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

Out of Africa, Again – 13 things I learned about the Masai

In the afternoon of April 2nd, 2016, Tom brought me to the Masai village described in the itinerary as “an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Masai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals.  A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Lions & Leopards & Lizards, oh my!

2 April 2016 – A warning sign in my ‘room’ at the Sentrim Mara Lodge reminded me that I was in a National Reserve and that here “animals have the right of way”.  The whistle attached to my room key was evidence that real danger lurked in the shadows and bushes around my little house. My … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Nairobi to Masai Mara

1 April 2016 – Tom, my guide and driver for my first ever safari, is of the Luo tribe and has four children. Prior to this trip, I only knew about the Masai and Kikuyu. Tom told me there are 42 tribes of Kenya.  Clearly, I had a lot to learn. One of the reasons … Continue reading