Traveling To Kenya Where I styed & What I Saw

This was a short trip only 8 days in total.  Spent two nights in Nairobi and recommend you avoid staying over there if you can.  Not because there is anything wrong with Nairobi, other than the traffic, it's a nightmare you can easily spent 30 minutes in one place without moving a cm in any direction.  I was accompanied on this trip by 6 friends, 3 from South Africa, one from Los Angeles, one from Switzerland and another from Italy.  We arrived at our hotel in Nairobi on the outskirts of town, showered and spent 2 hours in traffic for a 20 minute drive to the famous Muthaiga Country Club where we met two friends that are members. Here the colonial settlers partied until the early morning hours the place is steeped in history.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muthaiga_Country_Club

Muthaiga Country Club circa 1913 Nairobi Kenya
The next morning we visited The David Sheldrick Wildlife Elephant Orphanage
I am a foster parent to one of the orphans, and was so excited to finally get the opportunity to see him.
Meeting My Foster Orphan Elephant
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We traveled approx. 3 hours and finally reached our majestic setting "nestled on a slope of Mweiga Hill in the Aberdare Highlands, part of the Great Rift Valley. This captivating site was the homestead of an English couple that decided to settle in Kenya. Almost a half century later, their home, "The Steep", was renamed the Aberdare Country Club and opened for guests. Considered a heritage property in Kenya." Aberdare Country Club website  - From the General Manager Mr. Richard Hodgson
on down, the staff where amazing and they went out of their way to make our 3 day stay unforgettable.

Aberdare Country Club

Due to Rhino pouching across Africa I will refrain from mentioning the place we visited but here is what we saw.

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 After a well deserved reset, excellent service, great food, and stunning vistas at Aberdare we set off for Masai Mara.  This drive took approx. 9 hours and if I have to do it again I will seriously consider flying there.  The last 3 hours of this drive was on gravel road that turned into a river.

Road to Masai Mara © Jean Da Cruz
I don't think I have ever been happier to reach my destination and the rest of my traveling companions felt the same.  We were pleasantly supervised by the stunning location on the Mara River a placed called Mara River Lodge.  With hundreds of Hippopotamuses a few meters away checking us out as we stood in the bar.

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 The next morning I was up bright and early and captured a few moment before we set out for a game drive to Masai Mara.
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 And here a few images of some of our sightings......

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The next day we stuck around the conservancy we were we stayed as it had plenty of game and we also went to visit a Masai Village.  Here are a few images of this day...

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On our way back from Masai Mara our driver dropped me off at the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Elephant Orphanage for a semi private visit with my orphan Elephant.  He reached up with his trunk and placed it on my face, I could feel the warm air of his breath against my skin.  Was that a kiss?