SAFARI STYLE: BY FOOT
I never imagined I’d do a walking safari, but after a day on a horse, I was starting to feel bowlegged, so I was glad to get out on my own two feet. (I was also relieved to see that an armed ranger was escorting our small group.) The 111,200 hectares of rolling hills and flat plains that surround the 20-bed ol Donyo Lodge, located in the Chyulu Hills, southeast of Nairobi, make it an ideal base for a walking safari. While we (thankfully) didn’t get too close to animals, I did get to experience their natural habitat. One of our first stops was at a “toothbrush tree”—so named because the local Masai people use the branches to clean their teeth. As I scrubbed my own teeth with a spicy-flavoured green branch, a tower (or family) of giraffes ambled by just a few hundred metres away. At the end of our two-hour walk, we arrived at a large tree where the hotel staff had prepared a fully-decked-out “bush breakfast” of scrambled eggs, yogourt topped with fresh berries and piping-hot strong Kenyan coffee. Picture- perfect moment: Coming up over a small hill to see the expansive plains and, in the distance, Mount Kilimanjaro stretching toward the sky.