the high life
Perched on a sprawling 100-acre estate that straddles the equator, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is nothing short of picture-perfect. Its neatly landscaped gardens, gourmet dining, and plush accommodations offer an alluring contrast to the rugged mountain whose snow-fringed peak can be glimpsed in the early morning hours towering above the landscape. Originally the retreat of movie-star William Holden, the Club is at once one of the most luxurious and easily accessible hotels in Kenya, as it’s located less than a 3-hour drive from Nairobi along a road that is paved the whole way.
Although we are not the country club type, usually preferring our outings to offer a dose of adventure, last weekend we simply needed to unwind. Tired of staring at our computer screens, we loaded up on books and set off for the foothills of Mount Kenya. D’s only aim for the weekend was to read and start studying Swahili again, so he was content not to wander too far from the clubhouse, though S did persuade him to check out the resident caracals and bongos at the Club’s animal orphanage. There was no convincing D to get on a horse, however, so S went horseback riding by herself, leaving D alone with his books and flash-cards.
Even with the crowds that filled the clubhouse over the weekend, the Mount Kenya Safari Club proved an idyllic getaway.