How The Lion King prepared me for Kenya
Hakuna matata means no worries. Rafiki means friend. Asante sana means thank you very much. The only one they forgot to include in that educational film – Jambo means hello.
Nairobi is huge! We’ve seen many sides to this mass of humanity and many of them are difficult to present. The hardest thing is the kids on the street and I haven’t quite sorted out what to say about the slums we visited…
What I will tell you is that the guest house we’re staying in is exceptionally fancy for me. Not only is it rat-free, but they also do the dishes for you and provide music before every meal! The dinner bell is always music to my ears, anyways.
There’s also many bustling markets, there is crazy traffic, pedestrians everywhere, top notch security- presumably more-so than before the mall bombing, street vendors and all the trash that comes with developing nations.
Alright, the photos I posted of the wildlife safari we went on may have been a bit of a misrepresentation. The island is called Crescent Island, on Lake Naivasha where there are hundreds of “wild” animals living there without any predators to bother them. Other than the pesky homo sapiens who want National Geographic photos without having to miss drinks at the country club. Don’t judge me!
Plus, we got to drive through the Rift Valley and even had the chance to stop and ponder the origins of life… And which vendor had the best price for the little carved giraffes. I thought it was super cool because theory holds that here is the place where 200,000 years ago, early hominids shifted into homo sapiens and branched out across the continent of Pangea.Super cool to wonder why this place was so perfect for making bigger brains. And for all the family reading, we’re from the J branch of the Seven Daughters of Eve according to a genetic mitochondrial test. Seems our branch of homo sapiens wandered into Morocco a moment ago (some 50,000 years), leading to some of the most intelligent life on Earth, today!
The Crescent Island Country Club provides boat rides out to the Game Park where Bernard, our trusty guide, lead us on a two hour safari. There are birds everywhere! Mostly cormorants, but storks and hawks and eagles and whatnot. There were Tommy’s waiting for us right away with zebras and antelope and a big ole water buck waiting just over the hill. The baby giraffe and pelicans were on the far side of the grazing sheep with the wildebeest lazing in the trees with the horse. None of the animals did more than glance in our direction.
Hanging out with Ben (Ebenezer) was tons of fun- he reminds me of several other young men I can think of from back home. Bernard answered all our questions and made sure to point out all the python trails. He identified everything we pointed out. There were many, many Thompson gazelles, lots of zebra and wildebeest. Quite a few water bucks and antelope and especially sheep.
That was Saturday, Sunday was one of the coolest experiences yet, followed by the most highly anticipated experience on Monday, culminating with climbing into bed as soon as this is posted. We are in Rwanda for the rest of the week and I am very muchly looking forward to the upcoming activities.
Hope everyone had a tantamount weekend and I’ll share the rest of mine when I’ve collected photos to go with!