Ol Donyo Lodge: The Kopjes and Kilimanjaro
Right now our guests are able to hike through lushness created by recent rains in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro but perhaps t he greatest charm lies in the vast and mainly uninhabited panorama dominated by the mountain.
Waiting patiently for the rains to clear over the past few weeks paid off and on the full moon evening oL Donyo Lodge managers, Ray and Alyssa, decided to see what a night on the kopjes would be like’¦..and they weren’t disappointed!
As we slowly worked our way through the small forested area in front of the lodge we met up with many giraffe families. It seems giraffe are just as curious about us as we are about them, but the new shoots on the tree tops were inevitably more exciting than a car of wide -eyed travellers, so it was back to eating and, of course, showing the young ones how it’s done.
Upon leaving the forest we came out onto the plains of tall grass which is the perfect grazing ground for herds of gazelle who weren’t quite as calm as the giraffe and scattered in flashes of browns and whites through the grass.
Driving further towards the kopjes and looking back, we were amazed by the beauty of the Chyulu Hills stretching as far as the eye can see and draped in glorious greens with the smallest hint of a rainbow; it seemed like another planet.
With the kopjes ahead in full view, the ostrich and the wildebeest made way in their usual scattered running off, seemingly without any sense of direction! We made our final approach to the base of these rust-colored rocks and coming up close we realized just how small we really are in comparison.