If you read my last post you’ll know that in 2013 I spent a truly incredible three weeks in Kenya, working with Maji Safi charity to build a classroom for Inspirations School and spending a week on safari in Tsavo East. Kenya is a beautiful country and I’m just waiting for the day I can save up enough money to return! I’d be sat here forever if I wrote about the whole three weeks, but below is a mini bucket list of things to do and places to see…
- Travel via Kenyan railway: There is nothing more spectacular than catching the overnight train from Nairobi to Mombasa (or vice versa) through Tsavo East National Park. Like an excitable child I kept my head out of the window for as long as possible, and even when it was time to sleep I stayed wide awake in my bunk listening out for any animal I could. The journey might have taken around 15 hours but I don’t remember a single time I felt bored.
- Book a tour at Kazuri Bead Factory, Nairobi: Kazuri Bead Factory is genuinely mesmerising. I didn’t realise that bead-making was such an art form but Kazuri, Swahili for ‘small and beautiful’, is a truly fitting name for this factory. In addition to this, the factory provides work opportunities to ‘disadvantaged members of Kenyan society’, so the money you pay for the tour (and any donation you make) contributes to a fantastic cause. Check out Kazuri’s website here: http://www.kazuri.com/#!/pageGallery
- Stuff your face at Carnivore, Nairobi: For those amongst you who love meat, Carnivore is the place to go. Served in a rather Brazilian style, the waiters bring over a huge selection of meat on swords and advise you which sauce to accompany each meat with. Of course there are the typical chicken, beef and pork options, but have you ever been offered ostrich? Crocodile? Wildebeest?!
- Try Tusker beer, and buy a Tusker t-shirt: Does this really need explaining?
- Kiss a giraffe at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary, Mombasa: Home to warthogs, antelope, and particularly giraffe, this sanctuary is a haven to animal lovers. Did you know that there are 9 types of giraffe?! Me neither. Did you know that giraffe have very rough tongues, similar to cats? You will after a visit here…
- Snorkel off the coast of Mombasa: Take a glass-bottomed boat out into the sea, grab your snorkel and experience the beauty of Mombasa’s coral reefs. Beware of the sea urchins though – THEIR SPIKES HURT.
- Spot the animal at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, Tsavo National Park West: A bit like an ewok village, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is a hotel on stilts. If you’re thinking of going on safari (which you definitely should), this is the place to stay. Animals wander freely underneath your bedrooms, elephants drink peacefully from a moat surrounding the hotel’s restaurant, and you can stand inches away from a watering hole from the safety of an underground tunnel.
- Go on an early morning safari trip: Watch the sun rise, spot the Big Five, and fall in love with Kenya.