Out of Africa, Again – Surprise Birthday Party, Day 2

Saturday, 9 April 2016 – I had a breakfast of strong coffee with heated milk, a plate of fruit, and an omelette.  It was raining and there was a blinding flash of lightning followed immediately by deafening thunder. Later, one of the housekeeping staff said that the lightning strike had killed three children.  I really … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Surprise Birthday Party, Day 1

Friday, 8 April 2016 – After the dhow trip, we went to the bar at the Driftwood where some of the other ‘party people’ were gathered for drinks and lunch.  I had eaten two samosas on the dhow so I was not hungry; I had a pina colada.  There were a couple of regulars at the … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Sailing on the Indian Ocean

The highlight of day 8 of my trip was going out for a few hours in Malindi Marine Park on a dhow called Big Mama.  There were five ladies including me and Krista; Roger, the owner of the Driftwood and captain of the dhow, and three crew members.  Often the dhow trips are a whole day … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Prelude to a Birthday Party

07 April 2016 – I went into town with Krista to buy some necessities, get money, and to buy booze and kikois. A kikoi is, according to Google, “a distinctive East African striped cloth with an end fringe”. The bottle of whisky I bought at Kioko Enterprises was 930.00 KSH or approximately $9.30 USD. This … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Welcome to Malindi, Kenya

My safari ended with Tom driving me back to Nairobi. In the lobby of the 67 Airport Hotel, he handed me his phone so that I could talk to George. I was feeling a little bit sad but I was also really looking forward to going to Malindi. On the 7th of April 2016, I … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Sunrise in Amboseli National Park

Day 6 – I awoke on the 6th of April 2016 to my lovely room being filled with crickets – large, African crickets. There had been one in the shower when I woke yesterday and I had dispatched it with a spoon but today there were at least twenty! My laundry had not been delivered so I decided … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro

From my journal for Day 5 (5 April 2016) “I have noticed that Kenyans greet you by asking ‘How are you?” After a very satisfactory breakfast, we went to Amboseli National Park. At the gate, I traded two clean T-shirts for a copper bracelet.” “The ecosystem here is very different from both the Masai Mara … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Nightmare Drive to Amboseli

At first, the highway, which bypasses Nairobi, was smooth and flat, and four lanes. Then, without warning, it was a dirt track with cars and trucks jostling for position. Tom explained that they were still building the road. At one point, a flat-bed truck came just a little too close and smashed the mirror on … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha

4 April 2016 – The highlights of Day 4 were seeing white rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park, which meant that I had my ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), and an optional cruise on Lake Naivasha that the guys suggested.  I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have seen all five … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Masai Mara to Nakuru

03 April 2016 – Today, day three of my safari, was spent mostly driving from the Mara to the city of Nakuru but before we left, we went to the camp which is the usual accommodation for this itinerary. We also got to see the outside of another Masai village that is located near the … Continue reading