Hello and good morning from a very rainy and dreary Scotland? Scotland you may ask – what does that have to do with today’s post? Well, the first answer is that is where in the world I am hitting publish from and it is also a bit ironic that the last three days I have been staying at the beautiful Fairmont St. Andrews with work and when I took the photos earlier this year for today’s post I was staying at a different Fairmont Hotel in Kenya.
It has been a few weeks since I shared a safari post so let’s just back into the adventure. The next place we visited on our African adventure was Mount Kenya – the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest mountain in all of Africa, after Kilimanjaro in nearby Tanzania. Nearby you can find the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to many beautiful Northern white rhinos. There used to be hundreds of thousands in the wild roaming across Uganda, Chad, Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo but as of 10 years ago there were only a handful left in the wild. As such four of the world’s last remaining seven northern white rhinos were moved to the conservancy at Ol Pejeta in 2009. The most famous of these was Sudan but he passed away earlier this year and being able to see his grave was very moving. Take a look at these rhinos:
I had been on quite a few game drives by this point in my safari adventure so it was an afternoon activity with my family that really stood out for me. The hotel offered a whole host of interesting activities – including amazing massages – but my favorite was a horseback ride around the property near the hotel where they have beautiful zebras, including an albino one!
And then after we saw all of these amazing animals I must say the hotel was on of my favorites on the trop. When we arrived at the hotel we participated in an authentic tradition where we danced across the equator, then next day I was able read a book by the pool, and on our final night we drinks, dinner, and dessert in the bush complete with s’mores.
Does the Mount Kenya Safari Club look like somewhere you would want to visit?