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Africa Overview - Karen Blixen's House

Our safari in Kenya started on a rainy morning when Simon from Nature's Edge ( picked us up and headed into the usual miserable Nairobi traffic.

Nairobi is quite modern, with the same animated billboards as LA.

Our first animal sighting was a stork perched on the stands of Nairobi's soccer stadium.

The drive to Tsavo West National Park is along a 2 lane road lined with many small villages that is the main thoroughfare to the coast and Mombasa, the big coastal city.

Communications in Kenya is by cell phones, so towers are everywhere, connected by line-of-sight radio, not fiber optics.

We stayed in nice resorts like this one in Tsavo West National Park with great views and a watering hole to watch animals at.

For the trip, we were accompanied by Simon, who was a knowledgeable guide.

John, our guide for walks and drives at Chamanuka, was also very knowledgeable.

Photo taken through window of our safari van.

The main road in Kenya from Nairobi to Mombasa. Passing often made oncoming traffic leave the main road to avoid a head-on collision.

Even Nairobi has Prius taxis.

Like the other parks, roads were unpaved and the safari vans (Nissan 4WD diesels) took a pounding without problems.

Joburg: Jim Hayes, President of The FOA, at the seminar in Johannesburg

Lusaka: The speaker's table. From left, Joe Botha of Triple Play Fiber Optics. Karen Hayes of FOA, Jim Hayes, FOA President, Hon. Dominic Y. Sichinga, SC, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Transport, Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Susan Mulikita, Asst. Director General, Zambia Information and Communications Telecommunication Authority (ZICTA), Ernest Kamanga, ICT Resources Center, host of the event.

Lusaka: Jim Hayes, FOA and Ernest Kamanga, ICT Resources Center talk with Lt. Col. Sakala of Genesis, a pioneer of fiber optics in Africa.

While in Nairobi, we visited the home of Karen Blixen, author of "Out of Africa."

The home was where the actual movie was shot and was restored for the movie and turned into a museum.

The grounds are immaculate.

Basically the house, inside and out, is as it was when she lived there.

The gounds and the mountain in the distance where her husband is buried.

Coffee beans, the reason for the farm.