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From Punda Millias back to Jungle Junction, Nairobi

sunny 32 °C
View Around Lake Victoria on Tulip1945's travel map.

Basically back along the road we came. Trucks and speed bumps galore, matatus and boda bodas in between, and dust, dust, dust! I felt like Queen Beatrix: not a hair out of place. All securely held together by red dust...
First thing I did in Jungle Junction was hop in the shower and wash myself from top to bottom with hot water. The luxury of it!
It was my turn to cook dinner. We had managed to pick up a few things in a supermarket along the way, so we did not have to eat out for a change...
The next morning was set aside for cleaning the inside of the van. It had turned pink over the last few weeks in Uganda. So, we threw out everything and brushed and washed and washed again... very difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies! A vacuum cleaner would have come in very handy, but all I got was a blank stare when I asked could I borrow one... We cleaned from 8 till 12 and then we went out for lunch to a place called Brood, close to the elephant orphanage. Very nice place and very nice lunch! Unfortunately, when we arrived at the elephant orphanage we were too late. Feeding time is between 11 and 12 in the morning... We had seen a sign somewhere for a giraffe sanctuary, so we decided to try and find that. Not easy, as the sign we had seen turned out to be the only one... When we finally found it, and asked about signage we were told the government had removed all the signs for some reason or another...
We were given some pellets to feed the giraffes, one at the time. I had no idea giraffes had such long tongues! And blue as well! One of the guys there gave us lots of information and it was all very interesting. We learned lots! The particular type of giraffe they have here is the endangered Roth child giraffe.

Our last day here started with another bit of cleaning. We got up early, so we wouldn't be late again for the elephants. We got there right on time and were very surprised to see coaches etc in the car park. Lots of schoolchildren, Americans, Swedes, and other nationalities I couldn't quite place...
The elephants knew exactly what was expected of them: they rushed to the keepers for their bottle, and as soon as they finished their feed they made their way over to the waterhole for a mud bath. Not a grey elephant in sight: they were all red!
One of the keepers told us every elephant's name, their age and the history of why and where they were rescued. It is great to see there is an organisation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, that cares enough to try and rescue these babies and reintroduce them to the wild when they are ready. We
are thinking of adopting one!

Posted by Tulip1945 04:30 Archived in Kenya

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Quite an experience!

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