Today we have had our first day of our Safari trip. We checked out from the hotel in Nairobi and climbed in to the Land cruiser for the drive to Lake Nakuru. When we finally got into the park it only took three minutes before we saw our first animal, a lion! In this park lions are unusual to see so we were very lucky. During our three hour drive we saw rhinos, water buck, impala, Thomson gasell, eland, african buffalo, marabou storch, greater and lesser flamingo, pelican, baboon, black faced velvet monkey, jackal, zebra, guinea fowl, yellow beak storch, grey heron, one eagle, one hawk and of course the lion. I most certainly have missed some of the animals, but I hope they dont feel offended. It was a breathtaking experience that ended with a beautiful sunset.
Tomorrow we will have an early start and head off to Maasai mara at 7 in the morning.
We spent the main parts of our Monday learning about Kenyan history and culture. We went to both the national museum and "Bomas of Kenya". At the national museum we got a better picture of why the country has developed to where it is today. At the "Bomas of Kenya" we met different tribes and saw their dances and villages. Even today many decisions and problems in Kenya can partly be explained through a tribe perspective!
In the afternoon we met Jennifer Ngure the owner of Pride of Nairobi (www.prideofnairobi.com) and her sister Jacky. Our trip back and forth from Kisumu was arranged through Jennifer and it was a positive experience and we can recommend their services. Both of them own their own tour company and have started out from the bottom and they are today successful business women. They told us about their journey and also about advantages and problems as an entrepreneur in Kenya.
The interview will be published in our magazine this autumn.
Today we went to visit one of Josab's customers, Halima Gabriel, and also Josab's CEO Anders Vidhav. This gave us a good insight of how it is for a company trying to establish in Kenya and also how it is to run a business in Kenya.
Josab's water treatment system is based on Aqualite (see photo), a natural mineral with unique properties for water purification. More info on Aqualite and a very interesting interview with Halima and Anders will be published in our magazine later in October.
Before the Josab visit (4.45 am) we went fishing in Lake Victoria, where we got to see the sunrise from the boat and eat breakfast while we were holding our fishing rod. We didn't get any fish though.
After a very long trip we've finally reached Kisumu and are now enjoying the African sun on the rooftop terrace of our hotel (Duke of the Breeze). The trip, although quite long, went very well. We were met by our contact Jennifer who had arranged transportation for us to Kisumu by bus. The hills were at times very steep and the roads very bumpy but although we were very tired the bumps kept us awake to enjoy the beautiful Kenyan nature.
On the way to Kisumu we had a few hours stop by Lake Naivasha were we were fortunate enough to see a lot of exciting animals, including Hippos, Zebras, Giraffes and Water Buffalos. No one in hour group has ever been on a safari before so this was of course an amazing and thrilling experience.
After a good night sleep here in Kisumu we went on a boat ride on Lake Victoria where our guide told us about the lakes animals and nature, but also about how the increasing amount of pollution is threatening the lives of the population who rely on fishing for their living.
We've also been on a short tour of the Kisumu campus of Nairobi University, a very different sight from what we are used to seeing at our own university. With quite small lecture rooms and an outside lecture hall. We hope to be able to get back there to talk to some students at a later time.
Tomorrow we're very excited to go visit one of Josabs customers. Josab is a Swedish company who produces water purification systems. We'll tell you all about it afterwards.
Photos from Lake Naivasha
That's right! Tomorrow the first group of seven are leaving Stockholm for Kenya. The excitement is high! I for one have some butterflies in my stomach. Some of us start our journey from the central station were we will take the Arlanda Express to the airport. We'll be departing from Arlanda at 16:15 for London Heathrow where we have a layover of a few hours. From there we fly during the night to land bright and early in Nairobi. We'll be picked up at the airport and head straight for Kisumu near Lake Victoria. I've stocked up on memory cards for the camera for a total of 13 gb, hopefully it'll be enough!