I always dreamt of seeing wild animals roaming freely, as I used to see on the National Geographic channel, and this dream recently became a reality when we received our yellow fever vaccines and malaria tablets, along with our visa from the Kenyan embassy.
We travelled by Gulf Air, which left at 7pm via Bahrain and landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 3.30am, where the temperature hovered around 22 degrees. We were quickly cleared through customs by the smiling and friendly airport staff, who greeted us with the universal Kenyan greeting 'Jambo', which means 'Hello, how are you?' Kenya is blessed with friendly people and nature's bounty. Very close to the airport is the Nairobi National Park, where only a fence separates the park's wild animals from the main road.
That same morning we toured the famous Shedrick Elephant Orphanage, where baby elephants that have been abandoned by their mothers, or whose mothers were killed by poachers, are taken care of with the same attention that human babies receive. The 'little' jumbos were fed with massive milk bottles, which they finished in a few minutes, and they were playing with each other in small pools of water and enjoying themselves by rolling in the sand and playing with large footballs. Indeed, these baby elephants were very adorable.
From there we went to the Giraffe Centre, near the sanctuary, where we stood on the first floor of a watch tower overlooking the giraffes. The game wardens then beat sticks on tin boxes to coax the giraffes to come towards you so you can feed them food pellets supplied by the centre. The giraffes eat from your palms, though their tongues are quite rough.
The giraffe is the tallest and most handsome and majestic animal on planet Earth, with an adult measuring as high as 18 feet from head to toe.
Near the giraffe sanctuary is the crocodile breeding farm, where you can see many crocodiles of different sizes lazing about.
From there we went to the Kazuri bead factory, where many Kenyan men and women make lovely handmade bracelets and necklaces from beads. These crafts display the intricate and delicate workmanship of the talented Kenyans.
Day 2. Lake Nakuru
While travelling from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, we drove past the picturesque 'Rift Valley' created by the shifting of platonic plates thousands of years ago.
We had to drive in a 4WD vehicle and were not allowed to step out, bit it was worth it since Lake Nakuru is a must-see destination in Kenya. It is one of the most beautiful lakes on Earth, with thousands of flamingoes and storks. Not only do a large variety of birds live on the lake, but the surroundings also have many antelopes, buffaloes, rhinos and other animals. Our driver was so experienced that he could distinguish the sounds of the animals and knew where to take us to see the animals in their natural habitats.
We also rode to a high hill, where we enjoyed a panoramic view of the lake. We went around the lake till late in the evening and saw a beautiful sunset. We then checked in at Lake Nakuru Lodge, a 5-star lodge with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant serving Kenyan, Italian, and Continental food. We enjoyed the buffet dinner as well as next morning's buffet breakfast and checked out with the fondest memories of this most beautiful place!
We also saw the railway track that continues to Uganda, though it is only used for cargo trains.
From Lake Nakuru, which is located in the third largest city of Kenya, Nakuru city, we went to an amazing farm that exports six truckloads of roses to Holland every day.
The farm is called 'Expressions Flora'. They have several greenhouses, growing different varieties and colours of roses, including red, white, purple, yellow, and in different colour tones. Two thousand Kenyans work on the farm, along with four horticulturists. The roses are grown scientifically, with