Day 1 - Arrival
My flight landed early and I filled out my immigration form clearly, but the lady didn’t even check this! Luckily, my bag was already there when I arrived at the carrousel and I was promptly met by my driver, Robert, who will be looking after me for the next 10 days.
We headed out, away from the Nairobi traffic, in our well-equipped 4 x 4 vehicle. Traffic was slow - only one lane each way and a few large container trucks on the road – and two hours later we turned off the tarmac and onto good dirt roads. Due to heavy flooding at the end of last year the road we should have taken to get to the camp was not passable, so we were to meet a guy on a motorbike at a factory - all very cloak and dagger – but after an interesting journey passing through local villages and taking in the classic Kenyan big skies and epic scenery we arrived safely. I was welcomed on arrival with a cool drink and an offer of a shower – good to feel human again after my long journey!
That afternoon I headed to the village just outside the Selenkay Conservancy where guests have the opportunity to see how the locals live. I went along and was shown how they made fire, watched the ladies of the village making exquisite jewellery which is sold in camp and even had the chance to see a traditional hut where the locals reside which was extremely small, dark and very smoky.
This trip really put things into perspective and is really worth a visit.
Next we were back into the vehicle for a fabulous game drive in the lush, green conservancy with plenty of trees which has drawn the elephants from Amboseli here. The previous day they had seen mating lions so off we headed to find them as they do not go far and also don’t eat during the five or so days when they mate every 5 - 15 minutes. We did find them and so decided to have a sundowner when lo and behold they started again. I did feel a bit forward sitting there watching them, but what a fabulous way to end my first day in Kenya