Month two has rolled around super quick!
After our lovely Europe summer it was time to move onto the next adventure. Firstly we spent a week with Dan’s family and celebrated his birthday with a rainbow cake and the whole family. Then before we knew it, it was time to board our flight from Heathrow to Nairobi to begin our African overland trip.
In Nairobi we visited the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage and the Giraffe Centre.
We met our group from Tucan Travel in Nairobi and began the first leg of the journey to Lake Naivasha in Kenya where we got to see hippos up close in personal right by our camp site. Our group was very small to begin with, just the six of us so it was a great opportunity to really get to know everyone and everyone was really great!
We moved on to Uganda and absolutely loved it there! The people were so friendly and welcoming. Jinja is the adventure capital in Uganda, we stayed at a gorgeous campsite right on the Nile and spent a few days just chilling out and enjoying the views.
We hired kayaks one day and headed out to explore the Nile River, I did a sunset yoga session and we did a village walk around the local area and met some of the coolest kids.
Lake Bunyonyi was the next stop and the one that I was most excited about as it was the gorilla stop. Not only was it the gorilla campsite it was pretty spectacular sunset viewing.
The gorilla trek was everything I imagined and more, it was a fairly hard trek but nothing good comes easily and this was no different. The gorillas were phenomenal and I feel so lucky that I got to see them in their natural habitat.
As we were so close to Rwanda where we were in Uganda we decided to do a day trip to Kigali as it was suggested to us. Our trip to Rwanda was centred around the history of the genocide. We visited places where mass killings took place, Hotel Rwanda and the genocide museum. It was quite a harrowing day but I learnt a lot about this terrible tragedy that happened in my life time.
We came back into Kenya to head to the Masai Mara for some game driving. The drive was a long and bumpy one but once inside the park we managed to catch a family of lions at sunset just waking up from their day time sleep. There must of been at least 10 of them which was so fantastic. The following day was a full days game drive in which we saw a huge range of animals throughout the day.
It was then back to Nairobi to pick up some new people for the next leg of the tour to Tanzania where we went to Arusha and then onto the Serengeti for more game driving. We had been to the Serengeti before but it was just as good if not better this time and the Ngorongoro Crater has the most breath taking scenery.
It was crazy to think that our first few weeks in Africa consisted of gorilla trekking, safari in the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater which all had excellent game viewing.
So far I am really enjoying camping and being outdoors a lot. The long drives have been exhausting and to get somewhere good it usually consists of two 12-14 hr drive days but nothing good comes easy! Africa is so different to what I and probably most people perceive, it’s not dangerous, people have been incredibly friendly and welcoming, we have walked freely outside of camp sites with no problems and it’s just been nice to see the ‘real’ Africa. I’m not missing the ‘real world’ at all and certainly not work or the daily grind of London.
What I’ve been eating: Avocados and bananas like crazy. The fruit and vegetables here are so tasty in comparison to the UK. The avos are huge and so creamy and the bananas are so sweet.
What I’ve listening to: The Russell Brand podcast, The Rolling Stones
What I’ve been reading: Keith Richards – Life, Eric Clapton – The Autobiography. Both fantastic books, very well written accounts of the lives of rock and roll stars in the 60’s and 70’s. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
What I’ve loved: My group that I’m travelling with. We have named ourselves the ‘Gorilla Gang’ and have had a blast getting to know each other on this journey.
Plans for Month Three: Zanzibar , Malawi, Zambia & Botswana