Visit to Kenya

Carl and I returned yesterday evening from a trip to Kenya, surely one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations. (Daughter Hope and g’daughter Becky went on to trek in Rwanda. Hope e-mailed this morning that they saw two gorilla families.) I’ll include photos and items from my journal in the coming days. In brief we:

  • While in Nairobi, went to a Maasai market, visited Utamaduni fair trade craft center, had tea and fed giraffes at the Giraffe Orphanage & Manor, had a tour of her family’s vineyard with Dr. Louise Leakey.
  • Visited Olorgesailie prehistoric site.
  • Spent one day with Lilian Adoyo, a student our congregation has supported through Kenya Self-Help Project during high school where she achieved brilliantly in her academic program.
  • Saw huge herds of elephants a few feet from our vehicle during 3 days with Jackson as our guide at Amboseli Porini Camp.
  • Got my last clean pair of pants dirty playing bau (mancela) with a Maasai elder (I was sitting on a cowhide in the kraal [corral] and clumsily got up).
  • Was amazed at the hundreds–no, thousands–of flamingoes at Lake Bogoria.
  • Visited a Lake Baringo island village of  Njemps (like our word gems), a branch of the Maasai.
  • Watched a leopard stroll in front of our safari truck.

More about each of these and more as I collect my thoughts, which right now flutter through my brain like feathers dumped from a pillow.

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2 comments to Visit to Kenya

  • Jeannie Copeland

    Was this a game…who will be the first to blink?? Wow! What an awesome experience, Mary. Reading this brought back fond memories of my trip to Kenya last summer.


    • marybk

      Thanks for the comment, Jeannie. Amboseli is very different from the Mara, Lake Turkana and other areas of Kenya. Kenya reminds me a great deal of Maryland, in that we are not big land-wise but offer very different experiences, geography, cultures, scenery, history and so on to our visitors. Kenya is truly an amazing place to visit!