Two others joined us in our compartment in the middle of the night. Scotch. One who had often been in Dunbar and knew my friends there. Heard him pronounce John and knew him for a Scotchman in the dark, though I was half asleep. Feb. 8. Country more and more distinctly glacial. See hundreds or thousands of hartebeests and other antelopes, some within stone’s throw of the track. Large number of wild ostriches. Grassy plains. No trees or shrubs for miles and miles. Great hills and mountains in the distance. Lovely country. Glacial drift common. Arrived Nairobi at 11:15 A.M. Went to Norfolk Hotel. Feb. 9. At Hotel. Fine scenery. Heavy rain. Great need of increased hotel accommodations. In rare weather conditions Kaillimanjara visible one hundred and fifty miles distant from here.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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