Kenya Trip - Days 1 &2

Emmy and I are going on a trip to Kenya. I'm going to try to post along here, more in-depth than I can do on Facebook, connectivity-wiling.

I'm writing this in the lounge for SAX (formerly Safari Air Express) [http://www.fly-sax.com]airlines. We're about to hop on our last of three flights to get to our ultimate destination, Cottars 1920s Camp [http://cottars.com].

We started out Sunday evening on a British Airlines flight from Chicago to Heathrow. After a short connection, we were on another long-haul (8 hour) flight from Heathrow to Nairobi, Kenya. We arrived Monday evening at around 8 pm, and after clearing customs and buying a local SIM card, were met by our guide from Ambercrombie & Kent, Christine. She shuttled us to the Ole-Sereni Hotel [http://www.ole-sereni.com].

The hotel was really quite nice. It borders directly on the Nairobi National Park [http://www.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/NANP.html], a large game reserve in Kenya's capital city. We had a nice dinner outdoors (temps around 60F/15C) before going to bed. It was a pretty long day of travel - 16 hours in the air.

On Tuesday morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise (pic below). After breakfast, thanks to the time difference, we got to watch the first votes in the US Presidential Election being cast in some small town in New Hampshire shortly after midnight Eastern).

Christine met us and ferried us through Naroibi's challenging traffic to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport [https://kaa.go.ke/airports/our-airports/wilson-airport/] for our 45 minute flight to Cottar's airstrip.

Sunrise in Nairobi

Sunrise in Nairobi

Boarding passes

Boarding passes

First dinner in Kenya

First dinner in Kenya

Somewhere over the Atlantic

Somewhere over the Atlantic

Our ORD-LHR ride. 

Our ORD-LHR ride.