The Star (Nairobi)

5 January 2013

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - City Escape to the Park

In this fast and often crazy world we live in many people like to "escape from the city "and spend time in a natural environment. Well, the Nairobi National Park is one of those "escape to the wild" places. However, over many years I have noted that most of us are still in "City mode" when we enter a national park and would like to see as much of the created wonders as possible.

But our challenge is to quickly snap out of "City mode" into "Bush mode". This week I thought it would be helpful to raise a few points that work for me and will hopefully ensure maximum satisfaction and relaxation for others.

1) Pray for God to show you the glory of creation.

2) Slow down when driving - a speed of less than 30km/h is advised.

3) Don't just look at the grass and trees, look through the grass and trees.

4) Watch the reactions of different herbivores and birds. I have often seen lions in this way as their heads all look in one direction.

5) Go with the attitude of "birdwatching". If you show interest in the smaller creatures, sooner or later other large creatures like lions could "get in the way!"

6) Don't drive too far. Stop often at waterholes and wait.

7) Stop often in places with a good view and scan the horizon with binoculars.

8) Go with the attitude of "let nature come to me" rather than us trying to "catch a bit of nature".

I hope that your time in the wild will be restful and be like a "soul tonic".

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00. For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.com or on facebook - Nairobi national park

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