Nairobi, Kenya: Must include on your bucketlist.
Just around 5 hours flight from Dubai, lies an amazing country where you can enjoy the wild. Kenya was on my bucketlist. My mother, who stayed in Kenya for a year would often tell me that Kenya is an amazing country. Kenyans are nice. Kenya is safe. Kenya is a must visit country.
Last May 2016 I was fortunate enough to travel alone this amazing country! As a Philippines passport holder, I need to secure an e-visa prior to my travel. You can also apply the visa upon your arrival. Taking a malaria pill weeks before your flight is also a must. (This is for your protection on your entire stay in Kenya)
Jambo!! After a five hour flight, I found myself in a new continent. "This is it, I'm in Kenya. Thank you!!" , I said to myself. I was teary-eyed while walking towards the immigration area. I immediately made an overseas call to my mom. She was very happy! I was very happy too. After clearing the immigration , I went outside and looked for my driver.
I opted to stay in Wildebeest Eco Camp. I will make a separate post about them! They are the bomb dot com. Definetely a haven in a city!!
First stopped was at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and it is located 10km from the city. I recommend to visit this place before heading out to a safari. As you know, elephants in Africa are in "danger" alot of them are being poached for their ivory. I know, it is sad. This elephant orphanage is taking care the elephants 24/7. They are making sure that the elephants are receiving enough food, milk, shelter and they give them lots of love!
The orphanage is open to public from 11am to 12 noon. This is the time when the caretakers bring the elephants to their playing ground and show to the public how well they are doing.
Next stopped was a safari at Nairobi National Park, which was the highlight of my Day 1. It is one of the smallest national parks in Kenya and it is located 7kms from the city. You can arrange the animal safari from your hotel or you can visit their website.
I really wanted to see the BIG 5 but ended up seeing only four. It doesn't matter tho. Seeing the animals in their habitat is already an achievement for me. Aside from the BIG 5, I also saw turtles, various monkeys, gazelles, birds, and more.
Reference for my future truck.
Rhino and Gazelle on their habitat. I tried my best to have a closer photo but they were just too far. *Sigh*
The safari was an amazing experience. I couldn't help but smile upon seeing the view. Of course, I took loads of photos. It's not everyday I get to experience and go to a place like this. I cannot wait to go back and see the other side of Kenya.
I hope this post convinced you to include Kenya on your #bucketlist.