Going on a safari in Africa is high on the list of things to do for many people. For those of us that have had a chance to take an African safari, it’s most likely one of the highlights of our travels.
Even though Kim & I don’t have any pets, we still love animals. Growing up, my family had a dog until I was around 7 or 8 years old. I know that pets can be a lot of work and I can’t say that I’d really want to have that kind of responsibility now.
However, over the years we’ve had many unforgettable animal experiences while traveling around the US and the world.
While visiting the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, our tour group had the opportunity to visit a Maasai village. From our group of 10, only 3 of us decided to visit the village. For a small fee, we would get a chance to interact with the Maasai and learn a bit about them.
I had remembered seeing on various television shows how the Maasai love to jump. This was right up my alley and I was hoping to get some great shots jumping with them. After being welcomed to the village, they started to do some jumping for us and invited us to join them.
I ended up getting a few good pictures jumping with the Maasai. I also got to wear one of their traditional robes and learned a lot about daily life in the village.
The visit was well worth the $15 or so we each spent to get a glimpse into the lives of these interesting people! (and for the great jumping opportunities!)
While traveling overland through Kenya, many days would consist of long hours on the tour truck with not much to see along the way. We would stop a couple of times to use the bathroom and for a lunch stop.
This day we had a bonus stop. We got to stop at the Equator for a photo-op! There was a small shop selling junky souvenirs but nobody was around to do the water demonstration.
(We’d get to see that later on during the trip while stopping at the Equator in Uganda)
However, there was a very nice double sided sign worthy of taking some pictures.
I love to jump for pictures (for why I jump, click here) while traveling and immediately thought that this was the perfect place for a jump. I had to get pictures jumping on each side of the sign.
My wife and I
I also had to get a picture at the Equator with my wife and then asked if anyone else from the group wanted to join me for a jump. A few people thought about it but in the end I only had one person willing to give it a shot.
This 15-20 minute stop ended up being a lot of fun and probably the highlight of the day.