Today was our recreation day and we headed off to Shimba Hills National Reserve at 6am in order to catch the animals before they went deeper into the reserve for the heat of the day. Mama Niko packed us a delicious brunch to eat in the car – home-made bread, samosas, boiled eggs and bananas. Once we arrived at the Reserve, we popped the top of the van up and headed off with cameras and binoculars at the ready. We saw sable antelope, giraffes, buffalo, warthog and topi. We saw elephants from a great distance. Even through the binoculars they were not more than a speck. In the company of a guide carrying an automatic rifle, we hiked into the reserve for about a mile to Sheldrick Falls. Colleen, Mike and Rowan were brave enough to stand under the falls for a refreshing natural shower.
We all napped in the bus on the way back to Diani for lunch. Our restaurant was right on the beach, overlooking the ocean. The restaurant was called Forty Thieves; however, we all made it out with all of our possessions! Rain set in for the afternoon, so we had to cancel our plan of visiting the kaya – a sacred ancient forest. Instead, we were able to fit in a spot of shopping at the local handicraft market. This pleased the women of the group no end!
Once the rain had passed we headed back to the beach for a relaxing sunset drink – a great end to our recreation day. We drove the 1hr trip back to Gazi Bay for another one of Mama Niko’s scrumptious dinners – chicken casserole and pilau.
Not surprisingly, it was an early night for all.