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God’s resting place – Kenya

As soon as the plane landed in Nairobi, I knew that I had made the right decision visiting that amazing country. Kenya or Kiinyaa, Kirinyaga and Kirenyaa means “God’s resting place” in Kamba, Kikuyu and Embu. And Nairobi is taken from the Masai phrase ‘Enkare Nairobi’ which means ‘place of cool waters’.

It was still quite early in the morning, but my friend and colleague Hillary met with me at the airport. He introduced me to Peter, who would be my driver guide for the trip around Kenya. Peter was quite surprised that I was a Christian as he assumed like so many others in Kenya that India is purely a Hindu country.

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Let me think about this

Instead of going straight to my hotel, we first stopped by the African Quest Safaris office for some work and meetings.

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Happy at work

It was about 20 mins distance from the airport, but it took us more than an hour to get there because of the famous Nairobi traffic. I even experienced a bit of off-roading before starting my safari.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

After meeting with everyone the office, I set off with Peter to visit Nairobi National Park. On reaching there, we were told to stay in the vehicle as there was a Lion that had just crossed the parking lot into the bushes. A great welcome!

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The Elephant March 😉

After a while, we were told it was safe to get out and I visited The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the national park.

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Feed me, baby, feed me

It is only open to the public for an hour at 11 am, when the baby elephants are brought out for their mud baths and feeding.

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This little guy looked sad to me

Their care takers give you details on the elephants and how they are cared for, before being released back into the wild.

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Oops! My foot slipped. No, not really!

I love how they stick together. Don’t you? Better than us decrepit humans.

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Giraffe Centre in Nairobi

Giraffe Centre

After this, I visited the Giraffe centre, which has Giraffe that are being rehabilitated.

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Interesting and different

You also get a chance to feed them. It was a different experience.

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If I was a young warthog… Remember that song from The Lion King?

There are also warthog and a few other animals to see.

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Hello turtle!

I don’t know why, but the turtles made the song ‘Hello Dolly’ start playing in my mind. 😉

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Fairmont – The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi

Fairmont – The Norfolk Hotel

At the end of the day Peter dropped me at Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi, Kenya, which is one of the best 5 star hotels in Nairobi.

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Colours in my room

My room was spacious very well done. But I don’t know what happened to the pic of the whole room. So I guess this one will have to do.

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I think they were preparing for an event

The hotel is amazing and I enjoyed taking pics of the place before going to dinner. Well, no one told me that I couldn’t 😉

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The pool was pretty huge; good for cooling off after a day in the hot sun
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I don’t remember which section of the hotel this was in, but I loved the flowers
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Got my groove on!

And finally dinner. One of the chefs had his groove on, check out those glasses! I don’t know if he noticed me taking this pic.

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Dining Area

Anyways, the dining area was lovely and well lit. See the frames on the walls? I liked them. Dinner at Tatu was lush and so amazing that I didn’t take any pics. Then off to a good night’s rest before travelling to Aberdare National Park the next morning. All in all, a good, good day!

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