After a full day of school visitations and driving, we arrive at the gates of Samburu National Reserve. I have spent time inside these gates before and consider it my Disneyworld. This park always brings back fond childhood memories of the movie Born Free as Samburu Reserve is one of two areas where Joy and George Adamson helped introduce Elsa, the lioness, to living in the wild. It is also where the beautiful Samburu Lodge is located where I will spend the night.
It is evening and we need to reach the lodge located along side the Ewaso Ng’iro River before dark. Our Toyota Prada is showing its age but thankfully manages to maneuver through the difficult road conditions presented to us. Along the way we encounter giraffe and many elephant families. I never tire of seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, living free. We finally arrive at the lodge where we are greeted with a friendly face, a wet towel and a glass of passion fruit.
Something I look forward to whenever I visit Samburu Lodge is the familiar faces of the same employees time after time. This tells me it is a place where employees are treated well therefore I find them consistently happy and friendly.
The accommodations are charming thatched roofed huts with all the comforts of home.
Meals are always buffet style and include many cuisine choices.
Entertainment for the evening always includes a visit from the local crocodiles and on this particular evening a visit from a genet, a cat like creature, roaming around under the tables. It is also common to see monkeys everywhere so the lodge has a full time employee armed with a sling- shot.
There is also a very nice pool and hot tub on the grounds where the monkeys love to hang out. Beware! These monkeys are expert thieves.
Tomorrow we plan to do an Opportunity Kit delivery to Lerata Primary School, visit Laisamis Primary and Loglogo Girls Secondary School.
For now good night from Samburu, Kenya.
Hadi wakati mwingine (Until next time)