The next morning, Purity and Bea were awoken by something very large hitting the window of their hotel room. They woke up and opened their curtains…
“Giraffe! There are giraffe all over the place! Prudence! You gotta see this!” shouted Purity as she ran into her sister’s room.
“Yes, we are in Giraffe Manor, just outside of Nairobi,” said Prudence. “Get dressed. I think the giraffe are ready for breakfast.”
“We are feeding them?” asked Bea.
“We are having breakfast with them. Get dressed and come down to the dining room. You’ll find your way there. Follow the sound of giggling,” said Prudence.
When the girls got down to breakfast, Kris was already there feeding the giraffe. He was smiling from ear to ear. As Purity and Bea looked around, they realized the amazing day that was in store for them.
They spent the day hanging out with giraffe and eating lunch with a family of warthogs. They also did a bit more shopping in Nairobi. This time, they wanted to go to a more traditional market.
As they got off their motorbikes and secured them, a vendor showed Bea and Purity some beautifully handcrafted wooden giraffe.
“That will cost 5000 shillings,” said the vendor.
“Ok,” said Purity.
“Whoa! Whoa!” said an African man. He walked over to the vendor and they got into a heated debate over the price he was charging the young American woman.
“I’m John. This giraffe is only worth 500 shillings. Some of the vendors try to add to the price of their souvenirs,” said John. “You were about to pay 10 times it’s real price. You need to learn to barter. Here, let me show you around the best traditional markets in Nairobi.
Shopping was fun. With John as their guide, the four siblings bought all kinds of cool trinkets including purses, keychains and magnets.
Kris got a real Kenyan rasta beanie. He was thrilled!
“How are we going to keep all this stuff?! asked Bea.
“I’ll keep them in the closet where Prudence has ALL your other stuff,” said Kris.
They all went back to Giraffe Manor and had a lovely evening feeding giraffe on the lawn and enjoyed a leisurely dinner.
After dinner, they had their own private Easter egg hunt in the tall grass. Prudence hid all the animal print inspired eggs in the grass and the three younger siblings went looking. Each egg had little trinkets or cash hidden inside. Kris got a Fast and Furious car in one of his eggs.
“Remember when we all used to go egg hunting in the field next to the church with Grandma and Grandpa?” asked Prudence.
“Those were good times!” said Purity.
“What are we going to do on our last day in Africa?” asked Bea.
“How about Gorilla trekking?” asked Prudence. I’ve always wanted to hang out with the gorillas.
“Yeah!” said Kris. “As long as we are careful of the Silverbacks.”
“What are the Silverbacks?” asked Purity.
“They are the dominant male gorillas. They are HUGE! And if they feel threatened, they can rip a human’s arm right off!”
“Why are we going to see animals that can do that?” asked Bea.
“It isn’t like the elephants, rhinos lions and cheetah were any safer, Bea,” said Prudence. “Respect the animal and they will respect you.”