My name is Emma Childs, and I live on the edge of Nairobi National Park, where (along with my husband Anthony) I run The Emakoko. We have built a house at the top of the cliff overlooking the lodge with our two ‘wild & woolly’ children William and Netty and have a menagerie of creatures, some of which are welcome 24/7 and others – the odd Lion – are not welcome at all.
On the 11th of March 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. What happened over the next two years was beyond comprehension.
And so the extraordinary year of 2020 has finally drawn to a close. I have never been so happy to see the end of one year.
Another year has gone by and wow, what a year it has been. It has been very long, very worrying and very tiring.
It should not have been so surprising to see that the travel industry globally appears to be totally unprepared for the travel onslaught that has begun. People who have spent a long time confined in their own homes locked within in their own countries were obviously going to want to travel at the first safe opportunity.
Koko the Leopard seems to have had a lot of fun over the last few months, and as a result we have been expecting to see her cubs.
In this time of international lock-down and enforced isolation, I have to remind myself how lucky my family and I are living, as we do, in a National Park.
As 2019 draws to a close, I find myself wondering where all the days went.