Kingfisher Picnic Site, Nairobi National Park

Kingfisher picnic site            

Wondering what to do on a random Saturday? How about a ‘picnic’/BBQ at Nairobi national park. A group of friends and I visited the Kingfisher picnic site inside Nairobi National park. It’s a pretty nice idea for a lazy afternoon.

Entrance is 500/= per person (for Kenyan citizens; they ask to see your I.D so don’t forget it 😉 ). We drove and the picnic site is less than 5 km from the entrance, there is good signage, so you won’t get lost 😉

It’s a nice open area with seating around fire pits and 2 bandas (little hut-like things) that you can use.

Open area at the site

Our Banda

Our Banda

Our group spent about 5 hours there doing a little bbq. It is necessary to carry your own cooking paraphernalia; we carried a grill, a gas cooker, charcoal, meat and all the other equipment necessary. There are also two toilets and a sink and tap at the site, but carry toilet paper 😉 Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself 😉

The toilets

The Toilets

My enthusiastic buddy

My enthusiastic buddy

Koh Thai Tapas Southsea, Portsmouth

My family and another Kenyan family visited Portsmouth towards the end of July for the graduation of our kin folk. Our two families opted to have a celebratory lunch together, after the ceremony, at Koh Thai Tapas Southsea.

Party of 10

Party of 10

The service was FANTASTIC. Our waitress was really great, she mentioned to us that she was a vegetarian so may not be able to comment from personal experience, but she gave us some good recommendations based on what she saw people order and enjoy. I was particularly impressed with the extra effort she made.

I won’t forget this place, our waitress or the food…ever. I don’t remember what I ordered, but I do remember everyone being very happy with the choice of restaurant.

For more information, visit their website- http://www.koh-thai.co.uk/

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki

Weeeeeeeekend!!! :-D :-D :-D

WHAT A PLACE!! Oh my! We spent a whole weekend there, arriving Friday afternoon and we left on Sunday afternoon. An important thing to note is that this is a 5 star place, so although prices are significantly higher than the norm, it is completely worth the experience.

The Swimming Pool and Garden area

The Swimming Pool and Garden area

 

The Reception

The Reception

 

We stayed in one of the ‘houses’; 2 bedrooms, both self contained, two living/sitting rooms, a dining room, kitchen and outside sitting area complete with a private garden.

Living Room 2     Living Room 1

Kitchen      Dining Room

On top of the usual attractions and activities such as; swimming pool, bicycles for rent, horse riding, vast gardens, golf, a playground etc…Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club also hosts its own animal orphanage.

Mt Kenya Animal orphanage           Animal orphanage

‘Our Gardens are Maintained for our animal Orphans’

They have their own gardens where they plant vegetables for the animals, such as carrots, tomatoes etc..

There is a unique variety of animals in the orphanage, including different monkeys, Lynx, Bongos, Cheetahs, a Leopard, Ostriches, Llamas, various birds and a large Tortoise from the Seychelles that is 150 years old.

Guests are allowed to ‘interact’ with some of the animals, under supervision from the guides of course. We were able to feed some monkeys, an  ostrich, a Llama and we were also allowed to ride the tortoise. Apparently they can grow to weigh a ton and live up to 300 years old.

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After 2 nights and 2 days away, I have come back to Nairobi feeling rested and refreshed. Who knew feeding animals and chilling in nature would be so rejuvenating.

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Did you Know: The ‘Bongo’, a type of large African Antelope is now in danger of extinction.

Its rather sad to know that a lot of the next generation will only know of some of these animals from pictures and remaining skeletons.

Bongos

 

For more information, visit Fairmont’s website at:  http://www.fairmont.com/mount-kenya-safari/