We arrived in Nairobi sometime after midday and as soon as we walked out of the train station were bombarded with taxi drivers desperate for the fare. Taking some sound advice from our traveller friends Dave and Ruth - whatever price a kenyan quotes you is always half that amount! - we set off to the hostel. Because we had left mombasa a day early to get the train we didnt actually have anything booked for this night. We were booked into the Wildebeest Camp and Lodge for the saturday so just headed there in the hope they would have some space (and also in the hope that they had hot water and power!).
Our prayers were answered! although they didnt have a room or a bed, we were offered a tent on the beautiful 1 acre of land surrounding this mansion-cum-hostel. The Wildebeest is possibly one of the nicest place we have ever stayed at! i dont know if that was because we had roughed it so much for the week previous, but everything about the place was great. The place is owned by an ex backpacking australian couple and they have taken all the elements of whats nice about travelling and put it in to this hostel. It was amazing!
We chilled here for the next couple of days waiting for our trip to start. Saturday we spent at a baby elephant orphanage were they had elephants less than a month old. One in particular took a shining to faye and proceeded to suck on her arm with its trunk! so adorable. on sunday morning at 7am (after another sleepless night due to faye being sick from her bum all night) we headed off to meet our tour guide and the 25 other people we would be sharing the next 5 weeks with!