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Family Christmas in the Mara

Audley client Dr Ian McCurdie writes about his family's Christmas holiday to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The McCurdie family celebrate Christmas Day in the Masai Mara

The McCurdie family celebrate Christmas Day in the Masai Mara

Like so many other families hoping to get away over the festive season, our plans for a dream holiday over Christmas and New Year looked increasingly under threat as the snow and icy weather paralysed the UK’s transport network. Seemingly against the odds, our flight to Kenya departed on time from Heathrow on 21st December and so began our family adventure.

Governors' Main Camp, Masai MaraWithin 24 hours we were enjoying our first taste of safari in the magical Masai Mara. Driving out from the Governor’s Camp with our guide and new friend Joseph, we soon met many of the local residents, including lions, leopard, giraffe, elephants and many more. The abundance of wildlife was truly overwhelming.

That first evening was our daughter Fiona’s 20th birthday, which was celebrated in memorable style by a group of local dancing Masai warriors, complete with birthday cake! Our first Christmas away from home a few days later would turn out to be just as special. We were treated to carol singing, roast turkey and even Christmas crackers – who needs snow!

Masai Mara, KenyaTo celebrate a birthday and Christmas far away from home was, not surprisingly, a very different experience, but one that we thoroughly enjoyed. To have spent the time with the wonderfully friendly people of the Governor’s Camp among the enchanting wildlife of the Masai Mara made it an experience we shall treasure forever.

Christmas in the Masai Mara

Christmas in the Masai Mara

Balloon trips across the Mara

Balloon trips across the Mara

Elland graze as balloons take to the air in the early morning mist

Elland graze as balloons take to the air in the early morning mist

Cheetah

Cheetah

Elephant and calf

Elephant and calf

Giraffe

Giraffe

Hippo

Hippo

Black-backed jackal

Black-backed jackal

Steppe eagle

Steppe eagle

Cheetah

Cheetah

Christmas Day in the Masai Mara

Christmas Day in the Masai Mara

Lion

Lion

Steppe Eagle

Steppe Eagle

Eland

Eland

Zebra in the Masai Mara

Zebra in the Masai Mara

Lion

Lion

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