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  • Day3

    Made it to Kenya!

    November 29, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Yesss! I finally made it to Kenya! (I actually made it about 5hrs ago) but one of the musicians had to wait forever to get her visa so I’m just getting to the hotel. I’m soooo elated to be here!! I’m super excited but also really exhausted. I think my excitement is keeping me awake. The flight went well! Went by fast. So many babies on board.. screaming and crying.. but I totally understand. I coach my first sectional tomorrow sooo goodnight y’all! 🙏🏾♥️Read more

  • Day3

    First full day in Nairobi

    November 29, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Whew! Finally getting in the bed and attempting to get some sleep. It’s almost 3 am here. Somehow I’m still on Chicago time.. but I’m pushing myself to get breakfast in the morning!! I planned to get it earlier today but.. by the time I got out the bed and tried to move around.. my brain was like Nope! Go back to sleep. Lol I slept another 2 hrs. Almost overslept but thankfully I heard housekeeping knocking on the door! Anyway, today was a great day! The city is beautiful! I don’t remember seeing any traffic lights haha. It was an adventure! I coached my first sectional today. Woohoo!
    I’m so happy to be here. My ancestors once lived and thrived in this land. Wow. God is great! Goodnight y’all!
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  • Day134

    Karen, Nairobi

    September 17, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    We’ve spent a relaxing week with minimal driving or activities in this leafy suburb outside of Nairobi. We found an idyllic stone cottage where we were able cook our own meals, watch mindless TV (including John’s cricket (emphasis on the mindless- ha, ha)), read, sleep, clean up and organize all of our stuff so it fits into our small bags. Christy also got a haircut, mani/pedi, and we’ve both enjoyed drinking cold, bubbly water and wine. We were also lucky enough to catch up with Vishal and Sita, who Christy knew from Campbells/Wharton/Philly, and enjoy a wonderful lunch getting the scoop on what life is like here compared to the US and other places.
    Since this part of our trip is winding down and because the Land Rover has been the third character in our trip these past 5 months, we need to take a moment to discuss its’ role in our recent adventures.
    Nicknamed Tokoloshe (a mythical and mischievous bush elf in South African folklore), we’ve written many things about this LR as we’ve been travelling. It’s featured so often in our posts because it’s been our home - functioning not only as our transport, but also as our bedroom, kitchen, and living room. We’ve probably spent 95% of our time, since first getting into the front seat in Johannesburg last May, within just a few yards of the LR. It was very rare for it to be out of our sight at any time during this entire part of the trip. We also have written several times about repairs we’ve had to do along the way and several days spent in mechanic’s yards getting things fixed. However, we’ve put this vehicle through a LOT. We’ve driven almost 20,000 kilometers (about 12,000 miles) through 9 countries over the last few months in all kinds of weather and road conditions. We’ve been through hot, dusty deserts, over steep and twisty mountain passes. We’ve driven through rivers, mud, deep, endless sand and long stretches of tarmac for hours on end. We’ve inadvertently hit multiple potholes at speed and driven over roads made up of endless rocks and corrugations so wide and deep that we started a collection of all of the small pieces of the LR that had been shaken loose during the day and we tried to return each piece to its proper place, often with the help of some duct tape.
    With all of the bad roads we’ve driven, it’s a miracle that we haven’t experienced any major tire issues – just a few unlucky flats early in the trip. We also fed the poor thing some contaminated fuel, but it still did not die or leave us stranded.
    We lost count of how many times we were stopped at police and military checkpoints, but are proud we only picked up one ticket and never paid any bribes. We are especially thankful we did not collide with any vehicles, goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, and - most importantly – hit any humans. With all this torture, the LR still started every morning, without hesitation. Tokoloshe has also been a magnet, attracting people wherever we stop and enabling us meet so many friendly, funny, helpful, generous and interesting locals along the way. So, yes, we are happy not to be driving or camping anymore (although we will miss the experience of camping wild with all the animals), but are thankful to Tokoloshe for enabling us to experience so many great adventures.
    It was with mixed emotions that we said goodbye to Tokoloshe as Jennifer & Gerrit (the Dutch couple we met in Zambia) picked it up and began their 8-day drive back to Johannesburg.
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  • Day95

    Mombasa, Tsavo East, Africa

    March 22, 2015 in Kenya ⋅

    March 22

    Having made it through most of the high-risk piracy zone, we arrived in Mombasa, Africa this morning. We had set up a private safari through the internet (yikes) and were planning to meet the driver as soon as we got off the ship. I had been communicating with the owner of the company and had felt some distrust through our emails and it wasn’t until we met that he realized I (Ali) was not a Muslim terrorist.
    In any case, our trip lasted about 11 hours which included about 4 hours total driving on the 2 lane road that serves as the major artery between Mombasa and Nairobi, primarily for trucking. We quickly learned that lanes, center lines and speed limits are merely suggestions.
    The 4 of us had all been on safari before, but none of us had been to this particular park. We had a wonderful day seeing dozens of African elephants, giraffe, ostrich (with babies!), cape buffalo, zebra, and lions. There was one point when the guide stopped the vehicle for us to see a lion - Nancy and I had the binoculars saying “where are they?”. It turns our they were lying about 6’ from our vehicle.
    We had lunch at an open-air lodge that looked over a large watering hole that about 50 elephants were enjoying. There was a small stairwell that went down to an enclosure that was at the same level as the watering hole so we could see the elephants at close range.
    The safari came to a close with an incredible dust storm that became a rain storm as it swept across the park.
    The first photo is the road through the safari park as the dust blew on the right and the rain started on the left.
    The second photo is a baby elephant - Mom was a little unhappy and trumpeted at us when we paid too much attention to the baby.
    The third photo is the lion that was lying just little way away from our vehicle.
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  • Day125

    Kisumu, Kenya

    September 8, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    Crossed into Kenya easily with a straightforward border-crossing. A few hours’ drive took us to Kisumu, another town on huge Lake Victoria. Similar to Jinja, the town was bustling, had a very colonial feel and was easy to navigate. We spent a comfortable night in a hotel (we decided not to camp given that it was still raining and our refrigerator had unfortunately stopped working) and had our first introduction to super-friendly Kenyan hospitality.Read more

  • Day96

    Mombasa, Kenya

    March 23, 2015 in Kenya ⋅

    Mombasa is Kenya’s most important port and is situated on an island just on the coast. Arab sea traders influenced the city’s early history as did the Portuguese, who also controlled the city at times. It was ruled by Omanis for extended periods and the result is an African city with heavy influences of Muslim and European colonial architecture and culture.

    Quite gritty, there were warnings on our ship about how best to safely visit the city. We had done a safari the first day of the stay, but wanted to explore the city itself on the second. We therefore took a ship shuttle bus into downtown and hired a local street guide to show us around for two hours for $10.

    Our guide looked official at first glance with his patches, badges, epaulets and military boots but the “Revolucion” patch above his pocket and “Che Guevara” on his back revealed otherwise. His commanding, definitive presence led us through street traffic where he boldly crossed using only his outstretched hand to stop the taxis and tuk-tuks. We scurried to keep close to him and avoid being stranded in a no-man’s-land of vehicles.

    He took us through spice markets where we bought several spices, not because we can bring them into the US, but just to be able to enjoy the colors and smells for awhile. He described historical sites and led us into a particularly bloody meat market where Ali almost threw up when a vendor pulled out a camel leg and hoof from under a table. It was a very dramatic moment!

    The Arab/Africa blend that makes up Swahili culture was evident in the ornate balconies and doors of many of the buildings. The influence of the Omanis will also be seen in Zanzibar, our next stop.
    The first photo is some of the architecture in Mombasa.
    The second photo is Ali and our guide.
    The third photo is the spice market we visited.
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  • Day132

    Lake Naivasha

    September 15, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    We reluctantly left the Mara, possibly our last experience wild camping in Africa. There is nothing like the experience of camping with no fences, hearing lion, elephant, hyenas and hippos ‘conversing’ through the night, and occasionally, wandering through camp.
    Drove all day to a beautiful campsite on the edge of Lake Naivasha, where we spent our last few nights living out of our Land Rover. On our drive here, we experienced our first overt attempt, since being in Africa, by a police officer to extort money. We were pulled over at a checkpoint and told we had committed a traffic offence by overtaking a truck on a solid yellow line (not sure how the cop may have seen this since he was standing on the side of the road several kilometers from where we may have potentially committed the offence). The ploy by Kenyan police, which we had learnt from others, is to give you the option to show up at court 10 days from the offence (which no tourist will be able to do) or contribute to the cop’s lunch fund. This is exactly what happened.
    In his benevolent mood, the policeman decided to forgive us the offence and said we could contribute $50 for his lunch to show our appreciation. Of course, we said this did not seem correct, and we would prefer to just pay the fine if we could get a receipt. After ~15 minutes of his trying to get us to understand that he only really wanted cash (including asking John to explain to Christy exactly what he wanted – ‘I think she understands perfectly what you want’) he finally told us to “just go”, which we did as quickly as possible, making sure to signal and put our seatbelts back on.
    While camping on the edge of the lake, we were able to enjoy watching some wonderful colubus monkeys in our campsite. Also, since our food stockpile is essentially depleted, we’ve enjoyed eating all of our meals at the local restaurant. Our last stop before returning the Land Rover will be in Karen, a cushy suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi.
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  • Day126

    Lemek Conservancy

    September 9, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    We spent all day driving to a lodge on the banks of the Mara River in the relatively new Lemek Conservancy – a mixed-use conservation area for wildlife and the Maasai to live and graze their livestock – that is adjacent to the Mara Triangle Conservancy. While the tarmac roads were in good condition, they were very narrow with heavy truck and bus traffic - which was unnerving. This unpleasantness was compounded by a ridiculous number of police checkpoints. We eventually got to the edge of the conservancy and the tarmac turned to horrific, corrugated, bumpy roads from hell. The only redeeming part of the drive was that the wildebeest had migrated to this area from Serengeti and we were able to see huge numbers grazing in the conservancy, alongside large herds of zebra, gazelle, topi and giraffe. We only stayed here briefly as we were anxious to get to the famous Mara Triangle and wild camp for our final time.Read more

  • Day2

    Tag 2: Jambo Jambo......

    November 12, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    Der Anschlußflug von Istanbul nach Mombasa dauerte 6,5 Stunden. Im Rückblick betrachtet ist diese Zeit doch recht zügig vergangen - im Rückblick.......! Die Einreiseformalitäten waren schnell erledigt, da wir bereits im Vorfeld das umfangreiche "Formblatt 22" ausgefüllt hatten und auch einer der Ersten waren, die das Flugzeug nach der Landung verlassen konnten. Weiterhin ist in Kenia das vorgeschriebene Touristenvisa bei Einreise für 40 € am Flughafen erhältlich - deutlich günstiger als bei der Botschaft von Kenia in Berlin, oder über einen der Visa-Dienste, bei denen teils über 100 € für die Ausstellung / Versand berechnet werden. Abgesehen davon.....einfacher als direkt am Flughafen geht es nun wirklich nicht. Gegen 6.00 Uhr waren wir dann nach einem 90minütigem Transfer endlich in unserem Domizil auf Zeit angekommen - dem "Leopard Beach Resort & Spa" am traumhaften "Diani Beach". Die Anlage begeistert sofort durch den wunderschönen, weitläufigen Garten - eher eine tropische Parkanlage - und die Wohngebäude im afrikanischen Stil. Überall ergeben sich tolle Blicke auf den Indischen Ozean, der sich hier in den schönsten Blau- und Türkistönen zeigt. Es gibt wahrlich schlimmere Schicksale, als im November an Kenias Küste zu Urlauben :-). Vor dem Frühstück ging es noch auf einen kurzen Abstecher an den weißen Puderzuckerstrand - um 7.00 Uhr fast menschenleer und wunderschön im Licht der frühen Morgensonne. Jambo Kenia - Hukuna Matata!Read more

  • Day12

    Tag 13: "Überfall" am Nachmittag

    November 22, 2017 in Kenya ⋅

    Nachdem wir ( eigentlich eher ich ) nach Tagen des Abwägens aller Eventualitäten, unter Berücksichtigung verhaltensauffälliger Miturlauber und eines wertigen Raum / Aussichtsverhältnisses den für uns ( eigentlich eher für mich ) besten Liegeplatz am Strand gefunden hatten, konnten wir natürlich nicht ahnen, das sich selbiger einmal zum "Tatort" wandeln würde. Seit einigen Tagen gehe ich nachmittags einer Gewohnheit nach, die Susi heute fast zum Verhängnis wurde. Während ich mir zu dieser Zeit in unserem Zimmer ein Käffchen zu bereite, mit dem ich dann zurück an den Strand komme, bleibt Frau Stoof immer alleine lesend zurück. Vorab sei allerdings gesagt, die komplette Schuld auf mich zu nehmen, bin ich nicht bereit! Susi hatte sich am Frühstücksbuffet wieder einmal für den Nachmittagssnack am Strand Bananen gediebt. In meiner Abwesenheit war es dann für sie an der Zeit, eine der Bananen heimlich aus ihrem Rucksack zu nehmen und zu verspeisen. Wohl wissend, daß der listige "Feind" überall lauert, hatte sie die Südfrucht ganz bewusst mit ihrem Körper während des Verzehrs abgeschirmt. Vergebens, die "Grünen Meerkatzen" wurden auf die List aufmerksam und schickten einen ihrer dominantesten Männchen los, das plötzlich keinen Meter von Susi entfernt, hinter ihr auf derselben Sonnenliege lauernd, auf seine Chance wartete. Mutiges Abwehrverhalten, lautes Schreien und fliegende Flip Flops zeigten keinerlei Wirkung. Im Gegenteil, der selbstbewußte Primate startete eine neue Offensive, drohte und griff sogar Susi an. Wohl wissend, daß sich im Rucksack eine weitere Banane befindet, versuchte er rasch den Reißverschluß zu öffnen. Als dies mißglückte, schnappte sich der Dieb einfach den Rucksack und versuchte, mit seiner Beute zu entkommen. Mittlerweile kamen Susi Urlauber zu Hilfe, aber erst das resolute Auftreten des "Affenbeauftragten" am "Tatort", entschärfte die Situation und der kriminelle Affe suchte das Weite. Abenteuer in der Ferne :-)!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Kenya, Kenia, Kenya, Kɛnya, ኬንያ, كينيا, Keña, Кенія, Кения, Keniya, কেনিয়া, ཁེན་ཉི་ཡ།, Kenija, Kènia, Keňa, ཀེ་ནི་ཡ, Kenya nutome, Κένυα, Kenjo, Keenia, کنیا, Keñaa, Kenja, An Chéinia, A Cheinia, Quenia, કેન્યા, קניה, केन्या, Քենիա, Kenía, ケニア共和国, კენია, កេនយ៉ា, ಕೀನ್ಯಾ, 케냐, ເຄນຢ່າ, Кенија, കെനിയ, केनिया, ကင်ညာ, Khenya, Keeniyaa, କେନିୟା, Chenia, Quênia, Kenyäa, කෙන්යාව, Kiinya, கென்யா, కెన్యా, เคนยา, كېنىيە, کینیا, Kê-ni-a (Kenya), Kenyän, Orílẹ́ède Kenya, 肯尼亚, i-Kenya

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