Category Archives: Kenya

Nairobi day 2&3

We hired a car and driver for two days: Martin Maina – Nairobi Specialists.  He was certainly one of the best guides we’ve had, and we would highly recommend him to take you around Nairobi.

The first day, we did the usual tourist things: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery,  the Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya, & Karen Blixen house.

The elephant nursery rescues abandoned and orphaned baby elephants from around Kenya, raises them for a few years, and then slowly reintroduces them into the wild. Since inception, over 200 elephants have been saved – quite a success story.

The Giraffe Centre is nextdoor to Giraffe Manor, and allows you to get up close and personal with the Rothschild Giraffes.

The second day we drove around Kibera, one of the slums, and then a middle class neighbourhood called Langata. Then we went a short distance out of the city and saw tea and coffee plantations.  We ended the day with a meal at a Kenyan restaurant called K’Osewe Ronalo, where you eat everything with your hands.

There are two major no-no’s in Kenya:

  • Smoking in public; and
  • Using plastic bags.

Ronalo’s had a small kiosk for smokers. It’s a cross between the Tardis and the Cone of Silence… but people can retire there for a quick cigarette legally.

It’s been an interesting few days… but the first safari starts tomorrow and that is way more exciting!

Still working on the pictures but here’s one to keep you going : a bike shop in Kibera



This is just a quick post to check out how to upload  photos and posts on our wordpress site.

We arrived in Nairobi at 10PM local time on monday December 3 after an uneventful 21 hour trip from Calgary via KLM.  We’re staying at the Sarova Stanley, a colonial remnant from 1902 that has a very similar feel to the original Fairmont hotels in Canada.

Today is overcast with occasional showers. Knowing that we’ll hit the jetlag wall sometime, we planned an easy day and are just going to the Maasai  Market, a snake exhibut, and the National Museum.

We had an excellent buffet breakfast in the Thorntree Cafe this morning.  It included passion fruit, and some of the best pineapple we’ve ever had. But the highlight was a drink they made by grinding sugar cane, fresh ginger and lemon: amazing.

The museum was ok, but I think it could have been much better with all the cool things that have happened in Kenya: from the discoveries of early man millions of years ago, to the amazing wildlife, to the rise of nationalism and independence from England. The snake farm was not that interesting, although we did see some snakes that LIVE up TREES.  No more tree climbing for me in Kenya.

The Maasai market was annoying, and we should have given it a miss: it was about 200 vendors all selling the same tourist stuff at ridiculous prices.

Here’s the overall  plan for the rest of the trip:

We’ re in Nairobi for 3 days, and have organized a driver to take us around for two of them. Then we join a safari and go to Amboseli, Masa Mara and Samburu parks.

In the middle of December, we fly to Kilamanjaro airport in Tanazania and meet up with Mark & Kirsten, and Heather. We all go on safari to the Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Eyasi, & Ngorongoro crater.  Then off to Zanzibar and Mafia Islands for diving / kite boarding and beach sitting.  Heather leaves just after New Year’s  and the rest of us go on one final safari in Ruaha and Selous game reserves in southern Tanzania.  For Sarah and I,  it will be 6 weeks of travel,  and we’re really looking forward to it


previous arrow
next arrow