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Jun 17, 2017 - A Full Day At Samburu

Not to get into too much personal hygiene detail, but Jill always likes to start the day with a shower. With a 6:30A game drive for our full day at Samburu Intrepids, that meant the girl was up right as the camp generator kicked back in at 5:00. Believe it or not, even with the Radisson Blu 200k behind us, she again had NO HOT WATER! You would be shocked (shocked I tell you!) if you heard the language Ms. Norton was utilizing to describe her feelings at that moment. Fortunately, I was able to convince our filthy (in mouth and body) friend...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Up North To Samburu National Park

To put it bluntly, our first day out of Nairobi started miserably. As usual, Jill was up 5 minutes before the 5:00 wakeup call and into the shower. It was not long before I heard some suggestion that “this hot water sure is taking a long time”. Within 5 minutes the suggestions turned to expletives, while I was frantically calling the front desk / housekeeping / engineering to get some hot water for the girl. After 10 minutes my ultra-patient bride bit the bullet and took a lukewarm (at best) shower - she was not a happy camper. Shortly...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Samburu National Reserve

After Check-in & lunch we went on our first game drive. What an amazing afternoon! We quickly spotted waterbucks (nicknamed “toilet seat” for the artwork on their rear-ends, impalas (“McDonald’s”), giraffes, dik diks, leopard with an impala kill, elephants, a lion eating something in the distance, hawk, guinea fowl, vervet monkeys, and great kudu (female). Steve was great spotting the leopard kill. While we were photographing a tower of giraffes, he watched their movements & direction of sight, he found the leopard in a bush at the side of...

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Feb 21, 2016 - 12 February 2016 - Samburu

A lovely drive through northern Kenya, green farmland with sunflowers, wheat and maize, with Mount Kenya in the background. Soon the landscape became drier and dustier with lots of acacia trees studded with weaver bird nests. We arrived at a small Samburu village where we stay for one night. We were welcomed by the Samburu women and then shown around their village and visited their houses - very tiny by anyone's standards and made of odd bits of tin and plastic bags. The Samburu are very much like the Maasai in their dress and customs as...

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Sep 15, 2013 - September 15,2013

How can each day have more new magic to it, for me this is Disneyland on steroids..haha. We were on our way to the Samburu village visit, and doing a 'mini' game drive on the way. We started with a giraffe having a stare down with a lioness and her 3 cubs. We were told that they giraffe had already deployed a few good kicks as they tried to take it down. After awhile the giraffe started eating and then walked away. The 4 ladies got up after a bit and headed in the same general direction. We followed their path through the shrub...then we...

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Sep 13, 2013 - September 14,2013

Today we left for a sunrise safari at 6:30am. The lighting was beautiful on the landscape and the fresh air held many new smells. The only different animal we saw today was the dwarf mongoose. There was a lot of bird activity and it is lovely being serenaded in song early in the morning. Our guides told us we were heading to the river to see a camel being eaten by crocodiles but it was actually a bush breakfast. Beautiful setting along the river and the food was exceptional! We saw a giraffe running which was so neat as they are so graceful...

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Sep 13, 2013 - September 13,2013

ANOTHER leisurely start of 8:30am...you'd think we were on vacation! Had our breakfast on the outdoor patio looking out at green grass, a beautiful blue sky and Mount Kenya. It was very majestic today. We drove to the Intrepid Lodge at Samburu national Park. As we drove the ladscape changes were so varied. There were lush green fields, wheat fields that looked like home, many, many greenhouses growing roses and flowers (employees make $100/month and it is full year employment without benefits or health care). There were people working hard...

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Dec 25, 2012 - Northern Kenya

Once we crossed the border into Kenya, we had a bumpy full day drive through semi desert countryside to Marsabit, with very few people seen and little traffic all day. Our accommodation for the night provided a bucket shower with water heated over an open fire. The Chinese are in the process of building a road to link Ethiopia to Kenya, with port access at Lamu. Next day we continued from Marsabit to Samburu Reserve where we camped right inside a village. There was a thorn bush perimeter to keep out wild animals with 25 families within the...

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Jan 1, 2009 - Our first safari: "Like scuba diving on land"

January 1 Really nice breakfast buffet, and then we met Magic and Aden in the front of the hotel. After straightening out the bill (we were charged for internet that didn’t work, and minibar that we never consumed...) we headed out for yet another long drive, to Samburu Preserve. It was interesting comparing Kenya to Uganda. Kenya is much more “developed”, for most of the drive, the roads were really good, however, they did get worse the further from Nairobi we drove. The landscape also changed several times. Acacia trees went from yellow...

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Oct 14, 2008 - Hugging a Giraffe in Nairobi

10/14/08 Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is just what you’d expect from an African city, a sprawling dusty sea of humanity. However, its hints of civilization give it some much-needed charm after several weeks on the road. For example, we found a wonderful coffee shop with, ahhh, lovely expresso drinks. However, such luxuries come at a high price (as Gavin says, “first world prices for third world service”) so we dropped quite a bit of money there. We spent a week there trying to get visas; we were successful getting our Ethiopian visas but...

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Nov 5, 2007 - Officially on Safari

Following a wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel we were divided into 3 vans to carry the 13 tourists, introduced to our drivers and on the road by 8:15am. Al and I joined a couple from Holland, Maika and Jonathan, as well as Sue from New York. We departed Nairobi for the Samburu National Reserve. On the way we stopped for a few groceries, washroom breaks and the bank. The landscape varied from beautiful green lush bushes and trees with mountains in the background to sparse dry desert with basic huts for the locals as we traveled farther...

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Oct 12, 2006 - Archers Post - 'Wheres my whip?'

Drove from Marsibit to Archers Post where we previously stayed with the Crocs. We arrived early afternoon after another blow out and now only two front brakes. Needed to top up the water as our one jerry can that we had, nearly put marsibit into a serious drought over that one, we felt was not enough. Ed, Sarah B (who is much better and back to her old self), Wilson and I went to the gate of the park where a tap is located. It had the pressure behind it of a tap that had no pressure so filled a couple and went to the water works up the...

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