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Tom's Blog From Kenya

13 April 2017

A final day full of activities.


After a week's hard work out in Kenya, the team's trip was at an end.
So it was here - our last day in Kenya had arrived and , as we all gathered for breakfast at 7.00am, we were packed and ready for the day ahead.
Day 11: April 10th

But there was one more day of life changing memories to be created! Community Development Officer Tom Tayler brings us his final blog.

We said our goodbyes to Fred and Sharon and, after a delivery of books from Alex as a parting gift, we were on our way.

Although it was our last day, we still had plenty planned to keep us busy until our 11.15pm flight. 

Our first stop was at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who specialise in looking after orphan baby elephants. As we joined the crowds surrounding the display area, we found our positions to watch 30 baby elephants who, as well as being fed their bottles of milk, enjoyed rolling in the mud and playing together.

All of the time that the demonstration was ongoing, one of the keepers was reminding us of the purposes of the trust and how by us attending, we were helping them with their mission.

After this and a quick lunch stop later, we we were off to our n ext visit to the African Fund For Endangered Wildlife Kenya Giraffe Sanctuary.

As we walked into the park, we were greeted by a spectacular family of giraffes, headed up by father Eddie.

Eddie was a crowd favourite (sounds familiar!), always around for photos and treats. The brave ones could even get a kiss by holding a treat in your mouth and braving Eddie's sloppy tongue!

The whole sanctuary was home to ten giraffes with 4 babies, as well as an impressive information centre. A wonderful afternoon and a great way to end our time in Kenya.

As we drove across Nairobi, we got to see the amazing contrast of the largest slum in Kenya in the shadows of the imposing city skyline.

To make up for all of the 'Kenyan time', we arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport a whole seven hours and 45 minutes early, where I am writing this now.

As we sit here drinking tea and playing cards whilst we await our flight, I think this would be the perfect opportunity to thank Ken, Fred, Alex, Sharon and Leia, who took care of us fantastically well for the duration of our trip. Thanks also to Claire, Nicola and Monika from African Adventures, who made our trip possible.

Last and by no means least, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the trip. 

Your tireless work and enthusiasm made our trip not only productive and eye opening but also life changing, not just for us but more importantly for the children of The Walk Centre and the dumpsite. They will never forget the love and affection as well as fun we gave them throughout.

As sad as it is, our adventure is over for 2017, but it's not goodbye - it's see you soon as we prepare for 2018!

Thank you for all of your support,

Tom





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