Sunday, September 16, 2018

Africa in a nutshell

So we arrived in Nairobi on the last day of July, ready for our adventure.  We had done a prior safari trip while in southern Africa for a month in 2011 but we wanted to visit east Africa during the Great Migration...

We loved Botswana (Chobe and Okavanga Delta) and Zambia (Lufupe River) and Zimbabwe (Huange) but everyone told us the east Africa safari was different.  We expected as much since each of the places we had visited the last time were different from each other.

This time we left Chicago on a United flight via Frankfurt - in the Polaris class... we stopped for lunch in the Polaris lounge and were pleasantly surprised by the menu and table service available...

the meal on board was nothing special on either leg of the flight.  The transit through Frankfurt was long and involved much walking- in that pre dawn zombie style of over night flights to Europe LOL.  But we arrived late in the evening of July 31 at Kenyatta airport where a car picked us up and brought us to Fairmont, The Norfolk in Nairobi...

The following day we took a day trip to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen home and a giraffe sanctuary-

the following night we had a lovely dinner in the hotel


the next day we were off- and since I have a thousand photos of animals I am going to limit is to the biggies and to the best  but meanwhile I will include the accommodations and any noteworthy meals along the way-

Gibb's Farm

Four Seasons Serengeti

Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara

our living room- bedroom and bathroom


public areas

A wonderful trip - with many lovely places to see and stay but our favorite by far was the sanctuary Olonana and the Masai Mara- where we saw all of the Big Five in one place! and had the most amazing game driver Lucas!  #fabuloustrip.

next up Europe in a nutshell LOL so stay tuned for whirlwind England and Denmark and Amsterdam...

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