Claire’s fam comes to visit..lots of pics

Posted on June 9, 2013

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Recently Claire’s mother, Aunt Pat and Cousin Maya came to visit for a few weeks. So we played tour guides and took them to see some of the sights of Kenya.

Sisters: Auntie Pat and Mama Pam; Maya with Cia

Sisters: Auntie Pat and Mama Pam; Maya with Cia

My mom with friends of ours

My mom with friends of ours

Kitengala Glass

A bit out of Nairobi there is this funky, beautiful place called Kitengela Glass where they do glass blowing, stained glass, glass beads etc. have shops and an organic garden. The staff and their families all live there.

blowing glass

blowing glass

blowing glass

blowing glass

stained glass.. this window was about 6 feet high

stained glass.. this window was about 6 feet high

MOOF Africa

We drove about 3.5 hours north of Nairobi to the Mount Kenya region where we camped at an organic farm called MOOF Africa (Mount Kenya Organic Farm). They had a delightful enclosed area to pitch a tent, or rent one of their permanent canvas ones for very reasonable. We also enjoyed their restaurant and a tour of the farm. The only downside is there was no fire pit so we had to use a jiko (small charcoal stove that nearly all Kenyans cook on) for heating our meal and roasting marshmallow.

camping at Moof

Maya
Maya
rainbow over MOOF

rainbow over MOOF

Mt Kenya at sunrise (thank you Valencia for making sure we didn't miss it by waking us up a 4:30 am!)

Mt Kenya at sunrise (thank you Valencia for making sure we didn’t miss it by waking us up a 4:30 am!)

Ol Pajeta Conservancy

Yay for safari game drives! It never ceases to amaze us how many animals we can see in a day! Since we’ve posted lots before, here are only a few.

this is at a chimpanzee sanctuary. Chimps are not native to Kenya, but this sancuary was relocated here from Rawanda when the country become unstable. They are mostly resued from people who illegally capture them and can't take care of them.

This is at a chimpanzee sanctuary. Chimps are not native to Kenya, but this sanctuary was relocated here from Rwanda when the country become unstable. They are mostly rescued from people who illegally capture them and can’t take care of them.

fish eagle

fish eagle

tembo

tembo

crested crane

crested crane

driving through Mt Kenya area

driving through Mt Kenya area

Creaky Cottage and Trout Tree

After camping a MOOF a few nights, we stayed this cozy little cabin called Creaky Cottage, which is built on a small trout farm that also has a restaurant in a tree called trout tree. The cabin has a tree growing through it which accounts for the creakiness. We BBQed shish kabobs and had fresh trout, and roasted marshmallows over a fire built in the fire place. This little cabin was so quaint, and delightful, we really hope to return!

Living room of Creaky Cottage

Living room of Creaky Cottage

roasting smores at Creaky Cottage

roasting smores at Creaky Cottage

Cousin Maya with smore

Cousin Maya with smore

mama Pam, i.e. grammy pammy

mama Pam, i.e. grammy pammy

John manning the Jiko

John manning the Jiko

Auntie Pat and Papa John with Cia

Auntie Pat and Papa John with Cia

Crescent Island

Jutting out from the shore of Lake Niavasha is a partial rim of a crater known as Crescent Island. Because there are really no significantly dangerous animals you can walk around with the animals. I think this might be one of the most beautiful places we have been in Kenya so far.

Our little safari baby

Our little safari baby

Holtz family on Crescent Island
Holtz family on Crescent Island
Cia with Grammy Pammy

Cia with Grammy Pammy

twiga

twiga

Horrible picture of us, but fun background

Horrible picture of us, but fun background

African deer-like animal; I forget what they are really called

African deer-like animal; I forget what they are really called

Overlooking the Rift Valley

Overlooking the Rift Valley

Cia and Grammy Pammy

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