Have been talking to Aly alyburns after her post about re-working old photo’s. I had one that I have always wanted a clear copy of. It was taken on our first trip to Africa, with an old Polaroid camera; you know the ones where the photo popped out the bottom of the camera. The photo brought up old memories of our great trip way back in 1976.
We were on a 14 day photo safari, going through Kenya and on to Tanzania… We flew into Nairobi and stayed just for the one night. On the way we stayed at Masai Mara the lodge where they made the wonderful old film ‘Born Free’ very interesting place. They had a really large elephant population here. Also this is the place where Vernon & I nearly came to close to one of them. What happened was. They had a garbage dump a little way from the lodge but the garbage truck had broken down, animals used to go to the dump for there daily human food fix, one decided to come to the hotel and eat as the food wasn’t coming out too him, it just happened to be a bull elephant. Once it had eaten it came around past reception through the gardens and down to the pool for a bath and a drink. We’re running ahead of it, just managed to get the pool cleared of kids before it appeared. . I have some wonderful old movie film we took of this. You know how elephants throw dust or water over them selves to cool down. No one went back in the swimming pool after that, lets just say the pool was no longer clear blue water once he had walked off.
We worked our way across to the border, and into Tanzania. Crossed the Serengeti and on to Ngorongoro Crater. We stayed at Crater Lodge take the video tour on this web site to see how fantastic this place and surrounding area is.
It is a mile down into the crater we rode down in a land rover’s. Some how ours managed to get a flat tyre. Nothing to drastic, unless you have a Rhino at the back of you very close, and Lioness hunting in front of you, when the driver said everyone out of the car. We came to no harm just a little nerve racking at the time.
From there we moved on and stayed at a lodge at Lake Manyara. At the Lake Manyara Hotel Came here to see the Flamingos. The lodge sat on a cliff top and at night when the Flamingos came in for the night, the lake would turn pink what a site to see. Just put your curser on the photos they will enlarge to be seen better
From here we headed back into Kenya, finishing up at the ‘Mount Kenya safari Club’ for 2 days before flying back home to Saudi Arabia. Back then the club was a Millionaire’s play ground. William Holden and Stefanie Powers used to spend time here in the 70’s fantastic place. http://www.fairmont.com/KenyaSafariClub/ if you go and look at this site take the slide show tour you will see what I am talking about. I don’t think I could afford to stay now... Not only do they have normal rooms, but large bungalows for you to stay in. This was where we stayed the first time we were here.
Now these bungalows were huge, the shower you have to walk down 3 steps all black tile and shower heads coming at you from everywhere, was like standing in the bottom of a drained swimming pool it was about 8’ by 8’ and at least 5’ deep.
On the trip with us were a family with a small son he would be about 8 years old, they sent him in to shower before dinner, not having looked at the bathroom when he didn’t appear after half an hour they went looking for him and found that he had filled this I guess you would call it a tub and he was swimming. Used all the hot water Mom & Dad had cold showers that night.
The photo I was talking to Aly about was taken by the Mom of that little boy, at the club on the first night we were there, partying with friends talking about the great adventure we had all just had and hoping we could do it again one day. We did go again the following year but did it a little different the next time.