Sunday, August 23, 2009
From Nairobi to Mt. Kenya
Posted by Betsy
Today we were supposed to leave at 8am but due to breakfast with Ingrid from JamiiBora, which was a true honor, we did not get on the road until 11am. We met our wonderful guide, Eric, who patiently waited for us to wrap up our meeting. After a 3-hour drive and only a few miles from the lodge, we had a car breakdown just outside a military depot where we were monitored by a soldier with an AK-47 while we distributed M&Ms to our unofficial chaperone from the local community, a boy of about 10-years old.
The lodge was a beautiful place, simple and elegant with a huge picture window in my room overlooking the watering hole where all the animals come to drink, day and night. We saw elephants, Cape Buffalo, Baboons, two types of monkeys, Bushback (small antelope), Bushbuck (big antelope), Forest hogs and a Genat Cat. We went for a walk with the naturalist and got a rare and stunning glimpse Mt. Kenya, often shrouded in fog, at dusk.
The watering hole was an extremely popular gathering spot, as Kenya is experiencing one if it’s worst droughts in history. We had no idea how bad until we reached our next stop, Sambura National Park.