My mom is back from her weekend trip to Nairobi, so now I can post again since she took her computer and the internet with her. Her journey home from Nairobi was so much easier than mine!
We arrived in Nairobi from Amsterdam at 9:30pm on New Year’s Eve. Mom needed to be in Mwanza, Tanzania by January 3rd, but we still hadn’t figured out how to get there. Unfortunately Precision Air is the only airline that regularly flies from Nairobi to Mwanza and they hate little dogs like me, so flying wasn’t an option. Luckily we met a great taxi driver named Michael in Nairobi and he agreed to drive us from Nairobi to the Kenya/Tanzania border where we would meet my namesake and godfather, Tito the taxi driver.
Me in Tito the taxi driver's car
We set out from Nairobi on the morning of January 3rd. We drove through the Great Rift Valley and saw Masai herders. It was the biggest yard I’ve ever seen!
The Great Rift Valley
Masai herders with the biggest animals I've ever seen!
It took us almost 5 hours to drive from Nairobi to the border town of Isebania. In some sections communities built speed bumps so high that the car would get stuck on top. During the day, they helped to push us over, but during the night, it’s much more dangerous. Mom said they even steal things from people this way. Good thing we were driving during the day!
Using dad's neck pillow on the long car ride
Once we got to the border we easily crossed into Tanzania and the town of Sirari. No one even asked to see my paperwork! We met my godfather Tito at the border and transferred everything into his vehicle to finish the rest of our drive to Mwanza.
We got a mini-Safari as we drove from the Kenyan border to Mwanza since we were on the edge of the Serengeti. I thought the cows from the Great Rift Valley were cool until I saw zebras in the Serengeti. These giant striped creatures just blew my mind! Mom says that elephants are even bigger and I can’t imagine what I’ll do when I see one.
Zebras in the Serengeti
After driving for 4 hours and spotting zebras, wildebeest, and baboons along the way, we made it to Mwanza! That first night we stayed in a wonderful hotel on Lake Victoria called Ryan’s Bay Hotel. After a 10 hour journey, I was beat and super happy to relax in my new home.
Me relaxing at Ryan's Bay Hotel
Our route from Nairobi to Mwanza