Well, I didn’t start it, but here we are. I woke up this morning to find out that the president of the United States, who everyone by now knows is a unapologetic racist, called African countries shitholes. My interest lies not in sharing information with someone like him who represents the worst of humanity, doesn’t read and has no intention of visiting Africa (thank God!), but in anyone else who might be wondering what he’s talking about and if he’s right. With that, I give you my top 10 list of things to do in one of Trump’s so-called shithole countries — Kenya.
Skydive, take a glass-bottom boat ride or do nothing on Kenya’s famous white-sand beaches.
Gobble up a pastry or two at one of Nairobi’s several dazzling bakeries. Pictured is Alexandre at Yaya Center, a shopping mall/hotel/luxury apartment center. They have the best vanilla creme filled donuts EVER! BBrood, another fabulous bakery in Nairobi, has great artisan breads.
Shop ’til you drop at one of Kenya’s many upscale shopping malls. This is the Hub in Karen, home to international and local stores including international mega-mart Carre Four, local health and nutrition store Healthy U, franchise eatery Subway, elegant Italian-style coffee shops, and Textbook Center (which is like a cross between Barnes and Noble and the Apple store).
Volunteering might not make everyone feel good, but it makes some people feel good and if you enjoy doing something productive while on vacation, consider volunteering. Everyone from celebrities to politicians and everyday Janes and Joes volunteer all over Afric,a and so can you. Here’s Serena Williams doing a quick tennis clinic for kids in Kenya
Watch the wildebeest migrate on the Kenya/Tanzania border. It’s the only place in the world to see these incredible animals move in large numbers.
Check out some elephants. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can get this close to an elephant and be OK, just ask Kenya’s phenomenal first lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Grab a latte or cappuccino and check your email at one of Kenya’s cool cafes. Artcaffe, Java House, Big Square are a few of the big names you’ll see all over the capital city, but there are numerous mom and pop cafes, too. The big names all have free WiFi.
Love classic cars? Once a year, car enthusiasts from all over the world head to CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. It’s a fancy dress affair, gents sometimes wear ties and ladies sometimes wear elegant hats to browse restored classic cars from South America, Europe, and Africa.
Boost your phyto-nutrients for a few dollars (fewer dollars than you’d spend on fresh tropical fruits in America) while in Africa. Warm weather 365 means fresh fruits and veggies are in plenty.
Go white water rafting. I’m not a white water rafter, so I don’t know much about it only that people — especially corporate groups — are heading to Kenya in droves for team-building vacations centered around the sport.
And the #1 thing to do in a shithole African country — Climb a very high, snow-peaked mountain. Groups of climbers hit the peaks daily. Mount Kenya is the second-tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania isn’t far away.
And for those of you who might ask, “If Africa’s so great, why don’t you go back there!!!” I say, “Don’t worry, I’m already there :-)”