20. August 2014

DSWT: World's Most Successful Elephant Orphanage / In Nairobi mit Hannes Jaenicke

With Hannes Jaenicke, a well-known German actor and conservationist, I met in Nairobi
for an exchange of ideas on the dramatic elephant poaching crisis.
Mit Hannes Jaenicke traf ich mich in Nairobi zum Gedankenaustausch
über die dramatische Elefantenwilderei
The orphan elephants have a play in the sand.
Die Elefantenwaisen vergnügen sich im Sand.
Even the youngsters enjoy their sand bath.
Sogar die Jüngsten genießen ihr Bad im Sand.
True friends are even drinking simultaneously.
Wahre Freunde trinken sogar zeitgleich.
So tiny, yet curious
So winzig, und schon sooo neugierig
With Edwin Lusichi, the great head elephant keeper at the orphanage
Mit Edwin Lusichi, dem großartigen Chef-Tierpfleger im Elefantenwaisenhaus

Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the elephant foster mom and one of
Africa's best-known conservationists
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, die "Mutter der Elefanten" und eine der
bekanntesten Tier- und Naturschützerinnen Afrikas

Back in Nairobi I of course had to visit "my" foster baby, the other orphans and the team of the DSWT. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT is nestled within Nairobi National Park in the capital city of Kenya. Meanwhile it is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. Its founder Daphne Sheldrick and her team have so far hand-raised more than 150 infant elephants and effectively reintegrated them into the wild. Unfortunately more and more calves are coming to the nursery due to the current menacing increase in poaching.

By then we stayed in Nairobi quite often, which means I was lucky enough to have been in the orphanage loads of times. But may I tell you: each time it is different when the little ones, headed by their caring keepers, are returning from the bush to their stockades in the late afternoon. Sometimes they are excited and trumpet loudly, next they are rather sad and low, then again frolicking, or curious, playful, cheeky, jealous, or they need an extra portion of love... in a word: elephants and humans are very similar, and BTW not only in their emotions.

A highlight for travellers in Kenya

Hence seeing the orphan elephants at the
DSWT is one of the hightlights of a trip in Kenya for most travellers, in order to better understand the current situation of this endangered species, and to help. There is a public visiting hour from 11-12h daily. Upon prior registration

6. August 2014

Equator Camping / Äquator Campen

Once again at the equator. This had to be captured on camera.
Meanwhile Martin was not that much enthusiastic about
all our equator pictures any more ;-).
Wieder einmal am Äquator - das musste doch unbedingt im 

Foto festgehalten werden, oder? Inzwischen war Martin
all die Äquator-Bilder schon langsam leid ;-)
MUCH better to have a bus roof loaded with empty water containers than with
living chicken, like we had seen in Ethiopia so often.
VIEL besser ein Busdach mit leeren Wassercontainern zu beladen als mit
lebenden Hühnern, wie wir es zuvor in Äthiopien so häufig gesehen hatten.
Mangos, Mangos - just delicious...
Mangos, Mangos - einfach köstlich...
... the other fruits as well
... die anderen Früchte ebenso
On the road from Nanyuki
Auf der Straße von Nanyuki

I must confess: Meanwhile I am a fan of Nanyuki, the little town on the slopes of Mt. Kenya, where we spent once more some wonderful and relaxed days. Real cappucino (not such a limp "flat white") and fresh strawberry milkshake at Dormans, crispy pizza and exquisite cocktails at Barneys which is set next to the airfield - everything was notably tempting and delicious.

This time we were pleased to also discover the Lily Pond Restaurant. With a romantic water lily-pond this hidden gem is located directly on the equator. The new owners Gerry and Esther are excellent hosts, allowing us to even stay with our camper on their property.

Camping on the equator: how awesome is that! Spending the night in our camper in the southern hemisphere and in the morning crossing the equator for having breakfast in the northern hemisphere. Is anyone out there who did this before ?!?