I dream of a place so remarkable it is unparalleled for the richness of its wildlife, landscape and culture. I see grassy plains, rock-strewn desert, extinct volcanoes, lakes, mountains, beaches and coral reefs.
I stand astride the Equator at this crossroad of Africa. To my left, the burning desert of the north; to my right, the vast rolling plateau of the south. I am here and this is Kenya, home to one of the world's last great reservoirs of wildlife. It's here that I encounter the greatest concentration of free-ranging wildlife of earth and explore the customs of the proud Maasai people.
In the North behind Mount Kenya, I ride through the semi-arid region of Samburu National Park and watch wildlife along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. A parade of rare species exclusive to the region: Long-necked Gernuk, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe and Beisa Orxy appear from the African bush to drink from the life giving waters. Suddenly.. the elephants arrive and the other animals retreat to the cool shade of the acacia trees while the birds chirp loudly overhead.
I visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a living tapestry of grassy savannah, spreading thorn trees and tall forests. This is June and each year the reserve is covered with over a million wildebeest. Here the green grass of the Mara plains nourishes them -- until the arrival of the November rain, calls them back to the land of their birth, the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania.
This is the Africa of my dreams; an Africa of unparalleled beauty mixed with the tragedy of life in the wild. This Africa is not a dream but a reality. This Africa is KENYA - The Land of the Masai.