Is that all?

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
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Trip End Aug 27, 2010


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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Our flight from Goa to Mumbai was excellent and we would definitely recommend that anyone fly Kingfisher. After collecting our bags we caught the transfer bus from the domestic terminal to the international terminal, only to be informed that it is forbidden to enter the terminal more than three hours before your outbound flight ….oh, dear, our flight was 9 hours away. Luckily for us, and not for the first time, the get out of jail card worked it's uncanny magic… namely "the kids". Under their pale skinned spell, the guard found himself going to his superior officer (army controlled airport) to ask permission to let us enter and was approved, albeit with the warning that once in we COULD NOT leave – OK by us; we were just relieved not to have to sit outside in 40+C heat for six hours!

Inside the terminal, we found some seats and settled in for the wait until we could check-in for our 3am flight. Shortly after midnight we joined the surprisingly long line only to groan in dismay as they changed the scheduled departure time to 5:30am….this was beginning to feel a little like Delhi all over again, although the environment was vastly improved. Once checked-in, we made our way through immigration and security. Interestingly, in India, there are separate lines for ladies and men to go through security, however, the allocation of facilities was almost certainly determined by the same men who decide the ratio of male to female toilets in public venues >-( A huge plus point for Mumbai airport was the discovery of a slumber zone with masses of reclining chairs and so Derek and the kids settled in for a slumber while Sarah kept a watchful eye over our bags.

Despite the delay, once on board our Kenya Airlines flight, all was good; in-seat entertainment systems, good food, a fairly smooth flight and spare seats such that we had six seats between the four of us and the kids were able to lay down and sleep properly. Another airline makes the “recommended” list and we’re encouraged that our flight out of Kenya will also be with them.

There was no trouble getting our visas (only $25/adult and no visa for kids) and we were soon through the airport and looking for our ride who, it turns out, had been waiting for us for three hours as she didn’t know that the flight was delayed. Our brief stop in Nairobi was at the Wildebeest Camp where we’d booked one of their luxury tents; a large permanent tent with a double bed and two singles and an en-suite bathroom. Our kids who have never been camping (not that they remember anyway) and will be in for quite a shock later in the summer when they discover what real tents are like! At Wildebeest, the tents are fabulous, set in a lovely garden within a secure, walled compound; however, we soon discovered that everything is relatively expensive here and would recommend anyone else staying there to walk five minutes up the road for food (great pizza place) and drinks, etc.

After a quick breakfast, we’ll be leaving Wildebeest Camp to catch our shuttle bus across the border to Arusha, Tanzania. But that's not all for Nairobi - we're expecting to return for a few days in a couple of weeks time. For now, hopefully it’ll be a good journey to Tanzania without any complications at the border….
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