Published: January 27th 2011January 27th 2011
Well this is a bit weird, adding another story after more than half a year, but as I was checking this site again in preparation for my next trip I felt like finishing my blog on Kenya. Also finally found out how to upload pics next to the story :) I can tell you it's a lot easier with actual working internet...
So here I go, some words on my last week in Kenya, see what I can still remember...
Lindsey and me decided to travel through the Rift Valley during our final week in Kenya, great decision it was!
First of all we headed all the way to lake Baringo passing Nanyuki on our way. Nanyuki was an unexpectedly nice little town, with the best little coffee house I've seen in Kenya AND a Nakumat, completely unexpected! It wasn't even written in the Lonely Planet... To make things even better our hotelroom had a view over Mt. Kenya (although not spectaculair, still nice).
In Baringo we stayed in Roberts' Camp, pretty nice place situated directly at the lake, although the food is not as good as the Lonely Planet makes you believe! At night we could hear the
hippo's shuffling around the garden, quite cool, but too dangerous to get outside our little hut, and very important no nightly toilet visits... The morning after we'd arrived we went onto the lake with Nabuu, our 'guide', and saw plenty of hippo's, a beautiful sunrise, and fishermen in dangerously small handmade boats. In the afternoon we enjoyed the pool of a hotel next door, trying to get a tiny little tan after being all covered up for 2 months. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere so much that we decided to stay an extra day, and I decided to go to lake Bogoria the next day together with Nabuu. One word, stunning! Thousands and thousand of pinkish flamingo's and a gorgeous lake surrounded by green hills. After that day I realized I should actually buy another cam, my little pink canon is just not able to capture anything quite like that, ok ok it might be also be due to my photography skills. Maybe.
Anyways, after Baringo it was time for lake Naikuru. We fetched a ride from a nice white Kenyan lady, who also recommended us some restaurants in town. This time we stayed in a cheap hotel downtown, completely
desolated, and we had two rooms on the roof with a great view, a big sink to wash our clothes and a lot of sun to dry them. Naikuru is in fact a very nice town with excellent opportunities for some good souvenir shopping :) The following day we went on a safari to Naikuru NP. Highlights: seeing a Rhino from 3 metres distance, and a big baboon jumping into another safari van, you should have seen the face of he lady inside the van, completely terrified!
After Naikuru, lake Naivasha was our last stop, we found a great hostel called Camp Carnelley's, perfect atmosphere, and beautiful bar with colorful pillows and all that. By then I was missing Kibwezi so much already that I decided to head back there one last time. We went back to Nairobi, where I left Lindsey with Gloria and got onto a bus to my beloved little town! Ont he bus I fell in love with a little girl, and I think she liked me quite a bit as well. She was completely cute, and in the end she was sleeping on my lap for almost two hours, I so wanted to take her
home! Arriving in Kibwezi it was great to back, and see everyone once more! The following day I had to go back to Nairobi, for a goodbye dinner with the entire team in the best Italian restaurant in town, which was a great ending to a great journey.
Kenya, asante sana! I'll be coming back for sure!
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