Warthogs, Rhinos & Giraffes oh my!


Laus, who is the new regional finance manager, picked me up from the guesthouse at 9:00 a.m. so we could go to the Nairobi National Park which is right in the middle of Nairobi.  We had to navigate through Nairobi, driving on the left-hand side of the road.  We didn’t arrive at the park until noon.  We purchased tickets, I had to pay $40, because Laus was from Tanzania he paid like 1,000 Kenya shillings around $10.00.  We laughed at how the advantage had turned and he was in a better position because he was black and I was white.  It was a funny reversal.

We ate at the Ranger’s Restaurant, which wasn’t really worth it other than the view, we saw baboons and a deer-type animal  If I were to make a recommendation it would be to start early and take a picnic lunch, eat somewhere in the park and then stop at the Ranger’s Restaurant for a drink on the way out.  By the way the park closes at 6:00 p.m., but no one tells you that and it doesn’t say it anywhere.


We saw one lion hiding behind a bush, the a group of Impalas, and then a family of Warthogs.  Other sites were a saddle-billed stork, a Saga antelope, lots of antelope type animals, seven giraffes, three rhinos, ostriches, a water buffalo, no wildebeests, elephants or zebras; but it was exciting to see these animals in the wild.  I wanted to go to the animal orphanage, but we didn’t have enough time, because we needed to be back before dark; Laus doesn’t like to drive in the dark.  Also, for security reasons, we are not allowed to walk around after dark.  Plus toward the end of the day; my nose was starting to run and I was becoming sick.



So we headed out of the park; it was a bit difficult to find our way, the map that we had purchased was really not at all helpful.  So we stopped and asked directions from a park ranger.  All in all it was an excellent day.

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One Response to Warthogs, Rhinos & Giraffes oh my!

  1. Martine C says:

    I m very happy for you that you finally realised your african dream.
    I wish you the best things in your new life.



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