A kind friend and colleague who lived in Nairobi for many years, and is a self-proclaimed foodie sent me a fantastic list of recommendations of things to do in Nairobi (and mostly great places to eat!)
Here is the full list of recommendations I received when I arrived in Nairobi, along with my additional comments and thoughts. It’s mostly a restaurant and eating-out guide, but with a few other things as well – in case any of you are in need of suggestions for things to do in Nairobi!
I bought a map and started marking out where things were in order to plan my culinary tour of the city!
A friend of mine lent me a lovely book about the animals of the Mara, and that, combined with some interesting things I discovered from the guides on my safari trip, meant that I learned a lot of fascinating, amazing and fun facts about some of the animals of the Mara!
Hippos are herbivores, who spend all day lounging in the mud, almost fully submerged in water, and they come out onto the land at night to graze (they mostly eat grass). They are excellent swimmers, although they mostly prefer to stay near the banks of rivers and lakes so that they can stand up in the water rather than float or tread water. They can hold their breath underwater for up to 15 minutes, but on average they submerge for 5-6 minutes at a time before coming up for air. Hippos are massively aggressive, and will defend their territory fiercely, and can easily kill a human, although they won’t actually eat you afterwards. They live in families of around 10-15, usually with one male and lots of females, and some of the young.
When they defecate, they flap their tail quickly back and forth with a “thwap-thwap-thwap” noise, to spray their faeces far and wide. It looks a lot like shit, quite literally hitting a fan. Trust me, I’ve seen (and heard) it.
My favourite hippo fact? Young males are tolerated in a family, but they must show respect by defecating in the face of the alpha male. Possibly the most hilarious way to show respect I’ve ever heard of.
My third and final day in the Mara. Kick-started by another early morning game drive, and a few more hours of wildlife-watching before I got back on my tiny plane to head back to Nairobi. It’s hard to imagine going … Continue reading →
The Maasai people are the tribe that live in the Mara area of Kenya, (and in some other areas as well) and are one of the most well-known tribes in Kenya. Originally from further north in the Samburu area, they travelling south several hundred years ago, and settled in the Mara region. They are notable warriors and hunters, and in the times before all of our modern technology, they were responsible for protecting the village and herds of cattle from the many predators that inhabit the Mara.
There are all sorts of fascinating facts to be found about the Maasai people (I highly recommend you take a look at Wikipedia for more info too). Here’s just a few of the fun facts I have so far discovered… Continue reading →
In this video, you can see a large herd of zebra, (the collective noun for zebra is a “dazzle” FYI), panicking and running away from some lions in a stampede-type way.
The lions are trotting along unconcerned at a leisurely pace behind them, and as we watched we realised they weren’t especially bothered about catching the zebra – they were heading for something else. But it was quite a sight to see nonetheless.
On my second day I joined a different group in a van for an early morning game drive, and a full day at the park. First, we drove past this sign in the village that made me laugh – who … Continue reading →
Here is a video of Wildebeast moving on the plains.
It was an overcast and rainy afternoon, so the light is not great, but trust me, there were thousands of wildebeast here. This is also where we stopped to have a picnic lunch on the first day – right in the middle of the herd!
Ok, as you’ll have noticed from my recent posts, I just spent an incredible 3-day weekend at the Maasai Mara. I saw so many incredible animals and gorgeous scenery, and as I have so many photos to share, I’ve decided … Continue reading →