My Trip to Kenya Part 3
Picking up where I left off from part 2.
Today (8 June 2015) is the last day in Kenya for my friend and her daughter. We took a Mombassa City tour and got some shopping in. Had lunch and it was time to head to the airport to drop them off for their return trip to the US of A. It was sad to see them leave. I was now on my own for the next seven days.
The following day I just loughed at the pool and read for the most part. The day after that I went to the supermarket and purchased some groceries. I had lunch while I was out and took advantage of the free wifi at the mall to make a few phone calls on WhatsApp to family and friends. The next few days I borrowed two books from reception and just relaxed at the resort. I had the pool all to myself since it was low season and I think only four of the units were occupied.
on 12 June 2015 I departed for the South Coast of Mombassa and my last four days in Kenya. The resort was beautiful even though I had to run away from monkeys on a few occasions to get to my room. I whiled away my days at the resort sunbathing, eating, drinking, reading etc., and spent my evenings/nights with some locals exploring the local area and nightlife. All in all it was a fantastic trip and I hope to visit again. Hopefully do a lot more site seeing next time.
My Trip to Kenya – Part 2
Nairobi is a bustling, vibrant city. Like any other metropolitan city (Seoul, London, Paris) you can find whatever you want if you have the money and you are willing to pay for it. One major difference for me between Nairobi other big cities that I’ve traveled to was feeling like I was part of the majority. Traffic is horrible but the drivers (from what I observed) seem to navigate it without major road rage.
We departed Nairobi on 6 June for Kikambala on the North Coast of Mombasa.
We flew into Mombasa on Kenya Airways. It was a very pleasant ride. The flight from Nairobi to Mombasa International airport was shorter than the ride from the airport to the resort. I choose the lodging for this portion of our trip. The property was beautiful but there was an air of abandonment about the place. I believe we were one of about four units occupied at the resort. We were told it was because “it’s low season.” After checking in we ate dinner at the on-site restaurant because we had to be up early next morning for our two-day safari to Tsavo East.
My friend made the safari arrangement online prior to our arrival in Kenya and we were not disappointed. We had a marvelous time on safari. The guide was wonderful. We used JT safaris. I highly recommend them. We saw almost every animal we expected to see except the lion.
Upon our return from safari at the end of the day (7 June) we again had dinner at the on-site restaurant and made arrangement with the tour guide at the resort for a tour of Mombasa City following day. I would also be the last day with my friend and her daughter. We called it a night because safari can be exhausting whether you realize it at the moment or not.
My Trip to Kenya Part 1
I’ve wanted to visit the African Continent for as long as I can remember. I finally did earlier this month for two weeks. Right off the bat I have to say two weeks is not enough. I wanted to visit two countries Kenya and Tanzania. I ended up just visiting Kenya. I’ll visit Tanzania some other time. The country is overwhelming there is a lot to see and travel days took a lot out of me. I only made a small dent in the things I wanted to do because I needed rest days in between and that is the reason I know I need a lot more time if I ever go back.
I purchased a super inexpensive roundtrip airline ticket for $312.00 deparing from Washington DC to Nairobi, Kenya. Since I originally planned to also visit Tanzania I got a yellow fever shot, tetanus booster shot, and typhoid booster shot. I also got malaria prevention medication. My insurance only covered the tetanus shot. These shots and the malaria pills cost more than the airline ticket.
Took an overnight Megabus on 31 May to DC. Arrived 1 June, spent the night and boarded my plane the next day 2 June, at 1730 for my trip to Kenya. The first leg was from DC to Detroit. Second leg Detroit to Amsterdam. Third leg Amsterdam to Nairobi. Met up with my friend and her daughter at the airport in DC. We would spend the first week of the trip together (since they were only there for one week) and I would spend the second week solo.
We arrived in Nairobi the night of 3 June to a downpour. My friend has T-mobile thus she wasn’t roaming and was able to get an Uber to take us to our accommodations. Beautiful accommodations she had secured through AirBnB. We got drenched walking to the taxi. I choose to see it as a welcome shower. After getting out of our wet clothes and settling in for night we were able to laugh about it.
We hit the ground running the next day with a full day’s worth of activities. Again my friend being the great organizer that she is linked up with some other folks who had hired a driver for the day so we joined them and shared the cost. We visited the Nairobi National Park, The Giraffe Center, the Elephant Rescue Center and the Kazuri Bead Factory (the clay beads are individually hand-made by women). At the end of the day it was again Uber to the rescue to get us back to our accommodations.
The following day Friday 5 June, we went out to breakfast at this trendy restaurant in the city. Later that day a Kenyan friend came over to cook us an authentic Kenyan meal. It was simple, filling, and delicious. We talked right through the night. Good food and great company. It was a wonderful day.