Best moment: our time at the Masai Mara was such a special experience. Amazing animals up-close and roaming the land. Just incredible. I also loved visiting Nancy and meeting her new family, and going back to the gorgeous elephant sanctuary in Nairobi.
Worst moment: having to deal with the beach boy hassle at Diani. It’s sad that so many guys don’t have work and have to rely on hounding tourists.
Best spontaneous moment: deciding to go to the Masai Mara – it was last minute and we did it on a budget and it was brill.
Favourite place: the winding, mysterious streets of Lamu, a feast for the senses at every turn.
Best thing eaten: calamari, caught straight from the sea, on Diani beach with lime and coconut rice. YUM. Kenyans also do chips really, really well.
Worst thing eaten: I quite like it but Moz hates it – ugali, the maize flour dough that is the staple of a Kenyan’s meal. Wallpaper paste to some, a favourite of many. The jury’s still out.
Favourite person: Aleya, Henry, Julia who showed us around the farm in Thika, Nancy and Jennifer and kids, Mohammad, Mohammad and Fakir on dhow in Lamu, Ken our amazing guide in the Masai Mara , Renson who helped us after the matatu crash, “life is sweet” matatu conductor.
- Lots about insects and fungi
- Updated on Kenyan politics: complicated and messy
- More Swahili – love chatting with people and slowly building my vocabulary
- To book train tickets in advance
- Putting our bags in the boot of the matatu is a lifesaver
- Moz doesn’t like ugali
- Elephants live until they are 70 and have a gestation period of 24 months
- Harambee means “together”: there are the Harambee Stars, the national football team, many Harambee Avenues and when you need push a car you all shout out “hara-MBEE!”
- I still love Kenya ❤️