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Audley client Dr Ian McCurdie writes about his family's Christmas vacation 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 vacation 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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