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Nairobi and Surrounds

This is a historic journal, from our trip to Kenya and Seychelles in 1986, taken from notes I wrote at the time. Apologies for the poor quality photographs

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Monday 10th November 1986

I slept well last night after a bottle of wine and several Remy Martin, waking up feeling refreshed this morning.

Breakfast is full English, but self service.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage
After an hour or so by the pool, and a couple of sandwiches with some very nice fresh passion fruit juice, we go off the Nairobi National Park, first calling at the Animal Orphanage. Built along the lines of a zoo, it isn't anything new to us, although I do defy the notices “Do not stick your fingers through the fence” to scratch a lion behind the ear.





The roads in Nairobi leave a little to be desired and they seem to go in for a lot of speed-bumps. The pavements are not tarmaced, just dirt tracks. The centre of Nairobi is just like any other large city centre.

Local housing estate

Nairobi National Park
The National Park is a safari park on a vast scale, with the animals roaming free all in one place. We don't see any lions, but plenty of zebra, impala, eland, warthog, giraffe and guinea-fowl. My first wild giraffe totally captivates me, and I name him Gerald. He is just standing there, gazing out over the plains blow. Totally magical. I am in love.






It then starts to rain. And boy does it rain! We decide to call it a day and make our way home. One old deer – I mean dear – is ill, spewing up out of the window on the way home. At least the rain washed the sick off the side of the minibus. Another old dear lost her suitcase and a man has lost his jumper. Not a good start to their holiday then.

Posted by Grete Howard 02:21 Archived in Kenya

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