Our visit has gone all too quickly, and here we are at Jomo Kenyatta airport well ahead of time, waiting for our flight to Dubai.
It’s been a long day already, as we were up early to catch the 08:45 plane from Kitale, being accompanied to the airstrip by Josphat, Sharon, Rachel and Lilyan.
We have had a few seat belt problems during our stay, and today was no exception. The belts originated at the back of the seat in front, but try as we might, the buckle would not insert into the fitting. This way, that way, frontwards, backwards, no way! Eventually the co-pilot turned round and said, ‘Try the waist belt’. No problem now, and we felt very foolish!
The flight was fine, and the views of the landscape amazing, as we saw the crater of the dormant Mount Longonot, and many of the hot springs to the north west. These have been producing geothermal power commercially for the last four years. They are not situated to the east as magma from the volcano flowed eastwards, blocking any of the vents in that direction.
Apologies, but I couldn’t help the geography lesson!
In fact, I’ll continue in that vein. We saw some crop patterns that were very interesting. The only way I can describe them is to write that they looked like pie charts, with different greens, yellows and browns in the segments. These are apparently new and are market garden crops, with irrigation from Lake Naivasha, being produced for export.
We were met at Wilson Airport by Sakana, who drove us to the Nairobi Club, picking up his mum, Keziah on the way.
The Club was founded in 1901 and there are many reminders of old colonial days, from the building itself and wooden panelling to the plethora of old photographs and the cricket pitch outside, with its watered square. Egyptian Ibis grazed on the luscious grass there and a Malibu Stork surveyed the landscape from a tree.
We sat outside and took a leisurely lunch there with Keziah and her husband, Saoli, before driving to their house, where we supped some delicious home-made sugar cane syrup with ginger and were presented with some lovely beaded necklaces.