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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province October 15th 2018

The Lion Hunt The light started to wane as we meandered through the Acacia Thorn bushed trail at about 5 kilometers an hour, hoping to spot one last time, before the dimming light made it impossible, one of the big five from our perches that we were seated in the back of the canopied Land Rover. Our driver Michael, and our spotter Eric, two Masai warriors had their eyes glued to the task at hand. In the conservancy, the roads and trails twisted and turned, so that quite often, we would encounter game crossing the road in front of us, always trying to get out of our way. One time, our driver and spotter, but not on this particular drive, each had their eyes glued each one looking to the left or the right, with actually ... read more
Cradling The Cub
Mr. Buffalo
Out for a stroll

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 National Park February 8th 2018

Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 February – Kilimanjaro to ???Johannesburg It was up at 5.30am for a 9.15am departure to Johannesburg. Adam hadn’t been well during the night so I felt bad leaving him but he had all the medications he required. Arriving at the airport, I was one of the first passengers to arrive and the check in section wasn’t open. The flight was going via Nairobi. It was on time. When I went to go through to get on the plane to fly the second leg to Johannesburg, the attendant said I could not get on the plane as I didn’t have enough spare pages in my passport. I then removed the Brazil visa which gave me 1 spare page and I had 3 half pages left. The attendant said the South African visa ... read more
Nairobi Giraffe Centre (5)
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (63)
Nairobi National Park (74)

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 30th 2017

Visited the David Shedrick Elephant Orphanage where we were treated to seeing the antics of 26 elephants ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years. All of the elephants have been rescued and will be returned to the wild. Many of these 26 were retrieved after they had fallen down a well, some were left orphaned because poaches had killed their mother. The babies are absolutely adorable and were tourist friendly, approaching us and allowing us to pet them. They loved rolling in the rich red clay dirt and piling on top of each other, They were feed from huge baby bottles, a special formula similar to human baby formula, It was charming watching these infants and very encouraging to see that there are many who are striving to make a difference in the lives ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 12th 2017

Breakfast at 7, cereal, lady guide came at 7.45 to take us round a local village, she explained how the villagers were living in real poverty until a charity stepped in and showed them how to harvest, knit, sew & make jewellery, they also set up a school for the children. First thing was visiting the local children's nursery where they all came out and sang us a song. We were then welcomed to where they do their crafts by a group of ladies singing & dancing, of course we all joined in. Back at camp we had lunch and then walked down to the lake to board boats to see the rhinos, scenery was brilliant, the guide whistled, threw a fish in the water and we watched the sea eagles swoop down to eat ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 11th 2017

Early start this morning, truck packed up and away for 8, 4 hour drive to lake Nakuru where we'll be spending 1 night, quite a bumpy ride but was good to pass bamboos and zebras on the side of the road, stoped to look at view of the great Rift Valley.. Campsite ok, had lesson on how to pitch tent and were given our rota, my daily task was doing the cooking fortunate they must have had a tip off about my cooking because my help wasn't needed. After lunch we boarded the truck for our first game drive. We did see 2 of the big 5, rhinos & buffalo's, no lions but there's time yet, lots of zebra's, baboons, impala's, Thompsongazelle's ,jackal's & warthogs so not a bad day in all, was good to see ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 10th 2017

Brilliant day! Started with getting a wake up call from reception asking is there anything I wanted to do today quickly got ready and ran down booked to do elephant orphanage & giraffe sanctuary. Met a couple of girls in reception Sarah & Sarah who were doing the same tour as me who were also doing the trips. Elephant orphanage was great baby elephants from 9 month old, most of them were saved when there parents had been killed by poachers we watched them being bottle fed milk they were all very lively & playful. Older elephant then came out again all had different stories as to how they had come to be there. At the giraffe sanctuary we were given little pellets of food and were allowed to feed them, very gracious animals. Back at ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 9th 2017

Just arrived at my hotel in Kenya after quite a long flight which may I say was lovely, flew with klm flight staff were lovely, got totally spoil with food, drinks & treats. Hotel quite nice, room more like an apartment 2 double beds & kitchen no idea who I'll be sharing with tomorrow night as part of a group trip but at least tonight I have room to myself. Quite funny in taxi when driver said we might see some zebras crossing the road and I replied yeah we have zebra crossings in England, didn't realise he meant real zebras, no wonder he went quiet.... read more
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