Kenya and Tanzania with Philippa & Stephen on Makako

Day 1

Collected this morning and it was meet and greets all round as we got to know travellers in our group en route to Nairobi Giraffe Centre. #2. Giraffe Sanctuary -#D6E[1] Here we got up close and personal to the endangered Rothschild giraffes – some of us even giving a female named Betsy a cheeky snog! We learned more about these gorgeous creatures and had the chance to feel the sheer weight of a giraffes leg bone (they contain no bone marrow). It was a fantastic chance to learn about these gentle giants and get some brilliant photo ops as we went!

 

After spending time with the giraffes it was off to David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage to witness feeding time for the herds of babies – It was amazingP1050360 to see them guzzling down seemingly never ending bottles of milk! We learned about each elephant’s history, how they came to end up at the sanctuary as well as the plans for each elephant’s future. The orphanage does so much for them already in their lives. There was time for Q&A with the incredibly knowledgeable keepers before we were heading off to our first camp of the night in Nakuru.

We spend two nights here and it’s a lovely campsite with incredible outdoor showers!

Nakuru (1)

We all got to know each other over a few beers and dinner tonight was cooked for us by the campsite – a local Kenyan dish of Ugali, kale, beef stew and salad – went down very well! Excitement is high as we prepare for our first game drive tomorrow morning in Lake Nakuru National Park!   8994474dfd46863dc8475cd99e8519dcc922d53d50dc82860f6d29f44d61b226.04e1bbcefeaa3df1ddde0451b91b262970ba198aa9d4647490db8ae08b948af5a

Day 2 Up early this morning ready to catch wildlife in Nakuru National Park at it’s most active! After breakfast of fruit salad, yoghurt, muffins, toast and lots of tea and coffee we were off in the specially designed 4x4s to explore the 188km2 park famed for its vastnumbers of pink flamingo.

Entering the park we spotted plenty! This is our first time to see African animals in the wild so really exciting for everyone – zebras, giraffe, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, waterbuck and buffalo as well as being lucky enough to spot a black backed jackal! We drove through the morning and stopped at the top of Baboon Cliff for a gorgeousview of the park and plenty of rock hyraxes nice and close! A large troop of baboons were larking about nearby which was also great to see! We stopped for lunch in a clearing (whilst fighting off the vervet monkeys!) before driving through to a gorgeous lodge that overlooked the park with time for a swim. Setting off back through the park we saw plenty more game on our drive back to camp.

23c3b1c1928b512d6bcf9242e4624aef446f39a5804af771a0a883eb40764c01We got back around 6ish with time for a nice hot shower before a gorgeous dinner cooked for us by our wonderful chef of meatballs, roast potatoes, green veg and a spicy sauce. Beers all round as we relaxed and discussed all we had seen that day. Looking forward to what tomorrow may bring!

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