Nairobi Kenya – Day 2 (Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre)

Lion in Nairobi

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Right “Out of Africa” should be a good hint about my first adventure in Nairobi. Perhaps some people don’t know that the movie “Out of Africa” was based on a true story of a woman named Karen Blixen who did so much for Kenya they actually named a town after her.  Her contributions included building a school on her property to educate the Maasai children as well as a healthcare clinic where she treated Africans when they were sick. Moreover, she assisted with race relations between tribes acting as sort of a judge. She also gave land and/or assisted in getting land for the Maasai after she had to return back to Denmark due to the syphilis her ‘not so popular’ husband gave her after being unfaithful. And perhaps people don’t know that she did most of this, among many other things, for the African people, alone and in the early 1900’s when being a woman and being in Africa wasn’t – shall we say – common.  She did have some help sometimes to the extent her lover Dennis helped. Today I was able to visit her house and some of the places where the movie was filmed. Even the boots Meryl Streep wore in the movie were there.

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Karen Blixen Museum by Suzanne J. DuBose

Karen Blixen Garden by Suzanne J. DuBose

Karen Blixen Garden by Suzanne J. DuBose

 

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Karen Blixen Museum by Suzanne J. DuBose

 

Karen Blixen

Blixen Land Map

Following same, Benjamin, my Kikuyu guide and driver for the day, took me to meet and kiss, the next guy in my life at the Giraffe center (or at least I think it was a guy!).

Kissy Kissy

I decided after the Giraffe Centre that we should stop “monkeying” around and head to Nairobi National Park!

At Nairobi National Park. I saw my first wild giraffe, my first zebra and after waiting and watching for over an hour, I saw a lovely full grown Simba who looked and sounded a bit hungry when he awoke from his afternoon nap.

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photo by Suzanne J. DuBose

Benjamin was truly the best and I highly recommend him as a guide/driver. He was so patient yet so fun to be with. He may have been my favorite part of the day if that is even possible! Asante sana Benjamin.  If you come to Nairobi, call him.  His number is +254 724 978 975.

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That’s all for now from Nairobi, Kenya and my first safari ever!

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