Safari in Kenya
The trip to Kenya was 1/2 diving and 1/2 Safari.
The diving half was a disaster , the water was cold and muddy, and we almost lost one diver .
Bill passed out under water and was lucky to have survived .
The Safari was only marginally better because on the second day the area we were going to was hit by a flood which took out a bridge and the train which was travelling on it .
Sometime later I read in the newspapers that over 200 people died in the incident.
For 2 days we were stuck in a small motel in the middle of God knows where, and all day long the sound of sirens and helicopters filled the air.
Africa is dying in more ways than one.
On one hand the population doubles itself every 30 odd years, the expanding population rapidly destroys the habitat of the animals and upsets the ecology of the area : the number of animals dwindles at the same rate as the desert expands.
On the other hand 1 in 5 people in Kenya is a HIV carrier .
This is in a large part due to the loose sexual behavior , made worse by the low esteem bestowed to women in their culture , and poor education .
Yet the better educated didn't fare much better , I was told 80% of the university graduates then were without a job .
The Maasai , once a proud warrior tribe , is now reduced to parading antics for the amusement of tourists .
At least the Mount Kilimanjaro is still standing tall.