My life in Kenya
I have been been volunteering in Kenya for a month now and this is my dream country. I come here through Mkenya backpackers who had a package for 2500 dollars for six weeks that excludes visa fee,air ticket ,international health insurance,immunizations and personal items. but does includes accommodation , food , 3 days visit to the kenyan coast and 2 nights in the wild Tsavo. One day trip to view Nairobi city and one day trip to Nairobi national park.
My trip to mombasa was superb,its from the bygone era when the white man ruled Kenya. So left Nairobi on friday night with the night train first class.The train is a whole new experience food is okay and with a bar my night was set.The journey through the night was exciting,with many stops,and as dawn arrived the scenery was interesting,with the odd sighting of “Game” We got to mombasa and the weather is so different from Nairobi. the true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices.
Women wearing the traditional bui bui fill the narrow streets and busy markets. At the dhow docks fresh fish and goods from all along the coast arrive daily.
The streets are alive with the bright colours of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy, the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women. At the waters edge is Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor.
And the coastal beaches are so beautiful i loved lazying in the beach sun bathing.The beach boys can be so annoying but didn't let that spoil the great time i was enjoying.
From mombasa we headed to the sarova salt lick game lodge and this place is heaven.We had lunch then game drive .
Early morning and late afternoon game drives provide an ideal opportunity to view and photograph the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary. The waterholes below provide a wonderful opportunity to view animals at close proximity in their natural habitat. The lobby and terraced bar offer excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground level windows provides unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of animals as they drink
Night game drives provide an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive such as spotted and striped hyena, mongoose, jackal, civet, genet, porcupine and bushbaby. Most predators are more active at night, so night drives also provide the opportunity of experiencing the ‘circle of life’. There highly trained rangers equipped with powerful spotlights take guests for this experience of a totally different world after dark, when you may have the thrilling opportunity to see a predator actively hunting.
The Sanctuary offers many diverse opportunities for you to experience the unique flora, fauna and culture of this fascinating ecosystem. nature walk with a qualified ranger guide, where the emphasis is on the natural environment you encounter as you walk leisurely through the bush. Marvel at the wildlife normally unnoticed during a game drive but evident on foot, yet still important through their impact on the ecology of this diverse ecosystem.
Visit a local and authentic village where you can learn about local cultures, spend a day at Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park, famous for its thriving populations of hippos and crocodiles, or visit Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary or Lake Jipe, both also in Tsavo West. Alternatively, spend the day in Tsavo East National Park, where you can visit popular sites such as Aruba Dam and Lugards Falls, or make an excursion to the nearby Taita Hills, with spectacular views, indigenous forests and rural markets. The region to the west of the Sanctuary is also rich in World War I history, while a crater lake near the Tanzanian border is a mere 60km away.
Now am back in Nairobi volunteering at Kibera the largest slum in africa helping orphaned children. You can find mkenya on www.mkenyabackpackers.com for there wonderful packages.