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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.

Jambo Nairobi!

Jambo Nairobi!

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.

To find the Massai Market, we drove across town, through the forest, into a guarded parking lot, had our bags checked, then walked past the bowling alley and through the water park to be led into the back parking lot where these vendors are.

To find the Massai Market, we drove across town, through the forest, into a guarded parking lot, had our bags checked, then walked past the bowling alley and through the water park to be led into the back parking lot where these vendors are.

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!

Perfect environment for intelligent life!

Perfect environment for intelligent life!

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.

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Stalking the rock creatures with Ebenezer and Donna.
Each one of them has an amazing story and we were so fortunate to have them spend the weekend with us.

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Mary Poppins (Lori) and a waterbuck

Teri, our photo sharing champion, and the safari sheep.

Teri, our photo sharing champion, and the safari sheep.

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The zebras weren’t shy, but if you look REALLY closely, you can also spot a Leigh against the tree in the foreground.

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.

Ewwww! He touched the buck!

Ewwww! He touched the buck!

Mama and baby heard there was a new movie being filmed and wanted their 15 minutes of fame, too.

Craig didn’t let mama and her baby escape without getting some good video. And then some more. And then more again as we strolled the island with them.

These guys were fishing along Crescent Island.  So I had to take photos to share what fishing with nets looks like. Because I wouldn't want you to have to wonder about something as interesting as that.

These guys were fishing along Crescent Island.
So of course I had to take photos to share what fishing with nets looks like. Because I wouldn’t want you to have to wonder about something as interesting as that.

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.

Murabeho, Rwanda!

Kwaheri (goodbye), Kenya! Murabeho (hello, remember?), Rwanda!

Hope everyone had a tantamount weekend and I’ll share the rest of mine when I’ve collected photos to go with!

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7 thoughts on “How The Lion King prepared me for Kenya

  1. Suzanne Dekkers on said:

    Hi crazy,

    Birds? It’s good that I’m not with you as I wouldnt survive that sight!!! Plenty of adventures in Africa for you my friend, keep enjoying them and be your gracious self :)

    Much love Suus

    *ps got the birthdaycard :)

  2. Elaine on said:

    I’m never going to get the language down if you keep changing the words!! Jambo is hello (to Kenya) and murabeho is hello (to Rwanda)??? Different country, different language? Or just the difference between hello and good morning??

    Love the safari photos. Hope you got some really nice ones of the giraffes. Among my very favorite critters.

    Sounds as though you’re having a wonderful time. Keep blogging!!!

  3. theresa novak on said:

    WOW! WOW! WOW! thx for sharing your adventure as you move thru it. Can’t wait for you to get home and hear you talk about it all, that’ll take – what – a month! hehehe got the postcard,thx. Continue enjoying your adventure. BIG HUG! luv auntie T

  4. This is wonderful Sarah! Small town Oregon farmer soaking in Africa. I pray the pluses exceed the minuses! I am enjoying the photos very much!
    I say an Our Father and Hail Mary for you and Billie each day.
    Blessings, peace and joy,
    Patricia

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