A Journey Through the Heart of Kenya: Masai Mara Safari and Community Outreach”


Embarking on a mission to the Masai Mara, Anna Blakicka and Fr Constantinos discovered a harmonious blend of breathtaking wildlife and the profound needs of local communities. This blog post captures the essence of their journey, from the thrill of encountering the big five to the heartfelt moments shared with vulnerable communities.

Safari Adventure:

The Masai Mara, renowned as the home of wild animals, offered an unforgettable safari experience. The big five – Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Leopards, and Cheetahs – graced their presence, creating moments of awe and wonder. Amidst the diverse wildlife, encounters with Hyenas, Gazelles, Rhinos, and Jackals added to the richness of the safari. Navigating the rough terrains of the park in a four-wheeler, the driver even joked we were now experiencing the ‘African massage‘ which became a humorous highlight, resonating with the vibrancy of the journey.

Lion’s Roar:

A poignant highlight of the safari was witnessing lionesses in action, hunting a buffalo in broad daylight. The majestic king protected his pride, while the innocent eyes of lion cubs added a touch of vulnerability. The thought of adopting a lion cub as a pet crossed their minds, but respect for park rules prevailed, allowing nature to unfold undisturbed.

Mission to Needy Communities:

Beyond the wild landscapes, the mission extended to visiting the most vulnerable communities surrounding the Masai Mara. Following the consecration of St Irene Orthodox church, Anna and Fr Constantinos delved into a world where basic needs are a rarity. St Irene Orthodox Mission became a beacon of hope, providing sanctuary for the most vulnerable children from such communities. The duo shared what they could, realizing the stark reality of living conditions and sparking a commitment to return and offer more assistance.

Reflections on Community Outreach:

Anna moved by the stark contrast between their own lives back in Poland and the conditions of the local population, expressing disbelief at the extent of poverty in Kenya. There is therefore urgent need of reaching out to the most needy areas in Kenya, exemplified such areas where education and permanent homes are scarce commodities.


The journey through the Masai Mara encapsulates the dichotomy of Kenya – a land teeming with astounding wildlife and vibrant landscapes, yet juxtaposed with communities facing profound challenges. Anna Blakicka and Fr Constantinos’ mission exemplifies the transformative power of travel, bridging worlds and inspiring a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

Fundraiser Towards Supporting St Irene Kids

To further enhance the impact, we invite you to join our fundraising initiative dedicated to supporting the children at St Irene Orthodox Mission Centre and Orphanage. Your generous contributions will not only enable these kids to experience the wonders of a tour similar to the Masai Mara safari but also provide ongoing support for their well-being and education.