I stretched out my hand and let Nicole eat off the pellets on my palm. With her long purple tongue, she slurped the food and licked my palm. A bit slimy and grotesque but I couldn’t help marveling at her damned ghoulish towering neck and charming skin-print. Such a majestic creature. Some Chinese nationalities were busy trying to grab her attention from me and feed her too. I’ve always wanted to visit giraffe center, and now I can successfully green tick it on my list of “places to visit”. Often, people complain of how boring it is on the weekends and opt for getting hammered for exuberance. If only they knew of all the adventurous places that await them out there. Especially in the big city. And those who claim that if you lack deep pockets you should sit your tush at home are wrong. I only had to pay a 200/- entrance fee to get into giraffe center. If I’d gotten there early enough, I would have had the chance to see the baby elephants. They are normally taken out between 11am-12pm to be bottle-fed. It’s both an elephant orphanage and a giraffe center.
A few kilometers from giraffe center, close to the Karen Blixem Museum, is Oloolua nature trail excursion. If you like a path in the woodlands, this is the ideal place. Here you will feel at one with nature. The lusty green, the landscape, the warmth of the sunlight, everything seems so coherent. You can hear the chorus of the pleasant sounding birds. The trees seem like silhouettes in the glorious expanse. My oh my! It’s almost similar to Karura forest. There is a camping site for the campers and a lovely picnic site for a nice long lazy lunch in the woods. You can come here with a group of friends as a bonding activity, imagine getting lost in the woods together, then you’ll have an unforgettable experience to narrate for a lifetime. You can also bring your dog here for a walk or come for a bike ride or morning runs. Such a nice fun workout activity for the fitness freaks. My favorite part was the swamp area. It was so alluring with an unending stretch of greenery filled with water reeds and large bamboo plants. I also liked the early man cave that had graffiti all over it. It was no joke trekking the hilly parts but at least I got to scare off some few kilos. The security guards there were friendly too. One of them gave us exhilarating stories about the place. All in all, it was a good time and I would recommend the place.
For the adrenaline junkies like me, there is zip-lining at Ngong Hills. Something I plan on crossing off my bucket list on my upcoming birthday. Yippee! can’t wait to emulate Tarzan swinging across tress in the jungle. The thrill! I wonder what’s the possibility of the rope snapping in midair, but let me not infect you with my paranoia so that you don’t chicken out. There is also archery there. Ah yes, another one to cross off my bucket list. I was to go with gun range shooting first but I think I will start small with arrows. And get the chance to feel like the fictional legendary vigilante Green Arrow for a minute. Hey you never know, maybe your talent lies in archery. So try and shoot your shot!
So many other fun activities you can engage in around the city. There is indoor rock climbing at Diamond Plaza Parklands, ice staking at Panari hotel, bowling at village market. There are several other animal orphanages and a national park as well. You’re spoilt for choice. You can even decide to go on a ferris-wheel ride at Two Rivers Mall. You are never too old for a ferris-wheel ride are you? Trying out different restaurants for different cuisines is also a thing! Go try some sushi at Ocean Basket restaurant at least for a change from the regular ugali skuma. So next time you feel bored, just take out your phone, look up for fun outdoor activities around the city, get on google maps and off you go. Its 2019, boredom is so last season.