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November 27th, 2014

Game Drive Day 5!

When you are in a Safari the game drives are the highlights of the day. What I love about Game drives is that you really don’t know what you are going to see and experience. Each drive is different because nature is like that. What you get is a combination of patience and luck.
This was going to be our last game drive in the Serengeti as we will be leaving and going to another camp the next day. So we had to make the most out of this day. After a beautiful breakfast we then proceeded with our day and within minutes a journey of giraffe’s greeted us.

The regal and gentle giraffes.
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November 26th, 2014

The Maasai Village experience

One of my personal highlights of my trip to Africa was our visit to a Maasai village. It is experiences like this that defines memories and adventures. Broadening minds and opening up yourself to the colours and textures of life.

Nix perfectly garbed for the village visit.
My sea princess imbibing Africa as well as several other cultures in a way that only she can.

Situated at the foot of a hill is the Maasai village that we visited.
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November 21st, 2014

The Wonders of the Serengeti

Africa is the birthplace of Humanity and historically it is also said that the Garden of Eden is what Africa is today. So it is really no surprise to me why God made this place extremely beautiful. To be in a place where you can truly feel the power of God makes it all so mystical.

Spotted some gazelles with the most beautiful horns.
How elegant is this gazelle.
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November 19th, 2014

My Hot Air balloon bucket list!

I checked off one of my things to do in my bucket list most recently and I can’t wait to share with you my experience. Ever since I was small I have always been fascinated with hot air balloons. I thought that they were so beautiful and I have always wanted to go up in one. So when I heard that they were offering hot air balloon rides over the Serengeti I immediately told my travel group that we all must do it. Happily they all agreed.

An art shot of that dawn drive in the middle of the Serengeti.
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November 18th, 2014

The First game drive at Cottars camp Kenya

Soon after lunch we all decided to head out for our first game drive on our Safari. The word Safari in Swahili is to go on a journey. So off we went  into the Mara in search of the wonders of nature. What I was in awe of the most were the clearest blue skies I have ever seen and the expanse of the landscape that makes you feel infinitely small.

Africa has the most incredible blue skies!
Loving the patterns of the Zebra.
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November 15th, 2014

Safari 1920′s style

The excitement in the air was indeed palpable because my gang and I were off for the first day of our safari. We flew out of Nairobi in a very small but comfortable airplane and headed to COTTARS CAMP http://www.cottars.com/cottars-1920s-camp If you click on the link you would see how this place is indeed magical and literally takes you back in time.

At the airport in Nairobi where airplanes are like Taxi’s zipping in and out the air.
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November 14th, 2014

Mediterraneo, Nairobi

The Italians have made it’s mark all over Nairobi as there is a proliferation of very fine Italian restaurants that have made Africa it’s home. On our recent African adventure my crew Tropa Africa had a very fine delicious lunch at Mediterraneo. We booked a table in their veranda enjoying the very comfortable weather and had a beautiful lunch with salads, pasta and my personal highlight a four foot pizza filled with every imaginable topping.
You could almost feel all our delight when this dish was brought in the room. We also had several bottles of beautiful South African wines that made our meal even more memorable. If you’re in Nairobi, this is truly a must try. http://www.mediterraneorestaurant.co.ke

Tuscan looking interiors in Africa.
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November 13th, 2014

Things to do in Karen,Kenya!

There are several things to do in Karen Kenya which is named after the famous Danish author Karen Blixen.  If you are not familiar with her she is the lady in the movie Out of Africa!  Ever since I saw this film I have always loved the romance and drama of Africa.

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October 31st, 2014

Kenya, Nairobi Day 1!

I am so excited to share with all of you part one of our first taste of East Africa.  We landed in Nairobi, Kenya and headed to The House of Waine  http://www.houseofwaine.com   This boutique hotel is fashioned after the lifestyle of the 1920′s with spacious rooms and really excellent service.  We all loved our breakfast spread which gave us lots of energy for the rest of the day.  Plus we all loved our Swahili  mooring lesson that gave us enough words to make every Kenyan smile!  JAMBO is like their MABUHAY!  LOL!

I really love our group as our first order of the day was SHOPPING!  LOL!  We proceeded to the UTAMADUNI http://utamaduni.com  which is a converted house containing several arts and crafts shops that showcases a wide variety of African products.  I must say that it was quite reasonably priced and we all loved the experience.  If you know my travel group this was really something that we all looked forward to.

After the great shopping experience we proceeded to the Elephant orphanage called The David Sheldrick Wildlife  Trust  http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.  This was really such a moving and beautiful experience.  Many of the African elephants are endangered as they are killed for their ivory.  Because of this, many young elephants are left to fend for themselves because their parents are killed.  This organisation takes care of the orphaned elephants long enough for them to be released to the wild.  Without their help many of these elephants would have died.

We were so lucky to have been able to see these elephant babies and  learn more about the elephants’ plight.  We really had such a full day and this was only half of it! Part 2 of day 1 coming soon.

 

The House of Waine has a beautiful pool nestled behind a lush garden.

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October 29th, 2014

Our Great African Adventure!

My friends and I have been planning our African adventure for quite a long time.  Ten years ago we all went on one of the most amazing trips ever.  We all went on a Safari to Botswana and visited South Africa.  We wanted to this all over again but this time in another part of Africa.

So after a full year of planning the day arrived for all of us to go and I am over the moon with excitement.  We flew Qatar airlines which now flies out of Clark and I have to say that this was so much easier than flying out of NAIA which to be honest can be such a nightmare nowadays.  I knew that this trip was going to be amazing as we were all upgraded to first class!  I mean can you imagine?  The flight was really fantastic and before we knew it we landed in DOHA.  The DOHA airport just opened and it was really fabulous.  I particularly loved the business class lounge which was so beautifully designed with the most incredible interior furnishing and design.  After a bit of rest and a lovely meal our flight to Nairobi was up.  The flight to Nairobi from Doha took around 5 hours and I must admit the entire trip was quite exhausting, as from door to door the whole journey took around 24 hours!

We arrived in Nairobi at 1:30am  and proceeded to our residence which is called the Waine House.  The entire staff was up and warmly welcomed us to Africa with cocktails in tow.  We were all so happy and ready to face brand new adventures!  This was going to be a trip of a lifetime.

Champagne to start the trip!
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