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Colourful windows in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful window in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful windows in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful window in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful window in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Graffiti in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful doorway in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Colourful windows in Stone Town, Zanzibar

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From Fort Jesus, we followed the directions and landmarks laid out in Lonely Plant through Old Town, Mombasa.  We picked up two locals along the way, a shirtless boy and a young deaf man, both eager to point out the way to us. There were so many winding alleyways with intricate doorways and people going about their daily business, we lolly-gagged with cameras clicking away.

Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Girl in Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

We took a break halfway through to get out of the heat and perk ourselves up with some delicious coffee at Jahazi, a coffee house recommended to us by an expat we met earlier that day.

Coffee shop in Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Coffee shop in Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

Old Town, Mombasa, Kenya

More photos on SmugMug.

 

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Other than one hair-raising pedicab ride (mostly for Steve who hung on for dear life sharing the small front seat with the driver), we explored Mombasa on foot.  Our handy Lonely Planet guide laid out a walking tour of Old Town, starting at Fort Jesus (built by the Portuguese in 1593).

Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya

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The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi was founded in order to save the quickly diminishing population of Rothschild giraffes.  Now it is open to visitors to go and learn about this non-profit organization and get up close and personal with hungry Rothschild giraffes.  You can get so up close and personal with them that they’ll kiss you with their big slobbery sandpaper tongues!  That is, if you put the pellets they love so much in your mouth.  We opted to just feed them from our hands 🙂

Steve feeding a Rothschild giraffe at the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Krista feeding a Rothschild giraffe at the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Rothschild giraffe markings, Giraffe Centre, Nairobi, KenyaThere are a few more photos on SmugMug

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While in Masai Mara, Kenya last year (almost exactly a year ago!), we had the opportunity to do a tour of a Maasai village. We have no clue whether the people we witnessed actually still lived the way that was described to us, but certainly it was an impressive demonstration of Maasai customs, regardless if it was staged or not.  Their digital watches matched quite well with their colourful traditional garb 😉

Here are some photos from the tour:

Maasai Warrior teaching us how to throw a spear in Maasai Mara, Kenya

Our guide, Wilson, demonstrating how to throw a spear

Maasai Warriors performing a ritual in Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai warriors performing a ritual

 

Maasai child in a Maasai Village, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Child in the doorway of one of the mud houses in the village

Maasai women singing/chanting in a Maasai village, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai women performing a welcome song

Maasai warriors lighting a fire in a Maasai village, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai warriors lighting a fire using friction

Maasai woman and children in front of their home, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai woman and children in front of their home, Maasai Mara, Kenya

All the photos are on my SmugMug site.

I am hoping that Steve will have the videos edited and ready in the next little while because the ritual and song were captured much better on video!

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The second park we visited in Kenya was Lake Nakuru National Park.  We knew that we would get to see hundreds of pelicans and bright pink flamingos, but we hoped we would have the privilege of seeing a leopard.  They’re super shy cats and not everyone who goes to the park gets to see them.  In fact, it had been some time since anyone had seen one in the park and so when our guide spotted one relaxing camouflaged in the shade back from the road, he got on the radio right away and let all the other guides know the location.  We were hushed several times in our excitement at seeing the leopard, lest we scare him away before the other tourists got to see him.  And in fact after several vehicles pulled up, the leopard decided it didn’t like being in the spotlight and retreated deep into the forest.

Leopard at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

I’m still in awe of that one – how close we got to this shy and beautiful animal…..how close we got to all these animals!  Such an amazing experience.

Here are some more photos from Lake Nakuru:

Baboons at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Pelicans at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Lookout view of Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Baboon at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Rhinoceroses at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Krista, Rockr, and Eric at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya (Photographer: Steve)

You can see all the photos (and larger versions of the ones above) on My SmugMug site.

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Last June I bought a coupon for 75% off a photo book from Photobook Canada, intending to use it for our Africa trip photos.  Then I got sidetracked from finishing the processing of the Africa photos and suddenly it was January and my coupon was expiring soon.  Oops!

So now I have until the end of February to process the hundreds of photos left and put together a photo book – Eep!  But actually it’s good.  I needed the pressure to finally get back to it.  I don’t know why, but the photos suddenly felt like a monumental task and instead of doing the smart thing of processing a few here and there along the way, I let the enormity of the project get to me and did nothing at all.  ‘Cause a magical photo-processing faery was going to fix them up for me while I slept right?

Anyways, I have a goal of doing 18-20 photos a day and so far it’s working out.  I’ll share them with you along the way.  For now, here’s some collages I put together from the latest safari photos.  These were taken in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya:

Zebra collage

Baby animals are so cute!  This little guy had a lot of spunk.

Rhinoceros collage

As the rhinoceroses munched away slowly on grass, these little birds perched and ate the ticks off the rhinoceroses backs (when I went to confirm this fact, I discovered that the birds also eat the blood from open sores on the rhinos…which I really didn’t need to know but since I know it now, I thought I might as well share it with you too.  You’re welcome!).

Baboon collageDon’t fall little baboon!

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