It would be an understatement to say the weekend getaway to Mount Kenya was anything less than Magical.
After a late live-music filled Thursday as most people would have had in appreciation of their 4 day Easter weekend, we had a nice brunch around midday at ABC place.
A couple coffees , perfect pastas and sandwiches later we hit the road headed south of Mount Kenya. It was a bit disheartening when it started raining an hour into our road trip. As a beach lover, heavy doses of regret occasionally set in over the decision to spend 4 days at the rainy foot of Mount Kenya. Exactly 2 and a half hours was what it took to get to Castle Forest Lodge, inside Mount Kenya National Park. The rain had gone down, and a stunning rain-forest sun set beyond the grey clouds exposing beautiful tones of colors and light. My part misconceived fears about a shit rainy holiday were immediately reformed as I appreciated the scenery and slowly fell in love with my surrounding. This was better than I had hoped.
We were welcomed by a thoughtful groundsman who offered us each an umbrella, then directed us to our friends who were in the bar. What unfolded was an evening of drinking wine by the fire, catching up about life and planning out the next day in a warm cozy setting.
I got up super early to a surprisingly stunning sunrise over the cottages and woodland, because I was kind of cold but also starving since I skipped dinner. At 6.10am, the kitchen staff were kind enough to go out of their way and make breakfast before opening time. We sat outside taking in the first warm sun rays and appreciating the fresh air, far from polluted parts of Nairobi city. Castle forest lodge was simply beautiful. It couldn’t get better than this.
After food I had a little hike through the forest to find a big stunning waterfall that was empty. It was very tempting to jump into it so I dipped a foot to literally test the waters, but my fragile black African skin would not have it.
It wasn’t until the next day, when it was nice and shiny at noon, that a couple of us took a dip at the closest waterfall. Chilly waters, but not as bad as anyone had feared. By the time we returned it was nearly lunch hour, so we sun basked before having a nice warm meal. Through out the day, the skyline was visually pleasing . Full of rainbows and dramatic colors!
Part of the group decided to go for horse riding while the rest of us had a small hike in the forest that afternoon. There was barely any connection , so it was exactly the place to go if someone wanted to unplug.
They organized an outdoor bonfire for us once it got dark. As typical twenty and thirty somethings would have it in a perfect setting, we shared drinks , spoke politics , made amazing memories. Easter at Mount Kenya was exactly the getaway needed!
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