Destination of the Month; Wajee Nature Park
Hills and river valleys usher you into Mukurwe-ini via Murang’a, 160 km away from Nairobi. Mukurwe-ini is an administrative district of Nyeri County and home to Wajee Nature Park. Wajee is a bird conservancy and Nature Park tucked in somewhere between the Aberdares and the Mt.Kenya. This makes it easily accessible and often feature in itineraries covering the Mt.Kenya tourist circuit. The park is established on a 10 hectare section of a pristine forest. It hosts the rare Hinde’s Babbler and the side-stripped Jackal.
This Bird watchers’ paradise, is a breeding ground for many birds and currently hosts over 126 local species including the rare Hinde’s Babbler that is endemic to the Mt. Kenya region.
Besides these, there is a great array of flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you may spot the side-stripped jackal. Other animals that call Wajee home include the genet cats, mongooses, bush baby, velvet monkeys and squirrels.Served by good tarmac; Junction along Murang’a – Sagana rd
To make your adventure worthwhile at Wajee, one can pick a birds’ checklist and cross-check every time an enlisted bird comes-by.image source; Wajee Nature Park
Other attractions at the park include; a nature trail, events lawn, apiary, cultural Kikuyu homestead, a conference hall and a restaurant called Weru wa Jaraba located nearby.
A day trip from Nairobi is advisable. However, there is a wide range of accommodation options available at the park for those on transit across the mt. Kenya circuit. The park offers self-contained cottages, semi-contained bandas and camping grounds. There are also many accommodation facilities in nearby towns such as Nyeri, Murang’a, Kenol, Karatina and Sagana.
To find out more about Wajee Nature Park, log onto wajeenaturepark.co.ke
The Splendid Longonot – Mt Longonot National Park
A rewarding view of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha meets you at the top as is a virgin forest of small trees covering the crater, with steam vents spaced around the walls. Longonot is home to Buffaloes, Gazelles, the Impala and giraffes with rare sighting of leopards.
Funny Encounters at Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East has got to be one of those Parks I walk into and; baboons & warthogs look at me like we’ve met before.