Social Studies Travel Blog Project- Hakuna Matata - Kenya 2023
Travelling to Kenya
|Indian Workers Building the Uganda Railway
Image Courtesy Sikhnet
I boarded my flight to Toronto at 7am and arrived about two and a half hours later. Upon arrival I had to race to the opposite side of the airport, so that I could catch my flight to Ethiopia. I passed through security another time before even getting into the International terminal. The line for boarding was so long and I didn't have time to fill up my water bottle. We boarded by zone number, and I happened to be one of the last zones called.
|Pearson Airport Ethiopian Airways Gate
(Image Courtesy: Gursevak Kasbia)
We had some deep discussions about everything from cricket to corruption in Africa. I watched some travel videos about different places in Ethiopia to visit and tried to learn some Kiswahili through the app provided on the multimedia screen.
I was treated to some wonderful Ethiopian cuisine. After being in the air for over 14 hours, we landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I had never been in this airport and when we arrived it was quite warm. I had to remove my sweater, change into a t-shirt and drink some water to re-hydrate myself.
I quickly realized there were no public water fountains, so I had to buy a water bottle. Then i realized that I had no Ethiopian currency with me. I managed to use a five-dollar Canadian bill to purchase a bottle from a vendor who had relatives who lived in Canada. I then boarded the next flight for Nairobi, and arrived about an hour an a half later.
I hadn't seen Nairobi in several years, thus when my sister-in-law was driving us home from the airport, I didn't recognize the relatively newly-built expressway. The tall towers being built on the way were a stark reminder of the progress being made in Kenya.
|Nairobi Expressway: Image Courtesy Gursevak Kasbia
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage.
Image Courtesy Gursevak Kasbia
|Giraffe Centre- Image Courtesy Gursevak Kasbia
We stayed a few nights in Nairobi before heading upcountry to Nakuru. It was a beautiful drive as we passed the rift valley, part of the valley known as the cradle of mankind.
Nakuru is known for its flamingo population and Lake Nakuru National Park. We were able to visit Naivasha, where many flower and fruit farms supply many European grocers with their produce and flowers. We also stayed a few nights at Lake Naivasha, home to many hippopotamus.
|Farmers picking crops at a local fruit and vegetable growing facility- Image Courtesy
|A Zebra Crossing at a Zebra Crossing (
Image Courtesy Photography by the Hill)
Travellers resort was where we were able to sit poolside while playing some water polo and enjoy lovely cuisine.
One evening we were graciously hosted on the Tamarind dhow. These dhows historically were ships used to transport people from many different places near east Africa. This includes India, where many Kenyans with Indian origin may have arrived over a century ago.
Nairobi National Park: A Safari in a City
|Nairobi National Park - Image Courtesy
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