course the first thing we did in Kenya was go on a 4 day
safari to the
The Masai Mara is the most popular game park in Kenya simply
because there is so much wild life there. The highlight of
our safari was watching the migration of the wildebeests— tens
of thousands of wildebeests crossing the river from Tanzania
into Kenya in search of better grass to eat. We were thoroughly
amazed, but our guide said that we were only seeing the beginning
and that in several weeks time there would be many more!
Next we spent five days climbing
to the "hiker's
Mt. Kenya, the 2nd tallest mountain in Africa. (The true
summit requires technical climbing.)
It was very difficult! However, once we got close to the
summit, the views were beautiful!
Most people hike the
mountain with porters. We miscalculated how much money
we would need so we had to
carry our own gear. We camped each night except our 3rd,
when we stayed in the summit hut at 15, 700 feet — it
was cold! (In
fact we camped our entire summer vacation except for two
nights.) The next day we had a beautiful day hiking out until
the last couple hours when we nearly got lost in freak two
hour hail and rainstorm, we were bumming!
Several days on the beach
near Mombassa rounded out our stay in Kenya. We left the
rest of the coast for a future trip, maybe this Christmas.