The Adventure of Living in the Kingdom of God

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Venture Forth: Kenya - part 2

Don't feel too sorry for us because we weren't exactly roughing it! Tenwek Hospital is supposedly the most visited mission hospital by short-term healthcare personnel in the world averaging 150-200 visitors per year. They are used to visitors and have a well-oiled machine for getting people oriented and integrated into the hospital.  We stayed in the guest house, a large building of apartments just down the hill from the main hospital replete with a comfortable bed (minus the annoyingly small mosquito net), hot showers, coffee maker, fridge, oven, and microwave. 

The grounds of the hospital are immaculate! A team of workers are charged with maintaining all the flowers, shrubs, and other green plant things that grow basically year-round in the nearly perfect climate. (That covered building below is a basketball court!)

To make you feel even more sorry for us, we were blessed to be able to go on a one-night safari to the Fairmont Masai Mara Safari Club Resort. About a two-hour drive down the absolute worst road I have ever seen, we arrived Saturday morning in time to get checked into our Five-Star Tent! (No Joke) We enjoyed a delicious lunch, went on a four-hour safari drive through the Maasai Mara that afternoon, came home for a fantastic dinner, and went to bed. We were awoken the next morning at 5:30am with Hot Chocolate and got ready for a short 2 hour safari drive after which we came back to a ridiculously nice breakfast!

Oh, and we saw plenty of African critters! Our driver was Sammy, a safari veteran of 10+ years who has the best job ever! He basically gets to go mudding in that Land Rover every day and drive around and show people critters.

It was a wonderful African experience and one that we hope to share again with our children and possibly other friends in the future. Now I should probably get to work posting pictures of the real reason we went to Kenya. Coming soon...

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