More than lions: Kenya’s tech-savvy youth, new constitution and vision for green growth and conservation offer a blueprint for Pan-African development.
By Michael M. Clements
Day 2: Natural in Naivasha Lake Naivasha is 65 miles from Nairobi and makes for a great day trip. Highlights include Lake Oloidien, a volcanic crater home to flocks of pink Flamingos as well as a number of flower farms – Kenya produces 30% of the world’s cut flower supply. Hippopotamus fans can mingle in the midst of these aqua-loving giants by hiring at boat at the Hippo Point Private Estate and Wildlife Sanctuary. Nearby, Hells’ Gate National Park is great for trekking, bird watching and taking in the area’s geological formations. On the way, you’ll notice a geothermal plant – the government is looking to double power generation to 2,000 mega watts by 2013; 70 percent of which will be from geo-thermal, wind, and solar. On the way, we stop at the Karen Blixen Giraffe orphanage to see (and feed) orphanaged animals. It’s a special place.Since its founders, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy from a heavily-poached area of western Kenya in 1974, their home has become a household name among wildlife lovers worldwide – and Daisy a star in her own right.
Day 6: Melting in Mombasa I ended my trip at the Indian Ocean coastal city Mombasa. Long a crossroads for trade between Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia, Mombasa pulses with a variety of cultural influences.The food especially leans toward delicious curries and more, dare I say, Moroccan-esque dishes.
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