Magical Kenya: Mt. Kenya at Nanyuki & on to Meru

 

Mount Kenya, Nanyuki. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

For Better Photography’s third stop in Kenya, Sakshi Parikh witnessed the vast sceneries of Nanyuki and Meru. She narrates her time spent there.

After a long drive… we reached Nanyuki. As we drove along, the terrain changed frequently from dry and dusty roads to swamps to water holes and so on. We stayed at the Ol Pejeta house, for the next two days where the garden was home to several species of birds. Mostly known for its birding and rhinos, Nanyuki was set against the scenic backdrop of Mt. Kenya.

Rhinos and zebras drinking from a man made waterhole in Nanyuki. Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

Rhinos and zebras drinking from a man made waterhole in Nanyuki. Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

 

Mount Kenya in the distance, Nanyuki (2) Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

Mount Kenya in the distance, Nanyuki (2) Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

Our hosts, the team from the Kenya Tourism Board had planned a late night game drive, post dinner, which was exhilarating to say the least. I was even more excited to see the clear skies and constellations across the skies that night.

Zebra spotting by night at Nanyuki. Photograph / Sakshi Parikh

Zebra spotting by night at Nanyuki. Photograph / Sakshi Parikh

The next day, we began our morning game drive by witnessing the sunrise above Mt. Kenya and watching rhinos come to a man-made watering hole. The young ones traipsed around as zebras drank from the same water. We then visited the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphange in Fairmont Club.

Here, we spent a joyous few hours playing and feeding several rescued animals. Constructed in the center of the equator, facing Mt. Kenya, the temperature was slightly warmer than the other places, and the view is incredible. What was most awesome was being able to stand at the equatorial line, right down the middle of the Earth!

The equatorial line. this is zero degree, Nanyuki

The equatorial line. this is zero degree, Nanyuki. Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

After having lunch at Fairmont, we began our journey to Meru National Park. Tucked in the middle of nowhere, Meru stands out with its red soil and dry lands. Our game drive included sightings of giraffes and impalas bouncing along with the jeeps. We also hiked up to Leopard Rock, which gave us a stunning 360 degree view of the whole jungle.

Giraffes at Meru. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Giraffes at Meru. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Inside Meru. Photograph / Sakshi Parikh

Inside Meru. Photograph / Sakshi Parikh

With a short but sweet trip coming to an end, we made our way to Samburu from where we would head to Amboseli.

The Wildlife Photography Masterclass in Magical Kenya is a mentored photography programme with some of the most renowned experts in the field.

In the course of the Masterclass, participants will learn what it takes to make the best images, understanding animal behavior, trying out various forms of photography, and using different kinds of gear. The Masterclass seeks to educate advanced enthusiasts, on various aspects of the subject.

The Masterclass fee includes accommodation for 7 days in Kenya and return airfare from Mumbai. The Wildlife Photography Masterclass is presented by Magical Kenya, Toehold and HP India.

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