Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wildlife Safari Kenya



My trips to Kenya rank high in my list of favorite places to visit. The wilderness landscapes and wildlife were the highlights.

I visited with a friend , Grant Jones, and several university students. We capped off a week of helping children and families with a visit to a wildlife park and animal preserves near Nairobi.




We had not been in the park long before seeing this lion eyeing a giraffe. Even better, I got video of her chasing a giraffe. See video below for those scenes.




It was good to see people invested in the care of animals- for example this refuge for giraffes ( aka Giraffic park).




The care facility for orphaned elephants was a winner with our whole team.



Elephant
















These vehicles are relatively inexpensive inclusive of a driver from Nairobi.





I'll add a few photos to wet your appetite for a safari.




Buffalo
Rhinoceros





Impala


On our way back from the park, we saw a sign about a boat ride to view hippopotamuses- so we turned in- an amazing close to the day!




I'll close this off with some notes. But first, here's a link to a YouTube video from the adventure.





A few notes.

We found the people of Kenya very friendly during both visits.
We exchanged U S dollars for Kenyan shillings at a Nairobi bank.
We hired vans and local drivers rather than risk our own driving skills. Besides, we were busy taking in all the scenery.
you can travel light by having clothes washed inexpensively in town.
It can be really hot in the summer months.

We did not have problems but you do need to be careful- there are pick-pockets.
Our return flight was full but we were well taken care of by the Kenyan Airline who put us up at a five star hotel near the airport. A few of our team did get on the scheduled flight-- bumped up to first class.
You'll pass a lookout over the rift valley on the way to the park. The toilet stop is not fancy.




You might work up an appetite - all of us enjoyed The Carnivore.




I recommend the show put on by locals at the park where we spent the night.




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