Tour Guide Experiment: Day One

I’ve always appreciated how well Erika plans out activities for the friends and family she has that visit town.

So, in an attempt to allow her and Rhett  to experience the fun of an itinerary planned just for them, I have written up a 5 day list of activities and meals in the hopes of enabling them to have the FULL Kenyan experience.

Megan, our volunteer coordinator here at Karibu has developed a great circle of young, mostly unmarried American friends here in Kenyan….that by extension we have gotten to know through her and church.  She helped arrange for them to have Eli and Lucy this last night for a sleep-over, which was PERFECT for allowing us to go together to airport to pick up Rhett and Erika and then spend some nice quality time with them yesterday late evening and all morning today.

On the agenda:  Nairobi National Park.  The web advertises that you can see all of the big 5 except for the elephant:   leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino.  We didn’t know what to expect for our self-serve driving safari within the city limits, but we were excited!

What we did know to expect:  lots of mud.  Constant rain all day and night since Friday evening.

Here is what we found:

Not even on zoom...that close, but Erika takes the prize for closest in the wild

Not wildlife, but yummy chocolate muffins as snacks for our safari

He finally agreed to cover up with his leg so I could post an appropriate g-rated picture


 On our self-driving safari, we also saw in the distance where  pictures would not do them justice:  African buffalo, elands, waterbuck, vultures, grey crowned cranes, egrets, and a coucal.

And then our mud bogging adventure began, which I hope that Erika takes the time to describe in much better detail on her blog.  While the men were off helping someone much MORE stuck than we ever were, Erika and I decided to make ourselves useful by scraping the mud off our vehicles’ tires:

She's such a giver.......


And then the boys returned from their unsuccessful attempt to free the vehicle ahead of us from the mud.   On the bright side, Rhett and Ian both obtained free mud wraps for their feet:

Rhett's foot....despite having shoes on during his rescue attempt


All in all, we decided that we more than got our money’s worth out of this self-service safari.

Wait  until they see what I have planned for tomorrow……Diamond Plaza!

7 thoughts on “Tour Guide Experiment: Day One

  • thelocalguide

    hehe, sounds like it was a great adventure :)and best of all! there were chocolate muffins 😛

  • Eve

    How amazing!!! Still so hard to imagine that you all are actually together! Hope today is another great day!!

  • Leslie Lang

    I’m one of Erika’s Lucys (not your daughter). I love being able to read your blog, as well as hers, and having two perspectives on their visit. I am just loving being able to enjoy this vacation vicariously.

    By the way, it sounds like you are really doing great stuff there. My hat is off to you guys.


  • Anna

    LOVE every part of this

  • Bonita May

    Not fair! We got the mud, too but you didn’t get the rough road apparently. David’s back is just being to feel better. My teeth are still loose! Thrilled you are there Erika and Rhett. Don’t forget the elephant orphanage as a possible outing. That was really special and lunch that day was good for those of us who could eat (sorry David).

  • Eve

    are you worn out or what? Erika is winning in the blog updates. Not that it’s a competition or anything. 🙂

    • mayfamily

      Just trying not to steal the blogging glory….

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