Saturday, February 04, 2006

Out of Africa

The countdown has begun. One week from today, we leave on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kenya, Africa. And as of yesterday, the itinerary is finally set. Here is how it breaks down...

After 16 hours of intense claustrophobia in various aircraft, Annie and I will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya on the evening of Sunday, Feb 12th. We'll spend just one night in the capital.

In the morning I'll be working in town before we catch another flight that afternoon west to Kisumu, a medium-sized city on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. This is where I'll be working for the rest of the week. My brave wife Annie will take to exploring the Lake Victoria region solo during these days.

Come Friday, as my working portion of the trip ends, we embark on our first safari tour to the Masai Mara National Reserve on the southern border of Kenya and Tanzania. The Mara is supposedly THE best area for wild game viewing in Kenya (lions, cheetahs, hippos, elephants, etc.). The safari in Mara will be for three days.

On Sunday, we fly from Mara back to Nairobi only to immediately depart for another mini-safari to Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in all of Africa. After a quick overnight tour, we'll return to Nairobi and leave for what will surely be an interesting trip on an overnight train to Mombasa.

Mombasa is a sizable city on the Kenyan coast and here we will stay for the remainder of the week, residing in villas situated directly on the beach of the Indian Ocean. Our plans become a bit vague at this point. It is possible we'll grow tired of the tropical paradise and head back early (say Friday or Saturday) to Nairobi to spend more time in the nation's capital and the huge national parks surrounding the city. But most likely we will wait until the last minute on Sunday the 26th before returning to Nairobi to catch our long and surely depressing flight back to the states. We arrive in the cold, dreary winter of the Twin Cities, USA on the afternoon of Monday, Feb 27th. Sigh.

So there you have it. That's the plan. Whether this is how things will actually happen or not, we'll have to wait and see. Before I leave, I'll be post a link to a new blog setup solely to share the happenings and pictures from our trip. Or if I don't have time, I'll just post to this site.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Man, that is amazing--you're there right now. I like the way the pictures instantly create an ethos appeal--you see the nice pictures and have a more accepting way of reading what your trip to a country that may make some people hesitate at first. I hope you're having a great time. I need to get on the international vacation bandwagon it sounds like.