Day 17: Our last day in Africa

Tonight, is the last night. We have been in Africa for three weeks, and have seen a million strange and wonderful things. We have been bounced around in a Land Cruiser for a thousand kilometres, been on several different small aircraft with varying degrees of comfort, stayed in eight different beautiful lodges and ate way too much fabulous food. I’m tired and sore. Stiff from the travel, stinging from more than a few Tse Tse fly bites and sick and tired of wearing the same few clothes (laundered along the way).

But nowhere near ready to leave. Just now I heard a hyena calling in the night. On the drive to tonight’s lodge we saw lions and a black rhino, ostriches, and so much game I can’t process it all. We are in a lodge at Nairobi National Park. Forty minutes drive to the airport, through a nature preserve in an 870 square km urban park. Before the flight we will do one last game drive, and see a thousand wonderful sights and probably take a couple hundred more photos. I can see and hear airplanes taking off. Can see the bright lights of the city just over the hill that obscures the modern world from the natural cornucopia we have been feeding from. I don’t want to leave. Kwaheri and asante sano. Goodbye and thank you very much.

We WILL be back!

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