Nairobi, Kenya

August 23, 2010

Today we had a nice workout and then went to breakfast at our first hotel of the trip, the Fairview in Nairobi.  The hotel has a 5 acre compound that is lush and manicured with big walls to keep out we are not sure who!

Our itinerary today was to explore Nairobi. First stop was the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.  Here amazingly dedicated handlers raise baby elephants, mostly who have lost their mothers to poachers.  The elephants are infants to 3 year olds at this location and they are raised to age 10 at the next stop, before being released into the wild.  It was cool to see the baby elephants running from the woods with their handlers, eager to get to the “show” where they guzzle giant baby bottles filled with milk.  After feed time, romp-aroom begins!

see all our pictures here

There were also three rhino’s at the center, one of which was blind.  Unfortunately for him that means he has to stay in his pen, but a good thing for the rest of us!

Next we went to the Giraffe Sanctuary where the Rothchilds subspecies is being nursed back from endangerment by habitat loss and poaching in Uganda.  We got to feed them and one gave Heather a big wet kiss!

Then we did a little shopping and went to Karen Blixton Museum, where she lived and where they filmed “Out of Africa” based on her book.  It was pretty cool to see that place, but today the elephants stole the show!  Next stop safari at Samburu, not sure when we will be having internet access again but we will be using this blog as our journal of what we do each day and will post it when we can.

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