It's been over two years in the making but the African Expedition is finally here. We leave on Monday, January 17th. I have packed more cameras than clothes. Here are some of the highlights included on the tour.

• In Nairobe, the Karen Blixen Museum, home of famous novelist Karen von Blixen and dinner at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant, renowned for is variety of delicious exotic meats.
• We will go to the Mount Kenya region and stay at the Mt. Kenya Safari Club, founded in 1959 by the late film star William Holden.

 • There will be numerous safaris.
• We visit the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers
• One major highlight will be a special hot air balloon safari over the plains of the Massai Mara.


If you've been - tell me what to expect. If you have never been, tell me what you would most want to see.


#15 Maria J. Horvath 2011-02-17 08:02
We went to Nairobi Africa in Oct. 2007 and i was so sick that I could not eat any of the food at the Carnivore Rest. On our last day in Nairobi though I had out guide take us down town to a material store so that I could buy some material and bring home. I am finally going to use that material in a quilt I have made. We went through a different tour-Graduate. We stayed at airobi Safari Club; Amboseli Sopa, Tarangire, Manyara and Ngorongor and Serengeti, Masai Mara, Naivasha Sopa and finally back to Nairobi to come home. It was really a fantastic trip and then we went back to Botswanna but that was in 2009 or so. We really liked the areas we visited and seeing your album brought back some beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing. Jane
#14 Melody Moore 2011-02-01 11:33
I've been there, done all the things you mention, balloon ride, Carnivore restaurant, safaris, etc. Be very cautious in Nairobi, it is a dangerous city. Make sure you have plenty of picture-taking supplies, don't drink the water, ice cubes, unpeeled fruit, etc. Carry an antibiotic, antidiarrheal, and a pain-killer, and then enjoy the fabulous, people, landscape, birds, animals, and pre-history. We went with Ambercrombie and Kent and had a life-altering trip with absolutely no mis-adventures!
#13 Karen Pelletier 2011-01-26 09:08
We are going crazy here at TQS. While the cats away the mice will play. :-)
We are all make HST to swap in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Triangles. I hope you guys make it back and get in on the fun.
Hope you are having a fabulous time.
#12 Karen Pelletier 2011-01-21 22:02
Hope you are having fun. Have you seen what is going on while you are gone? TQS is on fire! We are all going crazy over the Sisterhood of the traveling Triangles. So much fun!
#11 peggy bass 2011-01-18 22:11
Ricky,Justin, Alex,John and Jim i will be excited to view your adventures through you photos...enjoy the adventure....
#10 Cathy Blaylock 2011-01-16 22:16
Most of us will never get to do the things you are doing, so please share with us whiile you are gone. The most comon things are sometimes the most interesting to watch and read about.

Please share the everyday things with pictures and stories, Your fans appreciate the extra effort you and Alex spend being so gracious.

You have loyal fans Ricky Tims!! Alex, Justin and John too!! Have a great time.

Thank You,

Cathy Blaylock
#9 Stella Bouldin 2011-01-16 17:08
I have been to Kenya twice and loved both trips. The first trip, the guide was able to get us increbibly close to wildlife including a lion who had just finished dinner of wildabeast, cheetah lazing in the sunshine, and a Mara crossing with 5 hungry gators waiting for the zebra and wildabeast to take the plunge.
The second time I visited, I spent more time in the villages and schools. I actually spent three days in a village -- one day with the women doing their daily chores/activiti es, one day at the local school (walked there with the kids), and one day during a holiday celebration. The people are very warm and inviting but also very poor. It was a humbling experience. Things do not make wealth...
#8 KathiD 2011-01-12 19:16
Oh, and one more memory I just had: We went with friends, and one of the highlights was going to (then) Zaire to the Virungas, where we hiked hours every day to sit with the mountain gorillas. We had a ranger guiding us and another following up in the rear. The ranger behind carried a powerful rifle, presumably to save us from attack. However, one day after a long time of slogging through the mud and not yet finding our gorilla group, the friend with us said that he had an epiphany: the ranger with the gun was there in case any of us humans stumbled and couldn't continue. We would be put down so as not to slow down the hike! By the way, all the mud-slogging was totally worth it as soon as we encountered the gentle giants.
#7 KathiD 2011-01-12 19:10
I've been to Karen Blixen's home, what a dream for me after being enchanted by her book for many years! We also took a balloon ride across the Masai Mara, while staying at Little Governor's Camp, a luxurious tented retreat. Every morning at Little Governors', a gentleman woke us with tea and biscuits. We rose before dawn and had three game drives per day. Mt. Kenya Safari Club is gorgeous and such history! I loved Treetops, partly because that's where Princess Elizabeth was staying when George VI died and she became Queen Elizabeth, but also because you stay awake all night watching the animals come to drink at the waterholes. The whole trip was more than I ever dreamed it would be--in fact, I was a little apprehensive about it before going, because it is so very FAR and so different from anything I'd ever experienced, but that little bit of fear vanished as soon as we checked into the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. Pure joy, the whole trip!
#6 Jane Collins 2011-01-11 07:16
You will experience the beauty of Africa. Landing in Nairobi will bring you over the slums which stretch for miles. The poverty is great. The Blixen home is set in a wonderful acreage. Nanyuki and the Mt. Kenya Safari Club are fantastic. I have a cool picture of a peacock in full display from about 10 feet away. The safari rides can't be beat. You will see so many animals. My favorite is the giraffe. A lion walked by our jeep and it seemed I could just pat it on the head. Definitely not what you want to do! On our ballon ride we saw hippos in the river and flew over lions. Our champaign breakfast was served in the bush after we landed and we were surrounded by guards with powerful guns. The lions were a bit close. It was a great trip. Words cannot do it justice. Just enjoy every minute and you will have a lifetime of memories. Imodium was my friend! Only negative comment for me. Safe travels. No worries.

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