The other balloon
That's us!
That's us!
A classic shot
A classic shot
Still some colour in the sky
Still some colour in the sky
Olooloo Escarpment
Olooloo Escarpment
Another classic shot.
Another classic shot.
Hot gases filling the balloon envelope
Hot gases filling the balloon envelope
Flying free (both us & the bird!) by the escarpment
Flying free (both us & the bird!) by the escarpment
Mara River
Mara River
Skimming the trees
Skimming the trees
Crossing off #2 on our list (2006) - Priceless!
Crossing off #2 on our list (2006) - Priceless!
Champagne after a successful flight, with the pilot of the other balloon
Champagne after a successful flight, with the pilot of the other balloon
A fabulous breakfast
A fabulous breakfast
The 'loo'
The 'loo'
Maribu stork copy
Maribu stork copy
This mound will do
This mound will do
Scanning for breakfast copy
Scanning for breakfast copy
Thompson's gazelle
Thompson's gazelle
Cheetah will sit on the mounds (or climb on the vehicles) to spot their prey
Cheetah will sit on the mounds (or climb on the vehicles) to spot their prey
Thompson's gazelle
Thompson's gazelle
Topi
Topi
A herd of topi
A herd of topi
Hitching a ride on a cape buffalo
Hitching a ride on a cape buffalo
Crocodile in the Mara River
Crocodile in the Mara River
Hippos in the river
Hippos in the river
Crocodile Rock (with apologies to EJ)
Crocodile Rock (with apologies to EJ)
Vultures
Vultures
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Kichwa Tembo dining hall
Kichwa Tembo dining hall
Kichwa Tembo pool
Kichwa Tembo pool
Jim and Spunky in front of our tent, H-05.
Jim and Spunky in front of our tent, H-05.
Luxurious walk-in shower
Luxurious walk-in shower
Inside of our tent
Inside of our tent