The weather has never made me cancel a trip but the one in March this year has just been too nippy and raw for me. A month ago I prayed my novena to St. Jude for rains but not this kind. Bridges were swept off, people died and others slept in traffic for nights not to mention all the drugs I have had to kill the influenza viruses which took over my system severally in this month. See, I am not a procrastinator it’s just the rains and my health that had me cancel this trip for 3 consecutive times.
18/03/2018 I meet this two guys; Randy and his uncle who today I tag him uncle young considering their age differences in CBD for an adventure I am never forgetting. The sky is clear and quite sunny but just to be safe we all have umbrellas with us. We board a number 46 at Ambassador. On the way, I am quite restless and I am feeling nausea. Sick? No! not today! This is what happens when you thought you are only ophidiophobic but truth be told you got herpetophobia too. In 45 or 60 minutes’ time, we arrive, pay for the tickets and start our tour
Charges: Citizens (ksh) Residents (ksh) N.Residents (USD)
Adults : 150 250 14
Children: 100 150 5
After signing in you are given a well versed guide who will take you through the mamba bit. The first stop is at the adult mambas’ pool, a pool full of all the mature crocodiles, and being a Sunday evening we are lucky to watch them feed. Meat is brought in in containers and it’s then I see a lamb’s head thrown at one of the crocodiles. This makes me hate meat.
- The male crocodiles have wider bodies while females have slimmer bodies.
- The sex of a hatchling depends on the eggs’ temperatures the higher the temperatures the likelihood of getting a male and the vice versa and for some species the higher the temperatures the likelihood of hatching a female and vice versa.
- Crocodiles can live from 70-100 years (the oldest at this village by time of visit being 42 years old)
- Crocodile limbs and the tail are the most fit meat for human consumption since the stomach acidity of the mambas is too high that it can digest metal.
Next, we visit the hatchlings pool. Hell broke loose when they challenged me to hold one of them. “Remember my phobia guys? I CAN’T DO THIS “Kids are holding them, and its time you challenge your fears I heard this voice in my head. I was the last to hold it and the guide made it clear that I was not to drop it no matter what. “Girl you can do this!!” the guide whispered and the next minute I was holding this little thing. So adorable until it started to flip. I started to call out people who were not even close to Nairobi, and by now I was in tears but I kept my words of not hurting this little thing by dropping it. Kids around were laughing out loud and in this state, only our safety; Yvonne’s and little mambas did matter. The guide took him over just when I was about to throw –up. (Peeing never comes first with me).
The tortoises were great and having conquered a great fear it was quite easy to have mzee kobe in my hands
Adventure with the animals was over and it was time to visit the beautiful gardens around and do some water biking which goes for ksh 200, horse& Camel ride ksh 150, and also see the ostriches in the farm at no cost. We chose the water bikes to find out who is aqua phobic.This was fun but quite an exercise. We pay for our trip and off we leave for home.
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