Africa Revisited

COME ENJOY THIS JOURNEY WITH ME AS WE EMBARK ON A SAFARI IN KENYA….I wrote this journal about 9 years ago when I re-visited Kenya.  Warning:  It is rather lengthy, but I do hope you will enjoy the spectacular scenery, the wildlife and the warm, wonderful people of Kenya.  The journal is basically based on a wish that I had when I left that dark continent in 1970.  Returning to Kenya 35 years later was truly nostalgic, experiencing a safari and  stepping on that red earth again definitely fulfilled that yearning.

I’d like to dedicate this blog entry to Selma Jeevanjee.  Selma and I share some commonalities, in that we both grew up in Kenya, but also lived in Canada and England.  Selma now calls London, England her home.  She has an amazing blog, called Selma’s Table.  I met her on WordPress, and she has not only inspired me to write and join various groups, she showed me the ropes and helped me navigate the site.  Thanks Selma, you truly have ignited that spark within me, I had always wanted to write a blog, but was afraid to get it launched.

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  1. Oh Loretta – that truly was a trip down memory lane…asante sana! What a wonderful journey you had – to see a leopard like that – amazing!! When I took my son to Kenya, 8 years ago, we did a 3 day safari in Masai Mara which was incredible – it did start out with 2 breakdowns before even getting to the lodge but as far as I was concerned that was all part of the the adventure! I came to love those 6am starts, going back to where we had seen a kill on the evening ride the night before, checking on which other wildlife had found it overnight…one magical dawn, having a kahawa on the terrace before setting off and hearing the sound of air being expressed rhythmically then looking up and seeing half a dozen balloons in the air silhouetted against the dawn sky, setting off on safari…we had breakfast in the bush one morning, it was all set up for us, a table with starched white cloth and napkins, silver – like it was the most natural thing in the world to be having eggs cooked on gas burners in the middle of the bush with an armed askari just in case, mind you! We also spent a week in Mombasa, a place I love. Everything seems to grow much bigger in that humidity, from the plants to the bugs! Yes, Kenya has changed so much – the population has gone from 8 million in the 60’s to 43 million by 2012…an impossible statistic to get one’s head wrapped round. Thank you for the shout out, Loretta – I am very happy to have helped you on your journey through WordPress!

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    1. I wish we could add those experiences to my blog. Wonderful, I was just picturing it all as I read it Selma. Once in a lifetime experience, wasn’t it? I’m sure your son really enjoyed it. It was great that you were able to take him back to encounter your life in Nairobi. I was not aware of the statistics, wow! quite amazing! Thanks for those very vivid descriptions that you experienced in the Masai Mara. It was always my wish to return to that dark continent someday and visit another country, South Africa, Namibia or Botswana. But alas, the older I get, the more I feel the journey would just be too much. In my dreams perhaps :).

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