High tea with Colobus Monkeys and Elsa the Lion!

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Woke up at 5.30am and had some Weetabix before hitting the road with 'Born Free' blaring out on the iPod to get us in the mood!

Stopped in Nukuru town - most annoying and persistant street sellers so far! Got supplies for Paula's cook duty tonight and headed to Naivasha. Annoyed. Hot, dusty and agitated by personal space invaders!Saw hippos during a boat ride across Lake Naivasha - one of them 'breached' right next to the boat and we all squealed a little - even Arris! Especially Arris.

Kelly says that Hippos are 'armoured swimming pigs'. Kelly has a fascination for pigs.

Moored at Joy and George Adamsons house and had 'high tea' and watched the Colobus monkeys playing in the trees. After cake and tea we watched a video of the real 'Born Free' story with Elsa the lion (Stacey says that Joy Adamson is a right prozzy - she kept leaving her husbands for other fellas - something not fully portrayed in the famous film of her life!). That aside, her achievements were astounding until her untimely death - murdered by her house help over a financial dispute (George was killed by Somali poachers 9 years later).

Paula found it amazing to see the real home and belongings of the Adamsons having watched the film for the first time with her Grandma many years ago and being captivated by the story.

Back to camp to make curried risotto, roast campfire marshmallows and indulge in a risque game of chinese whispers - which always seemed to end with something about cocks or penises! Fishermans camp proved to be a jolly good ging-gang-goolie-goolie camping experience even though we had the fear of timbering trees and rampant hippos attacking us in the night. Gin is a great nerve calmer.

Went to the bar to show Stacey that you can ride a giraffe - these were large wooden sculptures but sturdy enough to take even my weight (much less than usual Tash).

Hannah did not realise Amsterdam was in Holland. How we laughed.
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annewardell on

...if you can't bring back Mr Leaf Monster to UK, then maybe a sweet little lion cub...? Good to have the updates on your breakfasts - would be great to have a daily text just so that I can keep up with the variety of breakfast food you are having! Lovely to talk to you earlier & wonderful that you're having such a brilliant adventure.

PS: poor giraffe

annewardell on

Sorry, I meant Mr Leaf BEAST! xxxxx

Sue on

Yes, recipe book of campfire cooking would e a great follow up to your trip!

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