My latest posts have included a bit of history and background on a few countries my family called “home” for a period of time. Kenya is one such place. When my family left India in 1954, we moved to Kenya. The 1950’s – 1970’s were arguably some of the best times of my formative years evoking fond memories. Kenya straddles the Equator and as a result enjoys some of the finest weather year round. It’s amazing how much we took for granted back then when the weather was never a topic of conversation.
When we lived in Kenya, we had never experienced a safari. A safari is an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat. Kenya’s abundance of wildlife especially “The Big Five” is what attracts visitors each year. From nature to the culture, from the flora and fauna to the tribes and its people. I had made a promise that someday I would return and see it for myself. In 2005 I was fortunate enough to have fulfilled that dream. I wrote a journal about it when a friend and I decided to take an adventure and explore parts of Kenya that I had never seen before. It surely was an experience of a lifetime, one that will be etched in my memory forever. If you’d like to read further, here is the journal I wrote in 2005, which I’ve since added to the travel section on my blog. Now sit back, relax and embark on this virtual safari with me, enjoy the spectacular scenery, the wildlife and the warm, wonderful people of Kenya. I dedicated the post to Selma at the time, whose comments you will see at the bottom of the journal’s post. Oh how I miss discussing Kenya with her.
A lone leopard splayed up in a tree, no doubt full from a kill. We were fortunate to have seen this animal, as leopards are mostly solitary and a rare sighting. This was the first animal we encountered, our hearts were racing, so near us.
The above was a very different experience seeing the animals up close. The lodge is built around a waterhole where the animals come to drink. You can view them from the balcony. The elephants form a tightly-knit family bond. The journal describes in detail how we viewed them through a bunker. The last picture depicts elephants and cape buffaloes drinking harmoniously with hardly any altercations.
A Cape Buffalo down – a carcass from the day before, but still enjoyed by the pride. There were so many times when I’ve watched National Geographic’s programs from the comfort of my sofa, but here was I experiencing it “live in the wild” an adrenal rush for sure!
The Maasi tribe about to perform their jumping dance. It is said that lions fear the Masai as they will bring down a lion if it has attacked their livestock. We were told that the lions recognize the red clothing and stay away.
How could I not include a recipe celebrating Africa and its people? Because of the many Indians that chose to make Kenya their home, curries were quite popular and certain spices were incorporated in the local cuisine. Although this curry hails from South Africa, I just thought it would be a good way to celebrate that dark continent. This was my contribution to the curry cook-off we hosted a few weeks ago. You can click on the link for the recipe.