I'm profoundly grateful to architect and educator Gathogo Githatu of Jomo Kenyetta University in Nairobi, who invited me to provide a keynote speech, sketching workshop, and sketchwalk for the annual conference of the Africa Chapter of the International Federation of Landscape Architects in Nairobi. It was a rare opportunity to meet kindred spirits, share common passions, and to grow in the process. We followed our time in Nairobi with a week-long photo and sketch safari to Amboseli National Park (Kilimanjaro), Lake Naivasha, Lake Nukuru, and the Masai Mara. The following images offer just a glimpse of our experiences. To get a more insights into the journey, prepare for those long stories.
|JR sketch of street life in Peca Juja Township, during our sketchwalk with the group.|
|JR leading students, faculty and professional designers on their first on-location sketching outing.|
|Lots of local interest of my sketch (shown below).|
|A market stall in Peca Juja Township, just outside the gates of Jomo Kenyetta University.|
Patti sharing the love with university students.
Sketchwalk participants outside the gates of Jomo Kenyetta University in Nairobi.
Slums across the ravine from our hotel in Nairobi.
|Touring the tea country outside Nairobi, on the way to visit Gathogo's mother's home.|
|Narok, Kenya, a small town that serves as a stop on the highway between Nairobi and the great preserve Masai Mara. I asked our driver to make a u-turn and go back up the hill in order to capture this view.|
Elephants in the shadow of Kilimanjaro in Aboseli National Park.
|The great Rift Valley, which stretches the length of the the entire continent, served as the migration route out of Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Asian and beyond for the earliest humans.|
|We were told we hadn't experienced a real African safari until our Land Cruiser had broken down. Check that one off the list. Here we are still 100 kilometers from our lodge at Masai Mara.|
|Our route took us from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, to Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, and finally the Masai Mara.|
|Wild flamingos in flight, spooked by our small boat, on Lake Naivasha.|
|Hippos congregating in Lake Naivasha.|
|Lone Cape Buffalo bull near Lake Nakuru. We saw herds of hundreds of these buffalo, but the old bulls were frequently solo.|