Our next move wasn’t very far; we remained in the Maasai Mara though outside the Game Reserve. The small village of Labentera is set a little way off the main Narok road. Our accommodation here was a camp site set up above the village with views out across a wide valley. Giraffes wandered back and forward across the vista and impala were glimpsed and heard around the camp.
The dry conditions meant that there were few wild flowers to be seen on much of the trip but we did find a couple near the camp. The flowers were on very prickly and unpalatable looking low shrubs. It’s relatively easy to identify the mammals and birds as there are plenty of books to refer to and many locals who can give you lots of help. Flowers, however, are different; very few people have any idea about them. For now, at least, they will remain unnamed.
The local people make use of much that the natural environment has to offer and one such tree was what was referred to as the ‘sandpaper tree’; its leaves were so rough that it was used to sand down sticks and bows.
Also at the camp was an unperturbed lizard that sat close to everyone as it basked in the sun and really didn’t want to shift from its favoured spot even when approached. There were eagles that swooped down over us from the hill behind and a number of birds that sounded like alarm clocks as dawn arrived each morning.
The wind blew strongly, particularly at night, giving hope to the locals that the rain was on its way: it didn’t make for a good night’s sleep however.