Month: January 2017

Hotel Review: Ocean Sports

We made our first real dive trip earlier this month. (Yes, we dove in Diani. That wasn’t a dive trip though.) We went to Watamu and we stayed at Ocean Sports. We chose Ocean Sports because the dive shop we ¬†booked with, Aqua Ventures, is based there. We wanted to be as close as possible to the dive shop as diving was the purpose of our trip. I’d say we did all right with our choice. The hotel is nice, clean, and well managed. Our room was spacious. I booked a larger room because I thought we would bring our DSLR rigs. We didn’t, but we liked having the extra space. One thing I really liked about the room was that there was an outlet near the mirror. I could see what I was doing as I dried my hair! Hooray! The only thing about the room is that it was a little bit run down. It wasn’t in bad shape. But it could use some refurbishing soon. The food was okay. Fresh oysters were …

Kiambethu Farm

The other week I took some time off of work and headed out with some friends to the Kiambethu Farm, just about 45 minutes outside of Nairobi. The farm was started in 1910 by AB McDonnell, the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya. The farm is now run by his granddaughter, Fiona Vernon. If you’re in Nairobi, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. When you arrive, you can stroll along the main garden as you wait for the tour to begin. (The tour starts at 11 am.) Then, Fiona herself takes you out near the tea bushes and tells you about how tea is grown and harvested. From there, you get a lovely cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer) and you sit and listen to how tea is made. Some Colobus Monkeys came in and stole Fiona’s thunder while she attempted to teach us about the tea. Monkeys at the Tea Farm from curriedpotato on Vimeo. From there, you go on a short walk through the …

Women’s March on Nairobi

The Women’s March is global! If you’re in Nairobi and want to participate, I’ve cut and pasted the details below. You can see more on the Women’s March Facebook Page. Details: “Saturday, 21 January 2017 beginning at 10:00am at Karura Forest – backside of Amani Gardens at the Limuru Rd entrance (park at River Cafe parking if you are driving). Endorsed by: Amnesty International Kenya, Center for Rights and Education Awareness (CREAW), Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders,COVAW (Coalition on Violence Against Women), Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), HER VOICE, Human Rights Watch, Kenya Human Rights Commisision, Kenya Sex Workers Alliance, Minority Women in Action, National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and Progressive Americans in Kenya. THIS MARCH IS INCLUSIVE AND ALL ARE WELCOME. On 21 January 2017 Nairobi will march in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Washington D.C. and across the world. The recent elections in the United States have shown how real the threat is to our collective rights and liberties. We march together for the protection of …

Game Drive at Lake Nakuru National Park

The Christmas weekend was spent in Nakuru. On the 24th we decided to do a full day game drive. I highly recommend doing the full day drive, taking your lunch with you. You get to spend more time out and about and you get to have your lunch out in the bush. I also recommend not doing too many days in Nakuru. It’s a small park. You only need a day or two max. We spent one day and we saw the whole park, not to mention a ton of animals. The big attraction in Nakuru is rhino. We saw 11 white rhino altogether. I’ve been on a few game drives now and I’ve never seen so many rhino in one day, or even one safari. That said, I’ve been on a game drives and I was plenty impressed by Nakuru. It’s small, but the park is gorgeous and filled with wildlife. In addition to rhino, we saw lion, hippo, a rock hyrax, plenty of giraffe and zebra and much more. We also saw a …