Archive for 13. July 2013

How many chicks do you get on bike?

Saturday, 13. July 2013

I spent a bit of a touristy day today and leaving the hotel shortly after 10 AM the first encounter was Nairobi traffic. An experience I would not have needed and pretty much a waste of time if not taken a couple of snapshots. Which was a bit of a challenge considering I only had a phone as camera, the angles I got from the back of a taxi and the arkward lighting conditions from within a car.

I got a least some of the peculiarities, e.g. local goods transportation, roadside nurseries, trucks with Gelsenkirchen Baroque design. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture any of the commuter buses. Not sure whether – just looking at e.g. their tyres – whether I would have been brave enough to make use of any of them for an overland trip although quite a number indicated wifi connectivity on board. And unfortunately I can’t show you an example of the huge rear wings on top of some of them – not sure who didn’t get the concept, me? the bus drivers/owners? or …?

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And by the way,  you may find the answer to the headline of this blog in the pictures above as well.

 

 

Disappointed?

Saturday, 13. July 2013

well, not really since I went to the David Sheldrick Orphanage and the Giraffe Center not with the expectation of extraordinary experiences but rather to support a good cause. So at the orphanage I not even gave it a try to take a picture of the elephants surrounded by hundreds of humans instead I captured a view into the adjacent Nairobi NP.IMG_0382-web Still where else can you see a “herd” of baby elephants aged between 2 and 4 years.
They were coming from all across the country after their mothers were killed by poachers. They get raised and taken care of by the orphanage, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild.

Next stop the Giraffe CenterIMG_0390-web where the set-up was even more limited.
The positive element: It covered environmental education especially for kids in quite an appealing way.
Hopefully it gets used to the extend needed.

Still I learned about an endangered species I never had heard about: the Rothschild giraffes.

Look at their distict colour patterns.

Out of Africa

Saturday, 13. July 2013

IMG_0397-webThe last stop on my Saturday tour was the Karen Blixen museum. Other than the house itself, which was homestead of Karen Blixen for 14 years, there is little left from a 1920s Africa atmosphere. Renting out the grounds for wedding receptions and corporate functions surely generates some income for the National Museums of Kenya but it even more deteriorates the historic setting.

Likewise at Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia it is barely imaginable how the site must have looked like some decades ago. Most part of the farm of which only a fraction had been used for the failing coffee business of the Blixens had been “property developed” and split up into 20 acres parcel by the new owner right after Karen Blixen went back to Denmark. It is now the suburb Karen.

karen_blixen2Still, the house itself reveals some of the 1920s atmosphere. My guide thru  museum was very knowledgeable, friendly and at the same relaxed and easy to connect to Рa very positive experience. The small museum shop offers some subject related items, but mostly quite generic handicraft.

 

I ask myself

  • why does the shop not focus more on “Out of Africa”? Is there a rights issue?
  • why is there no tea garden or coffee shop with a 1920s atmosphere?
    Does the theme not sell enough?
    Or is it a lack of funds on the side of the National Museums of Kenya for such an investment?
    In which case what prevents a PPP with a Kenyan coffee company that could to both some unobtrusive marketing and some proof for good corporate citizenship?