Saturday 25 November 2017. Photos
Highlights: David Sheldrick Elephant Refuge, Giraffe Centre
Today was a chance to explore the local area by undertaking a day tour of the nearby attractions of Nairobi. This tour was organised by the Wildebeest Eco Camp so there were three of us involved, one lady from Germany and another from Canada.
After a nice breakfast at the camp it was time to listen to the cricket for a little bit before the tour commenced at 10.30 am. Our driver took us to the David Sheldrick Elephant Refuge camp first. These camp looks after baby elephant for approximately three years before starting to reintroduce them into the wild. The Refuge is only open between 11.00 and 12.00 in order to let the park rangers concentrate on their job of caring for this creatures.
Next up was the Giraffe Centre run by the African Fund for endangered Wildlife. This centre is help the endangered Rothschild Giraffe which with the help of this centre are slowly coming back. I got to feed an giraffe who used it’s huge tongue to grab the food. The giraffe then tried to kiss me as thanks!
This tour gave me the chance to see Nairobi a little better, the good road all have speed bumps, the bad ones don’t need them :). The best houses are protected by high walls with barbed wire. The really good ones by security. At both the Elephant Refuge and Giraffe Centre security had automatic weapons, so you need to behave.
Later in the day I meet my tour leader and 10 of the 13 other passengers for our briefing. All passengers need to contribute to the tour so we all get assignments each day, help prepare the meals, clean up after meals, clean the truck. Tomorrow we need to have breakfast by 7 am and be off by 8 am to start the drive to Masai Mara and go off the grid for at least a few days.