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Meru National Park - Nairobi - Seychelles

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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Saturday 15th November 1986

Most of today is taken up with travelling, with just a few comfort stops along the way.

Local market town

Whenever we stop to admire the view, a hoard of local children appear, hoping to get a hand-out. Often they do.


Kikuyu children with Samburu National park in the background.

Thomson's Falls

Charnia Falls at Thika


I am particularly pleased that we stop here, as I have just finished reading the book 'The Flame Trees of Thika' by Elspeth Huxley; and even more delighted when I see flame trees at the side of the road by the falls!


We make our way back to Nairobi and to the airport for our flight to the Seychelles.


Flying in to land on the Seychelles.

While we are waiting for the transfer bus at the airport to fill up with passengers, David goes off to change some money. Of course, the moment after he gets off, the last person gets on and the bus is ready to leave.

After a couple of minutes of waiting, one couple become aggressively impatient, shouting at the rep and driver and creating a scene because they are having to wait. The other passengers shake their head in embarrassed disbelief. In desperation and anger, the irate passenger and his girlfriend get off, demanding that the driver removes their luggage as they “are going to take a taxi”.

The driver finds their bags, dumps them unceremoniously on the pavement at their feet and gets back on the bus – at the same time as David does – and triumphantly drives off! The whole bus erupts in applause as we watch the rude couple swearing even more as they head for the taxi rank.

By the time we arrive at our hotel on Beau Vallon Bay on the island of Mahé, it is late and we go straight to bed.

Posted by Grete Howard 06:53 Archived in Seychelles

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