The very wet airstrip at Lewa
We waited and waited, Peter checking around to find out what was going on and us (Alan and I) quite happy with the not knowing. Cloud was so heavy with water (think mist) low lying and no wind to blow it away the visibility was pretty poor. Ah no problem, just a lot of guess work and reshuffling of plans to keep everybody occupied and an bit of a thirst developing. Quality and one of his buddies headed out to get some mansazies (sweet fried bread things which we have not had in so many years and tea for us, he came back with a flask, china mugs and a bag of mandates (Natasha, if you are reading this, they are just as good as we remember) !!!
Tea and mandazies
Almost three hours later the sky cleared enough that the hill tops could be seen, a couple of phone calls and the plan left were it was located to come and collect us. Now this is mega different, when we were here years ago we used cars to get from A to B not light aircraft and even scheduled flights are in operation. I am having such a chuckle to find out Nanyuki Airstrip is no a place for scheduled flights which people use to go shopping in Nairobi amongst other things. I used to drive the 129 miles (think that was what it was) every now and again to do a big shopping then drive home now it would be a 40 minute flight to Nairobi, use a taxi to do the shopping, return to Wilson Airport to catch the flight home - so civilised. OK, back to today, our flight to Samburu is only about 15 minutes with a distance of probably about 20 miles instead of a three hour drive - that is some difference and brilliant especially as we flew so low you could count the goats on the ground.
Our plane landing
Alan as the co-pilot - ahhhhh traveling back in time <g>
Flying very low over Samburu
Alan looked great sitting up there in the co-pilots seat, what memories although I remember him in the pilot seat and me in the co-pilot seat. Samburu is the neighbouring park to Lewa but a totally different world, from marsh, grassy plains, bushed area with black cotton soil to sandy ground, palm trees, open scrub land in Samburu. I think the best way I can describe it (a bit sadly to) is that it is like a theme park with different areas close by but each totally unique. I don’t mean to sound flippant or derogatory, in fact I am in awe at the wonder of nature in her creativity, to be able to see something like this not man made but developed by Mother Nature, showing her diversity so beautifully - yes totally awesome. One of the guys at Lewa, not sure who he was but I think he was a guide for one of the camps and was heading off either home to his place near Samburu or to another camp to work for a while had a treat he will remember forever. His usual route should have taken him to his destination using three different matatus (local transport) and some walking with a time of probably 5 hours was put to one side and he climbed into the plane with us. He had never been on a plane before I found out
Hornbill of one sort or another - need Pete to fill in the gap here.
Nellie the elephant or is it Billie <g>
Stopping for lunch
Did these sheep move off the main road, not a chance we had to drive round them - oh beautiful Kenya, I love you so much :)
Our safari vehicle while here in Saruni
The road to the entrance, it goes round to the left after this and ends up at a welcoming area.
Just before going I had to share a pic of this beautiful, totally common male lizard whose relatives have shared many happy moments over many years.
Ingrid - thank you so much, I love what you are doing with the FB comments - what a wonder star you are :) :) :) :)