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  • Day1

    The first day in Nairobi

    October 6, 2017 in Kenya

    We didn’t really know what to expect in Nairobi, but now being here and we are slowly realizing, that traveling in Africa is still traveling - and that is a good thing!

    When we arrived yesterday, it has already been dark and on our drive to the hostel, we haven’t really seen a lot, well, apart from zebras at the edge of the road and a giraffe head in the bush, isn’t it crazy? 😳

    Today the plan is, to go to town and to see the baby elephants. But how to get there? The prices proposed in our hostel are simply too high. So we decide to go local!

    So we are walking from our Hostel “Milimani Backpackers” in a gated community to the main street (monkeys on the power lines take a little pee on Annina’s face 😂) and then we’re taking a Matatu, a mini bus full of Kenyans, that costs 0,20 cents instead of 15€.

    Two Matatus later we are walking past wild baboons (we are alone – and aren’t baboons dangerous?) to the entry of the baby elephant center.

    We can see about 29 small and playful elephant orphans, that are raised here, as their parents were killed, mostly by humans. It was quite amusing.

    We’re taking another Matatu to the expensive Carnivore restaurant and we’re deciding not to have the $39pp all you can eat meat.

    Tomorrow safari ✌️
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  • Day2

    Masai Mara Day 1, Camp Manyatta

    October 7, 2017 in Kenya

    Today we get picked up at 6:15 am from our guide and driver John, a Masai. We are a group of 8 and it takes us about 7h until we arrive at our camp “Manyatta”, just outside of the National Park with tents each under a roof, a bathroom attached to the back and a really nice lobby. We check in, have some lunch and a quick nap until our first ever game drive starts!

    At around 4pm our little off road 4x4 minivan is entering the “Masai Mara National Park”.

    We don’t really know what to expect, but it doesn’t take long until we realise, this park is full of animals. About 10min in, we even discover a couple of cheetahs hunting a group a wildebeests. Its amazing to see and it ends with the fastest animal on earth doing a high speed chase into the far.

    Apart from lots of zebras, wildebeests and antilopes we discover sleepy lions 🦁 (males and females), a hippo, buffalos, chakals, turkeys, warthogs and huge masai giraffes. The whole scene reminds of Jurassic Park.

    At around 6:30 we’re back in our tented camp with a nice dinner and an early night of sleep 💤
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  • Day6

    Hell's Gate National Park

    October 11, 2017 in Kenya

    Hell’s Gate is one of the few national parks, where you can hike or cycle by yourself (apparently there are no cats 😊).

    So we rented a bike and rode past zebras, antelopes, buffalos and a lot of warthogs (Pumbas). It‘s a totally different experience without the engine noise.

    And hey, there is a slot canyon inside the park, that reminded me of those in the US, just that the stones are less red. We did a 2 hour track through the canyon accompanied by a Masai and couldn’t escape a really cold thunder storm on our way back!

    Totally worth a trip and with $30 entrance one of the cheaper NPs here in Kenya 🇰🇪!
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  • Day12

    Diani Beach, Bidi Badu

    October 17, 2017 in Kenya

    During our first 1.5 weeks in Kenya 🇰🇪, a lot was happening. We had to acclimatize to the country, the people and the habits here, we were on the road or on safari. It was time for a break, and Diani Beach is an ideal place to relax. We got ourselves a room in the Bidi Badu Beach Resort and lay in the sun (or in the shade) for 4 days straight, no plans, no activities, just doing nothing 🤙

  • Day16

    Amboseli National Park

    October 21, 2017 in Kenya

    We went Amboseli for a clear reason, we wanted to see elephants in front of the Kilimanjaro! Our plan worked, however there was a downside, because Africas highest mountain was covered in clouds the whole day 😕.

    Still Amboseli is very nice, it is full of elephants cooling down in wide spread swamps, lots of wildebeests, hippos and zebras.

    Because it is the end of the dry season, there was a huge contrast between the dusty salt plains and the green swamps, where all the animals gather.

    In the afternoon the wind came up with hundreds of tornados all around us, whirling the dust up into the air 🌪. Very cool atmosphere!

    In the evening, the Kilimanjaro showed its surprisingly small ice cap for the first time. Unfortunately we were already out of the park with no elephants around 😄
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  • Day8

    Nakuru NP, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya

    October 13, 2017 in Kenya

    After talking to the rangers at the main gate of this park, we sorted out our 2nd game drive, a full day, but split into 2 parts with a self organized overnight stay in the guesthouse „Wildlife Clubs of Kenya“ inside the park.

    The next morning we bought ourselves some samosas, bananas, noodles and water and started our tour around Lake Nakuru. The first part seemed to be a bit lame, but it turned better and better the further away we got from the city.

    Our big goal in this park was, to find rhinos. While searching for it, next to the usual suspects we saw lots of flamingos, pelicans, two lion babies, too cute, but not allowed to pet and even lions during the process of making babies 😇! And finally we discovered rhinos 🦏💪, on the first day a bit far away, but the next morning we eventually found 8 rhinos (one black and 7 whites) close to us. One of them was quite aggressive fighting a baby rhino and its mother.

    For dinner, we ended up cooking our noodles next to two professional chefs from other tour groups 😊 and we woke up at 5:45 by the roaring of a lion right next to our camp ✌️.

    All in all Nakuru National Park was a really great experience – way better than expected!
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  • Day7

    Nakuru, Sleepway Guesthouse

    October 12, 2017 in Kenya

    We’re in Nakuru city for an overnight stop, after a Matatu journey with up to 17 people in one van and a stop-over lunch at a „Nyama Choma“ (Kenyan Goat BBQ place).

    At night we went out for a couple of beers to a local pub! People don’t really socialize in pubs, they mostly come to drink. If the news are on, the music is turned off and everybody watches it and stops talking. Politics is big, the upcoming election means a lot to the people, I suppose there is a lot more to loose in Kenya, than there is back in Germany 🤔...Read more

  • Day3

    Masai Mara Day 2, Wildebeest Mania

    October 8, 2017 in Kenya

    It is simply incredible! Back home it is great luck to see a deer once in a while. Today in Masai Mara I’d say we saw about 100.000 animals ‼️

    We started early and drove around 90km to the Mara River, hoping to see some wildebeests cross it. It came close, but they chickened out in the end - quite understandably considering the amount of crocs and hippos in the water.

    Another highlight was a group of around 10 elephants passing our van just a few meters away.

    The rest of the day we drove through countless wildebeests, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, more elephants, all sorts of antelopes, buffalos, monkeys, warthogs, saw more cheetahs and a lot of lions and lionesses - sometimes so close, our zoom lens wasn’t even necessary 😳🦁.

    It was a really exhausting but amazing day, that ended with a quick visit to the village.
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  • Day6

    Lake Naivasha, Fisherman's Camp

    October 11, 2017 in Kenya

    Our next stop is the Fisherman’s Camp, where we are staying in a banda right at the shore of Lake Naivasha!

    The coolest thing here is, that the hippos come out at night and you can watch them eat just 2-3m away from you. Good thing there is an electric fence giving you the feeling of being safe (sort of) 😅. Oh and not to forget Eric, the camp giraffe, which was chasing us around.

    For us it was time to relax a bit, to do some more acclimatising to Kenya and we started to eat at local shacks (mostly ugali, some green stuff, cabbage, chapati and black tea with milk).

    One morning we did a boat ride on the lake. We spotted a couple of birds and hippos. In the end we came close to a group of about 10 hippos with the current pushing us further towards them - too bad, our engine had issues starting. Slightly scared we eventually made it away 😅.
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  • Day11


    October 16, 2017 in Kenya

    Going to Mombasa wasn’t really part of the plan. When leaving our hotel this morning, we thought we‘d go straight to Amboseli NP. But the idea of a few days on the beach sounded like the thing we needed ☀️ !

    In Nairobi when changing buses, we had an incident. A guy jumped up to our bus window and grabbed inside, towards my chest. Lucky us, there was nothing to get for him. Remember: Close your windows 😅.

    Anyways, we had a 10 hour bus ride ahead of us, on the famous Mombasa Road, a road that provides big parts of East Africa with goods and that is filled up with trucks - thousands of trucks, that for our bus drivers liking didn‘t go fast enough. For 10 hours straight, we passed one truck by the next, saw two bigger accidents, even our own bus pushed 2 guys on a motorbike off the road, without stopping of course 😵.

    Late at night we arrived in Mombasa, a hot and dirty and poor city. Maybe it was caused by our exhausting journey here, but everything felt very intense in this place.

    The next morning we took the ferry to the beach...
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