Life on the Tucan Travel truck began in Nairobi and our first stop was Lake Naivasha in Kenya. The drive was fairly pleasant, the roads were good, the people were friendly and the drive was only a few hours. Our campsite in Lake Naivasha was much nicer than I had imagined camping in Africa would be.
It was situated right on the lake, had a bar and restaurant area, hot showers and where we pitched our tents was nice and flat.
That afternoon we all decided to take a boat trip out on the lake for an hour to see some of the wild life. We walked down to the river and straight away we all noticed some dark figures lingering in the shallows, they were moving in and out and of the water and pretty soon we realised that they were hippos.
I was astonished when I saw just how close they were to our campsite and straight away had thoughts of a family of hippos just strolling past our tents (of course this never happened).
We jumped on the boat and headed out on the lake, we were able to get close enough to the family of hippos to spot a couple of babies in there. We couldn’t get too close as we all know that hippos can be quite aggressive but it was pretty cool seeing them so up close.
The variety of the birds in the area was fantastic and we saw loads of them sitting on the trees in the river bank. The boat hugged the shoreline and at one point we were lucky enough to see a hippo on the bank.
Surprisingly I got stuck in to camp life, cleaning, cooking and putting up the tent. I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy that aspect of the trip but actually once I got into the swing of it it was absolutely fine.
The next stop in Kenya was Eldoret, Eldoret is the home of many of the famous Kenyan runners and our tour leader organised some of the group to meet competitive runners and go to his village, meet him and have a run around.
By competitive runner I mean he runs a marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes! After first driving into central Eldoret, my husband Dan and some others from our trip met up with the runners who then took them in another taxi (7 squeezed into the back) to where they were staying, a small shanty town on the outskirts of Eldoret where they got changed into their running gear.
In the 5 or 10 minutes they were waiting they managed to attract a small crowd of around 50 local children which was lovely. They then went to Eldoret University to do some laps of the track in the 35 degree heat and 2000m altitude. Dan was thoroughly exhausted after 7 or 8 laps but they were then treated to a serenade from the University choir who happened to be practicing at the track.
Dan said it was a truly unforgettable and unique experience which reflects travelling in Africa where the best laids plans change and something unique is waiting for you around every corner.
Next stop Jinja in Uganda.