Travel Journal: Kenya, Africa

Seen through the eyes of  Nadine Russell

Who went: A group of supporters of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo went to Kenya. This trip seemed to be on everyone’s bucket list.

Hotel recommendations: I liked the Sweetwaters Serena Camp best. It felt like somewhere Hemingway would’ve liked. You could sit outside your tent with room service and watch the animals come to the waterhole.

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Where to eat: All of our meals were at the hotels.

Favorite dish on the menu: I was fond of the fish, any way it was cooked.

Item of clothing you shouldn’t leave home without: A quilted vest and a Tilley hat.

Favorite historic landmark: The Great Rift Valley.

Local attraction worth a drive-by: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage.

A great experience off the beaten path: A hot air balloon trip over the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Worth the splurge: This trip was worth every dime. Months after returning, I still find myself smiling at memories of all the animals.

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Not worth the splurge: I can’t think of anything I didn’t like.

Something surprising we learned on the trip: Male zebras are black and white, while their female counterparts are brown and white.

Insiders’ tips: Pack light.

We would suggest this trip to others because: It is truly the trip of a lifetime. All 22 attendees are still glowing and having reunions so we can share photos and relive the trip.