After arriving at Nairobi I changed some money before taking a taxi to our starting poing, the Kivi Milimani Hotel, which cost around 2000 KSh. When I arrived at the hotel it was still only 730am but there was already somebody else from my tour checking in. She had travelled on the same flight so it’s a shame we didn’t car-share to save money. There was a problem with check-in and the names were mixed up – they had me on the list as Scotte Bernadette, which caused a few delays, but we were all eventually able to check in.
I had a quick shower and a quick nap before being woken up by Leon, who had been assigned as my room mate. After chatting for a bit we decided to head into town so got a taxi from the hotel into the city which cost 400KSh.
We wandered around the city for a while seeing the Kenyatta Conference Centre, Maasai Market with all the touts and various shops but didn’t really see anything we wanted to buy. We looked for somewhere to eat or find a coffee and found a branch of Steers, which is like the holy grail for me. I had my usual chips with special seasoning as well as a coffee before getting a taxi back to the hotel with Leon. Nairobi seems a good city to wander around but you need a taxi to explore most places unless they’re in the city centre or you’ll get lots of people begging or touting for business.
This evening we met in the hotel lobby for the group welcome meeting before being taken to a small meeting room in the hotel where we met one of our drivers and introduced ourselves to the rest of the group. We weren’t able to meet the other staff members as Jono was fixing the truck and Den was shopping for supplies so after paying our $1120 kitty contribution we went back to the bar for drinks. It’ll be an early night tonight as we need to be up at 5am to meet at our truck at 6.