This weekend we packed up the car and drove up to Mount Kenya National Park for some camping. The rainforests on the slopes of Mount Kenya are stunning! Nairobi is so terribly dry these days, and it felt so good to breathe the cool, misty forest air.
The campsite at Castle Forest Lodge is small, but incredibly well appointed with toilets, running water, and hot showers. We are used to bush camping with no facilities, so this was serious luxury! We had to pitch our tent fairly close to the only other campers at the site. Thankfully our kids were on their best behavior, and our neighbors were incredibly quiet, so this wasn’t as unfortunate as we feared.
On Saturday, we took a hike down to a series of waterfalls, each one more majestic than the last. It was a steep walk, with a few slippery areas, but the girls were total troopers, and it was well worth the effort. The waterfalls are fed from Mount Kenya’s melt water, so while the falls looked incredibly inviting, we did not brave the cold.
It was really nice to have some family time out of the city. Jesse re-lived field days of his youth, giving the girls rides in a wheelbarrow used for firewood. He also took the girls on a horseback ride through the grounds. Claire rode on her own horse, all by herself! (Led, of course, by a guide.)
We spent lots of time lounging in the hammock, and kicking it by the campfire. For me, this is what camping is all about: enjoying the outdoors, unplugging, and spending quality time with my family.
This morning, I finally caught a glimpse of Mount Kenya’s peaks, in all their glory. I’ve been waiting for 5 years to see Mount Kenya, which has always been shrouded by clouds when I was in viewing range. This was a perfect way to end a fantastic weekend!
PS – Calling all campers! We’ve just started a fledgeling Facebook group for camping enthusiasts, called Camping in Kenya. If you love camping, or you’ve always wanted to go camping and weren’t sure where to start, please check it out!