Safari in Masai Mara, 1 week in lamu etc

Trip Start Feb 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 04, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

After a fantastic time in Zanzibar we headed to the Masai Mara which was unbelievable. one of the most densely populated game parks in the world we were lucky enough to see 26 lions overall, a cheetah and everything else the park had to offer. We saw everything from ostrich to rhino, hippo, hyena, flamingo and dung beetles. It was fantastic and the mara as a whole is stunning! We enjoyed 3 days safari up there which was fantastic and then we headed back to naiurobi for the last night as a whole AV gorup which was very good fun. The next day as very sad as everyone was leaving- very strange considering we kney noone when I arrived in heathrow, and some of the epople that left will be friends for life!

We, Abi 'the girlfriend' Sands, Rob 'spiderman (will be explained) Scott Moncrieff, Hannah 'jeff' jefferson, Rory 'schneebs'  Lees-Millais, Mike 'do ajob' Williams and Mark 'i'm 21' McManus and myself then headed onto an island off the kenyan coast called Lamu which was fantastic, we were lucky ennough to stay in the 'coolest hotel in lamu' , it was actually a massive house which we took over(Lonely Planet guidebook) for a meagre 2.80 pounds a night. lamu has a rich history and the greatest news was the only mode of transport was one of 3000 donkeys on the island! Needless to say we had a donkey race that took place on the last day which proved great fun although riding a donkey without saddle was extremely painful! The accommodation was incredible, we had bedrooms on the top of the roof looking over the sea, as well as a stunning art gallery on the bottom floor. The temperature in Lamu was ridiculous, at 8am it was 32 degrees which was at times too hot for me! The beach was incredible, the food unbelievable and Lamu as a whole is a place I can definitely reccommend! The best bit of the trip was when rob woke up one day looking like an alien from Avatar with a very swollen nose. his forehead then became increasingly more swollen... we decided to leave it until nanyuki.

After a great week in Lamu we have now arrived at a ranch in a place called Nanyuki, north of Nairobi which took 3 hours by matatu. After 20 hours of travelling we arrived to a great little house and a guesthouse for us all ready made! We are styaing with a distant relative of Rob's who seems to know everyone around here including a bloke called the jungle master who promised he could sort it out so that we wouldnt be mugged/raped/attacked during our visit to the market. He's supposed to pretty much be the don of this place which is pretty cool! We had a great day today with a bull auction, a free rooftop safari (Gill knows the owner of the safari!), rhino stroking, chimpanzee visits and a near witnessing of a kill by a lion. That was until some stupid man drove in his bus in between the impala and lions- stupid stupid man.The bull auction was awesome as it took place in the middle of the safari and it was a whole load of expats who were buying these bulls- the auctioneer was hilarious! Its great here and we are having 3 meals all provided by a chef, lifes good! Gill also has loads of staff to clean, clear, shop, drive... everything!! Last night we had a fantastic meal of homemade vegetable soup, red and white wine, pate, cheese and bread.

After this came the team doctor moment. Robs nose was becoming worse and worse to the point where this crater like thing appearded on the bridege of his nose. Mark took on the forehead, Abi the mopping of puss, hannah the tissue provider and myself, doctor rubber gloves by the crater thing. After a lot of pressure on his forehead and nose puss errupted from the hole and it turned out fang like holes were present. These were VERY deep and i have some fantastic pictures of them! It turned out that Rob had been bitten one night in lamu by a massive spider, and it was most definitely massive as the holes are huge. he has two fang holes and these became infected leading to a build up of puss. He went to the doctors twice in lamu who had no idea as it wasnt apparant that there were any holes until we got our hands on him. the doctor in nanyuki said that it was fortunate we got most of the stuff out as if we hadnt, there was a high possibilty that the infection would have spread into his eyes and then his brain and finally into his nervous system... leaving him in real trouble. long story short- we saved robs life allowing him to come to the football with us!!

Off to South Africa on wednesday...... hooliganism awaits us!
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