With the long rains over and Nairobi drying out for the winter months ahead, we took The Tuna (our car, a Toyota Fortuner) out to Nairobi National Park. We got a later start than we wanted, but, thanks to the Southern Bypass (a lovely, non-potholed stretch of highway) we were able to get to the park a little before 9 am. We spent several hours driving around looking at the animals, watching for where some of the guides were stopped so we could see more animals, and enjoying the scenery.
A few things about the park:
- The driving was rougher than we expected. Our car could handle it, but I would not take anything other than a large, four-wheel-drive vehicle. You need the muscle in a lot of areas. There’s dirt roads, ditches, and also rocky terrain.
- Also, the grass is high and you are not going to be able to see anything with a regular-sized car.
- If you are a resident, take your passport. They can’t accept the photocopy of your resident visa on its own as there is no photo tied to it (and therefore could be anyone’s).
So, what did we see? Well, we didn’t see any lions and we had really hoped to. We hoped to see more overall, but that’s the things with any safari. You sometimes see things, you sometimes don’t. That said, we did see a good amount of animals. (I think we’re getting spoiled…oh, another ostrich…we are seeing spectacular creatures in their natural habitat. We’re just getting picky now.)
We saw some rhino, in a distance, but we saw two. We saw lots of ostrich, including a couple females. We also saw lots of Thompson Gazelle, waterbuck, and another kind of antelope that I did not recognize. We also saw a giraffe. There was a warthog (pugs of the savannah) out there too.
All in all, it was a lovely drive and a great day. Here are some pictures and video from it.
After the drive, we checked out a restaurant in Karen and also the new Carrefour (which is a big deal in Nairobi). I’ll save those for my next two posts.
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