My trip was with the Dian Fossey Foundation through Volcanoes Safaris. We were scheduled to do gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda. I added three days for myself in Kenya at the beginning of the trip and another three day safari to the Mara which was offered at the end of the trekking.
I arrived in Nairobi on Feb. 10th and overnighted at the Norfolk. Early the next morning, I began the first part of my trip, three days in the Chuylu Hills at Campi Ya Kanzi.
I befriended the owners of the camp, Luca and Antonella in July of 2003 when we first stayed there. Eager to catch up with old friends I wanted to go back to find out how they were faring and how their foundation, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust was doing. I brought with me some school supplies, which are always needed, for the Maasai school children.
I started my trip here in Chuylu Hills, also known as the “Green Hills of Africa” because it has some of the most beautiful vistas in Kenya. In the distance in the southwest you can clearly see Kilimanjaro in all her majesty. Chulyu hills borders Tsavo National Park, so you also have the open savannah and opportunity for prime game viewing. It’s the perfect place to take a couple of days to ease into Africa and adjust to the time difference.
Antelopes are abundant in the hills, with everything from Eland to Tommies, to Hartebeest, Waterbuck, etc. The Wildebeest seem to be a different shade than I’ve seen in other places in Africa. More of a lighter gray than brown. And because it was February, it was calving season so the babies of all the antelopes were bouncing around all over the place as if on springs.
Each afternoon, we enjoyed sundowners on a different hill overlooking the savannah as we watched the sun set just beyond Kili’s reach. Then the evening sky would light up like a crimson colored lantern.
During my stay here, we did multiple game drives, a few bush walks with one being an extended bush walk in a beautiful old growth forest, and also took a plane ride over the Chuylu Hills.
Every night and early morning during my stay, right outside my tent, I had a resident buffalo peacefully grazing. Like clockwork, as soon as I turned out the lights he would appear. And as soon as the dawn of the day would break, he would quietly disappear. Since I was alone in the tent at first I was uneasy with his presence, but realizing he would do me no harm as long as I stayed inside I would be fine.
Because the three days went so quickly, I knew the rest of the trip would probably go just as fast. I started to wonder if everyone else who traveled to Africa might also feel that time seemed to fly by faster than normal.
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