Kenya - A Truly Amazing Place To Visit
My Recent Visit to Kenya.
In October 2010, my son was lucky enough to go on a school cricket tour of Kenya. I was even luckier to be able to go with him.
We arrived at the Nairobi Club in Nairobi, and although the accommodations were not fantastic, the atmosphere was fabulous. It was a colonial building, which retained all the early 20th century feeling inside.
Our first day was a trip to a giraffe sanctuary, where we were able to feed them directly from our hands, and even mouth!
Kenya is such a vast country and we only had 10 days to discover it, so it was a bit of a rush. We spent the first four days in Nairobi, traveling around for the cricket games at various schools, which gave us the opportunity to see some really spectacular scenery, but the best was saved for the trip to Masia Mara.
The Masai Mara is a truly spectacular place which just goes on and on. The accomodations are out of this world, surpassing our expectations. We were only about ten feet from the lions, cheetahs and elephants, only missing out on viewing crocodiles and rhinos. Until you see these animals in the flesh you really can't appreciate them. In fact the cheetahs kept following our Land Rover around to use it as shade!
One of the last games of cricket was really memorable because we had wart hogs eating grass on the pitch, while the kids were playing cricket! In fact the headmaster told me that when lions visited they had to close the school, a real change from closing a school because the heating has packed up!
Our visit to a local under-privileged school was a real eye opener; some of these kids had uniforms which were literally hanging off of them, but they remained smiling. The boys gave them their old football tops, pens and books and it seemed to make a real difference to them.
On our last day, we visited an elephant sanctuary where, sadly, all of the elephants are orphaned, but well taken care of. I've been to many places in my time, but Kenya has to be one of those places where I would definitely return. It's a place of many contrasts, and the people there go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
I wish I could include the many photos I took while on my trip to Kenya, but I want to encourage you all to visit, as it is a place you will never forget.