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NECKING WITH GIRAFFES AND ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

MORE PLEASANT SURPRISES IN NAIROBI

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I can’t believe that I ever said that I just wanted to get out of Nairobi. We have the most wonderful day. This was the first official day of our tour and we were picked up by our driver at 9 to visit the Giraffe Center. This center is a Kenya conservation center that has played a huge role is saving the Rothschild giraffe population and is used today to educate Kenyan children on conservation. We had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the giraffes, feeding them, kissing them and learning about them. Did you know that giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as a human? They are huge and we were able to hold a piece and several other pieces of giraffe bone. The femur weighs a ton! After letting one of the giraffes completely lick my face we learned that their saliva is antiseptic and used medically by natives. By the way, necking is the way the giraffes fight thrusting their necks against each other. I was just making out with mine. I fell completely in love with these magnificent creatures.

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Our next stop was just as special visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which adopts orphaned baby elephants and raises them until they are three years old and then reintegrates them into the wild. What a terrific organization. It is only opened for visitors for 1 hour a day so the animals do not get used to crowds. We were treated to the feeding session of all the elephants including the new babies who were only a few months old up to the 3 years olds. There are a couple of older ones as well. The workers sleep in the huts with the elephants, rotating each day so the babies don’t get too attached to one human. The adjustment of losing their mother is so difficult it would be traumatic if they got attach to a worker and he took time off. This was so much fun watching the elephants play and interact. The wee ones seemed so timid while the teens were rambunctious…sound familiar?

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Our next stop was the Karen Blixen Museum. Here we visited Karen’s house and the set of the movie “Out of Africa” which was about her life. The grounds were just gorgeous and the sun was shining. I could easily live there.

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Our last stop of the day was the Kazuri Bead Factory. Unfortunately the factory, which only employs single mothers in need of work, was closed because it was Sunday. They say it is amazing to watch the woman work side by side singing and hand rolling and hand painting every bead. None the less we had great respect for this fair trade organization that offers fair wages, free health care for the woman and their families and reasonable working hours. We did our part and bought a few things.

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A truly magical day. I was laughing and crying all day. Everyone loved it. Our stay in Nairobi was excellent and this hotel is so beautiful. Ernest Hemmingway used to hang out here amongst many other famous authors. They also have a Lord Baden-Powell room as a tribute to the scouter who spent his last days in Kenya.

Our safari starts tomorrow. No idea when I will have internet again. Supposedly our next hotel with the tents has internet in the lobby so I will do my best. Haya Safari!

PS. This website was down all day so I was unable to post until this morning. Enjoy.

Posted by curlygirl 20:15 Archived in Kenya Tagged elephant africa center adventures orphanage david sheldrick girraffe

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awesome pics!!

by Lisa

Sounds absolutely amazing!! What a day!!

by Nancy parsons

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