Kissing Giraffes in Nairobi

Trip Start Sep 07, 2006
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Trip End Sep 29, 2006


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Saturday, September 9, 2006

    What a long flight it was to Nairobi.  San Francisco to Minneapolis to Amsterdam to Nairobi.  But it was all worth it.  We arrived to spend one night before our journey to the Masai Mara and then returned after our four nights on the Mara.  In Nairobi we stayed close to the hotel unless we were on tour as we were told by our guide  that walking only a block from the Stanley Hotel could be dangerous.  That is all we needed to hear.

     We did, however, have a chance to tour the Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) Museum. The museum was her home and the site of a large coffee plantation which existed on the grounds.   She was the author of the famous memoir "Out of Africa" which became famous by a film of the same name.   We also had a chance to visit the Giraffe Center where I kissed a giraffe!   It was fun but I don't know what got into me.  The Center was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild griaffe that is only found in the grasslands of East Africa.  One of the interesting things we learned there was that there are several species of giraffes and here we were able to see the most endangered variety of them all, the Rothschild giraffe.

    Our last evening in Nairobi we had dinner at Carnivore's Restaurant where they served a variety of African wildlife....crocodile, zebra, various types of antelopes.  I'm not sure I liked the experience as the animals are so beautiful. We were assured that the animals were actually being raised for this purpose.  I stuck with the non-meat dishes.

     Following our short stay in Nairobi and a visit  to a women's cooperative jewelry enterprise we headed out for Sweetwaters Camp and Ol Pejeta Conservancy to view chimpanzees and a black, captive Rhino, Moroni.
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