Ever since I was a child I have been mesmerized with the thought of Africa, of Kenya. So when I opened my email and saw a swap for NBO sitting in my mailbox I didn’t even hesitate to click accept.
Where to begin? How does one describe an endless night sky, where stars seem to outnumber humanity? Where animals are free to roam the land at will and everyone is ready with a welcome call of ‘my sister!’
We started out with an early six thirty am departure from the hotel and while most of the crew spent the ride in silence my nose was pressed against the glass in excitement. One mantra kept running through my head, like Dorothy on her yellow brick road: Lions and water buffalo and giraffes! Oh my!
Before entering the National Park our guide ran over some rules, lifted the top of our vehicle, and we were ready for an adventure!
We stayed seated for the first bit of the journey but as we started to see more and more animals the need to stay standing became too great! At times we were hurtling down the dirt paths looking for Lions which led to some pretty funny bumps and bruises caught on film:
We ran across various wildlife including giraffes and my favorite: water buffalo!
After our safari we realized we still had quite some time before we needed to be back at the hotel and decided to stop for souvenirs which of course led to some interesting photos! I was looking at the spears and one of the gentleman said ‘Sister give me your best war cry!’ Judging by their smiles I don’t think anyone was scared!
About 5km from Nairobi city centre you will find a gated park shrouded with large trees home to the world famous Giraffe Centre. It is a non-profit oraganizarion centred towards the education of the Kenyan children. It’s an incredible experience and the love for these animals is reflected in the eyes of the caretakers and wardens.
After this cheeky little video one of the wardens approached me and said ‘my sister have you ever been kissed?’ Thinking to myself what is this about I shook my head curiously and he stepped to the side and revealed a large male giraffe and said ‘ah but by a fellow as handsome as this?’ And as they say, the rest is history!
Africa has my heart, from the sapphire skies to the passion for animal conservation held up by her inhabitants down to the small blades of emerald grass being munched upon by the water buffalo. There will never be a time when I don’t feel my heart dance to the beat of the African drum.