Kenya and Tanzania February 2014, Part 3

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After a long and bumping ride from Amboseli, I arrived back at the Hilton Nairobi.



Like most capital cities, there were a lot people, car and buses. Organized chaos.  I learned my last lesson on my first trip to Africa and that was pack as light as possible. So I brought older clothes for Safari and I just left them at the camp. So now that I had room in my suitcase, it was time to go shopping.  That little excursion lasted 5 minutes. I could not deal with the haggling and come into my shop business.  The next day I had arranged a tour with a company that participates with Pack for a Purpose. The driver would deliver my donation to the day care, so it was a win win.

I started by day by visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  They rescue elephants that have become orphaned. They raise them and then eventually return them to the wild.

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After watching the elephants for about an hour, we headed over the Giraffe Manor


The biggest draw? You can kiss the giraffe? I am way to much of a germaphobe to be feeding the giraffe, never mind putting their food on my tongue so it can grab it.

The next stop was the Karen Blixen House, her story was made famous with the movie Out of Africa.


And the finally stop was at the Kazuri Bead Factory. Kazuri was started back in the 70’s to provide jobs to local single mothers.  They use the clay from Mt. Kenya to make jewelry. pottery and beads. Of course I had to support the local economy.

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Next up Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam

Kenya and Tanzania February 2014, Part 2

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My arrival into Nairobi was uneventful. I had pre-arranged transportation from the Hilton Nairobi, so once I cleared customs, I was on my way to the hotel. It took over an hour, due to the traffic. It was Valentine Day’s and people were about celebrating. Even the lobby of the hotel was decorated.

The next morning it was time for Safari. I had booked with G Adventures for a 3 day 2 night trip to Amboseli in southern Kenya.  My safari guide picked me up and informed me that I was the only one booked for this trip.  And that they get excited to see Americans coming to Africa.

The drive to Amboseli took about 5 hours, on mostly paved roads, but some unpaved. We arrived at the Camp around lunch time. The words camp and tent, don’t mean the same on Safari as it does in the say the camping world. This was my “tent’IMG_0784

complete with electricity and running water.  first drive was that afternoon and upon arrival at the park, my guide had to purchase entry tickets. So I was alone in the safari vehicle. Prime target for the Masaii women selling their wares.

Safari’s are basically driving around parks looking for animals in the their natural habitat. Usually you go on a 2 drives a day, morning and afternoon. This is due to the high heat of afternoons. So basically your average safari day is get up, eat, drive or drive, eat and then back to lodge for lunch, nap, drive, eat, sleep repeat.  Me personally 4 days would be my max.  Some people prefer longer to be able to see everything. To each their own. You’ll get to the point where you won’t even bother with your camera, because if you see another gazelle you might start to go hunting yourself.

I choose Amboseli because it overlooked Mount Kilimanjaro.  Of course as luck would have it, it was cloudy most of the time I was there, so it was not visible.

On my 2nd day, after our afternoon siesta, we headed back to the park. As luck would have it upon entering, we spotted a lioness. It was odd because she was alone and they usually travel in pacts.  She kept looking back so my guide decided to drive towards where she was looking to see if we could spot her family.  We see another group of safari vehicle, cameras clicking away, and nope. They were snapping photos of the gazelle’s. I said they must be on their first drive.  So we drove back towards where we had seen the lion. And then I saw what could only be called nature at work.  A group of Masaii cows had gotten loose in the park. This is not normal. Normally the Masaii will walk with their cows to protect them. Something was off that 20 calves were roaming around. The lioness notices and starts looking around to spot the Masaii.  She does not see them, so off she goes to get herself some dinner.

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If your a beef eater, you may not want to watch these video’s. I am still not over it……

Funny enough while that was happening the clouds cleared and Kilimanjaro became visible.


Overall safari was great. I liked it so much I am going again next year!



Stayed tuned for Nairobi, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam…..