Day 5: Safari on the Masai Mara

Charles, team-favorite safari guide and self-proclaimed “ bushman”, received a CB radio message of a rare and special sighting as we were driving through the park.

By Michelle Outman

Day 5 - MASAI MARA

We packed ourselves up, had breakfast as the sun was waking up, and headed for the famous Kenya National Park, Masai Mara. The ride was bumpy and long but oh we were so very rewarded.

Charles, team-favorite safari guide and self-proclaimed “ bushman”, received a CB radio message of a rare and special sighting as we were driving through the park. He didn’t make any promises but told us we were on a mission to hopefully witness the "VIP" with our very own eyes.

Sure enough, we pulled up on the scene and saw a leopard resting in a tree. What a rare and special treat to see this amazing feline climb down from the tree and walk into the camouflage of the Masai Mara landscape.

We checked into the lodge and then went out for a sunset safari where blessings abounded – cheetah, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, antelope, Thompson gazelle, zebra, topi, and more.

We enjoyed a Kenyan meal for dinner and will look forward to our sunrise safari tomorrow.

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Michelle Outman is h.o.w? Ministry's executive director. She is a pastor/minister, missionary, and the mother of 4 children including twin sons adopted from Ethiopia. 

Rebekah Johnston is a registered nurse. She moved to Cape Girardeau in June of 2018. This is her first time to Kenya, and her third trip to Africa. "I love serving the least of these in the most beautiful country."

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Today was nothing short of miraculous. Seeing creation in its most natural form is like nothing else on earth.

By Rebekah Johnston

Day 5 - MASAI MARA

Saturday in Kenya started out earlier than usual with breakfast at 6:00am followed by a devotional from Mackenzie.

We loaded the buses and left Heart Lodge around 7:30am. We had a lengthy drive to the Masai Mara with a few stops to sightsee and grab snacks. The view of the Rift Valley was incredible. There are two mountains there with dormant volcanoes. We stopped to take photos and use the washrooms. We arrived at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge around 2:30. It is a beautiful place with the most incredible view of the Mara.

After lunch we settled into our rooms and then headed back out to safari until sunset. We were able to see lots of animals, including a leopard, 2 cheetahs, gazelles, elephants, zebras, cape buffalo, warthogs, ostriches, giraffes, and a hyrax.

We ended the day with a sunset drive back to the Mara Serena for a traditional Kenyan dinner.

Today was nothing short of miraculous. Seeing creation in its most natural form is like nothing else on earth.

“Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

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