On our return from our safari we spent the evening relaxing over a few drinks. Next morning we decided it was time we spent some time actually in the centre of Nairobi something we have avoided so far. We set off with Matt from the hostel who had already spent a day aimsley walking around so had more of an idea where everything was. Ended up on a bus going in not the comfiest of journeys we were so squashed moving your arms was out of the question but it was cheap. Nairobi was not daunting or threatening as the guide book portrays I felt perfectly safe but after lights out probally a different issue. We didn't do a great deal either just wandered around and then caught a matatu back which was a little less squashed.
That evening we got a really good ethiopian meal between three of us the food was plentiful in fact Aaron actually failed to completely clean the plate. Something is not right!
Next day we set off for Hell's Gate which meant lots of negotiations on Matatu's to get there. Getting there was fairly painless and only took around two hours deffinatley worth it. We chose to walk around Hell's gate (safari park). We could have cycled but felt our legs needed more exercise than that. We managed to get very close to Zebras and girrafes but the antelopes are scarrycats and always run away as soon as you are close enough to get a good photo. Aaron was very happy to get some good shots for a change of lots of families of warthogs. We saw a leopard kill in the tree but unfortunately did not get the chance to come face to face with one. The walk was 20km round trip not including are endless deviations chasing good photos. The gorge half way round would have been a nice walk but time was limited if we wanted to get back to Nairobi beofre dark.
The Matau trip back was not fun the drive took hours as it included stops off for the driver to go shopping at a road side market and the guide jumped off at the police stop and then started to run around and we picked him up at the other side. Police stops sem to be everywhere they pull vans over for very little reason, have a chat with the driver and then send them on their way. Not sure this actually has any purpose!
After no food all day Aaron was starving but still had to wait over an hour for his dinner as a party of 30 had just arrived. Time to leave and head for the coast.