Goodbye Old Crew..Hello New
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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We hit the road just before 9am headed for the giraffe sanctuary where we got to feed a giraffe called Helen but the rest was shit! The nature trail being completey pointless - there was no real nature and no real trail - just shit.
The elephant orphanage on the other hand was amazing, in Paula's opinion. Although, one of the rangers got a bit heavy handed with an excitable adolescent hitting it across the head and face which obvioulsy upset Vikki and she walked off. The elephants all looked after each other and were fiercely protective of the younger ones so we hoped this inappropriate behaviour was a one off.
Kelly adopted one of the smallest orphan elephants (she thinks they are like giant pigs with trunks) and gets to help put him to bed tonight.
Headed back to Karen Camp to clean out the truck and stake our claim on a less back breaking seating arrangement away from the shin crunching door swing! We finished cleaning and sanitising the kitchen and jumped in the shower ahead of our long awaited spa session!
The taxi never showed as arranged so we hitched a ride with a guy from the camp and arrived just in time really needing a stress relieving massage! We were shown to an African style massage tent which we had all to ourselves with soft music - lovely. Vikki had a Therapeutic massage and Paula had a Deep Tissue massage. When the warm oil hit our skin it felt so good it tingled after days in a hard floored tent - arrrhhh! Just as we were feeling fully relaxed we had the pleasure of a cat and dog attacking each other outside the tent which somewhat pierced the ambience!
After, we relaxed by the spa pool and Vikki went to the bar to order prawn and basil bruschetta, Kachos (kenyan nachos - no tortilla chips but funky roasted local root vegetables) and two bloody marys as a lovely surprise to compliment the relaxing experience - got to make the most as these are definitely few and far between
Rob and Kim had finished their treatment jut as we finished our bloody marys so we shared a cab back to the camp. Once back we got a little merry on Jaeger Bombs and Vikki pushed Kim over the saloon door to the bar head first and broke the hinges clean off. We weren't very popular!
We met Mac and Gavin (run a charity introducing technology to african schools and businesses), Brook and Anand (Aussies who will be joining the trip) and talked rubbish for hours before falling tired into our dorm bunks (with 'Huffle Puff') anticipating the next stage of the journey with 15 new personalities to contend with!