Thursday, September 1, 2016

Under canvas. . . . . . . . . . . . .



Having visited the African countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
 and South Africa on two occasions, this upcoming safari trip to Kenya is
 definitely exciting to me, also to Bob who was on one of those previous trips.
 Paula is taking us along on this one, as she did the others, and having already
 stayed at Mara Plains several times, knows exactly what to expect.  From what
 she has told us, and from the detailed dossier we have received from the
 safari organizer and viewed on the camp's website, what will be awaiting us
 nestled in a lush forest on the meandering bends of a river, will be spectacular!

This is the beautiful Mara Plains Camp where we'll be staying for the ten nights 
in the Maasai Mara area of Kenya. There are just seven large tents built on raised
 strong teak platforms with deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough hewn
 wood floors, and accents of East Africa's rich history. 

Each private tent has well-appointed en-suite facilities with a
 deep copper tub (if there's bubble bath available even I might have
 a soak in this one!), and a huge open shower.

The sitting area includes comfy chairs and a desk looking out onto a
spacious private veranda. Hopefully WiFi will be working well and 
perhaps I can blog from here now and then.


I hope to take many more photos to share once ensconced in my tent.
The camp's main area, positioned just so with the horizon directly ahead across
 the vast open plain, will also be a chance for some interesting photos in between
 all those exciting game drives we'll be taking each day.
More on the Maasai Mara and safari life later.





 Photos via Mara Plains Camp

17 comments:

  1. Looks splendid Mary but dont forget to draw the curtains when you enjoy that open shower!

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    1. Haha! Rosemary I showered in a similar tent with this type of open shower in Botswana - there was no way anyone could see inside from the outside (they really cater to privacy for guests) and perhaps this will be similar! I prefer showers to tub baths so guess I will have to go for it, curtains or not!

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    2. Wow, this is amazingly gorgeous! Are there concerns about wild animals getting into the tents? Are the mosquitoes bad there?

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    3. Melanie, the tents are raised off the ground so animals such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants shouldn't manage to get in. Also, every part of the camp is under watchful armed guards, especially at night, and in this area of the Mara they are the native Maasai who work at the camp.
      I suppose there are mosquitoes everywhere which is why we sprayed the Permethrin on our outerwear, hats, shoes etc., and will then spray our skin, but on my other safari trips I was never bitten. Here in my garden I can't get 10 feet from the door without getting several bites during the summer season! We will also be taking Malarone which is a necessary prophylactic med. to ward off malaria if one is bitten by an infected insect!

      Mary -

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  2. Oh wow, I think I could forget about creepy crawlies to take a bubble bath in that tub. Have a wonderful time. look forward to seeing your photos.

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  3. Now that does look amazing! Certainly unlike safari accomodations that I would imagine.

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    1. Not your typical scout tent is it Vee?
      Mary -

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  4. I look forward to seeing those pics Mary.

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  5. Mary, it looks amazing. (But I'd still like to be sure that no wild animals were around!)

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    1. Oh they will be, can't keep them away! There's even a video showing a leopard with its kill - a gazelle - under one of the tents at night!!! That's certainly a bit too close for comfort isn't it!
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  6. Oh so beautiful! A place I really would love to visit...love it!
    Have a happy weekend, take care.
    Titti

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  7. All I could say is WOW! What a trip of a life time.

    Hugs, m

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  8. How stunning!! That copper tub is to die for!! Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

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  9. I love that open shower space! Amazing place!

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  10. Mary, you will certainly not be roughing it! Wow, what amazing facilities. You are going to have a wonderful safari and I am looking forward to your photos and notes. Thanks.
    Farm Gal in SW VA

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