Baby Animals in Nairobi

Yesterday we drove to an elephant orphanage. They have 15 baby elephants. They were really cute. The elephants came to an area and some people fed them milk from massive milk bottles. Then the elephants played. Some picked up big branches and others rolled in the mud. One tried to climb on top of another. The elephants were really wrinkly and I could touch one. It felt hard and prickly. It had little black hairs on its back. The elephants have come from all over east Africa. It is sad because their Mummies have died, lots of them were taken by poachers for their ivory. One elephant had a hole in its trunk where it was caught in a snare. When it drank water you could see it come out of the hole. Some of the elephants had fallen down old water wells.

We also drove to a giraffe orphanage. They have 12 Rothschild giraffes, and they are endangered. We learnt that there are three different types of giraffe in Kenya. The Masai, The Rothschild and the Reticulated giraffe. We got to feed the giraffes, they have a really long sticky tongue! I was a bit scared but I eventually did it.

The Rothschild giraffe has spots only down to its knees, then it is white coloured. Also the spots can have some black in them. The Reticulated giraffe looks similar, but no black and the spots go all the way down the legs.

The Masai giraffe is the most common in Kenya. It has a spikey spot pattern. We saw lots outside the Masai Mara.

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For dinner we went to a big restaurant called Carnivore. It was really good. At the entrance was a big charcoal BBQ pit. Lots of meat was cooking on big Masai Swords. We had hot plates and the waiters came round and gave us whatever meat we wanted. There was lots of duck, turkey, steak, chicken, and pork. I also tried ostrich and crocodile! My favourite was the ostrich. When you had had enough to eat you lowered the white flag, which means you surrender. For pudding I had pineapple pie.

I was very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very full.

 

 

 

Going to Nairobi

After the Serengeti we drove to Lake Victoria. We stayed at a fun campsite that had lots of really big rocks on the lakefront to climb on. There were lots of rock hyrax, and a naughty vervet monkey jumped on the Taniwha!

Then we went to Kenya. The border crossing was ok, but they wanted to scan our clothes boxes when we left Tanzania. That was a bit weird!

In Kenya we found a good supermarket but when we came out we couldn’t close the door of the car!!!! Daddy had to tie it closed with a ratchet strap!!

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We stayed at a camp above the Masai Mara. There were lots of zebra and giraffe there. We saw lots of animals on the plains.

Can you see the funny looking cow?

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Then we drove to Nairobi. Daddy was worried about the door falling off when we were on the dirt road. But then we got to tarmac and it was better. We drove through the great rift valley. It is about 50km wide – that is 10 park runs! It is where the african plate is breaking apart 2mm every year. There were lots and lots of trucks climbing the hill out of the valley.

We are now staying at Jungle Junction in Nairobi. It is a campsite where lots of overlanders go – but at the moment we are the only ones here! There are friendly dogs though.

There is internet, so if you would like to Skype me, then tell your parents to talk to my parents.

 

Serengeti Park

After the crater we went to the Serengeti National Park. We had a big queue to get in, because there were lots of safari groups. It was also very expensive.

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On the way to our camp we saw lots of spotted hyenas. Our camp had lots of little tents for some safari groups. We were the only roof tent. There were some kiwis there too, Daddy gave them a light to help them put up their tent.

I had a good sleep, but Mummy and Daddy didn’t. That was because they heard a lion roaring. It started far away and got closer and closer. They even heard it rustle in the grass and then it roared right outside the tent! I am glad I didn’t hear it!

The next day we wanted to go driving, but we couldn’t open the boot of the car. Mummy and Daddy had to take everything out through my seat and Mummy squeezed in the back, and we still couldn’t open it. So Daddy took the car to a garage. He said it took 5 men to get it open! We were worried he had marooned us!

When he came back the door was better and we did a little drive. We went to a hippo pool and saw lots and lots of hippos. They were very smelly and made lots of farting noises.

We saw lots of animals, especially wilderbeest and zebra. In July they all come to the plains of the Serengeti and try and cross the river together. It is called a migration. They cross together to try to not be eaten by a crocodiles. We only saw 3 crocodiles, and the river was quite dry. Can you spot the croc in the river?

We also saw lots of lions! We even saw lion cubs. There were also lots of horse flies. We haven’t seen any tsetse flies though. We could tell where there was something to see because there would be lots of safari trucks stopped.

These are my other favourite photos!

We didn’t see any rhino’s, cheetahs or leopards, But we made up a song: (to the tune of ‘we’re in the money’)

Give us a rhino,

A white or black one,

Give us a Cheetah

Or a leopard in a tree.

Because of the door, we spent 2 nights in the park. Daddy wasn’t happy about the state of the roads, especially because you pay lots of money. On the way out of the park, we saw a big fire burning.

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Ngorongoro Crater

We went to the Ngorongoro Crater. We got up really early to get to the park gates. It was very expensive and we wanted to spend as much time as possible. It was still dark when we got there and Daddy got the tickets. There were lots of other people queue too. When we got in the gate we saw some cape buffalo!

We had to drive up to the top of the crater rim, and we looked over the top. Ngorongoro Crater is a volcano. Scientists think the volcano was as big as Mt. Kilimanjaro, but it erupted and collapsed on itself, making a big cauldron called a caldera. It is really big. The walls are 600m high and its area is 260 km².  The view was good. There is one steep road to drive down and one steep road to drive up. There were lots of safari cars, but it was no problem for the Taniwha!

There are lots of animals inside. The only animal that is not in the crater is giraffes, because it is too steep for them to climb down. I also learnt that the lions in the crater are really big because there is lots of prey. The lions chase off any other lions that try to come in the crater.

These are the animals we saw:

  • Antelope
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Ostrich
  • Elephant
  • Wilderbeest
  • Hippos
  • Zebra
  • Hyena
  • Jackal
  • Baboons
  • Lots of lions!!

I have chosen my favourite animal photos. There were also lots of safari trucks….

We left the crater at lunch time. Mummy and Daddy wanted to go to the Olduvai Gorge, but it was too expensive. I learnt that there are lots of early human bones and footprints found there.  Then we drove to the Serengeti Park…

 

Mr Mzungu

Today we went to a Masai museum. The Masai is a type of tribe like the Himba in Namibia, and the San Bushmen. The Masai live in Tanzania and Kenya. The men wear red check blanckets.  The women wear bead bracelets and necklaces. Ourguide had shoes that looked like they were made from car tyres!

We saw how they made their houses. They use acacia branches as a frame, and cover it with mud, ash and cow dung. The women look after the house and the men look after the animals. Men are allowed to have lots of wives!

They only eat their own cows and goats. They don’t hunt wild animals to eat. But he told us they drink cows milk and blood.

My favourite room had models of girls on one side and boys on the other. It showed their different outfits.

At the end Daddy bought a t-shirt that says Mzungu. That means white person. We thought it should really say: That’s Mr Mzungu to you! I tried on some necklaces too.

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Then we drove to the crater. We went past Lake Manyara and saw lots of storks in the trees. The bushes below the storks were all white because of the stork poo!

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