Home At Last! Highlights Of Lupita Nyongo’s Recent Trip To Kenya

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has had a whirlwind couple of years: on the heels of her success in the film 12 Years A Slave she has been busy making more movies, becoming a style icon, and enjoying her status as one of the most photographed women in the world. All that has left her little time to visit Kenya, the beloved country she was raised in.

Until last month, that is, when she returned to her homeland for a quick trip. Nyong’o had some personal downtime, but spent most of her time promoting a cause that is near to her heart: saving Kenya’s elephants. (She’s gorgeous, talented AND a philanthropist!!!)

We dipped into Nyongo’s Instagram account to bring you these highlights of her work and trip, which covered Nairobi, the Masai Mara, Kisumu, and Amboseli National Park.

Nick Barose at work in the wild. @lancomeusa. #ivoryfree #Lupitaishome #elephants @dilokritbarose @wildaid

A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

Nyong’o is a global elephant ambassador for WildAid, a conservation charity whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade. In this photo the actress primps before a photo shoot with some elephants (no word on whether the elephants got makeovers too.)

  Tea in the savannah. #anytimeisteatime #MaasaiMara. Photo by Nick Barose. @dilokritbarose   A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

Here Ms. Nyongo sips some tea — a very Kenyan drink — before her shoot in the Masai Mara, one of the most famous wilderness areas in Kenya.

The photo shoot took place at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, a sanctuary for orphaned and abandoned elephants, many of which lost their parents to poachers.

This was the moment that Nyong’o taught the world what the term “elphie” means.

After this photo shoot Nyong’o attended a fundraiser at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi to benefit WildAid. 

Back to the roots, to my ancestral home #Kisumu #homecoming #homeiswherethefishis #latergram A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

On July 1 Ms. Nyong’o headed to Kisumu, her family’s ancestral home on the Kenyan coast.

In this cute video Nyong’o learns some dance moves from her 80-year-old grandmother. Go Aoko!!!

  Hello Kenya! #nofilter #ivoryfree   A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

 Nyong’o shows her gorgeous profile during a Kenyan sunset in Amboseli.

An open leap from the #Kilimanjaro.Happy 4th, Americans! #homeawayfromhome #Ivoryfree. #Amboseli #Kenya #Lupitaishome   A photo posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

Here she poses with the dramatic Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. 

Nyongo spends some time with a researcher from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, which has worked to understand and protect elephants since 1972.

This lucky girl got to stay in the swank Olare Mara Kempinski safari camp in the Masai Mara, one of the most elegant tented camps in Kenya.

The girl’s obviously got photography skills as well!

This fun slideshow reveals just how swank the safari camp is. No roughing it for this classy lady. We are jealous!!!!!

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