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February 20th, 2005 – by: AlexandraQuinton
We drove to the elephant sanctuary where we saw a wild black rhino with its baby. They walked away and the baby elephants came bounding in! They started running about in the mud and drinking water from the hose pipe. The elephants were being reared in the sanctuary until they are old enough to be released into Nairobi National Park. The elephants looked like they were having a great time - especially when the keepers brought out a football for them to play with!
We then headed off to the Giraffe Centre (Lang'ata, Nairobi).
Our next stop was the house of the late Karen Blixen, the author of the book 'Out of Africa'. We were shown around her house by a guide who carefully explained the details of each room and the contents. We were taken to the gardens and shown a coffee roasting machine which Karen Blixen owned and used. We took some photographs and then headed back to the house to meet up with two others who had returned from their conservation project trans-locating rhino.
Helen (18) and Lucy (22) were both lovely.
At the restaurant there was a group of male Kenyan singers who performed throughout our meal - they even got Helen, Lucy and Eppie up to dance! They were extremely talented and sung a beautiful a capella version of 'Stand By Me'. We finished our lunch and drove through Nairobi to visit the Masai market in the city centre. This market sells wooden carvings, jewellery, paintings and keepsakes made by Masai people.
Unfortunately, the market was not there - we had missed it by one day.
We drove back to the house and changed to get ready for eating out at Carnivore. This restaurant is famous because you can eat all you like, but the menu consists entirely of game meat! It is a bargain! It only cost 1475 Ksh (around £12) for a starter, all you can eat meat, and a dessert.
We arrived at the restaurant and walked in. In front of us was, what looked like, a huge mill wheel (like the ones they used to turn grain into flour) with a hollow middle which was full of hot coals. All around this stone block were metal spits holding at least 25 different types or cuts of game meat.
We were taken to our table and ordered a drink. We were recommended to try some 'Dawa' which means medicine in Kiswahili. This was a cocktail made from vodka, lime, honey, sugar and ice (made from bottled water!).
We ordered some wine and started eating some bread to get our stomachs in the mood for a feast! Soon the meat started being offered. The waiters take one of the spits of meat around to each table, and carve it onto your plate. Each waiter has a different type of meat and they come to the table every 5 minutes to ensure you are eating well. There was goat, chicken wings, chicken thighs, pork ribs, chicken livers, gizzards, camel, ostrich steaks, ostrich meatballs, crocodile, beef, lamb and so on.
I tried all of the above apart from the gizzards, which just didn't appeal to me. In total I consumed 16 pieces of meat in one sitting - and still had room for my dessert; cheesecake with passion fruit coulis.
We ate all we could (with Lucy beating the Travellers Worldwide 'Eat the Most at Carnivore' top score by eating 29 pieces!), paid the bill, and then went into the other half of the restaurant which was a nightclub. So we danced (on a full, bloated meat stomach) until around 1:30am.
We stopped dancing and went home and directly to bed for a 6am start for my first day at work.
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