Here is Angie Sloan’s Day 2 update from Kenya:-
Up early and out of Nairobi with Air Kenya from Wilson Airport, flying north to Nanyuki. Very sad to be leaving Hemingway’s in Nairobi – one of the best night’s sleep I have ever had and a stunning hotel in every way.
However, today was about history. A 40 minute drive and we were at the legendary Treetops, the infamous property where on 5th February 1952, the then Princess Elizabeth went up the tree as a princess and came down as a Queen. With our wonderful protector, Amos, we sipped fresh juice in the bush and took a walk through Aberdares National Park until we reached Treetops – quite literally a huge tree-house. The memorabillia of the Queen and photos taken back in 1952 are wonderful memories – including one of her climbing the ladder up to her room.
We were joined by a 30 year old male elephant for lunch. He ambled down to the watering hole without a care in the world to forage with his trunk in the ground and drink. Amazing to see him using his beautiful tusks to dig deeper. Whilst he foraged the water buffalo and baboons drank from the watering hole too.
The next history lesson was at Outspan to see Lord Baden Powell’s, (the founder of the Scouts movement), house called “Paxtu”. Annually Scouts from all over the world descend on Outspan to celebrate his life with a procession in the village.
We ended the day at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club with views across to the peak of the Mountain.
Serene, stunning and very, very special.