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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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??


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

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


3 VeggieGirl March 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

GORGEOUS sites!!


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!


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!


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!


7 brandi March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

So beautiful! Much better than any zoo here :)


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.


9 Erin March 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

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


10 Moran March 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

OHHH Zebras!!!
I like !


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

Gorgeous, Kath!!!


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

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


13 skinnyrunner March 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

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


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!


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.


16 Amy March 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

WOW!!! :)


17 Sara March 20, 2009 at 10:50 am

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


18 Diana March 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

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


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!


20 Kara March 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

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


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!)


22 Sharon March 20, 2009 at 11:05 am



23 Paige March 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

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


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



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!


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

So so so so Freaking cool!


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

Great photos! Love the zebra’s!!


28 Ryane March 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

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


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!


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



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


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.


33 K March 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

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


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!


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 :)


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!!


37 polly March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

AWESOME, thanks Kath for this! xoxo


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!


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

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


40 emmy March 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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


41 Hyrax March 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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


42 sue March 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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


43 Danielle March 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Oh I love zebras!
Great pictures Kath!


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 😉


45 Elina March 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Wow, Kath. What an adventure! :)


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


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

Kudret- looked like a typo to me :)


48 kathleen March 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Very cool! Zebra says GUH – LOL :o)


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!


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:


51 capedaisy March 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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


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 😉


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 !


54 Katelyn March 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Kath, your trip looks just amazing!


55 Kori March 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

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


56 Renee March 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

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


57 kristieinseattle March 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

what an amazing trip! thanks for sharing it with us


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!


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 of my most craved for foods that my mommy makes.


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


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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