Lori & Susan

Waddads Travel

Lori & Susan

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. - Miriam Beard.

We are Lori and Susan - welcome to our Waddads Travel blogs! We are from New Westminster, BC, Canada, and we both love to travel. Our travels so far have taken us to the US, Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, London, Bangkok, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Paris, Ireland, Amsterdam, and Kenya. We look forward to many more trips, and the opportunity to experience new countries and to meet new people along the way. We hope you enjoy travelling with us!

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster November 17th 2021

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe habour. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain We are now home, after a LONG trip back. But first, our last evening in Mombasa, and our journey home, involving planes, trains, and automobiles! We had a nice last dinner at the resort, at the Italian a la carte restaurant (which turned out to be tables set up by one of the pools). It was a pleasant change from the buffet though, and was more of an evening out feeling. I had minestrone soup and a spinach ricotta ravioli, and Susan had a salad and a tagliatelle alfredo with ham and peas. We also had a couple ... read more
At our last dinner
Rhino candle holder
My beaded Maasai bracelet

Africa » Kenya November 14th 2021

Yesterday we had an adventure deep sea fishing on the Indian Ocean! It was a bit more than I expected in a lot of ways (the length of our boat trip, the swells on the ocean, and the disturbing nature of fishing itself). Let’s start at the beginning. We were up early as we were leaving at 7:30. It was raining when we got up, and while we were having our early light breakfast, but it soon stopped, and it turned out to be a beautiful day on the water. The owner of the fishing charter picked us up and we drove about 1/2 hour to where the boat is docked. My iphone photos said it was Mtwapa Creek (which we used to access the Indian Ocean, because of the reef). It was really pretty and ... read more
That’s our boat at the end of the dock
Heading down to the boat
Us on the boat ready to head out

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa November 12th 2021

Greetings from the coastal city of Mombasa! Yesterday was a long travel day to Mombasa. We had another delicious breakfast in the camp, said goodbye to the other group who are now going on to Egypt, and headed out about 7:30. We did a mini game drive on our way out of the Maasai Mara National Park, and we had an excellent giraffe sighting! We hadn’t seen too many Maasai giraffes, so that made me very happy to see several more. We also saw zebras, cape buffalo, eland, and Thompson’s gazelles. It was a very scenic drive back to Nairobi (on paved roads, once we were out of the park). We drove though the Rift Valley escarpment, and stopped at the viewpoint to admire the panoramic view (see pano above). We passed by tiny roadside stands ... read more
Maasai giraffe
Maasai giraffe feeding
Maasai giraffe

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province November 10th 2021

We had a very exciting morning game drive! We saw lots of zebras, an elephant herd with several baby elephants, lions mating, and a big group of hippos! We enjoyed a very nice breakfast our lovely camp (they have fruit, little pastries, cereals, an egg station, and hot accompaniments plus excellent coffee). It was another lovely sunny day, but with a cooling breeze. We headed out on our morning game drive at 8 am. We saw lots of zebras first, then an elephant herd in the distance, with several baby elephants. They are so cute! We also saw various antelopes including Thomson’s gazelles, Eland, and Topi. We drove quite a distance up to the lookout in the Maasai Mara. It was really nice to get out of the jeep and stretch our legs, as the roads ... read more
Our fabulous tent
Burchell’s zebras
Burchell’s zebras

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP November 9th 2021

We have arrived in the fabulous Maasai Mara! Last night I woke up about 3 am and looked outside our room to see if there were any hippos grazing on the lawn, and I saw two! It was pretty amazing. We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Lodge, then headed out at 8 am for our 5 hour drive to the Maasai Mara. The road was paved, and so much smoother than the drive yesterday! It was an enjoyable, very scenic drive. We had a nice view of a Mount Longonot (a volcanic mountain), and there were many lovely vistas to admire along the way. At the start of the drive there were lots of trucks and at one point we saw the aftermath of a bad accident, with two trucks on their sides in the ... read more
Our fabulous camp - Ilkeliani
Bridge from where the jeeps are parked to the camp
Our beautiful tent

Africa » Kenya November 8th 2021

We have had a fabulous day today seeing our first hippos! Following a tasty breakfast at Sweetwaters, we left our camp at 8 am for our long drive to Lake Naivasha. We first stopped at the equator sign in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for photos, then we continued on our way, driving on unpaved, extremely bumpy roads. Susan and I were in the back of the jeep today, which I think is a bit worse than the other seats over bumps. We passed greenhouses (Kenya exports a lot of flowers, including roses, which are grown in greenhouses), open air markets, and little and big towns. The scenery changed a lot over the 5 or so hour drive, sometimes flat and arid, sometimes more hilly and green. We passed countless herds of cattle, some quite large, and ... read more
Group shot at the equator

Africa » Kenya » Central Province » Laikipia Plateau November 7th 2021

We spent the day today visiting a chimpanzee sanctuary and learning more about the conservation efforts in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. We had fun with chimps, and saw lots of animals today, including two very sleepy lions! We woke up quite early, in time for the sunrise, and had quite a good view of Mount Kenya. It was a beautiful clear, sunny morning. We both had slept well, falling asleep wondering what animals were making all the various noises we could hear. Before I fell asleep though, as I was putting my e-reader down I brushed against something that moved, on the side of the bed. I used the light from my reader to illuminate it, and it was a good sized, light coloured spider. Anyone who knows me knows I am a complete arachnophobe, so ... read more
Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya through the acacia trees
Susan on the way to breakfast

Africa » Kenya » Central Province » Laikipia Plateau November 6th 2021

We were awoken at 5:30 this morning by an elephant shaking the tree right in front of our tent - what a cool way to wake up! We lounged in bed for a bit, then later enjoyed breakfast (we both had a very nice breakfast plate with fried potatoes, mushrooms, and two small very light pancakes - quite thin, and very tasty) along with fresh fruit. Susan had sausage and bacon with hers. We packed up and left Samburu at 8:30 for the drive south to the Ol Pejeta conservancy. We went through much of the same area as we had driving down from Nairobi, but for some reason it seemed quite different. It was a beautiful, very clear day, and we had a good view of Mount Kenya. At the start it was was flat ... read more
Markets along the way
Me in front of the sign

Africa » Kenya » Eastern Province November 5th 2021

I am writing this sitting on the balcony of our tent, finishing my Tusker beer, and watching the antics of the Black Faced Vervet Monkeys all around me. There are so many of these little cute monkeys around the camp. We were instructed not to leave the flaps of the tent open (they close from the inside with a caribiner) when we’re not in the tent, and to keep the coffee things (mainly the packets of sugar) in the safe! These little guys will come into your tent if you leave it open when you leave, and trash the place, mostly searching for the sugar packets. There is also a very large elephant just down the way a bit, right in front of the restaurant. I put a short video of him on facebook. And there ... read more
Black faced vervet monkeys
Grant’s gazelle
Morning at Ashnil Samburu Camp

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Samburu NR November 4th 2021

Greetings from the Samburu Game Reserve! We have had a fantastic first game drive. Our day started quite early. After a very nice breakfast in our hotel, we headed out at 7:30 for the long drive to the Samburu Game Reserve. We had a couple of stops, the first for a short break just outside Karatina for a bathroom break and shopping at the “curio shop“ if we wanted, and a walk in the adjacent gardens. We didn’t think we would buy anything, but we ended up getting a few things (one a batik print which I’ll get framed and put in my home office). The so-called curio shop is a cooperative selling many different locally made handicrafts. The drive from Nairobi to Samburu was very bumpy! There was a lot of roadwork going on, plus ... read more
Roadside scenes
Roadside scenes
On the road

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