Kenya Summary

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Aug 18, 2005

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Distance travelled so far - 5015km
In Kenya - 1600km

We actually spent 7.5 days in Kenya.
We spent, on average, 1.5 nights and just over 1 day in each place.
We travelled an average of 213km per day, all on public transport.

Kenya Summary
Weren't all that impressed with Kenya to tell the truth. Maybe it was our nasty initiation, up in the north where corruption is rife and very visible. Our dislike was one of the reasons we decided to leave the safari until Tanzania. Maybe we would have liked Kenya more if we'd gone to the Mara, but then again, if the Mara is the only thing that would change our minds then that doesn't say much for the rest of Kenya. And we went to some pretty nice places; Kakamega, Mt Elgon (spoilt by the entrance fee argument). Maybe it was the food. After the delights of injera in Ethiopia, the ugali was just plain ugly. I've eaten it before (for 8 months in a South African charity organisation) but still. Not nice.

Useful Swahili
(phonetic - as with all Bantu languages, the 'e' at the end of words is pronounced ie, pole is pronounced 'polay'.)

Hello - jambo / salaama / shikamoo (reply to last - marahaba)
How are you? - habari?
Fine - nzuri
Thank you - asante (...very much - ...sana)
Bye - kwa heri

Sorry - pole sana
Yes - ndiyo
No - hapana
Where? - wapi?
When? - Saa ngapi?
Today - leo
Tomorrow - kesho
Yesterday - jana
How much? - ngapi?
1 - moja
2 - mbili
5 - tano
hundred - mia
100 - mia moja
200 - mia mbili

There is - kuna
There is not - hakuna
No problem - hakuna matata
Danger! - hatari!
Slowly slowly - pole pole

Toilet - cho
Food - chakula
Pepper - pili pili
Meat - nyama
Tea - chai
Bribe - chai
Crazy! - jinga!

Kenyan Wildlife

Flamingo - Lake Nakuru seen from bus
Burchell's zebra - from road to Kisumu
Blue samango monkey - Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Red-tailed monkey - Kakamega
Red duiker - Kakamega and Mt Elgon NP
Black and white colobus monkey - Kakamega and Mt Elgon
Waterbuck - Mt Elgon
Bushbuck - Mt Elgon
Rock hyrax - Mt Elgon
Guineafowl - Mt Elgon
Eland - in Delta Crescent Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (not really wild)
Thomson's gazelle - in sanctuary
Impala - in sanctuary
Burchell's zebra - in sanctuary
Rothchild's giraffe - in sanctuary
White rhino - in sanctuary
Ostrich - in sanctuary
Grey crowned cranes - from bus to Kampala
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