ELLE (Canada) - - Escape -

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.

A mother Thom­son’s gazelle and her new­born baby; out­door seat­ing at the Ele­phant Bed­room Camp in Sam­buru

The out­door pool at the ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills

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