It worked! Both hemispheres, two continents, three countries, six airports. All our flights were (pretty much) on time, and our luggage made the entire trip too. Factoring in the change in time zones, we were safely transported from the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya at 11 AM East Africa Time (GMT +3) to Inverness Scotland at 12 noon (GMT), in just 28 hours.
Here are the six airports with a few highlights.
- Mara Naboisho Conservancy, KenyaHighlight: flying over the Rift Valley, then a really smooth landing at
- Wilson Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Highlight: the person who picked us up to drive us to the international airport in Nairobi gave us heated, damp washcloths, scented with camphor (?) to wash our hands and face after our flight. The drive from Wilson airport took us past the Nairobi National Park, located 7 km south of the city center. We saw a herd of African (or Cape) Buffalo just inside the fence next to the highway.
3. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Highlights: free wifi, a little girl singing a mash-up of jingle bells and jingle bell rock in our gate waiting area. Couldn’t tell if the words we couldn’t understand were in another language, or just her own version of the songs. After a five hour layover, we were off to
4. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Ethiopia
Highlight: Someday we would love to see the Rock-hewn Churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Now we are familiar with the airport in Addis Ababa. The layover here lasted 4 hours. Next came the 8 hour flight to
5. London Heathrow
Highlights: easy and friendly trip through passport control, and porridge, toast, marmalade, water, and coffee at a restaurant in Terminal 5. After a couple of hours, on to
6. Inverness, Scotland
Highlight: being met by my brother-in-law and father-in-law!