Goodbye, Safari! We had the best time!

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
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Trip End Nov 28, 2012


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Meltonia Luxury Suites, Nairobi

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some noisy bird screeched and woke us up early, but it was a blessing in disguise as we now had the pleasure of seeing the sunrise.  I went out onto the balcony in my nightgown to get a better look and all of a sudden from down below our tree house, I hear "Jambo' - Swahili for 'hello - from a guard who had likely been there all night.  Who had the better look?  We also saw a hot air balloon go wafting by.
The final day of our safari tour was long and one of the hottest we had encountered.  Again, I snapped photos from the moving vehicle, but as we neared Arusha, I was reprimanded by the driver for sticking my camera out the window.  If I wanted to keep it, and prevent some street urchin from grabbing it, I had better pull it in and close the window! NOW!
Once again we had a lovely lunch at the Mount Meru Hotel.  The sentiment was expressed that we wished we didn't have to go back to Nairobi.  Why couldn't we just relax by the hotel pool all afternoon, then fly out from Arusha?  Not to be.
Heading back into Kenya, the border procedures went smoothly and a Kenyan driver took us back to Nairobi.  The other three on our tour were flying out in the evening, so we went to a local restaurant for dinner, - similar to, but not, Carnivore - nearer the airport.  The Pampa Currascaria is, of all things, a Brazilian restaurant.  The most exotic meat we had was camel. We had to go through a bag search and metal detector just to go inside!   We said our goodbyes to our three lovely travelling companions as they headed to the airport and home to Germany and England. We were transferred to our hotel by the tour company.  We didn't want to arrive in Johannesburg after dark, so elected to stay the night in Nairobi at our own expense.  The Meltonia Luxury Suites are in a nice part of the city, near the university and a major hospital, (but the street was being dug up - so more potholes).  We passed several nice hotels and even a shopping mall which looked quite nice in its Christmas decorations. Would have liked to check it out.  We stayed in a fantastic apartment and wished we could remain there for a few days, but alas, that was not to be.  It had an internal laundry which would have been good to use, but we were so tired and had an early start in the morning.  

So sad our safari has come to an end.  There really is nothing we could fault. It was the experience of a lifetime.  We were well looked after by both the Kenyan (Pollman's Tours) and the Tanzanian (Ranger Tours) companies, and all accommodation, service and food were superb, and I would thoroughly recommend them all.  The most confronting things we encountered were the extreme poverty, nothing like I had ever seen anywhere else in the world, and the poor state of some of the roads, however, every face we saw had a smile!   I must admit, I did have some doubts beforehand, and definitely some fears, about travelling in Kenya and Tanzania, but we were treated so well by all we encountered that any worries were unfounded.  Hakuna Matata.  
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