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Another beautiful Trip in Kenya - Nanyuki & Meru National Park - with photos

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I was privileged to go on another wonderful trip with BF.

We started out with a nice lunch in the Trout Tree Restaurant near Nanyuki. A restaurant build into a tree like a tree house on a trout farm.

From there we went to Nanyuki, we stayed at the Sports Club, one of the quirky old Clubs started by the Colonialists.

Poli played a round of golf and I walked with him.

Then we had drinks and a nice BBQ dinner. That evening Mt. Kenya was hiding in its usualy clouds.

Next morning we found bright sunshine and a cloudless sky, so of course I took lots of pictures of the beautiful Mt. Kenya.

The road from Nanyuki to Meru National Park basically goes around the mountain and then down towards the next mountain range near Maua over which you have to drive as well. It was a beautiful drive & we stopped every once in a while to take pictures. It looks like the snow fields on Mt. Kenya have grown a bit during the last heavy wet season, which is a good sign, since global warming is depleting the snow on both Mt Kenya & Mt. Kilimanjaro.

We reached the park at 1pm and went to the banda where we were staying, unloaded the car, had a quick lunch and off we were for a game drive.

The Park is one of Kenya's wildest, but after the good rains it was very green and had a park like feeling.

Bushes were blooming with flowers, it was green and all the dry river beds still had some water. But the roads were more or less dry, so it was easy driving.

First we drove all the way to Tana River at the end of the park to see Adamson's Falls.

then we started meandering through the park. WE looked at Pippa's Grave,

then Elsa's Kopje and all the other reminders of the Born Free story,

and saw lots of wild life. Even though we did not see any big cats or rhino, we saw almost every other animal you can see in the park. Lots of birdlife, big herds of elephant & buffalo etc.

That evening as we were cooking our stew for dinner, a Gazelle with a young one came out of the bush and passed our banda, what a beautiful sight!

The next morning we drove around some more and saw lots of animals again. For some reason they did not open the gate for the rhino sanctuary, so we couldn't enter, but maybe that has to do with the heavy poaching we are experiencing every where in Africa.

We had to be out of the park by lunch time, since the tickets are valid for 24 hrs, but we also had another 350km drive back home.

It started out as a cloudy dull day, but cleared up and driving down to Nairobi, now on the other side of Mt Kenya was fun.

We stopped several times at road side stalls to buy fruits, rice etc. at very cheap prices. Price increase as you get closer to Nairobi.....

Here are the rice fields around Mwea

Here a view from Maua Hountain Range up into the North of Kenya

It was another wonderful outing and we came back quite refreshed.
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