The only man I envy is the man who has not been to Africa.... For he has so much to look forward to
- Richard Mullin
The best part of my trip to Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate was the morning game drive we did at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The conservancy lies on 90,000 acres of beautiful scenic land. The conservancy It's placed strategically between the foothills of the Aberdares and the amazing Mount Kenya. There are various kinds of animals that can be spotted on the conservancy; from various species of birds to lions and zebras, waterbucks and buffalo, wildebeest and hartebeest... so it's definitely an amazing drive with a lot of animals to enjoy. Ooooh, before I forget, they have elephants. Truth be told, the only place I ever get to see elephants up close and candid is at the DSWT in Langata. It was a little scary, and of course exciting to see the beautiful and gentle giants in the wild.
The best part of the drive was getting to see and learn about chimpanzees. Would you believe me if I told you I have never seen a chimpanzee (I bet most of you have not either)? I have heard of them, and seen them in movies... so I know they exist, but seeing them up close is so different. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (which is found inside Ol Pejeta Conservancy), provides lifelong refuge to about 35 orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. They rescue these chimps from traumatic situations, while some are confiscated from cramped and unnatural living conditions, and many arrive with horrific injuries sustained from abuse at the hands of humans. At the Sweetwaters sanctuary, they get a chance to start over.