Day 6: Safari

March 20, 2009

We departed the tea estate for a long drive back to Nairobi with an exciting detour into Nakuru National Park where we cruised through the savannah (did someone say Savannah bars!?) on safari.

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Lunch was packed in a sack:

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Here’s what I found inside :mrgreen:

A beef samosa

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A chicken leg (Kanz, too bad you weren’t here to gnaw on my leftovers!)

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Two “tomahto” and cheese grilled sandwiches (I ate 1.5)

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Passion fruit – another kind. It’s just like pom but more jelly like

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OJ (shared half with Vanessa) 

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A banana, which I saved for later.

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The Sightings: Hakuna Matata

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Rhinos!!!

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Zebra says GUH

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It’s so dry here there are dust tornados popping up everywhere. They were quite impressive and large

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SO GLAD I brought this hat!

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Top of the cliff

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Highrats – they were so cute! (Correction: hyrax!! Of course they look like rats so I assumed… Didn’t have google available when I typed this up :) )

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It was so hot!! And we’re covered in dust. But it was totally worth it.

To be continued….

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1 Anne P March 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

oooo how fun!!! i heart zebras. i’m curious to know more about the group who is there with you – who are they??

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2 sarah (ghost world) March 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

zebras are my favorite animal — they are just so . . . FANCY!

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3 VeggieGirl March 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

GORGEOUS sites!!

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4 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hakuna Matata…what a wonderful phrase. I hope you had “no worries.”

Ok, I’m done cheesing it up. What a cool adventure! So exotic. Love it!

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5 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

That is SOOOOO much better than the “safari” at DisneyWorld. Glad you got to experience the real thing first hand!

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6 Brynn March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

This just keeps getting cooler! What an amazing trip! I’m enjoying living vicariously through you for the time being!

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7 brandi March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

So beautiful! Much better than any zoo here :)

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8 Jess March 20, 2009 at 10:16 am

I would love to see a zebra! Those are definitely the cutest rats I’ve ever seen. Maybe the only cute rats I’ve seen.

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9 Erin March 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

That food is delish and your pictures take my breath away! Thank you for sharing!

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10 Moran March 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

OHHH Zebras!!!
I like !

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11 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

Gorgeous, Kath!!!

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12 Missy (Missy Maintains) March 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

So cool! I have always wanted to go on an African Safari!!!

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13 skinnyrunner March 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

I love the zebras. now i want to go on an african safari too.

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14 Melissa March 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

Beautiful pics, Kath. I’ve been reading your African adventures every day and it sounds like an amazing, life-altering trip!

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15 Jennifer March 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

Awesome pics!!! Thanks for sharing. I also love the highrats- I would be cooing like crazy.

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16 Amy March 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

WOW!!! :)

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17 Sara March 20, 2009 at 10:50 am

That’s so cool!! A lot better than the zoo! :)

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18 Diana March 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

Wow! It looks like you’re having an AMAZING time!
Diana

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19 Ange C. March 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

Kath- you are doing an amazing job of sharing this adventure with us all! I’ve really enjoyed reading about this so much…it’s been eye opening. Thank you!

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20 Kara March 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

So beautiful! You really are getting to see so many dimensions of Africa!

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21 Rose March 20, 2009 at 11:05 am

My goodness, Kath – I have loved reading about your adventures! So great.

(PS: I have the same shirt in pink! Ann Taylor Loft!)

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22 Sharon March 20, 2009 at 11:05 am

Awesome!!

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23 Paige March 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

Oh wow that’s amazing!! It’s gorgeous there

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24 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

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25 Alison March 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

What an amazing experience this must be for you, TOO cool.

And I had no idea what zebra said…. hahaha!

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26 Allison K March 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

So so so so Freaking cool!

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27 Weekly Bite March 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

Great photos! Love the zebra’s!!

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28 Ryane March 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

Ahh, def burst out laughing “Guh!” hahaha
good luck with your travels home!

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29 Kori March 20, 2009 at 11:44 am

I think that Zebra wanted some of your grilled cheese+tomato sando! What kind of temperatures did you have Kath? You look remarkably cool and not sweaty in all of your pics!

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30 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

Neat!

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31 Paige March 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

I have really enjoyed following your trip. It looks like you are having an awesome time! I am with you on everything but the Highrats…NOT cute! LOL

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32 Runeatrepeat March 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

You have made me really want to go to Africa! It looks amazing & like nothing I’ve ever seen in person.

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33 K March 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

Such pretty views!! I love all of the grilled cheese sammys that have been present :)

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34 Kinder March 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Awesome! What a great experience! I want to know what all those white things are in the river behind you!

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35 Bec March 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm

First of all your packed lunch looks delicious and second I love all the pictures! Tomorrow night is my last big rower party of my university rowing career and its a safari themed party, your pictures got me all excited for my costume :)

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36 Priyanka March 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Awesome, I am enjoying the African adventure through your camera, the zebra pics are too good!!

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37 polly March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

AWESOME, thanks Kath for this! xoxo

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38 Emily March 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Wow, Kath! this just looks fabulous. I’ve wanted to go to Africa on safari for as long as I can remember. These pictures are ecstasy and torture at the same time! What a wonderful opportunity!

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39 Anon #2 March 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Uh, I’d HOPE this would be “better than the safari at DisneyWorld.” LOL! :)

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40 emmy March 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

ohmygosh, I would have tried to smuggle on of those highrats home!

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41 Hyrax March 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

actually, they’re called’ hyrax’, not ‘highrat’. LOL

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42 sue March 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

hehe that zebra “guh” pic is cute! looks like such a fun experience!

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43 Danielle March 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Oh I love zebras!
Great pictures Kath!

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44 Michiel March 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Hi Kath,

thanks for the great report. and thanks for posting a picture of my bum ;-)

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45 Elina March 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Wow, Kath. What an adventure! :)

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46 Kudret March 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Kath, the pastry like thing is called a SAMOSA not a samsoa. It is of south Asian origin and is pretty easy to look up if you want a confirmation. But it is called a SAMOSA. Just thought you should know ;D

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47 Anon #2 March 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Kudret- looked like a typo to me :)

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48 kathleen March 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Very cool! Zebra says GUH – LOL :o)

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49 Becca March 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

kath you look GORGEOUS (and the background does too!) in the picture on top of the cliff!

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50 Sheri March 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

What absolutly breath taking views! You are so lucky to be able to experience this adventure! Zebra says GUH! :LOL:

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51 capedaisy March 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I heard from a good source that the Zebra is dyslexic and means “Hug.”

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52 megan March 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Wow!!! I agree with all the commenters that it has been great to live vicariously through you!

But I don’t think I could find any creature with “rat” in its name cute! Too many bad memories from NYC subways ;)

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53 kirsten March 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

everything looks so beautiful ! it sounds like you are having a fantastic time !! Enjoy the rest of your trip !

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54 Katelyn March 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Kath, your trip looks just amazing!

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55 Kori March 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

#51 Capedaisy… that’s the FUNNIEST thing I have read in a long time!

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56 Renee March 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

This is so amazing!! What a wonderful experience! :)

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57 kristieinseattle March 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

what an amazing trip! thanks for sharing it with us

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58 Emily March 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

You had some good sightings in Nakuru! (I’ve been there as well.) :)

And the previous commenter is right, they are called hyrax, not any kind of rat. They are actually the closest living relative to the elephant… believe it or not!

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59 sonia March 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Nice pics. You seem to have had a great trip. Sweety, its a samosa you are eating…absolutely sinfully good ..one of my most craved for foods that my mommy makes.

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60 Rebecca Carvin March 21, 2009 at 12:22 am

you say samsoa, they say samomsa, i say yummy! Love your trip! Thanks for taking us along. I know Matt is gonna be happy to have you home-oa. Whats next? Trip to Asia, maybe? xoxo

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61 Rebecca Carvin March 21, 2009 at 12:27 am

sorry for the typo, they say SAMOSA, you say samsoa, I STILL SAY YUMMY.

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