6 In 56 - How 6 Busy Women Can Enjoy 56 Hours In The Bush!!!!
COUTURE Africa|6th Anniversary Edition

Early Sunday morning 6 ladies got up bright and early headed to Wilson Airport for a much-needed coffee and breakfast at Java at The Aero Club by 7am. The service was terribly slow at JAVA, Sue went onto google maps to find the kitchen!

Lisa Christoffersen

Next Stop - Departure and off we go to our Private Scenic Air Charter. The red carpet is laid out and of course we have to take a group photo by the steps of the plane, before boarding. Sam our delightful Pilot gives us a very warm welcome and reminds us to buckle up and put our seats in the upright position before taking off. Sue who decides to join Sam upfront as his co-pilot responds, “I think we should make sure the pilot is in the upright position before landing”.

It was raining upon take off, but as we flew above the clouds we were able to catch the gorgeous sunshine. Scenics’ Airplane is a Deluxe 12 seater Caravan, kitted out with leather arm chairs that rotate, each seat has its own headset with microphone so we can listen to Sam giving us the aerial scenic chat as we fly over the Mara, and we can talk amongst ourselves. Sejal from the charter company had the inflight service sorted and immediately we were airborne we hear one of our favourite sounds come on as we pop a champagne bottle open. Approaching the Mara, Sam flies low and we have the most magical scenic flight tour. Flying right down to Sand River which borders onto the Serengeti in Tanzania we see our first migration crossing – hundreds of thousands of wildebeest dotting the green plains of the savannah – as we are listening to the Lion King’s Circle of Life song. It was so emotional; tears were rolling down my cheeks. I had to remind myself how lucky and blessed I am to be living in such a beautiful country as Kenya, the place I call home.

An hour later we land at Musiara Air Strip, to be met by one of my favourite Driver Guides Solomon. With a big smile he welcomes each lady to The Mara and our luggage gets loaded into Governors’ 4 X 4 Land Cruiser [it is all open with space for all of us and all the many bags we as women tend to bring with us wherever we go....even to the bush… because you go bush – you don’t have to look bush!]. Hugs and bye’s to Sam, to see him again on Tuesday afternoon.

Once settled in the 4 X 4 and Solomon takes us straight from the airstrip out on a game drive. We had only driven for about 20 minutes before we spotted two lionesses with cubs that were 6 – 7 months old. We sat and watched their playfulness and the love of a mother licking her cubs for quite some time. We continued our safari along and found a clearing where we could get out and have a pit-stop, where Solomon adorned the bonnet of his car with a red Maasai blanket and brought out out coffee & tea and delicious homemade cookies from camp. Driving on through the bush we see hundreds of Topy together [which is rather rare], with the odd guard or three standing on an anthill looking out for any ‘danger’. We also saw many old rugged bull buffalo lying in the mud, towers of giraffe elegantly walking through the savannah plains, dirty hyena’s and lots of other game. So many animals with babies.

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