Several years ago, having returned from Kenya a week before a fire at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, I was rather disturbed to read about it in the news. I was even more alarmed to hear that the fire had broken out on the 15th anniversary of the attacks of the American Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
At first, I thought it might have been a small fire in one of the sections but I couldn’t believe my eyes at the footage. It appears to have been a huge blaze.
The new Jomo Kenyatta International Terminal, which is due for completion in 2017, can’t come soon enough.
After spending several hours at the current international terminal, I’m not surprised the fire took so long to put out.
I don’t recall seeing fire extinguishers in the terminal and, according to the local press, the city of Nairobi doesn’t have a working fire truck!
Although I love visiting Kenya, the airport takes some getting used to. Facilities at Jomo Kenyatta Airport aren’t the best. It’s a long building filled with tacky souvenir shops.
There are only two places to eat: a local restaurant, which was empty, and Java House, which had western-style meals on the menu. Java House was packed and we had to share a table.
The base for Kenya’s national airlines, Kenya Airways, the airport is the main airport you would arrive and depart when visiting the country.
Most people travel to Kenya for its amazing wildlife. The Maasai Mara is one of my favourite places in the world to see wildlife. You can do it on the ground, in open-air safari jeeps or from the air in a hot air balloon.