Ol Pejeta to Mt Kenya


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February 8th 2020
Published: March 7th 2020
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Lions!Lions!Lions!

Ol Pejeta
We had an early breakfast at 6am before setting off for a morning game drive whilst the sun was still below the horizon. It was rather chilly standing in the minivan with the roof up but watching the sunrise over My Kenya was spectacular. As was coming across a family of lions with cubs playing on the road!


• Lions – a pride of 9 (incl. 4 adorable cubs) plus a group of 3 (2 males & a female post coitus!)
• Reticulated giraffe
• Silver-backed jackal
• Impala
• Grant’s gazelles
• Thompson’s gazelles
• Warthogs
• Superb starlings
• Buffalo
• Eland
• Burchell’s zebra
• Brown Snake Eagle (I think)
• Hawk sp.



We left Ol Pejeta & headed to a nearby town to meet Cyrus, our guide for Mt Kenya at 10am. He joined us in the van for the drive to the Naro Moru gate where we met our porters Daniel, James and Jackson and our chef Paul and said goodbye to Moses for a few days. We hiked “pole pole” (=slowly) up the track through beautiful forests of bamboo and hardwood trees for just over 2 hours then stopped for lunch at 1pm. On the way we saw buffalo, water buck, blue monkeys, Bateleur eagles, turaco birds and heard malachite sunbirds. There were lots of interesting plants including giant groundsel with its tall flowering spike. Lunch included freshly made guacamole which was delicious! We then had another hour of hiking to get to Met Station camp where our porters had pitched out tent and there was tea & a huge plate of popcorn & biscuits for us! We had a short walk further up the track with James before returning for supper, an amazing 3 course meal starting with a delicious creamy squash soup (with lots of ginger), then a stew with crispy potatoes and tasty cabbage and finishing with fresh fruit. We retired to our tent and read until about 9pm.

In total today we hiked about 10km from 2400m to 3048m (including the drive we started at around 2000m).


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