Visit by Patty & Paul Maeder to Oltorotua

As a safari guide, Jackson takes many visitors around Amboseli National Park and the Selenkay Conservancy. Most of the time he loves his work, although last week was rough. He says driving on muddy roads in Kenya is as difficult as driving on ice and snow in the US. But he loves meeting visitors, mostly tourists who want to enjoy seeing Kenya’s amazing wildlife roaming free among acacia trees, enjoying a drink at a water hole, or crossing the road in front of their 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Once in a while the visitors become friends and return. This past holiday season Patty and Paul Maeder’s family from Switzerland made a trip back and visited Oltorotua with Jackson. I got to know Patty on Facebook and feel she is a friend of mine too! We share not only friendship with Jackson but a love of Kenya, a reverence for its wildlife, and a horror at the recent stories of elephant and rhino poaching.

Here are several photos Jackson sent of the Maeder family’s visit. I asked Patty to give Susan, Jackson’s wife, a hug and she did. (Susan is shy so smiling for the camera isn’t easy for her.)  Paul is a doctor and they took suitcases filled with general medical supplies.  We hear much bad about today’s world so let’s applaud friendship and good deeds across oceans and human-made divides!

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