|Keekorak Airstrip, Maasai Mara National Reserve|
|Room at Sand River Masai Mara Tented Camp|
|Hippo in the river|
While it doesn't have the great soaring vistas of Loisaba, Sand River is the perfect place to sit with a sundowner on your patio while watching hippos wallowing in the river waters and monkeys jumping through the trees on the opposite bank. The river was running high since we were there at the height of the long rains which have been particularly heavy this year.
We had all booked a sunrise balloon ride over the Mara for the next morning and after signing documents and getting a briefing on the balloon adventure, we all went to bed early. We were to leave the Sand River Camp at 4:30 the next morning and were told to expect an hour's drive to the balloon launching. We were really looking forward to the adventure. Little did we know how much and what kind of adventure awaited us.