Greetings Fisi Blog readership. In terms of importance, one underrated aspect of camp life in the Mara is access to the “choo” – the word for bathroom in Kiswahili (pronounced cho). Given the likelihood of GI infections and other bugs of that ilk, it’s always nice to have nearby choo you can run to. However, living in a tented camp without askaris (guards) or fences is a reality out here, and one that you need to respect if you plan to continue living. Hordes of dangerous animals migrate through camp every night to reach a productive swathe of grassland on the plateau behind the forested hillside our camp rests on – the herbivores to consume said grass and the carnivores follow to prey upon the herbivores. Most of the time it isn’t safe to leave your tent in Serena between the hours of 9:00PM and 5:00AM. The species you need to especially watch out for are cape buffalo, hippos, and elephants, with lions and leopards also presenting a significant threat but not as likely to get taken by surprise and charge you. Obviously, documenting nocturnal camp life if pretty difficult given the aforementioned set of circumstances. But there is good news!
|A collection of fauna that enjoy the Cho' Life|
All hail His Grace, Carlos of House Chui, First of His Name, King of the Jowls, Lord of the Night, and Protector of the Realm