Nairobi, Kenya

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Arrived in Nairobi at 9am after only a couple of hours of sleep, I was met at the airport by Kelly who is the boss of the Kenya operation. Seems a really nice chap and an ex street kid who made it good, went back to the shared house in the western part of the city where two other guys Osman and Ken took me for a tour of the city. We started in the Kibera slum where a lot the recent troubles have been. Very sad to see burnt churches and shops, m any people were shot by the police in this area, a real eye opener. We then went to a little hospital in the slum which has been funded by the company which is running the kili expedition. The hospital is tiny and has to support the one million inhabitants of the slum. The doctor said people were leaving gunshot and stab victims on his door step and many were just left where they fell in the slum to die.
On a lighter note we moved onto the Giraffe sanctuary where I feed and kissed one the Giraffes with a food pellet in my mouth, there is photographic evidence, probably the only thing I'm going to pull in Africa . These giraffe's were the rare Rothschild species, there are only a few hundred left in wild so it was a real privilege. Then to Nairobi National park , the only national park in the world in a city. Here they had an orphan animal Park where my guide managed to persuade the keepers to let in a cage with 3 adult Cheetahs, what majestic and beautiful animals, even managed to stroke one and have a picture taken before he rolled over and looked at me in weird way, the keepers at this point pulled me a way.
Feeling pretty tired now, a busy day with only two hours sleep. Tomorrow involves a 8 hour coach trip into Tanzania with a 6am start, think I'm going to get some rest now.
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