Posted by: offbeat1990
on Jan 29, 2012
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It has only been ten days since I left my chaotic London life. Once in Kenya I then caught a small, cute aeroplane to my final destination; Meru airport. There my friend Harriet met me along with some giraffe who were waiting on the land strip. On my way to the camp, and with my mouth still wide open from the spectacular landing in the heart of Kenya, I could see the first inhabitants of the park: a family of elephants wallowing in a muddy area of the river, some wáterbuck, 2 kudu and a few dik-diks amoung other species.
Then, three men from the camp wearing some traditional costumes, welcomed me with a glass of fresh passion fruit juice and a cold towel. Harriet showed me to my tent and around the site. I could only said: “wow! Am I in Kenya?” I must admit that this is my first time in Kenya and I haven´t been elsewhere in the country yet, however this spot is just spectacular. The tents are surrounded by big bushes, a river, a rich variety of birds, and the occasional visit of friendly baboons.
During my first days in the camp I met many members of the staff, all of them really friendly and helpful. On my first game drive we enjoyed a bush breakfast, where I saw elephants, buffalos, cheetah and lots of funny baboons. On our way back we crossed paths with lots of zebras; I love these animals, they are so adorable and individual with their perfectly striped lines.
In the evenings we did” sundowners” and before dinner, Jonathan showed us how to read the constalations. The sky at night here is so clear that it seems to me like a painting
On Tuesday Harriet and I picked up some Borana dancers at their small village. I felt so lucky when they showed me their traditional houses, kitchen and crafts. After that, they danced and sang to the guests in camp, especially to a young couple who had become engaged only two days before, here in the camp. Everyone joined in and loved it. What a lucky family! An engagement, Borana dancing and also seeing so many animals and brids they could hardly believe it! They saw the Big 5 and cheetah on 4 separate days … including once on a bush walk!
Coming from London, the first days I was a bit shocked and felt as though I was in a different planet, I was a bit confused and bewildered. Soon I settled in, and I now see how peaceful and beautiful this place is. It’s a place where I don´t need to wear a watch, where I don´t need to rush to the “tube”, where people don’t stress and push for their place in the rat race. Its a place instead where time stands still, where the peace and tranquility is an antidote for the noise of big city life, where animals and nature come to you and, above all, where I wake up every day thinking how lucky I am and how glad I am to have made the decision to come out here and visit my friend.