Wow, These Roads are BAD!!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hillary Clinton was in Nairobi the same time as us, so there were police, soldiers and armed guards everywhere. Roads were completely blocked off in the city centre around the hotel where she stayed (10 minute walk from our hotel). 

The next morning we were to leave for the start of our safari, heading to Samburu.  It was a bit of mayhem – heaps of tourists at the hotel heading out on the start of safaris, mini buses lined up out the front of the hotel and no direction from anyone as to who is to go where and travel on which bus.  We found ours eventually and after 30 minutes or so and the luggage finally all packed in the vehicle with us and four Canadians (Mum, Dad, son and grandson) we headed off.  We had to go via the airport as the luggage of one of our Canadian travellers didn't make it to Nairobi on their flight the previous night.  Fortunately it arrived at the airport this morning.  It was the same day Hillary Clinton was leaving Nairobi and every 50 metres on the road to the airport, there was a policeman or armed guard or soldier to make sure everything was safe for her.  We liked to think that it was for us!!

The trip to Samburu was long and the road inside the national park was horrendous!  We were driving much faster than we should have been, probably as we had lost time leaving the hotel and then the delay finding luggage at the airport.  But Samburu itself was great.  We saw our first lion cubs as a lioness and her three cubs walked down a road and straight past our vehicle.  Visited a local Masai village and learned about village life and the people.  That was really interesting and an eye opener into how simple and basic their lives are.  Yet the people are happy.  Heaps of wildlife again and this time we saw a cheetah for the first time.

The lodge we stayed was not fenced off from the park, so animals were able to roam through the lodge grounds.  A waterhole had been created near the dining restaurant so you could watch the animals come and drink from it.  We saw impala, gazelles, guinea fowls, warthogs drinking at it.  Some people even saw a cheetah one night – we didn’t though.  As the lodge wasn’t fenced, once the sun went down, you could not walk from your rondavel to the dining restaurant without a guard to escort you.  It was just too dangerous with the animals!

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