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Finally getting some Kenya safari pictures

Well we have been working on downloading our pictures from our great safari in Kenya. Below are most of our pictures. Unfortunately, my videos of this experience are still not available. We will post them as soon as we can. In addition to our safari pics, we have included a few shots from our tour of the Maasai village. We hope you enjoy!

Ginea fowl

Ginea fowl


Impala grazing

Impala grazing

Giraffe being curious

Giraffe being curious

Baby elephant making his way

Baby elephant making his way

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Lion pride

Lion pride

More lions

More lions

Yes more lions

Yes more lions

Selfie from jeep

Selfie from jeep

Lying and relaxing

Lying and relaxing

Shelley from the jeep

Shelley from the jeep

Sun set in Maasai Mara

Sun set in Maasai Mara

Sunset pic

Sunset pic

OK last one - sunset

OK last one - sunset

Wildabeast and zeebra

Wildabeast and zeebra

Cheetahs chow'in down

Cheetahs chow'in down

Cheetahs having breakfast

Cheetahs having breakfast

Vultures devouring an eland

Vultures devouring an eland

Wildebeest with oxpeckers helping with the fleas

Wildebeest with oxpeckers helping with the fleas

Ostrich sighting - hello there

Ostrich sighting - hello there

Lazy lion

Lazy lion

Mama lion looking for her cubs

Mama lion looking for her cubs

Majestic ostrich

Majestic ostrich

Pair of giraffe very curious

Pair of giraffe very curious

Can't get enough of these guys

Can't get enough of these guys

Yup, more

Yup, more

And more...

And more...

In awe of the mighty mama and babe

In awe of the mighty mama and babe

Lonely rhino - another of the big five spotted

Lonely rhino - another of the big five spotted

A troop of baboons

A troop of baboons

Selfie, pinch me I'm actually on safari!

Selfie, pinch me I'm actually on safari!

Elephants on the move

Elephants on the move

Hippo heaven

Hippo heaven

They like their water and the sun

They like their water and the sun

A little lizard trying to find shade

A little lizard trying to find shade

Overland shot

Overland shot

Picture of Mara river where migration can occur

Picture of Mara river where migration can occur

More grazing zeebras

More grazing zeebras

Buffalo - one of the big five to spot

Buffalo - one of the big five to spot

Eland

Eland

Huge buffalo

Huge buffalo

Coexistence

Coexistence

Lions with their cubs

Lions with their cubs

Still can't stop taking pics

Still can't stop taking pics

Rhino

Rhino

Vulture in search of more

Vulture in search of more

He approached us!

He approached us!

Finding relief from the sun

Finding relief from the sun

She was a bit curious

She was a bit curious

More wildebeests

More wildebeests

Crazy close

Crazy close

Brother cheetas relaxing after their meal

Brother cheetas relaxing after their meal

Beautiful

Beautiful

Circle of life in true colour

Circle of life in true colour

Bye bye giraffe

Bye bye giraffe

Beautiful Maasai women selling her crafts

Beautiful Maasai women selling her crafts

Shelley honing her bargaining skills with Maasai

Shelley honing her bargaining skills with Maasai

Maasai man in front of his village

Maasai man in front of his village

Selfie with Maasai man

Selfie with Maasai man

Our safari group in Maasai village

Our safari group in Maasai village

Maasai man wearing lion head from lion that got into village

Maasai man wearing lion head from lion that got into village

Maasai woman outside her home

Maasai woman outside her home

Posted by kelshell 07:22 Comments (0)

Joshua daycare in Arusha

We were treated like queens!

sunny 31 °C

On our trip to Arusha national park we were lucky enough to meet a small group from a local daycare who were on a Friday field trip. I had seen them while we all waited in line at the washroom before entering the park and then we all wound up at the same viewpoint a couple of hours later. While Kellie was off exploring, I shared my binoculars with the children. One young man was pretty captivated so we were there for some time. Lillian (Lily) who helps run the center was so gracious and kind. She asked if we could come to the daycare on Monday. I said we would love to and then remembered to double check with Kellie! Of course we would! On Monday we arrived at the daycare to be greeted with the most beautiful bouquets of roses, almost bringing tears to our eyes. I have rarely seen such full and colorful bouquets. The children were in two classrooms and were excited to see us - almost as much as we were to see them! We all decided to go to a larger space to be together in one area. It took some time to move everyone as Kellie and I needed to allow the curious ones to feel our skin and hair. These beautiful children exuded joy. After amassing in the larger indoor area, the children were led by the head teacher in songs in English. This is primarily a Swahili language school but their command of English was impressive.

Kellie and I joined in with their songs (and I messed up my only line when it was my turn) before we began leading in English. These children ranged in age from 30 months to 5 years but a few looked much older (they weren't). We started with head and shoulders which they knew, moved on to "if you're happy and you know it" and followed with the hokey pokey. They were real troopers, laughing and joining in happily. Charles graciously took pictures for us even though he may not have originally intended to stay.

Kellie and I went to get our blow up toys and returned with them. There was a bit of a free for all at first with the ball so the children were quickly formed into a ring. We went around the circle practicing different skills (there were about 50 children) and they were all very adept. Kellie then brought her clackers to the middle (giving me "the look") before leading a hilarious round of clacking. She showed them clacking high and low, under and over and then started teasing the children while handing them the clackers for their turns. We had watched a superb ice cream vendor in Cappadocia tease the local children while making their ice cream and if Kellie doesn't get work right away she could always sell ice cream in Turkey!

After resettling the children for their snack of popcorn and peanuts, we were treated to the same along with warm milk. The head teacher and her attentive staff asked us questions and wondered if they could keep in touch with us by email to get strategies as needed. It became clear that they really need resources for the classroom even though Kellie and I kept suggesting local alternatives (think home visiting). As the conversation continued, it began to dawn on us that the suggestions we were giving for basic preschool development were already being far surpassed by this group. I went into the classroom to get a couple of random primers from a pile and our jaws dropped as we reviewed the level of learning these children were working at. Addition, subtraction and division and all double and triple digits!! Matching numbers and words.... The literacy and numeracy was unbelievable! After begging their pardon, we asked for their help.

This daycare started with nothing. They rely only on parent fees. They have no mandate to teach. They want to expand into a full school. They will do it have no doubt! What a testament to commitment and love of children. We were the first non local people to ever visit the daycare. They thought we could teach them something. Little do they know how much they taught us that day! We will be organizing supplies to send when we get home so be prepared...

Before saying goodbye, we were honored with more gifts. Kellie and I were humbled and grateful to receive a beautiful Maasai blanket each along with a beaded necklace and key ring in the Tanzanian colours. We left a piece of our heart with them and will support them however we can. We were treated with such love and respect we felt like queens. But the children and staff of Joshua daycare deserve all of that and more. Assante sana, assante sana, assante sana Joshua daycare!

Oh and an interesting thing about what is meant to be: the blankets Kellie and I received were the exact ones we had been coveting even in Kenya but hadn't bought! We each got exactly what we treasured!

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Hokey pokey

Hokey pokey

Hokey pokey

Hokey pokey

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Our Canada beach ball

Our Canada beach ball

Inflatable Canada clackers

Inflatable Canada clackers

Songs at the daycare

Songs at the daycare

Fun!

Fun!

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

More clacker fun

More clacker fun

And again

And again

Kicking, throwing, bouncing

Kicking, throwing, bouncing

Lillian, Shelley, Kellie and head teacher

Lillian, Shelley, Kellie and head teacher

Joshua daycare

Joshua daycare

Greeted with roses

Greeted with roses

More ball fun

More ball fun


Beaded necklaces in Tanzanian colours

Beaded necklaces in Tanzanian colours

So thrilled

So thrilled

Receiving our key chains in Tanzanian colours

Receiving our key chains in Tanzanian colours

My blanket

My blanket

Happy young man

Happy young man

Kellie receiving her Maasai blanket

Kellie receiving her Maasai blanket

Charles receiving his Maasai blanket

Charles receiving his Maasai blanket

And again

And again

Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye

Loving those binoculars

Loving those binoculars


Shelley receiving beaded necklace

Shelley receiving beaded necklace

Posted by kelshell 09:30 Archived in Tanzania Comments (4)

Last tango in Tanzania

How to see Arusha like a local

sunny 28 °C

Well what can we say about our amazing experience in Arusha, Tanzania. Let's start with our warm welcome to our "new home" for a week at the Arusha Giraffe Lodge. The staff couldn't have been more wonderful. We arrived being met with fresh made watermelon juice and we each received a hot towel to freshen up. While we initially were a bit concerned about the location of our hotel, which was far from town, we later found out that the manager of the hotel, Romwald, would provide us with free shuttle service into town, so this was excellent. Romwald also arranged for us to meet with a tour operator to arrange any tours we may be interested in. We were expecting to be driven to this office in town, but instead the owner of Aardvark Expeditions, a man named Philemon, picked us up from the hotel and brought us to town. Given our current budget constraints, it was difficult to hold back once becoming aware of the fabulous choices offered in Tanzania. Shelley and I both agreed that we would not head to the Serengeti for a second safari (even though it was very tempting). There was a national park close to us called Arusha National Park, that promised many animals, birds, and the ever evasive flamingo!!

After discussing many options, we decided to book a one day safari at this park and on another day visit a coffee plantation, which I have never done before. I think Philemon may have gotten a kick out of me and Shelley and our quest for a good bargain, and I also tried to wrangle his connections for some local tea for Quinn. He made some calls, and a connection was found. So, off we all went in search of an ATM machine and the tea dealer lol. On the way Philemon ran into one his drivers, Charles, who was going to be our guide. He joined our quest and they graciously escorted us around Arusha to find an ATM machine that would work with our Canadian cards. After bank number 4, we had our cash. Getting our first glimpse of this town we were both struck by many things. Many of the women were seen in their beautifully colored dresses, amazing scarves and many balancing loads on their heads that seemed to defy gravity. The commradery of the men was evident as we drove through town with so many "jambo brother" ( "hi") and waves and comments of what we guessed were friendly greetings. While the town itself is quite populated (600,000), it did not feel like this at all. It was closer to an African-style Mayberry then any larger town I had ever experienced. I (Shelley) found the beauty of the surroundings to be unmatched so far with purple jacaranda trees in bloom, the bright orange flowers of the mahogany trees, verbena, cannas and so much more. Philomen and Charles asked us if we wanted to experience some local nightlife and dancing at a club called Via Via so after taking us back to the hotel to change and eat, they picked us up at 10:00. Via Via is an outdoor venue beside the museum grounds housing artifacts from Olduvai Gorge. There was karaoke and a local band performing. This band played an excellent mix of music which resulted in a wonderful night of dancing. Philomen had to remind us that we had a safari the next morning so they dropped us back at our hotel.

The next morning Charles picked us up for our day in Arusha National park. Charles is an excellent guide whose passion for Tanzania was evident immediately. Charles has traveled extensively and led safaris for many years. He works with Philomen and also has his own company so if anyone is interested we can hook you up. At the park we had a very different experience because Arusha is so green and lush. Animals are much harder to spot in this park due to the tree cover. We saw black and white colobus monkeys with white hair on their sides like sloths. They are large monkeys who are very social and playful. We saw a pair of blue monkeys, crested cranes, flamingoes, a cuckoo and many other birds and butterflies. We also saw all of the large game save for elephants, lions and cheetah (none here) and the elusive leopard. We met a small group of children from an Arusha daycare who invited us to visit them the following week. Philomen had sent a delicious assortment of food for our lunch which we ate by a lake. As part of this adventure we were able to see the beauty of the surrounding area from a viewpoint showing off Mount Meru and in the distance Kili (to the locals) or Mount Kilimanjaro. There were a lot of clouds around Kili so we had to wait to see it during our flight out on the 4th. Charles' knowledge of history, botany and wildlife provided us with new insights into Tanzania and it's diverse and rich heritage.

On Saturday we didn't expect to do anything but chill and read. Around noon the guys came by to take us into Arusha for lunch at a local place. We were treated to local fare and warm hospitality, including a local meal known as ugali, and a local gin called Konyagi. Day became night and the fun continued. Feeling pretty tired the next day we were again escorted by Philomen and Charles to an organic coffee plantation called Kahawa in the lowlands of Mt. Meru. Kellie and I walked through the local village with our guide Amani who was born and raised there. The coffee plantation was started by a couple who organized a cooperative amongst the existing local farmers. Research and development occurs here with mainly arabica and some robusta plants. The coffee is organic and fair trade making this a win win for the Meru people of this village. As part of the tour we each got a bag of beans so everything smells like coffee in our backpacks! After a great BBQ lunch at a local place with Charles and Philemon we headed back for an early bedtime.

On Monday Charles picked us up for our daycare visit. We will post this amazing experience separately. After a longer visit than we all expected, we picked up Philemon and headed out to eat.

On Tuesday Charles escorted us to the local Natural History museum. Since we wouldn't be seeing Olduvai Gorge in person, the next best thing was seeing the artifacts discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s. This museum is a treasure trove of archeological information and exhibits. The development of man from Australopithecus to homo sapien is chronicled in displays containing bones and skulls found in Olduvai Gorge and other sites around Tanzania. This rounded out our stay in Arusha and we enjoyed a final meal with Philemon and Charles, who definitely showed us the local culture and the fascinating life in Arusha. We returned back to our hotel to pack for our flight to Zanzibar.

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Mount Meru

Mount Meru

Shelley and Charles viewpoint Arusha national park

Shelley and Charles viewpoint Arusha national park

Crested cranes

Crested cranes

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Blue monkeys

Blue monkeys

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Private girl's school field trip

Private girl's school field trip

Black and white colobus monkey

Black and white colobus monkey

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Arusha national park

Beautiful colour

Beautiful colour

Daycare group field trip

Daycare group field trip

Charming Charles Mpanda

Charming Charles Mpanda

Jacaranda tree

Jacaranda tree

Ali at the local restaurant

Ali at the local restaurant

Tanzanian beer selection

Tanzanian beer selection

Local lunch

Local lunch

Ali, Philomen, Charles, Kellie, Shelley and (we forget!)

Ali, Philomen, Charles, Kellie, Shelley and (we forget!)

Shelley and Charles at local BBQ

Shelley and Charles at local BBQ

Beef and green vegetables

Beef and green vegetables

Grace and balance

Grace and balance

How do they manage?

How do they manage?

Posted by kelshell 09:22 Archived in Tanzania Comments (0)

Masai Mara safari

Wonderful people, places and things

sunny 25 °C

We were picked up early from our hotel by the super friendly Esther and Gibson (our guide). After meeting our other safari companions at the office we left Nairobi for the Kenyan side of the Serengeti, the Masai Mara. The Mara river is on the border between Kenya and Tanzania and this is the river that is crossed during the great migration of wild animals from June to September each year. It is the grazers that cross back and forth between the countries looking for greener pastures and they are of course followed by the predators. There are animals in both National Parks all year round with the Masai Mara being the smaller of the 2 parks. We traveled as a team with a lovely couple from India and two young Japanese men. We shared laughter and cameras and binoculars for 2 nights and 3 days. Kellie's phone has been acting up for some time with regard to I Cloud storage and general photo storage so of course as we were driving to the camp her phone was full and wouldn't work. Since my phone is very limited and my camera can't be attached to anything to download the photos, Trudy from India graciously loaned Kellie her I Phone while they used her husband's. It is an amazing experience to see animals freely living in their natural environment. We saw lion prides, elephant herds, cheetahs, wildebeest, topi, hartebeest, eland, hippo, giraffe, gazelle, impala, water buffalo, zebra, baboon, monkey, etc. We did a late afternoon game drive upon arrival, a full day the second day and a dawn drive before leaving on day 3. We visited a Masai village near our camp and were shown their homes and some dancing in exchange for a fee and some souvenir shopping. Their homes are very dark and tiny and comprised of many rooms. There is a hole in the wall about 12 inches by 4 inches to let out the cook fire smoke and no natural light. The frame of the house is made of sticks which are then covered in cow dung - roof and all. There is a main room which can fit 3 people where the small cooking fire is. Off that is a master bed (part of the room) and two or three smaller rooms for the children and the baby sheep (for safety). The Masai's traditional territory was the Serengeti in Tanzania and Mara river lands in Kenya so both parks lie on their lands now straddling two countries. They are mainly herders of cow, sheep and goats and are often found illegally grazing their animals in the national parks. They produce a lot of beaded jewelry and carvings.

After returning to Nairobi, staying uptown this time on a free night garnered at a Best Western, we really had time for very little before repacking before bed for our early morning shuttle to Arusha in NE Tanzania. We did however venture out with Trudy and PK on a souvenir buying mission during the early evening. Braving the sidewalks of Nairobi where wares of all kinds were spread out leaving little walking room was an adventure. Since PK and Trudy are from New Delhi they were adept at avoiding street sales people as well as great bargainers. Trudy and Kellie tried to figure out how to get the photos she had taken from one phone to the other via cloud, email or What's App. This unfortunately didn't get fully sorted so some of the pictures and videos from our safari will be posted at a later date. Well, we were off to bed after a lovely Indian dinner in the Best Western restaurant. The next day we needed to get up for our early morning shuttle ride (approximately 5-6 hours) to enter our next country of Tanzania. Here are the photos we have been able to load and 2 short video clips.

Black rhino

Black rhino

Our safari group

Our safari group

Well hello there

Well hello there

Masai Mara giraffes

Masai Mara giraffes

Buzzards and vultures feeding on an eland

Buzzards and vultures feeding on an eland

Lion pride

Lion pride

https://youtu.be/SK5BX2o0A-c
https://youtu.be/PXiF0dQxuYY

Posted by kelshell 18:05 Archived in Kenya Comments (1)

Walking with the animals

Priceless

sunny 22 °C

We arrived in Kenya after flying from Sofia to Istanbul with an eight hour layover before flying on seven more hours to Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi. We had arranged a shuttle for our 2:00 a.m. landing but our shuttle wasn't waiting for us so a nice taxi driver called our hotel for us. He warned us that our hotel was newer but the area was rough. He was so right! The local neighborhood was set amongst streets (can they be called that?) which to us would be single really badly potholed dirt tracks. As we checked into our hotel, I (Kellie) was a bit discouraged to see that once again we had to go up stairs - 5 flights in total! There is just no getting away from this fact. In the mid morning when we awoke, the hustle and bustle of this predominantly light industrial area greeted us. We were in auto parts central with any car part you could wish for being dragged, carried, rolled or pushed. Since we had been advised to not venture out, even in the daytime, we needed to bite the bullet to find a bank machine as we had no Kenyan shillings. So out we went! We were definitely not in a tourist area and stood out like sore thumbs but the people were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. We wandered around, got some cash and arranged our matatu for Lake Naivasha for Wednesday.

Shelley and I were both prepared to take this local mode of transportation even though some were surprised we were going to take this squished in, fill all 14 seats (including large bags of corn or grain or whatever). Our destination was 1 hour and 40 minutes away and we couldn't resist the 300 Kenyan shilling price tag ($3.40). One of our worries though was the wait until the van got full, we just wanted to get on the road. Our van organizer Lydia, who was lovely, assured us "not long". Well, after waiting over 1 hour and a half in our seats, we got out of the van for a stretch. I guess we were definitely on Kenyan time, and we heard " hakuna matata" several times. When the van finally filled we were on our way. Driving through Nairobi it is like you may imagine, beautiful faces, densely populated, dirt, garbage, laughter, poverty... Such a mixture of things that it is difficult to describe. Given the area we were in, Shelley and I were both looking forward to leaving Nairobi and heading to nature and the animals and wildlife that Kenya is known for.

The accommodation we booked was called Guesthouse Jane in their tree house. It is a place on a property that has other guest rooms. Our place was for the budget traveler and we were excited to actually see what it would be like. We were pleasantly surprised to find a raised basic cottage type room that you entered by ascending a ladder-type structure. Inside was a room filled with bunk beds that you climbed a ladder to access and one bed only three steps up. We had a small room with a toilet and sink (when I say small I mean I practically have to stand on the toilet to close the wooden door). But, it worked. Our shower was outside below this raised structure. Our beds were equipped with mosquito nets and we did have electricity. Not quite glamping, but great for less than $20 per person a night, including breakfast. Shelley and I arranged for a taxi that afternoon to take us to a private animal sanctuary on Crescent Island. We did not know what to expect, and we were definitely in for a treat! We were surprised to discover that we were left to walk around the grounds. We could meet up with a guide along the way, or just go on our own. So, away we went.

I think we were both thinking, what kind of animals are we actually going to see walking alone here? Then, boom several zebras appeared to our right. We both looked at each other, jaws dropped at this amazing sight. We stopped for a while to take this in. Once we started walking again we met up with a guide who stayed with us explaining everything we were seeing. The list included Thompson's gazelles, impalas, wildebeests, water bucks, giraffes, zebras, eagles, superb starlings, ibis, guinea fowl to name a few. We had gotten here later in the afternoon and only had a few hours before the animal sanctuary closed - 6:30 is nightfall here! We would have enjoyed spending a whole day! Our up close and personal experience was a once in a lifetime experience we won't forget. The following day we hired a taxi for the day and set off for Lake Oloiden to see hippos and flamingoes. Unfortunately we found out that the flamingoes stopped coming last year. Bummer! But we saw three hippo heads coming up for air so waited patiently on the shore for about an hour for them to come out to bask. Since it was cloudy they didn't come out so we got back in the car and proceeded to our next destination, Crater Lake. We paid for lunch here which included the conservation area fee. After a nice lunch on the lake we were instructed how to hike around the lake and up the crater to the conservation area. We were to meet our driver at a parking lot in the conservation area. We set off, seeing beautiful birds and butterflies on the confusing unmarked trail system. We were told we might be lucky enough to even see a leopard! And it's safe! After a few twists and turns we finally made our way upward (Kellie was a trooper) and came out to the Savannah. We followed his instructions to go through the fence and saw a few zebras, gazelles, impalas and warthogs. We didn't see a parking lot anywhere. We walked and walked and walked. We finally realized that we were lost and headed toward some buildings down a road. Two men working at a water plant came out to talk to us and kindly called our driver who had to be instructed step by step while he literally drove cross country to reach us. We were miles away and almost at our first destination! Everyone got a kick out of our situation, including us!

On Friday we decided to take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha. We took a matatu to a local public beach where we were met by two men who happened to have a boat! And even though we had been overcharged for the matatu, these young men actually quoted the local price. They were both very knowledgeable about the surrounding wildlife, especially the birds. Before getting into the boat they took us to an area where we saw Marabu storks.These birds were massive both in body size and beak. These birds would hang around the fish cleaning area awaiting scraps, or trying to be thieves. It was odd but wonderful being so close to such large birds. They were not afraid of us at all. As we entered the boat we were assured we would see many types of birds, hippos, and possibly even watch a Fish Eagle swooping to catch a fish. Lake Naivasha is not a very deep lake, and is fresh water fed, which of course means no flamingoes, sorry Shelley. While maneuvering through the water, we spotted several species of birds including: white storks, Egrets, white pelicans, bald eagles, and even went to the living area of cormorants (including both black and white headed), where we saw trees teeming with these birds. In addition to viewing this vast selection of birds (the area bosts over 400 species), the boat came about 100 feet away from a yawning hippo! I wish I was ready with my camera to catch this site, but sadly I was not. Their jaw opening is as you would imagine, just like a National Geographic photograph. At this point the boat pulled into a shore area where we disembarked and made our way slowly to an area where there was a hippo heading into the water. Despite its massive size, it was surprisingly graceful. We also managed to walk a bit further to see a second hippo on land feeding. We were told that in this area, hippos are sometimes coaxed out of the water with food so tourists can see more than just their heads peeking out of the water. Hippos usually stay in the water, and typically only come out at night, or occassionally come out to bask in the hot African sun. One of our guides also told me that in the family of hippos me saw, there is only one male. If another male hippo is born, he is often killed by the father. At times the mother hippo can send the male away. Talk about male domination.

Seeing the hippos was a great sight, and we also circled around Crescent island where we saw giraffes, water bucks, and huge buffalos from the water's edge. After the shoreline views of Crescent Island, we went to where our boat captain was going to feed the fish eagles some fish that we purchased on our way from local fisherman dragging their nets in Lake Naivasha. Our guide stopped the boat, whistled a few times to get the fish eagle's attention, then threw the fish into the air. As it landed in the water a large fish eagle swooped down and grabbed it in it's talons and flew away with the free snack. This snack was not free for us, we spent 150 kshillings (less than $2.00) and it was worth every penny! Soon after this we headed back to shore feeling very satisfied with the bird sightngs and of course the hippos. We thanked our guides for a wonderful experience and headed on our way back. Knowing that there were only two cheap options for transport back to town, we opted to try a boda-boda, which is basically jumping on the back of a motorcycle, like the native Kenyans, and hoping for the best. Shelley and I had our two motorcycle drivers drop us at the only souvenir shop we had seen, where we met a lovely lady and purchased some Kenyan made crafts. The owner of the shop offered us a ride back to our hotel as he was heading into town. All in all a great day experiencing life on Lake Naivasha, as well traveling Kenyan style.

On Saturday we waited at our guesthouse to ride back to Nairobi with the owner. Despite having the whole day, the WiFi was so slow that we could not upload much. Now back in Nairobi we are needing to sleep for our safari tomorrow morning so will post what we have. Off to the Masai Mara .....

View of Lake Naivasha from Crescent Island

View of Lake Naivasha from Crescent Island


Walking in Nairobi

Walking in Nairobi

KelShel selfie in the matatu

KelShel selfie in the matatu

Acacia trees on Crescent Island

Acacia trees on Crescent Island

Walking beside the zebras

Walking beside the zebras

Monkey sighting

Monkey sighting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJpcb2Giabc
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP9wQPinis0
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Posted by kelshell 18:20 Archived in Kenya Comments (0)

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