Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Nashulai Maasai Warriors Training

Hands up School Trips 5 Days Oldarpoi Nashulai Maasai Conservancy.

A group of 25 Students and their teachers arrived to Oldarpoi Mara Camp.
for a trip to learn our culture and explore our beautiful Sceneries of our greater ecosystem in Nashulai Maasai Conservancy.
The Iceberg started by  welcoming songs from Maasai warriors. 
welcoming all our guests to our ecotourism Oldarpoi Mara Camp and clients can join the warriors welcoming songs 
as our cultural hospitality in our culture in Maasai community.

Day 1. 7/04/2018

Hiking in Ngama Hills 2200 meters above sea level, mission to learning flora and fauna with Maasai warriors who are more 
knowledgeable in ethnoveterinary knowledge of the Maasai people.
Reaching the peak of the Hills, we had a Maasai Olympics games which we usually term it 
“Maasai Warriors Training in Nashulai Maasai Conservancy” 
whereby we trained them  the techniques of throwing Maasai Clubs or Rungus;
For instance Different ways of throwing short distances and long distances.
We show them on how to hold and throw real Maasai spears shown by  Maasai Warriors.
inally how to use Maasai Arrows and Bows to aim a target when shooting the Arrows..
While explaining Ceremonial plants like Leleshwa or wild Camphor plant. Many questions arise on how the Maasai uses
 the above plant when Warriors living in the wilderness.

Throwing the Clubs or Rungus in Maasai Olympics games is decades practice of young teenagers and Warriors in the field
and it need a lot of practices, so everyone needed to pay a lots of attention for the lessons.

Day 2  Community Projects in the community school

After dinner, we always as a model in our campfire, Maasai Warriors set a side storytelling sessions to clients in the camp. 
We tell Maasai culture stories, Maasai Origin stories and stories of Wildlife in our Maasai Mara ecosystem. 
We also exchange cultures across different nationalities. 
Our first story told by the Maasai Elder was “Rite of Passage” how a young teen in Maasai gradually change from childhood to adulthood.
During morning hours we had a school visitation to interact with school children and our clients join community work by painting 
and clearing the field by slashing.
playing with school children and other volunteering trained in classes.

Day 3 Nature Walk to track animals in Nashulai Maasai Conservancy
We also training warriors on how to track animals in the field, We did our introduction on how to track by keenly following the animals tracks. 
We selected two different groups to compete on identifying animals tracks and spotting animals in the distance and the end of our tracking 
walk with the help our trainers which group has spotted and tracked many animals.
Amazing news we got the King of the Jungle foot tracks the Male Lion, The largest  land Mammal the Elephants
 and many plains animals like Zebras and Giraffes.
Day 4 Safari with Picnic lunches for long Day Game spotting in Maasai Mara National Reserve.
We all as Maasai warriors passionate to spot all the Big Five animals in the world famous Maasai Mara national reserve.
 After a successful warriors training, evening storytelling and Wildlife animals tracking sessions. 
Now another big day to start a safari upto Mara River, 
where the spectacle natural phenomena of Wildebeests migration crossing annually happened. 
The luckiest day we had after we spot the big cats like Lions, Cheetahs and even be able to spot the 
endangered species of Black Rhino near the adjacent Main gate Sekenani.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Friends from across Oceans

Glad to host the group from California through With my own two hands team, that has few our Mara Learning Academy in Sekenani. We really appreciate the donors to the kids in the learning institution.

We the whole community grateful to the help and your time to teach our young upcoming leaders in the society.

I learning a lot from the design and the drawing class by D. Love of Tall. Works.
Others volunteers teached our Kids on how to create Paper Airplane
Presenting a ball from our friends

Teaching session

Photo with friends

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ornithology In Maasai Mara National Reserve

Our Lenses work, During our morning drive these are the birds we encountered;
First of our bird is the national bird of Kenya. Getting uncovered in the Meta plains with its beautiful colors.
The name of the Bird is Lilac Breasted Roller.
Lilac Breasted Roller.
Our Second Avian is the well known bird of its kind, With the facts showing that it build the biggest nest of all african birds and unoccupied nest host the Grey Kestrel bird which belongs to one of the parasitic birds. its name is derived from the shape of its heads that look like a Hammer. The name is Hamerkop (Scopus Umbretta).
Hamerkop Bird
Third Bird is the Sooty Chat a bird that inhabit the Anthills in the Maasai Mara Savanah Grassland mostly near the Ngama Hills or Olkeju Rongai Stream.
Sooty Chat with Sky Panaromic.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Maasai Mara Global March 2017

23th of September 2017. Was a day where all world walked to pass the massage of conserving our Magnificent Animals in our greater ecosystem of Maasai Mara. The multitude of all races conservationists marched to send the message of anti-poaching to stop demand of animals products.
At the venue in Talek, CEO Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), Mr. Kaelo flag off the Marchers to start the Walking for 10 Kms from Nyumbu Camp plain or Inkila plain to Talek Gate. 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Big Cats Differences

                             Cheetah and Leopard
 The difference between Cheetah and Leopard can be a difficult task to many people.
  • Cheetah has spots while Leopard has Rosettes.
  •  Body size the Cheetah has smaller body male weigh 54 kgs while Leopard has bigger body male weigh 70 kgs.
  • Tail shape, Cheetah Tail is flat while Leopard Tail is tubular in shape.
  • Facial Marking, The Cheetah has black line at the corner of the eye down the cheeks while Leopard lack. Cheetah eyes are amber in color while Leopard eyes are more green blue in color.
  • Claws structure, Cheetahs lack retractable claws because the need to speed up in running while Leopards has retractable claws.
  • Behavior, Cheetahs are Diurnal active during the day, While the Leopards are nocturnal active during the night.
Cheetah yawning in the Maasai Mara.

Leopard on the spot during the day.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Whole World looking upon Maasai Mara why?

Whole World looking upon Maasai Mara why?
During Wildebeests migration time, Many friends across the world experience great happening in Maasai Mara wildebeests crossing the Mara River and also spotting other games in the Maasai Mara Savannah grasslands. At Oldarpoi Mara Camp, we had a great tour to the Mara ecosystem and we saw a lot of animals.
First, Our game drive day 1 in Nashulai Maasai Conservancy which is  an animal haven and a safe animals corridor that link the Maasai Mara National Reserve and communities conservancies. We first spotted Maasai Giraffes and the luckiest part is that we saw a newly born baby, struggling to stand before the hungry Mara predators like Hyenas or Wild Dogs and so on.

Before, heading to a sun downer with a Bonfire, we spotted African Savanna Elephants led by Female Matriarch browsing with no hurry, " what is that between eye and the Ear, that look like fluid path". said Mark. This is the Temporal Glands that is found on both Females and Males but it occur due to maybe the Elephant being existed, stressed or male musth ( Mating season).

Day 2, Hoping to see Big Cats in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We packed our lunch boxes for all of our crew. What amazed me is that we encountered again a newly born Impala Fawn near the main entry to Maasai Mara at a gate called Sekenani Mara Gate.
After 8 kms drive, we were welcome by the African largest cat, King of the jungle feeding on a cow fresh carcass after becoming the Lion prey at dawn.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Wonders in Mara

Wonders of the Mara Ecosystem is not only Wildebeests or the Mighty wildlife diversity.
Our Mara Learning and Development Centre Botany Class had a trip to Maasai Mara Botanical Garden 8 kms away from the Centre.
We saw the magnificent plants e.g Coffee, Coconuts, and many others that we were not expecting to encountered in the semi arid climate of Mara Ecosystem.
We had a a fantastic tour by The owner Mr. Suraj a Botanist who decided to plants many fruits in The Maasai Mara for both pure organic with only cattle manure to add nutrients to these fruit plants.
"Why in the Mara?" one trainee ask. "Plants grow in places like India, why not in Maasai Mara"
"What is the mission of you establishing this Botanical Garden". Reson ask in curiosity. I started so to empower people and to change the community mindset that plants only grow in the wildness and all fruits must be bought in towns and cities. I want to commercialize this Garden.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Lioness Facts

Do you know that it the Lioness who hunt? the fact is that the Lioness is the main hunter but they prefer hunting in groups to facilitated the killing to success. In a pride of Lions, females are related to each other e.g. Sisters, aunties and Cousins who live together forever.
Warriors knows that the Lioness with cubs are always so aggressive. They are always warn so to be keen when looking after their domestics animals in the wild.

Monday, 1 May 2017

The White Baboon

It is quite rare to encountered white Baboon, But recently in the Mara Simba Lodge area, we frequently got a picture of an albino Baboon. It might not be true that is Albinism but it might be Leucism which affect the pigment in the skin and its fur. This might be a topic to discussed from the blue as many are not aware of the white Baboon in the wilderness. What amazed me is when the white creature forage with no worry among the troop of about 35 troops. "I got closer so to agree it is the white baboon" Said John.

White Baboon foraging

It is under research so to identify what has affecting the Baboon to appear white. It was on our morning hour research when volunteers got the snapshot of the white creature which has astonished many of our facebook page fans.
 The Baboon is luckly to survive the unfamiliar and non camouflage environment, so for the safari goers tour the Maasai Mara ecosystem to be luck to encounter the unusual creature.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Four of the Big Five Animals

Why called the Big Five?
These are the animals in Africa that are referred by game hunters that are difficult to hunter on foot.
Being the Africa Buffalo, Africa Elephant, Lion, Leopard, and Rhino.
I decided to discuss the four of the Big Five that I encountered recently in the Greater Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Leopard; Is an elusive cat that is active during the night but we were lucky enough to spot it being active that morning.
Leopard are also good climber and they can hide their prey on top of the trees, so to keep away any predator from reaching.
Gestation period of the Leopard is 90 to 95 days.
Leopard (Pantera Leo)

 African Elephant; Large land mammal with amazing good memory that can enable them to identify their relative killed for quite a period of time. They have the longest period of gestation that can take it 22 months to give birth to one calf.
They are also huge animals that can forage for about 16 hrs and also good seeds disposal animals, there are seeds that only grow when passing through their digestion system.
African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)

Lion; Is not only the Big Five is also the Big Cat and only the cats that form pride (walk on groups).
It takes a Lion 108 days to give birth to cubs.
The chores for hunting is mostly done by females and the dominant male work is to protect the territory and first to feed on a prey after the hunting is done as a prize for the protection. Then the last to fed on are the cubs.
They spend time napping after eating that can take 20 hrs a day. They don't worry they the kings of the jungle.
Lion (Pantera Leo)
African Buffalo; They grazers animals that can live on their herds or mostly old males prefer living alone when aged.
They are the most aggresive of all Big Five said by the game hunters and known to kill many game hunters.
Gestation period takes 11.5 months to give birth to a calf.
Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer)