If you dont have a digital camera make sure you carry enough films there is lots of scenes to foto..
Must bring warm clothing
Climb the Mountain
In 1995 a local family turned their entire farm on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya into the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with a mandate to protect and conserve the wildlife of Kenya. Many fences were taken down and old migration routes were re-opened to the animals. Lewa Downs, as it is called, is now an area of awesome natural beauty, with great...more
Not that there's much to see, the main caves where destroyed by the English, so all you can see are the remains.But I do recommend it : you'll see beautiful parts of the flank of Mt Kenya (expect to get dirty when climbing up and down at hands and knees) and you'll hear the 'true' story of the Kikuyu people.more
Down a stony pass, you find what you least expected on these dry plains, a green spot by the Burguret River. The "restaurant" is cleverly built into an old fig tree.
Once seated you are shaded by the tree enjoying a cool breeze and even cooler beer or wine. They keep it in crates in the icy waters of the river. Every time you order, the crate is hauled up with a rope.
The trout you eat couldn't be more fresh. You can see them jumping in the ponds and the River below the tree...
The menu is simple offering several variations of Trout but also Lamb and Salads, all followed by fresh strawberries.
For a starter, try the Salmon Trout Sashimi. It is worth waiting for as they first catch the trout for this. I doubt you have ever eaten better.
For a main dish I highly recommend the barbequed whole trout, simply but expertly grilled over an open wood flame.
If you still have room for desert, there are always fresh strawberries from the home farm topped by fresh full rich Kenya cream.
A wonderful meal with no preservatives. All the ingredients are grown right on the Trout farm, where you sit.
While you indulge in the culinary delights you may witness a visit of some of our Orphanage graduates. A troupe of some 15 Colobus monkeys that we released in the forest have found their way to the Trout farm where they sometimes come for the juicy leaves, playing and watching the humans below.
The Trout Tree is the sort of Restaurant that has disappeared mostly in the civilized world, Don't miss it
Favorite Dish: While the Trout is definitly the main attraction...I actually had the beef since I don't like the idea of a head, tail, and bones! But they had cold Tusker beer, a great soup, columbus monkeys, tree hyrax, geese, and lots of other critters I couldn't see!
Main road access to Mt Kenya is via Nanyuki or Naro Moru, both easily accessed from Nairobi by bus/matatu or private transport. Some trekkers access the Mountain from the small village of Chogoria. There is an airstrip in Nanyuki, with both scheduled and charter flights available. Many trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya.
Hotels in Nanyuki and Naro Moru can organize transfers to the gates of Mt Kenya National Park. The forests can also be accessed from Kiganjo.
Mt Kenya area is inhabited by several tribes. The largest is Kikuyu, who believe their god 'Ngai' lives on top of the mountain.
You'll see Kikuyu houses on the flanks of the mountain, all with their door faced to the mountain.
Do pronounce the name of the country KEHN-yah (KEEN-yah, which is the old British colonial pronunciation, may offend residents).
Don't photograph the people or their homes and livestock without asking permission first (don't be offended if you're asked to pay for the privilege—it's customary in some areas).
Don't change money on the black market. The illegal money changers are often quick-change artists, and the police will arrest you if they even suspect you're changing money illicitly (to be safe, don't even hand money to a friend in public). Also, it's illegal to export Kenyan currency, which, in any case, is difficult to exchange upon departure.
Luggage and bags:
water proof bags helpful
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: At a minimum, warm clothing, rain gear, warm headwear, gloves, warm socks. Very important for elevations above 11000 feet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Diamox may be needed for altitude sickness; sunscreen, lip balm
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film or digital memory sticks. Cloud formations contantly change, there will be constant temptations for another shot.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm sleeping bags rated for 30 degrees F (0 deg C) or below.
Miscellaneous: Other gear necessarily for climbing rock and crossing glaciers, if you plan to do mountain climbing.
The morning that we were leaving, there was only one single lone buffalo at the watering hole, licking the salty earth. About five elephant families came to the watering hole, about 35 in all, gathering to socialize and drink I suppose. One very tiny baby elephant, probably only 5 or 6 weeks old, decided to be brave and chase the buffalo off. He charged at the buffalo, and being as stubborn as buffalo are...bullied the baby right back. This cause a HUGE commotion with the adults who quicky decended on the buffalo, charging him, and trumpeting, all the while quickly guarding the baby.
For the rest of the time we watched, the buffalo did not leave, but the elephants, especially the 'teenagers' watched him very very closly. They would razzel him a little now and then after that, almost like he was a senile old man and they were making fun of the fact he tried to wave his cane around and be scary and mean. It was very very interesting, to say the least!
January 1933, he is at 10,000ft on the side of Mt KINANGOP, south of Mt KENYA, looking for a bongo in the bamboo forest. It was freezing on the equator. The bamboo trunks were full of fresh clean water. As he could not hunt a bongo, he heads for Northern Guaso Nyiro River. He gets fever and dysentry and moves to MERU. He is transported to NANYUKI...more