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After Treetops, the overland Safari came to a conclusion and we returned to Nairobi. The zebra VW minivans were turned in and we said goodbye to our Safari driver-guides. This was a free day in Nairobi. We saw University College Nairobi and then exlpored the markets where there was a blending of African and South Asian cultures in evidence. The vendors were primarily of Indian heritage and it was culturally informative to see their shops with African Kinte cloth material on display.
That evening we went to see the Kenyan Sound and Light show. The show took place at cliffs in the Ngong Hills a bit out from Nairobi. It was modeled along the line of Sound and Light experiences in the Roman Forum and similar monuments and historic structures. The narrator was quick to pont out that Kenya had no monumental strutures like those to be found in Europe, but it did have natural feautres like the cliffs that spoke of its heritage. Through a series of illuminations of the cliffs and of actors, the story of East Africa and Kenya unfolded: tribal life, the coming of Europeans, colonization, the Maasai revolt, and independence. The show ended with a pair of actors as "American Tourists" on safari and surveying the landscape with binoculars.