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Sep 12, 2013 - September 12,2013

We had a leisurely start today at 8:00am. Took the jeep to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The landscape is so different here. More bushes with green plains and a backdrop of mountains (including Mount Kenya) which stood out beautifuuly today in a clear, blue sky. Some new sightings were white rhinos (5 together), 2 black rhinos (mom and calf which are rare to see), oryx (watched 2 ,males horn fighting for territory)and then a pack of wild dogs. Our guide (and Trish too), stated this is most rare and we were very fortunate to see them. There was...

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Sep 11, 2013 - September 11,2013

Today we left Nairobi and made our way out of this big city. It is very large and yet very vibrant. A bit of overload for a small city girl like me. Along the way it was interesting to see how the land dictated what was providing employment. There was a pineapple section (Del Monte), then rice, trees made for power poles, cattle grazing and in between huts set up to sell the wares. Even though we were on a good freeway road, there were bumps (tuta in Swahili and tope in Mexican)and the vehicles had to slow down to a close stop to go over...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Mt. Kenya Safari Club

Most of this unique park in the central mountains of Kenya is above 10,000 feet. It is known for the only place in the world to observe the elusive Bongo, a large forest antelope. We stayed at the magnificent Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya. Its sprawling colonial design was influenced by the late actor William Holden, who founded the Club in 1959. His love for Africa led him to make Kenya his second home for over 25 years. Over the years, the Club has attracted legions of...

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Oct 6, 2008 - Mount Kenya

Hi all - so we went to a small cozy town which was the outset for Maciejs great climb - the town was called Nanyuki. I just spend those 5 days chilling, doing not much, remembering that this is a holiday and I am allowed to just sit on a bench all day and stare at people. Best highlight were the time i bought a corn and when the crazy stoned whites in the town decided to be best palls with me. I'll let Maciej describe mt Kenya.... At the time that I am writing this, I finsished the MT Kenya trek two weeks ago. The blisters on my feet still...

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Jan 30, 2008 - Mount Kenya

With the ongoing strife in Kenya, our planned trip to Lake Nakuru was cancelled so after a short flight from Entebbe back to Nairobi, we again boarded the overlander and drove to our alternative destination 3 hours west, Mount Kenya. It was so peaceful in Mount Kenya, with almost nothing to do as I was not interested (or trained) to hike to the top of Kenya’s 2nd largest mountain, so Irish Alison and I decided to stay put for a couple of days whilst the rest of the group traveled on for 2 days to Samburu. We left our tent on the truck and...

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Feb 6, 2007 - KENYA: Nick's Lodge

Our first big trip was out to Nick's Lodge - about 1 ½ hour drive from Nanyuki, and in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Actually the lodge is called 'Ol Gaboli Community Lodge' and it is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, but to us it felt like we were out in the wilderness. Nick runs an Adventure Safari company called Rift Valley Adventures that specialises in educational trips for adults, corporate groups and school children. For more information, check out his company website: http://www.riftvalleyadventures.com We saw...

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Oct 13, 2006 - Mt Kenya - 'Phone call to Ronald'

We were down to two front brakes and two wrecked front tyres that are to the metal. I phoned Ronald saying that the truck was now dangerous and we were going no further until it was fixed. He strangly agreed so we headed for the previous campsite at Mt Kenya then to Nairobi tomorrow for repairs.

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On another jaunt...

Sep 13, 2006 - Nantuki - 'Finally we leave (again)'

Finally all the paperwork came through for the border crossing permits. Postage mark stamp of Monday. Another fib. Finally we left Nairobi at lunch time and headed for Mt Kenya. Camped at a nice spot. Wilson cooked roast potatoes on the fire which were really nice. He is turning into a bit of a chef. Group still feels really flat.

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On another jaunt...

Jun 16, 2006 - Cradle of Humanity

The vast majority of backpackers leaving Nairobi opt for the Scandinavian Luxury Overnight Bus direct to Kampala. I decided to give Kenya a proper look around, relying solely on local transport in matatus, (minivans with 14 seats, but usually filled with up to 28 passengers)...it made for quite an experience. For 4 days Ive riddne in a countless number of these, past villages certianly on no map- and did not see another Mzungu the entire time. Leaving Nairobi we drove past Kibera, recently made famous by the film 'The Constant Gardner'....

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So Many Roads...

Aug 11, 2005 - Masai Mara to Mt. Kenya Safari Club

We left the Masai Mara this morning. We flew to Nairobi then drove about 2 1/2 hours North to Mt. Kenya Safari Club. We passed thru smalls towns and businesses. Very poor and dirty. It's very sad. Once at the Safari Club we had lunch and settled into our room. The Grounds here are beautiful. It is on the equator. This place is pretty much like a country club. There is Golf, Tennis, Spa Services, Swimming, a Human maze, etc. Alex and I and the Canadians went to the Onsite Animal Orphanage that they have there. They had some animals that get...

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Jul 30, 2005 - Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Definitions of the day: AFRICAN TOILET: Hole in the floor, surrounded by ceramic (sometimes just a hole in the floor.) Toilet paper? That's a joke; carry your own. AFRICAN MASSAGE: The constant vibration of your vehicle seat caused by the washboard effect on the dirt roads (and rare but un-maintained paved roads, which are so riddled with potholes that your driver does anything he can to avoid, including driving on the dirt alongside.) "Jambo" from the heart of Kenya! (Hello in Swahili.) Our drive from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha and then Lake...

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Apr 29, 2005 - Kenya

Bike Tire tubes, soccer balls, pillows, fans, tape desks, tupperware and tea towels were just a few of the items being sold in the streets yesterday. As I sat in gridloacked traffic in Narobi, I watched as men/boys made their way through the traffic selling these seemingly random items. This city is way different from Cape Town. Narobi is polluted and dirty. The traffic is back to being crazy although no where near the Egyptian madness. As I was riding to my hotel yesterday it got dark along the way and I have to say that I felt uneasy....

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