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Jan 30, 2020 - Thurs Jan 30, 2020 - Karen Blixen Cottages Nairobi

Today is a glorious free day! Everyone makes their way down to breakfast at their leisure. I check in on Diane as the ride yesterday was gruelling and she is not well at all. I made a quick decision that another hospital visit was mandatory to deal with the pain she was experiencing. Within the hour we were in a taxi to the Karen Hospital (this entire area is called Karen, after Karen Blixen). The hospital is very efficient and within the hour she was speaking with a specialist. He was very thorough with his questions and tests and...

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Jan 29, 2020 - Wed Jan 29, 2020 - Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp to Nairobi

Well both Rod & I had a restless night. Me, listening to the torrential rain and raging river wondering if we will get out safely. Rod thinking how he could save Charlene & I from the hyena he could hear close by. Oh how the mind plays with us!! Breakfast was early and once light we could see just how high the Mara River was - it looked like it doubled overnight!! The locals said they hadn’t seen it that high. Oh dear. John and the drivers are optimistic the roads will be fine and we are all happy to be departing early. And off we go!...

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Jan 18, 2020 - Sat Jan 18, 2020, Nairobi

Today is the day many of us have waited for with great anticipation - a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org and the Nairobi Giraffe Centre https://www.giraffecentre.org. The Wildlife Trust rescues orphaned elephants and eventually releases them back into the wild. Each day they allow the public to see the young elephants for 1 hour during feeding time. As you can imagine, quite a crowd forms. We are ‘introduced’ to each elephant and given the story of their journey to the trust. Some of our...

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Jan 17, 2020 - Arrivals in Nairobi, Kenya: January 15 - 17, 2020

Well the journey has begun on our fantastic Epic Kenya Safari. The excitement amongst the group is electrifying, although some of need to pinch ourselves to make sure we aren’t dreaming. And, this trip holds a special place in my heart as we are with my dear friend of 15 years, John W. Kariuki of High End Trekks Safaris on this incredible journey! Weather delays and flight schedules from various cities had us arriving at several different times over the last two days. Poor John, he has been to the airport more times in the last two days!...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Travel Day

September 2 - Travel Day We were awakened at 4:00 am so we could checkout of the hotel and make our 7:20 flight out of Nairobi, Kenya to Livingston, Zambia and on to Botswana! Upon arrival at Livingston even though we told them we were transiting to Botswana we were charged a $50 Visa fee. Collecting our bags and exiting customs we looked for our Wilderness Air Representative to no avail. Finally a young gentleman said he was going to help us so he took our passports and left us only to return with our $50 each. However we were then charged...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Almost home

We left Amboseli yesterday (Tuesday) morning at a decent 9 am and while heading out of the park did a bit of a game-drive. It then took us until 4 pm to reach Nairobi, having a "picnic" boxlunch on a blanket just off the main road!!!! As our flight didn't leave until midnight, and our US companions at 11:30 pm we made a deal with Moses our driver suggesting we take him for a nice dinner at the Eka Hotel. He agreed and prior to the dinner we went to a very neat and well known bead factory, employing somewhere around 340 women making and...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Amboseli National Park

Although we were up early today, we were not able to see Mount Kilimanjaro, which btw is 19,450 feet high. The park is known for its wildlife, especially the prolific elephant herds. We went on an early game-drive and we indeed saw lots and lots of elephant herds. The male in one of the herds, crossing in front of our vehicle, was huge with long tusks. Very majestic! There were also a lot of baby elephants while teenagers gave us hilarious warning signals. African elephants are the largest land animals on earth. They can grow up to 13 feet...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Tarangire national Park

Sorry guys, I couldn't post yesterday as the Internet was not friendly to us. We arrived at the Tarangire safari lodge were the main areas were absolutely fantastic and the view incredible. We were a bit surprised that our accommodation was a permanent tent, but so much better in every aspect than Mawe camp. Again it was totally open to wildlife, so escorts in the evening were a must. The layout of the tent was well done with spectacular views, and......we had lots of light in the tent.......... Again an early start with young Simon for a...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Photos - camp and crater

We spent two nights at the Mawe camp, which I will describe. Large tents are situated in an open area not protected by fences and wildlife roams around and through the camp easily. There are about eight individual tents for nightly accommodation, actually very large. Each tent contains a queen and a standard bed, shower, toilet, washbasin and a small area with a desk. there are separate tents for a kitchen, a dining room and a bar/sitting room. Electricity is supplied via solar panels and hot water is only supplied at certain times. Neither...

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Aug 31, 2017 - A day of cats and elephants

As usual we started out early and very soon we encountered two cheetahs in preparation of a hunt. We followed them for some time and watch their strategy. One cheetah to our right and the other to our left. We were also amidst oodles of Tomson gazelles and Impala so it was a pretty sure thing that the cheetahs were preparing breakfast. This actually happened when one cheetah made her choice and the chase started. Unfortunately she was unsuccessful but for us it was a wonderful experience again. In short during our day we saw a total of six...

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Aug 30, 2017 - Good day - bad day - good day

Again departure at 7 pm from the beautiful accommodations. On our way to the Tanzanian border we did a short gamedrive and were rewarded with some lions. We continued on at a good rate, bouncing up and dawn for a road massage. We had a blowout front left tire, which was completely shredded. Fortunately the van carried two spare tires so George used the last one to get us moving again. Kids gathered and I gave them a Canadian pin as well as nuts and crackers, little knowing that my own lunch would be so poor. We continued on the the border...

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Aug 29, 2017 - The great migration and Masai village

Again on our way at 7 am. Encountered a male lion having wildebeest for breakfast. Further on we noticed another huge male lion next to his recent kill. He was so full, having consumed forty kilos of meat so that all he wanted to do was rest. We proceeded to the Mara river, passing hundreds of wildebeest scattered throughout the Mara. Upon reaching one of the river crossings, there were hundreds of zebra lined up to attempt the crossing, being very aware of the large crocodiles. Some ventured close to the water to have a drink, all the...

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