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Fishing Lodge

Posted on 4 Mar 2016 | 0 comments

It’s a popular place this Fishing Lodge in the Aberdares NP, we tried many times to book it but it was always full, until, finally, we just asked when it was available in the next 3 months and picked a date. And then organised our plans around that date…

The Fishing Lodge is located in the southern half of the Aberdares NP. If you imagine the park to have the shape of a letter P, it is located in the bottom of the leg of the P – the round part being what they call the Salient. The Salient is very different from the rest of the park, it is lower and has more tree cover. The Fishing Lodge is in the area that is a lot higher, and colder at night, there are moorlands here, and steep ravines with waterfalls. It also has some of the best hiking trails in Kenya and world-class fly-fishing for trout, but the amount of visible wildlife is probably higher in the Salient.

We drove up in 2 cars, Hafiz and Marcel in one car and Helen & James jumped in with us and before 11am we were already at the gate closest to the Fishing Lodge. It is a beautiful drive to the lodge, and the location of the lodge itself is stunning. Wide open vistas across a huge valley from the verandah at the front of the lodge. To our surprise there were 2 almost identical houses next to each other, the other one also with the capacity to sleep 6.

stunning view from our fishing lodge

stunning view from our fishing lodge

We had a tasty lunch on the verandah before exploring the area. We hiked to beautiful waterfalls, drove around the, sometimes muddy, tracks to look for wildlife and then came back to the lodge for dinner followed by drinks and stroopwafels by candlelight.

lunch on the veranda with Marcel, Jon, Helen, Hafiz, Jude and James

lunch on the veranda with Marcel, Jon, Helen, Hafiz, Jude and James

beautiful waterbuck in the rain

beautiful waterbuck in the rain

heating up the mini stroopwafels over the candles

heating up the mini stroopwafels over the candles

The next morning only Jude was keen enough to get up at 6am for an early morning game drive, so she went out on her own, exploring some new trails, watching the wildlife wake up and the sun rise before, finally, returning around 10am. Everybody was awake and already had breakfast, so Jude quickly ate something before we all went out for another drive and walk to yet another set of waterfalls.

Mt Kenya is visible from the Aberdares

Mt Kenya is visible from the Aberdares

curious buffalo on the morning drive

curious buffalo on the morning drive

young hyena enjoying some sunshine

young hyena enjoying some sunshine

relaxing on the veranda

relaxing on the veranda

viewpoint

viewpoint

red hot poker (kniphofia)

red hot poker (kniphofia)

one of many waterfalls in the Aberdares NP

one of many waterfalls in the Aberdares NP

the team - Helen, Jude, Hafiz, James, Jon and Marcel

the team – Helen, Jude, Hafiz, James, Jon and Marcel

beautiful bush buck

beautiful bush buck

The caretakers of the lodge kindly allowed us to stay until after lunch, and Marcel cooked up a storm. A delicious Kenyan lunch, culinary highlight of the weekend for sure. Although Marcel probably disagrees and thinks the mini stroopwafels were the highlight…

Marcel cooks a delicious Kenyan lunch

Marcel cooks a delicious Kenyan lunch

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