It is truly better to see somewhere once than hear about it a thousand times
I spent the just concluded Easter break in the Beast of East Africa and it was a trip filled with new adventures! Funny how last year, I spent Easter in Benin republic ( maybe I should be doing Easter trips now like a culture; God willingly). I had wanted to visit Kenya when I visited Rwanda but it didn’t work out then but I was more than happy when I was asked to lead the trip to Kenya! We arrived Kenya in the early hours of Thursday with an awesome group from TVP Adventures . Kenyan Visa is gotten on arrival for 50 dollars for Nigerian Passport Holders and you need a valid yellow fever vaccination card to enter into the World’s 48th largest country by total area. We checked in to the Best Western meridian plus hotel which was our home for the few days we had in the country.
Our first day in Kenya was for relaxing and just enjoying ourselves; I had the best spa session I had gotten till date at the Hotel and it was worth every penny. After resting on day 1, the following day which was Good Friday was set out to explore Nairobi City. Our first stop was to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts’ Orphans’ Project which was Started in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick. Daphne passed on in 2018 and the Project is now run by her daughter; Angela who has been fully running the project since 2001.
The elephants at the orphanage were rescued from different parts of the country at an early stage and usually need their mothers milk for the first 2 years so since most of them were rescued without their mother the orphanage feeds them with 24 litres of milk daily . Before Daphne passed on she was the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk-dependent elephants and rhinos. The elephants at the Orphanage are never taken to where they were found. The Orphanage is open to the public daily from 11am to noon except on Christmas Day. During this time the orphans arrive for their midday mud bath and feeding. One can adopt an elephant for a minimum of 50 dollars a year and you can have a private time with your own elephant.
From the Orphanage, we left to the Giraffe Centre which was definitely one place I was looking forward to visiting.
The Giraffe Centre is the creation of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organisation whose main purpose is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment, as well as give local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe. I got to feed two giraffes , took pictures and had so much fun!
In between our drives from one end to the other, our guide showed us the State house, the president and Vice President’s offices and homes, the police headquarters, the senate and other significant places in the city. We could not take pictures as it is not allowed in the country to take pictures of official buildings. We stopped by at Ranalo Foods to have some Kenyan cuisine for Lunch. I had their famous Coconut Fish with white rice.
After a filling meal, we got to have an amazing view of Nairobi city from the top of the Kenyatta International Convention centre and it was such a spectacular and beautiful view.
Just before we called it a night, our guide took us to the famous Carnivore restaurant which is an authorized game meat restaurant in Nairobi whose specialty is meat. It cost 40 dollars per person at the restaurant and you are served various types of meat till you are tired and out the flag down on your table. We were served Beef, Ribs, Pork Meat, Lamb Leg, Chicken Wings, Chicken Piripiri, Sausages, Ostrich meat balls( which I had for the first time), Crocodile (I did not try this) and more! Once we were all filled up, we had desert and we called it a night afterwards. You can view my Kenya Highlights on Instagram here to see videos of the trip!
I also got to go on Safari, do white water rafting and Ziplining which I would be sharing in my next post!
Have you been to Kenya before what was your experience? If you have not, are you looking to visit. Please share with me in the comment section and also if there is any question you have for me concerning Kenya please leave them below.
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