a href="http://www.expatsblog.com">ExpatsBlog.com - Where Expats Blog>
Overblog Follow this blog
Edit post Administration Create my blog

If we ever travel to Kenya once more...

by Olesia June 9 2014, 14:27 travel Kenya

Hello everyone! This post is my wish list if we ever travel to Kenya once more.

I think even if you live somewhere for a long time, there would be something missed, something undone... From my point of view we had managed to discover Kenya, but still there are so many things we did not have enough time to cover.

1. First of all, I would go once more for a longer period of time to Kibera.

I have been there with a local taxi driver. We drove inside but he warned me not to take pictures of what I would see because it may be perceived as an offense. And I didn't... Actually it is dangerous to be a foreigner in Kebera (even if you are a Kenyan but you are not from Kibera).

So this time, I would like to go there (most probably with an excursion and my husband), meet people, talk to them, make photos and make other people around the world appreciate what they have, because Kibera people have almost nothing.

Photo credit: Angels of Hope Kibera

Photo credit: Angels of Hope Kibera

There are approx 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population, occupying just 6% of the land. Kibera houses almost 1 Million of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.

Kibera UK

2. Flower farm

If you want to see how flowers are grown, taken care of, cut, packed and shipped all over the world then you should definitely visit one. I do not even know why we missed it. Anyway I advise everyone to visit one.

3. Tsavo East

We did not go there because it is one of the remote parks from Nairobi though we planned to. I believe it would be amazing to sit in your room and watch elephants' herds crossing Galana river.

Galana river. Photo credit: Spurwing Kenya

Galana river. Photo credit: Spurwing Kenya

Elephant herd crossing Galana river. Photo credit: Galdessa camp

Elephant herd crossing Galana river. Photo credit: Galdessa camp

Romantic sundowner on Galana stone floors. Photo credit: Natural high

Romantic sundowner on Galana stone floors. Photo credit: Natural high

Ideal place to relax. Photo credit: Galdessa camp

Ideal place to relax. Photo credit: Galdessa camp

4. Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs are three parks (joined together) that I feel sorry for missing the most.

They are located in The North Kenya where we have not been. This three parks are the most accessible and visited of the protected areas in the country's rough north. But they are the most remote among the most popular reserves.

Saruni Samburu lodge. Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris
Saruni Samburu lodge. Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

Saruni Samburu lodge. Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

5. Lamu

Lamu is situated on the North Coast Kenya. There are no vehicles on Lamu Island (this city is an island, so no one tried to ship cars there).

This city is very famous for its Cultural Festival, henna artists and woodcarvers, whose specialties include the famous carved Lamu Doors.

Activities there include snorkeling and scuba diving (best between November and March when the water is clearest), historical walking tours, dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and diving with dolphins. Flying is the best way to reach the archipelago and the airport is located on Manda Island from where you will be transferred to your hotel or lodge by boat.

N.B. Visitors to the island should keep in mind that Islamic Lamu Island is conservative and dress and behave in a way appropriate to an Islamic community.

Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris
Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris
Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

6. Lake Turkana

Visiting this lake is very difficult due to its remote location from Nairobi city. When we asked people how to get there they advised us to hitch hike trucks travelling to Ethiopia) which is obviously not safe and it would take too much time.

For me this lake is looking very unusual and scenic. Also it is not polluted by tourists:)

Photo credit: Wild Encounters

Photo credit: Wild Encounters

When you plan your trip there it is even better if you choose Lake Turkana Festival time when twelve local tribes for three days present their traditional song and dance in a chilled, international atmosphere.

It must be amazing!

 

Photo credit: The Treasure

Photo credit: The Treasure

7. Flying Safaris

I liked driving in Kenya because the sceneries were mostly very beautiful, although poor road conditions and only one lane roads persuaded me to opt for flying options next time. Flying safaris enable tourists to cover large distances in a short time, traveling by air gives the maximum amount of time on the ground – to enjoy the local ecosystem and safari property.

Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

Photo credit: Cheli & Peacock Safaris

8. Lake Viktoria

Lake Viktoria is Africa's and Kenya’s biggest lake, it is also the second widest freshwater body in the world. Lake Victoria is very beautiful with its busy harbours, virtual plains of water hyacinth, pretty beaches and mountains.

Romantic sundowner at Lake Victoria. Photo credit:  Abercrombie & Kent
Romantic sundowner at Lake Victoria. Photo credit:  Abercrombie & Kent

Romantic sundowner at Lake Victoria. Photo credit: Abercrombie & Kent

9. Hot-Air Balloon Safari

I think it's a true African romantic adventure. When I just imagine rising with the sun and drifting away on gentle winds in a hot air balloon over a beautiful savannah my heart stops! I think of a unique perspective, great viewing and photographic opportunities of the amazing scenery and wildlife below.

Photo credit: Mike Myers for Wilderness Safaris

Photo credit: Mike Myers for Wilderness Safaris

If we ever travel to Kenya once more...
Photo credit: Michael Fairchild Photography

Photo credit: Michael Fairchild Photography

Of course, I feel sad because we have missed so many interesting things in Kenya, however it gives us another reason to come back some time in the future once more.

Thank you for reading my blog!

In my next post read about our trip to Jordan.

comments

Go to top