The tour Karen Blixen's museum in Nairobi was more than expected including well kept grounds with beautiful flower beds, antique machinery and an immaculately preserved house. No photgraphs were allowed inside during a well presented guided tour, but one was able click away outside. Especially thrilling for we fans of this author who was passionate about the people of Kenya was being able to sit on the very seat she used to dispense medicine on a weekly basis. Well worth the admittance fee.
The giraffe center, set up to preserve and repopulate the rare and endangered Rothschild's Giraffe is a well organized and run operation. Feeding the giraffe standing on the ground or up on a raised platform is a thrill to be remembered. The twenty or so giraffe are being managed to be rereleased into the wild when old enough. This visit had special meaning as forty years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to help capture on of the first Rothchild's to be moved away from the human encroachment on their original territory in upcountry Kenya.
Nairobi national Park is a haven for diverse animal species of the African savanah. It is possible to photograph wildlife with skyscrapers in the background. Some newer Nairobi housing goes right up to the park's boundary. There is a migratory route kept open for animals to enter and leave the park. Our Kenyan driver had a "pop top" van which is ideal for game viewing. He was also in constant touch with other drivers on his cell phone and thus we were able to see a maximum number of game in a minimum of time.
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