Goodbye Colorado…Hello Kenya!

Well, the time has come and we are officially on the road.  We arrived in Nairobi, Kenya after roughly 30 hours on a plane.  Who knows exactly how much time went by because it was very long and we lost track along the way.  Getting our VISAS and finding our way to our hotel was pretty easy.  We stayed right outside the city center in Nairobi the first few nights at a place called the Wildebeest Camp.  They have a great facility, a little on the pricey side, but well worth it for the  privacy and seclusion from the city.  Nairobi is busy, smoggy and has A LOT going on.  We spent the first day around the city center trying not to get hit by a car or bus (traffic is insane here) and then headed out to the local elephant orphanage and giraffe center where we got our first taste of Africa.  It was a wonderful introduction to the area.

We spent the last 5 days on a safari tour through the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Hell’s Gate.  It was spectacular and we got to see some wonderful animals and great scenery.  We saw zebras, wildebeest, impalas, giraffes and other hoofed animals by the thousands.  This time of year, millions of wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, which is a sight to be seen.  Some of the highlights of the safari were prides of lions with cubs, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and rhinos.   It is difficult to explain the immense amount of wildlife here in Kenya, we hope our pictures help do some of it justice.  We had a wonderful guide and group which is essential to a good time on these excursions.  Thank you Steve from Kairi Tours, we had a blast!

Tomorrow we head out of Kenya to Uganda to try to find some gorilla trekking permits, we are told here in Nairobi that we are crazy and will never arrange them this time of year, but we are heading that way anyway. 

Highlights

  • Watching a lioness and cheetah with fresh kills at the Masai Mara
  • Chillin with baby elephants at the elephant orphanage
  • Seeing millions (literally) of flamingos at Lake Nakuru
  • Making it out of Nairobi alive 🙂

Lowlights

  • Constantly  feeling like you are being ripped off because you are a mazungo (white)
  • The pollution and traffic of Nairobi
Early morning game drive, Lion at the Masai Mara
Lion cubs playing at the Masai Mara
Sunset with zebras at Masai Mara
Lioness with fresh kill in Masai Mara
African landscape Masai Mara
Bloody face cheetah with fresh meat
Monkeys at Lake Nakuru
Flamingos at Lake Nakuru
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