We finally arrived at the lovely Serena Hotel that is decorated in a Safari motif. During check-in we were cautioned to keep our cottage doors closed because of the large population of monkeys. Tim and Jeff went to their cottage but must not have heard the receptionist's warning and left their door ajar. While they were unpacking, Jeff turned around and spotted a monkey looking in the door. Instead of scaring him away, Jeff said, "Hi buddy!" Of course, the monkey took this as an invitation to quickly enter the room, snatch a packet of sugar on the opposite side, and scurry out. All of this happened in the blink of an eye, thus welcoming them to safari life!
After lunch, our first stop was a Masai village where we were greeted with dancing and singing by the brightly dressed women and blessed by the shaman. We were also given a fire starting demonstration, using two sticks, a pile of dry dung, and some grass. We went inside one of their mud huts and were then led to a display of their many crafts for sale. It was all fascinating, except for the extraordinary number of flies per square inch. Even as we drove away, we were still shooing them out our windows.
Our safari then began in earnest and we enjoyed photo ops with a herd of elephants, a huge flock of flamingos, some hippos, and loads of wildebeests and gazelles, as well as numerous colorful birds. The day ended with a glorious sunset over the broad plain.
After dinner, we held our nightly devotion during which we shared our reflections and praised God for the myriad wonders of His creation. Each morning and evening has started with such a prayer service, and they have been perfect bookends for the day. Tomorrow we are off to Nairobi and home.
Truly amazing! Thank you to our missionaries for sharing their journey with us. And thank you to everyone who has commented and followed along with the trip. We continue to pray for our team as they prepare to travel home.