Tag Archive | Kenya

Kenya Day 16 – It started with roses and ended with a kiss

When I arrived in Kenya two weeks ago, the airport staff gave me roses. And now, as I prepare to leave for home, I have received a kiss from a giraffe. A lot happened in the middle. But these two bookends probably best sum up my time here.  

Kenya Day 15 – Final day in Nakuru

It’s my final day here in Nakuru and I will leave with mixed emotions. I came with no expectations and little knowledge about Kenya. I experienced a massive sense of culture shock when I first arrived but leave with an understanding of why some say Kenya is so dangerous for travellers. Don’t let that conjure […]

Kenya Day 14 – Menengai Crater hike

“Andrew!” I look up as I hear my name. A tall solid Kenyan wearing dark trousers, pink jumper, beanie and green Masai blanket waves with a huge smile. This must be Paul, the tour guide Rosemary had organised for me. We shake hands and introduce ourselves before I follow Paul off up the road to […]

Kenya Day 13 – A day at the farm

A cool breeze blows through the hairs on my arms and legs. Starlings twitter in the trees above me as they wait for the tractor to plough up more insects. The sound of voices drifts on the air and I hear Dad and Julius laughing at me.  Apparently Kenyans don’t expect a mzungu to sleep […]

Day 11 – Nakuru Hope Project, Kaptembwa Slums

We’re back in Nakuru after our weekend trip to the Masai Mara. This means we’re back to work as volunteers at Gabriel’s School, which is part of the Nakuru Hope Project. It’s hard work and we’ve been busy at the project from about 9am – 5pm every day. But seeing what the project is achieving […]

Kenya Day 10 – Hunters and the hunted

The cheetah sits in the long grass staring patiently at the impalas. She’s hungry and needs a kill but she knows that a poorly timed attack will be a waste of time and energy. So she sits in the grass and waits. The impalas know danger is lurking but they’ve not yet run away. The […]

Kenya Day 9 – Full day safari

The Mara seems never ending. I think we could drive for days and never see it all. While yesterday we got a two-hour glimpse of what is here, today we spent nine hours in the back of the safari van exploring and still we only saw a fraction of its vast expanse. Dad had organised […]

Kenya Day 8 (Part 2) – Masai Mara safari

They say life should be measured not in the number of breaths you take but in the moments that take your breath away. Well, let me show you some of the scenes that took my breath away during our afternoon safari at Masai Mara. It was my first time seeing these animals and the experience […]

Kenya Day 8 (Part 1) – Nakuru to Masai Mara

Our tour guide arrives at 7:30am to take us from Nakuru to Masai Mara. It’s not long before we leave the hustle and bustle of Nakuru behind as we start the seven-hour drive. We travel back to Navasha along the road we took into Nakuru on Saturday. I’m more alert this time so can appreciate […]

Kenya Day 7 – Fun on the pikky pikky (motorbike taxi)

What a fun morning! I spent a good couple of hours on the back of a pikky pikky (motorbike) traveling around Nakuru, the slums and surrounding farmland. There was a purpose to the riding. Some readers might remember that last year my family raised money to buy some farm land so that the Nakuru Hope […]