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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 28th 2018

A sleep in today. Awake at 0730, finish packing bags and out of the tent by 0830 for a leisurely breakfast. We are meant to be leaving at 1000 for the flight to Nairobi. Get to breakfast and told the flight is delayed and we won’t leave until 1030. No problems, have time to shop a bit and catch up on blogs, etc. Go and pay the bills then we are told the plane is even later so we will leave soon and do a final game drive on the way to the airstrip. Good idea. Pack the bags into the trucks and away we go. Over the same territory as yesterday. We search for the lions we had seen. Get news that the lions are in the area. We search one way, others in different ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi February 11th 2018

Sunday 11 February – still in Nairobi! After an excellent breakfast (which I had missed the 2 previous mornings due to the tours starting early) I decided to get stuck into my blog and to further plan my earlier exit from Nairobi, perhaps by flying to Mozambique rather than having to go to South Africa. After lunch, I caught a taxi to the Nairobi National Museum Tours. There are no metred taxis but they have a book which tells them how much to change going from A to B. There is such a dominance of paper-based systems – receipting, accommodation, etc etc. and yet I am sure there is one mobile phone for each of the 48.5 million Kenyans! The National Museum of Kenya opened in 1930 as a place for local naturalists to collect and ... read more
Nairobi National Museum - east African Crowned Crane (1)
Nairobi National Museum - Eland or Oryx (2)
Nairobi National Museum - history of currency (2)

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi February 10th 2018

Saturday 10 February, Day 3 Nairobi – The arrangements with Douglas, my guide from the previous day, was for a driver to pick me up at 6.00am. Meanwhile, after waiting until 7.15am and after calling the Safari Link Africa office I eventually met Chris the driver along with 4 women from Chicago who had booked the same tour. The only advantage of waiting all that time was that I saw a magnificent sunrise!!! As usual, after fighting the Nairobi Saturday morning traffic, we eventually were driving on the very rough, pot-holed road which carried massive numbers of trucks going from Mombasa to Nairobi, to all the other more northern African countries. First stop was the Rift Valley which provided some of Kenya’s most dramatic scenery, with sheer cliffs, algae-rich lakes and desert expanses dotted here and ... read more
The Great Rift Valley Kenya (1)
The Great Rift Valley Kenya (10)
Lake Naivasha outside Nairobi (18)

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 27th 2014

My bags are packed and I leave for the airport later on tonight. All that is left to do is complete this last blog entry to draw this African adventure to a close. Thank you all for reading my entries so far. It has definitely made a big difference to know that you have all been following and supporting me on my trip. The flights have been more of the same – gun shot victims, malaria, heart attacks, sepsis, cerebral insults of various forms etc etc. Nothing beats landing on an airstrip that is basically a meadow full of flowers that had cattle grazing there moments before! I have completed 52 medical evacuations and have flown 76,098 miles which is more than 3 times around the world! Shame AMREF don’t have an air miles scheme. Mum ... read more
Local ambulance in Mweiga, Kenya
Mweiga airstrip

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 17th 2014

Everybody always asks me, why I travel alone. If I'm not afraid, or if I don't miss company. Truth is...I don't miss anything, because in this way, you create your own journey, you don't actually plan that much and best of all, you don't need to adjust your plans to other people. If it happens that you share a part of the path with someone, it's more coincidence and a much bigger pleasure than it would be otherwise. So, in this way I end up doing all kinds of stuff, with all kinds of people that I meet on the way. And honestly, I get to know so much more people if I'm alone than when I travel with somebody. Today, I enjoyed the company of a very nice girl, which turned out to be only ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 12th 2014

A day for doing nothing…except of a bit shopping and writing of course :) And that’s the good thing about having time when traveling, you don’t need to hurry, you just live in the day and let our plans rest for a while. Since I was sitting on a bus or safari truck for a while in the last past week, I decided to move a bit and took a walk to one of the malls around here. It’s bizarre, how you see small wooden huts along the main road, and then suddenly there’s a huge modern shopping mall, where all of the fancy people meet and shop, guarded by employees who most probably live in those small huts and will never be shopping in the place themselves. But I needed a bit pampering, so I ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 5th 2014

I hardly can describe the feeling when I arrive at the airport, I love airports…don’t know why, but I get all excited about it. I’d love to ask every single person about his or her plans, the story behind the journey, where are they going, what for…you meet so many interesting people on airports, it’s like a meeting point for all freaks (positive meaning) of this world. Hoping to get someone interesting onto the seat next to me on the plane…aaaaand there we are…a big family, with a big lady sitting next to me, talking to me in a language I don’t even remotely understand (and she didn’t give up even after I was shaking my head like “sorry maam, but I really don’t speak your language”, all the time hitting me with elbows, starring at ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 1st 2014

Welcome to my penultimate blog entry. Home time in a month. A blog about Africa would not be complete without safari photos. You will be pleased to know that I have been very selective and have not uploaded them all! My week off was great. We visited Nakuru national park, Maasai Mara, lake Naivasha and then went to Diani beach for some scuba diving and relaxation. Out of the big five, we saw lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Unfortunately we didn’t see a leopard but we saw leopard paw prints and kill in a tree so I am giving ourselves 4.25 out of 5! It was interesting to learn how the safari drivers communicate with each other about animals. Giraffes are referred to as “long necks,” lions as “big hair,” cheetah as “spotted animal on the ... read more
Cheetah, Maasai Mara
Zebra, Nakuru National Park
Rhino, Nakuru National Park

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi April 1st 2014

Spending 3 months at home on vacation? Rather spend some of the time traveling! Of course everybody asked me why I would travel again, since I do that basically for work, but truth is, it’s not the same thing. I missed my backpack, the wonderful feeling of arriving to a hostel late at night after an exhausting day exploring, noisy and smelly streets (yeah, you can actually miss that!), super crowded public buses and notorious drivers, tasting different food and the good old fear that is always a bit present. So I’ve been sitting in my room and thinking about where to go…and then I saw one of my Lonely Planet books on the shelf, that was a gift from my friends for my birthday. I never opened it. I’ve never thought about it….wait…what if…of course! ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi March 23rd 2014

Back to Nairobi again and this time I went out for a day seeing the local wildlife. The hotel organised a mini van for us, felt like we were off on a safari. We went first to a baby elephant orphanage which is called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts' Orphans Project. You pay a small donation on entry and can bring SMA milk. The elephants can only have this particular milk as they would not survive from having cows milk. From 10am til 11am is visiting hours and you can see the elephants being fed. The elephants literally come pounding down the hill from their sleeping pens and head straight to a milk bottle. They are massive and each elephant downs two bottles each. They are so playful, and will come over to where your standing ... read more
Monkey'n around
Elephant orphanage trust
The youngest baby elephants

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