EXPEDITIONS MAASAI SAFARIS TREATS A MAN WHO MISTOOK A SHOPPING BAG FOR A LION TO A 3-DAY ALL-EXPENSES-PAID SAFARI IN THE MAASAI MARA.
The Meru man who mistook a shopping bag for a lion has been gifted a 3-day safari in the Mara by the award-winning Expeditions Maasai Safaris.
Franklin Murimi, a farmworker from Meru could not hide his excitement as he received the holiday voucher alongside his employer Mrs. Mugambi both of whom were gifted the holiday.
Mrs. Mugambi(left) and her farm assistant, Franklin Murimi(right) pose for a photo at the headquarters of Expeditions Maasai Safaris on May 9, 2022.
The two are currently enjoying a 3-day all-expenses-paid land cruiser safari courtesy of the celebrated tour operator who is catering for all the expenses from transport, accommodation, game drives, drinks, and park entrance charges.
Expeditions Maasai Safaris CEO Pancras Karema(Right) presenting the holiday voucher to Franklin Murimi(Center) and Rosemary Mugambi(Left) on May 9, 2022
Expeditions Maasai Safaris decided to gift the man after his hilarious story went viral. As he narrated, Franklin was sharpening his farm tool in readiness for farm work when he noticed what appeared to be a lion under a flowerbed. He alerted his employer who called KWS to go and take care of the animal. It was when the KWS rangers arrived that they discovered that what was feared to be a lion was actually an image of a lion on a branded shopping bag. It was at this moment that the onlookers, thrilled by the discovery took to social media with photos depicting the hilarious moments.
The lion that never was! A farm-ready Franklin poses with the shopping bag that he mistook for a lion when he was sharpening his farm tool in Meru.
It was when the KWS rangers arrived that they discovered that what was feared to be a lion was actually an image of a lion on a branded shopping bag. It was at this moment that the onlookers, thrilled by the discovery took to social media with photos depicting the hilarious moments.
When receiving the voucher, Franklin had this to say:
I never thought someone would pay for me to go on a holiday. Even my friends were telling me I was pranking KWS, but I truly had seen the image as a lion. Others were even telling me to stop taking drugs, but I am a Christian and have never taken any drugs.
At the Expeditions Maasai Safaris headquarters in Nairobi during the award ceremony, a grateful Mrs. Mugambi who has employed Franklin to assist with farm work in Meru, added
We are very grateful to Expeditions Maasai Safaris for this generous and kind gift for me and my farm worker. I will ask all my friends to support you because you are a kind company and welcomed with open arms.’’
While presenting the voucher to them, Expeditions Maasai Safaris youthful CEO Pancras Karema lauded Murimi’s action and thanked their customers for supporting and enabling his company to touch the lives of fellow Kenyans like Murimi.
Expeditions Maasai Safaris will always encourage and give an opportunity to deserving Kenyans to also experience what our customers enjoy when they are on holiday with us. We believe you will see the real Simba and go back to Meru and encourage others to book a safari to tour our magical Kenya.
Here are some of the photos of Franklin enjoying his treat at the Masai Mara National Reserve
Mrs. Mugambi(left) and her farm assistant, Franklin Murimi(right) pose for a photo en route to Maasai Mara on May 10, 2022
Franklin Murimi uses a pair of binoculars to view spot the wildlife from afar at the Maasai Mara National Reserve headquarters of Expeditions Maasai Safaris on May 10, 2022.
Mrs. Murimi enjoying the game drive experience aboard a safari land cruiser at the Masai Mara National Reserve on May 10, 2022
Franklin all smiles as aboard a safari land cruiser at the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Franklin snaps a selfie with a real Simba(lion) aboard a safari land cruiser in the Maasai Mara National Reserve on May 12, 2022
In a short video taken while enjoying the game drive, Franklin thanked Expeditions Maasai Safaris for the opportunity to see the real lions. You can watch the video hereBook Now TripAdvisor