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Kenya


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Well only about 6 weeks behind on the blog entries now. It's fair to say that internet connections in Africa are easily available but ... the connection is so slow that you want to scream! Uploading photos is virtually impossible and finding a computer that has the right software to view everything??... a challenge. It takes ten minutes just to get your email to load.... fair to say we're learning a bit of patience on this trip! Or trying to!

Had a fantastic time in Kenya. A bit scared on arrival in Nairobi (otherwise locally known as Nairobbery! But managed to survive intact).

Started off with a 9-day safari to ease us in gently to the pace of life. Visited the Masai Mara, saw loads of animals including cheetah and lion and all the usual safari things.... would upload some photos... but... see note above! (10-9-09- have updated photos today, R)

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Visited a Masai village which was really interesting. Very hard to believe people still live like they do, in mud huts basically. The people were lovely, really friendly and happy with their lot in life.

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Then we went cycling around Hells Gate National Park next to giraffes and buffalos.... quite scary cycling past a herd of buffalo i have to tell you. We had the worst bikes on the planet, no gears and chains kept coming off..

Picture_939.jpgWent on a boat cruise to see the hippos. Then on another safari in Samburu national park.... you get the general idea.... more elephants, giraffe, camping in the middle of nowhere... great!
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So after lazing around in a safari van for 9-days (basically a 2WD minibus that went places we'd be scared to take a 4WD!).... we decided it was time for some exercise and climbed Mt Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain and nowhere near as busy as Kilimanjaro.

Mt Kenya is a beautiful mountain and we had great weather the whole 5 day trip. The first 2 days were pretty easy but then the altitude started kicking in. Last day was a challenge. Altogether a great expereince and fabulous scenery.

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We then headed back to Nairobi for the start of the real trip.. i.e. no more tour guises, just us. Caught the overnight train to Kisumu on the western side of kenya, got dinner on the train, travelled first class in our own carriage (it's fair to say there was nothing first class about it... lights didn't work, food was terrible, train was rocking all over the place... but it was a fun thing to do).

From there we got the bus across the border to Uganda... but that will have to wait for another day as been stuck in this internet cafe for far too long already... besides it must be beer 'o' clock by now!

Posted by mike_rona 06:43 Archived in Kenya

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Rona! The trip sounds fantastic. All here at the NIA are jealous reading your blog updates.

by Sarah

Hi Both,
Good to get an update from you. You certainly seem to have had a great time in Kenya and seen a good deal of the wildlife. Have fun in Uganda.
Love
Dad

by Dad

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