Day 139 - 144 Kenya : Nairobi

Nairobi - the shopping mecca of Kenya!  And we weren't disappointed.  After the trip through Africa it's refreshing to find "normal" supermarkets and clean places to walk without being badgered for money, touched, hassled or even looked at!  ATMs, drugstores, supermarkets with rows and rows of goods to choose from, hardware stores, delis, coffee shops, butcheries and greengrocers abound along with dentists, doctors, bookstores and jewellers.  We've been away from civilisation for too long!

Most days were spent shopping, browsing shops, buying books, drinking coffee at the delis, changing money, going to the cinema, eating out at restaurants, ordering takeaways that are delivered and generally having a great time spending some money.  Although I have to note here that Kenya is not cheap.  After Ethiopia everything seems incredibly expensive!

Iain's bike service wasn't finished on Friday so he had to plan to stay until at least Tuesday.  So we arranged for him to join us a for meal at the Rusty Nail - a steakhouse, restaurant and bar in Karen.  We were celebrating our 12th anniversary on the Sunday and went out with Anja, Jorg and Iain and can recommend it as a fabulous place to eat.  Not cheap in African terms but certainly cheap in European terms with a great ambience, friendly, efficient service and wonderful food.  A great night was had by all. 

Once we had celebrated our anniversary, the next important thing we had to do was to sort Sully out.  So we had a chat to Schummie at Schumachers and booked her in for a clean and service.  By now after the Omo Valley route, the windows were grinding with the piles of fine dust and sand in the mechanisms, doors were screeching as they were opened and closed, the vacuum pump hadn't leaked again but it needed to be checked out, the suspension needed to be checked for any failures not visible to us "bush mechanics", the aircon was leaking water into the cab and needed to be fixed, oil levels needed checking although Trevor serviced Sully in Addis but after the punishing drive we wanted them to be checked and we wanted the tyres to be sorted - the fractured rim to be replace and the ripped tyre to be replace so that we had 2 good tyres as spares again.  In the end Sully was in for 2 days but came back with a clean bill of health, all joints greased, all windows working properly, the cracked aircon pipe replaced (dry carpets at last!), front suspension bushes replaced, new back brakes and new tyres. 

Whilst all of this was happening we lounged about, I got the blog a little more up to date but was still 2 weeks behind and we relaxed in the sun and shopped a little more.

We collected Sully on Friday morning and with that pushed straight on to the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary for a visit as we had heard it was well worth it.  We can vouch for that - don't miss a visit.  At KSH300 each, its really not very expensive and really interesting.  They are also doing a great job there as they take in orphaned elephants up to 2 years old, whilst they are still milk dependant and then release them back into the wild.  The youngest ellie with them at the moment was only 3 days old when we visited. a_SG105300  She was rescued from a water tank with only her trunk sticking above the water swimming round and round inside and just about ready to give up when she was found.  The drought in Kenya has hit the sanctuary very hard as they now have 28 orphaned elephants and 1 orphaned black rhino that they are looking after.  The normal number is around 17 or 18.  But as the conditions have become more harsh with less water, more babies desperate for water take bigger and bigger risks to get to it.   The rest of the babies have been orphaned as a result of their mothers being poached and killed.  Do visit their website as they are constantly looking for funds for support - baby ellies can be adopted and sponsored online.

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