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.