Postcards from Kenya (2011) - Chapter 5 / by Hilary Hann



A certain sadness sweeps over me as I look out of the windows towards the Nyumbeni Hills. A meandering stream runs gently through the ravine below our banda, edged with green grass and stately fever trees. On the far slope of the valley zebras graze whilst a giraffe enjoys the shade of an acacia.

Meru National Park lies beyond the Nyumbeni Hills where the clouds are building and I am reminded of its raw beauty as I sit in luxury at my new lodge, Wilderness Trails, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

I am surrounded by pleasant things, wonderful scenery, fantastic game, peace and tranquility but find I have a hankering for the peculiar state of adventure and discovery which we shared at Meru. 

A sharpening breeze rattles the glass, but it is calm inside and I begin to prepare to head out again.