In September 2013 we spent two days in Nairobi, before meeting our tour guide for Maasai Mara National Reserve and Tsavo Ovest National Park.
My first impression of Nairobi is not positive, the city is dirty with a big gap between rich and poor people.
Half of the population lives in slums; the neighborhoods are crumbling, the roads are not asphalted with traffic- predictable consequences.
Public transport is regulated by obsolete buses that do not follow a pre-determined route: there are no schedules, tickets or bus stops
However, once overcome the initial and superficial impact, Nairobi is a city which both marvels and moves. The essence of Kenya’s capital is its population and melting pot which fascinate and intrigues.
The word now rendered famous by Timon and Pumba in Disney’s animation blockbuster, Hakuna Matata, really represent the philosophy of life of every inhabitant in Kenya, and, I must confess, that it’s not that hard to be seduced by such a calm and carefree lifestyle, the total opposite of the frenetic lifestyle which we are normally used to.
One of the most beautiful and emotional place in Nairobi is the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre a haven for elephants orphans, rhinos and other animals
The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
The youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk. For the next 10-15 minutes you can watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. When they’re done, there’s water to play with and keepers to nudge and get hugs from.