For those of us that stayed we took a short flight to the ultimate Indian Ocean on the lush island of Zanzibar. We arrived to the Blue Bay Beach Resort & Spa and are ready to relax on this stunning east coast of the island of Zanzibar with the finest, white, sandy beach. It is set in 30 acres of tropical gardens with over 1, 000 palm trees. We are ready for fine wining and dine plus a whole lot of fun!
We spent the whole day on Safari in Africa’s we saw so many but feel blessed to have seen a Leopard and a male lion protecting his bride. We also ventured to the river and saw sooo many hippos resting. In late afternoon we visited a Maasai village and learned about tribal customs and the place of the Maasai in today’s Africa. We enjoyed a colourful Maasai dance and cultural performance.
We drove to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve where the annual migration of over one million wildebeest occurs. This is one of Kenya’s most active reserve and it sure was. Tonight we called it an early night as some are up early for the Hot Air Balloon ride. We listened to the orchestra of Cicadas, Tree frogs, birds and monkeys…music to our ears.
We drove south today to Lake Nakuru, the most famous of the Great Rift Valley Lakes. We stopped along the way at the Equator and learned some interesting facts about northern and southern hemisphere. We saw tons of flamingos and it was a large group but at one time houses over one million of them. They seem to be coming back. We went on an afternoon game drive and saw Zebras, babies too plus a pregnant Giraffe and a hyena. Tonight at the Lion Hill Lodge we had the pleasure of a culture dance which some of our group participated in.
This afternoon we visited the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers. It was founded in 1977 and now has 137 women working together to establish themselves and educate younger women. We enjoyed the tour and many of our group purchased pieces that were handmade by these women. The hard work and dedication that goes into this is amazing.
We have arrived at Sweetwaters Tented Camp where we’ll be staying for the next couple of days. So excited as this is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole. We ventured out in the afternoon and we are happy to say we’ve now seen the BIG 5-Water Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino….SOO HAPPY! This place is amazing outside our room are animals. A little piece of heaven here. We visited Baraka, a blind rhino who we were able to feed and touch.
We explore this beautiful land which is home to numerous hippo, crocodiles. Shaba offers sanctuary to large herds of elephants, healthy lions, leopard, cheetah, reticulated giraffe and over 100 species of birds. We visited the Umoja Women Group, a women only village and cop-op dedicated to informing women about health and human rights issues that funds itself through the sales of beautiful handicrafts. We shopped of course!
Today observed baby elephants playing like little puppies at the Daphne Sheldrake Animal Orphanage . We got close enough to touch them and watched them being fed from large baby bottles. We then ventured of to the Giraffe Centre, founded in 1979 and has become a world famous Nature Education Centre. Some were brave and got up personal with a few of the as you can see. In the afternoon we visited Karen Blix Musuem. It’s history dates back to 1914 when Karen Blixen arrived from Denmark. Many of you who have seen “Out of Africa” know her story and saw where we were today. The clothes you see are the originals worn by Robert Redford in the movie. The afternoon it was off to Kazuri Beads for some shopping!
The group enjoyed a lovely WELCOME DINNER at Carnivore. The name says it all.
We did a morning tour of the archaeological site of Akrotiri which is frozen in time by a cataclysmic eruption of the island’s volcano. We got to see some of the excavations that were fascinating and gave us a glimpse of urban life in the Minoan period. We then ventured to climb and get a view of the beautiful red beach. Then off to another beach to walk along the black sand and the ladies dipped their feet in the Aegean Sea. Our trip is winding down but every day presents a new great adventure and sites.