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see it witH Caa The Plains of africa CAA MeMber ChoiCe VACAtions Breakfast on Mount Kenya the clock throughout their 280-hectare enclosure. Rounding a corner on my afternoon game drive, we spot two guards, rifles at the ready, standing near a hulking grey mass. The animal, with her wide snout and short ears, happily grazes on grass 10 metres from our vehicle, obliv- ious to the tourists ogling her every bite. Her guards, however, mean busi- ness. They immediately instruct us not to take photos, which can be tracked by poachers via electronic location stamps. Everyone sets their cameras aside to revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment. post-rhino and another short plane ride later, I step onto the legendary savannah of the Maasai Mara. The sprawling 1,500-square-kilometre region is the undisputed jewel of Kenya’s national park system. Famous for the Great Migration of wildebeest herds, it’s also home to the legendary Maasai warriors. At the airstrip, I meet our guide, who is outfitted in a colourful shuka, a bright red-and-blue checked wrap. After a pleasant exchange of jambo (a more affectionate version of “hello” in Swahili), I learn he is Jackson Ntirkana, one of the region’s last lion- killing warriors. While he maintains a traditional Maasai way of life, Jackson also works as a cultural ambassador for A couple of dAys Canadian charity WE. One of Kenya’s 44 tribes, the Maasai are a semi-nomadic people. They migrate between southern Kenya and the Serengeti of northern Tanzania, a region known collectively as Maasailand. As an ancient and fiercely proud culture, steeped in legend and ritual, they’ve largely withstood Western modernization. But things are changing. Over the next few days, I’m immersed in Maasai culture and learn about their customs, home life and, yes, killing of lions—a practice that’s now illegal in Kenya. During visits to local villages and nightly fireside chats, the story of Jackson’s warrior life emerges. He is part of a generation trying to improve the tribe’s well-being, while preserving their way of life. Jackson explains FRV6W0bFR67F'FrvFFR&672( Ēv2BVBvVv2&&BFRV"BFFRbג&'FvW&PB&V6&FVB( R62( 6VPF( Bfr6VF"vRrvVV"2vR'F&VvFR76pbFR6V6>( G&BG'( ХFW&^( 26WFrFFǒƖ&W&Fp&WBF277FVFVvN( 2BvFЦWBG26VvW2266F66fW&V@&Vf&RG&F6F( ĒFF( BfP&'F6W'Ff6FRWBR77'B( ЦR62( FvWB&'F6W'Ff6FRv06VBגvRwVW76VBv2&WBS +BF6GB6f&GfVGW&R6VFrvPG&fW2G&FF'W6FW"f6G2F67GV&W2B6fvR6V&W'26vWBW6W6fRW&26V7@vFW"66G&fV67VFBf"&RFWF3666G&fV67VF@v&ffR6VG&RvVRvWBFP66RF72VFvW&V@&F66N( 2v&ffRFW&R&PW72FsVgBFRvBRFRBR6vWB6W&W6ǐW66RBW'6vFFPv&N( 2FW7BBF0W&&67GV'v6R'&VVFp֗766VV2F&WVFPV( 2&F66N( 2W&G2श&V&ƗV( 2W6R *FRWB`g&6WF"v2FWfFVBFFPVGV6FBvV&Vrb6fvW'22G&'WFRFR7V'W& &VBW"f&W"6ffVRFЧFr&V'2FRR&VFRF6w&FW"ƗfVBW&Rg&УBF3F&VvWBW"VrЦVF'fRff"vF&rvPVFW"FV2f6GF#p