Kenya

Arriving in Kenya was definitely an adventure in and of itself.  The main international airport had a fire not a month earlier and was not usable. Therefore, we had to fly into the domestic airport and things were a little makeshift. When we arrived, we were shuttled through a series of tents which was our customs experience. Once we got through customs there were large gates that we needed to go out (and it was dark out by then) and once we did there was a mass of people across the road waving signs for picking up groups or individuals. It took a while, but we finally located our driver and then had to wait for some of the other people on the tour to arrive. Finally we were on our way. We noticed that the driver had a habit of running red lights. Upon questioning, he mentioned that they were just more or less suggestions and not hard and fast rules. Yes this will be a different experience.

Most of this post will be just photos, since that’s what we came for. There will be a little subtext to indicate where we were, or any special experiences, but that’s all.

Thursday, September 05

Visited the Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the author of “Out of Africa”.

Then we visited the Giraffe Center and got to feed the Rothchild’s giraffe.

We continued on to our first camp. The accommodations were quite comfortable.

Friday, September 06

In the morning we went on a game drive in the Amboseli National Park with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In the afternoon we visited a Maasai Village.

Saturday, September 07

We flew to Maasai Mara National Park and went on an afternoon game drive.

Sunday, September 08

Very early this morning we went on a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up and see the migration from a wonderful vantage point.

We went on game drives in Maasai Mara National Park in both the morning and afternoon.

Monday, September 09

Game drive in Maasai Mara National Park.

Drove to the Great Rift Valley and took a cruise around Lake Naivasha.

Drove to Lake Nakuru National Park.  Did a Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its pink flamingos. Here we also saw some of the last of the nearly extinct white rhinos.

Tuesday, September 10

We visited Nyahururu Falls (AKA Thompson Falls), then drove towards Mount Kenya to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa. Later we went on a game drive in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

We stopped at the Chimp Sanctuary, which is a Sanctuary in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and Jane Goodall Institute. We also did a nighttime game drive, but photos from that never turned out.

Wednesday, September 11

Today we went on a game drive at the Samburu National Reserve. We also made a stop at a marker for the equator.

Thursday, September 12

Game drives at the Samburu National Reserve in both the morning and afternoon were on the docket today. Later, we visited a local Samburu village.

Friday, September 13

On our last day we drove to the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch.