Archive for November 2010

Kenya

 

INFO: The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa. Lying along the Indian Ocean to its southeast and at the equator, Kenya is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. Kenya has numerous wildlife reserves, containing thousands of animal species. The capital city is Nairobi.

YEAR: October 2010.

STORY:
Our itinerary for our ten-day trip to Kenya was the following:

Day 1: The remains of the first day of our arrival in Nairobi was left to our own leisure;
Day 2: Travel to the Lake Naivasha game sanctuary for a safari by boat, and the following transportation to the next lake;
Day 3: Game safari on Lake Nakuru;
Day 4: Transportation to Masai Mara and an afternoon game safari;
Day 5: Whole day game safari at Masai Mara;
Day 6: Morning safari at Masai Mara and transportation back to Nairobi;
Day 7: Flight to Malindi and transportation to the coastal town Watamu;
Day 8-10: Spending time in Watamu;
Day 11: Transportation to Mombasa and the following night flight back to Sweden.

Our adventure started from Stockholm airport, Arlanda. We arrived in late afternoon, and after we had checked in our luggage we had enough time for a final visit at a “Swedish” coffee bar. We had a night flight and had planned to see a movie and then go to sleep, but as usual we couldn’t sleep since it is very difficult to be comfortable in an airplane seat. We landed for an hour in Rome for refueling, and after additionally 6 hours we took ground in Addis Ababa, totally exhausted. This was not our final destination, we still had one last flight of approximately three hours to endure before reaching Nairobi.

At the airport in Nairobi; an agent from the travel company which we had engaged for this trip, was waiting for us. It was a young guy and his name was Wilson. It took quite a lot of time before we could meet up with Wilson, since a substantial amount of time was spent applying for visa. At that time we regret not having applied for visa in advance. It was two different documents which needed to be filled out per person, and there were lots of information asked for. When we handed the documents to the officer, he just stacked them with hundreds of others without reading any of the information, he asked a few questions and completed the procedure by taking our picture and finger prints. What a waste of time.
Finally we could go outside and meet Wilson. We easily found him since he had written our names on a piece of paper. Unfortunately, we had arrived to Nairobi at rush hour so there was a lot of traffic in the city, and we got stuck in a bit of a traffic jam, therefore it took quite a long time before we reached the hotel. We walked inside being both exhausted due to the long and inconvenient flight, and sweaty after the long and slow drive through the city. According to the itinerary for the trip, the afternoon was determined to be for our own leisure, and we were very grateful for that. We spent our time showering, eating and making it an early night so that we would feel most invigorated for our safari the next morning.