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TNR Trust Dinner

A few weeks ago we attended the TNR Trust Dinner & Show at the Tribe Hotel in Gigiri. The event was a fundraiser for TNR Trust Nairobi, specifically to support their work¬†with Kenya’s stray dogs and cats and community outreach. Between the dinner ticket sales and raffles sales, the event was a huge success.

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The evening featured performances by Sitawa Namwalie and Alya Kassam. Also performing were musicians Willy Munga Mbaji and Boaz Otieno. I have to say, I am not a big poetry person. I enjoyed the first half of the performance (before dinner). After dinner, during the second half of the performance, we mingled with others at the dinner.IMG_5659.jpg

That gave us a chance to meet and talk to some of the other people who helped Oreo. We met Laila, who rescued her from the street. We also met Gaynor, Oreo’s first foster mom. It was so nice to meet them and to hear stories of Oreo’s first days after her rescue.

All in all it was a really fun night!

I’ve had a few posts that mention TNR Trust. I promise a post with more information about them is coming soon!

Video: The Great Migration

As promised, here is video of the Great Migration.

The Great Migration from curriedpotato on Vimeo.

Flight to the Maasai Mara

While Fly-Sax was awful, we did make it to the Maasai Mara safely. And, we had a nice view along the way. Here is some video from our flight.

Flying to the Maasai Mara from curriedpotato on Vimeo.

Things Are Getting Nasty

The election is still set for the 26th of this month. The drama level is rising and things are getting violent. Yesterday there was trouble in the Central Business District (CBD). There were shootings (bullets sprayed at protestors from a car) and a protestor was hit by a car. As a result, people started to throw stones at any passing car. There were also violent protests and looting in the town of Kisumu.

It’s not a good sign. But, we’ll see what happens. Overall things are still mostly quiet in Nairobi, as long as you avoid CBD on Mondays and Fridays.

I’m still hopeful for overall peace, but yesterday wasn’t good.

Don’t Go To These Camps/Lodges

During our trip to the Maasai Mara, we unfortunately witnessed a lot of humans behaving badly. This was during our view of the river crossing of the Great Migration. We were on the Mara Triangle side, the western part of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The terrible people were on the other side of the Mara River, on the eastern part of the Reserve.

While we, and the other vehicles on the Triangle side stayed at an appropriate distance and made sure to not obstruct the animals, on the other side of the river the cars and trucks were ghastly. Not only did they block the entry to the parts of the river where the animals could cross, but they moved constantly. As soon as some wildebeest would find an area, a dozen cars would rush to that spot and wind up blocking the path.

Part of the problem is that many people suck. The other part of the problem is that the Narok County Council, which manages the eastern part of the park, doesn’t have proper control of the area. On the western side of the Mara, the Mara Conservancy has proper control of the park, complete with anti-poaching units. (The Kenya Wildlife Service doesn’t administer the Mara.)

I was able to identify some of the tour companies, camps, and lodges. (A telephoto lens comes in handy.) Based on what I saw, avoid staying at these places as they do not respect the animals and are causing harm to the Mara:

  • Southern Cross Safaris
  • Sala’s Camp
  • Mara Bush Camp
  • The Intrepid Safari Company
  • Naibor

Here are some photos of what we saw.

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Dozens of cars


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See that one right by the sloping path? That’s where the wildebeest need to go.


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This one moved a lot, blocking the animals every time.

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Another path blocked

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Seriously, this is crazy!


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If you were driving this Toyota Prado, then you are a despicable person.

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Groups of cars blocking most of the access points.