Aimee’s next stop: Kenya
The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). She recently landed in Kenya…
In Swahili, Nairobi means “place of water.” This is an incredibly green city, full of lots of trees, flowers and open areas. Quite a change from the last month in the Middle East!
As a city, Nairobi is fairly spread out through various districts and rolling hills, with a small, compact (but congested) downtown center. This city has been growing exponentially over the past few years and car growth has far surpassed available roadway space, so traffic in the main center is a nightmare!
Luckily, we are staying about 2 km away from the center at an unusual place called Wildebeest Camp. It’s a large compound that consists of an old stone manor house converted in to an office, dining hall and some dorm rooms, and a collection of permanent tents all around the grounds. Our tent has electricity, a full bathroom and is completely enclosed and protected. Sleeping outdoors is a pretty awesome alternative to a hotel room.
There are challenges: Dismal water pressure, electricity that seems to come and go at will in Nairobi, no central heat…But, the bed is comfy and we are enjoying it!
We’ve been researching safaris and to be honest the choices are overwhelming. There are so many companies, choices for parks and lodges, etc. In the end, we ended up booking our trip with a local company here that was referred to me by an associate back home.
The company owner, Mau, has been a wonderful help, even acting as chauffer yesterday taking us sightseeing around town and to the post office so I could mail a package!
We settled on a 6-night safari starting Wednesday, leaving from Nairobi and then going to Masai Mara, Navisha National Park, Amboseli National Park and maybe Tsavo. We’ll then have our driver drop us in Mombasa (on the coast) for a few days R&R and maybe some more reef diving after 7 days in a 4X4 doing game drives every day!
Safaris can be an incredible budget breaker, so we did a ton of research to try and get the best possible mix while still making sure we were seeing what we wanted to see.
After exploring some smaller beach villages north and south of Mombasa, we will probably work our way down the coast and into Tanzania, heading to Zanzibar Island and then back into mainland Tanzania to visit Ngorongoro Crater and possibly one more game reserve. It depends on how many animals we get to see during or 6 night trip in Kenya.
Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Click here for more information – Sojourn Series.
For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.