Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 8 January, 2011

Transfer to Mount Kenya

First view of Mount Kenya

Our second day began with breakfast at the Heron Hotel in Nairobi – a hearty mix of fresh fruits, yogurts, juices, granola, cereal, hot beans, potatoes, and eggs. With bags packed and ready to go, we climbed into the Land Cruisers to transfer to Nanyuki, a small town at the base of Mount Kenya where the Laikipia Wildlife Forum is based.

Though the drive was long and full of several rest stops (due to our heavy consumption of water in prep for the climb), we reached Nanyuki in time for lunch…and with a stunning view of Mount Kenya.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Josephat Musyima, the Community Conservation Programme Manager for the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, who provided us with an intro to the organization and an explanation of their support for various conservation initiatives in the Laikipia Ecosystem. We had a short break for some delicious lunch at Barney’s. Lunch choices varied from handmade sandwiches to fish and chips to ham and blue cheese risotto. Yum!

We are very impressed with LWF and as a team agreed that we are not only excited to be supporting such a great organization but also extremely humbled by their efforts. Josephat expressed his gratitude for our involvement with the program – and there is no doubt it is mutual! As a team we would like to extend a big thank you to all of the donors who have given to such a great cause.

Tropic Air Flight!

We were surprised to be invited to a flight over Mount Kenya National Park (part of the Laikipia Region), courtesy of Tropic Air. The small, 13-passenger plane accommodated all of us – even the nervous ones with stomachs full of butterflies. The flight gave us an opportunity to view our days ahead and more of the Laikipia region.

Many thanks to Tropic Air for the flight!!

Unfortunately, Charlotte has experienced some illness, and wasn’t able to join us for the rest of the day. A few others aren’t feeling 100%, but we hope to use tomorrow to recover fully before starting the climb on Monday. Charlotte is our inspiration – the first one sick – but also the first one feeling much better. We hope she continues to feel stronger and we wish her the best of luck in getting well!

After passing the equator, we made it to our hotel and are busy resting for another full day ahead.


(Posted by Kaitlyn and Kelly)


  1. It’s wonderful to be able to see your daily accomplishments. I look forward to your
    daily entries! You should all be very proud of yourselves!

  2. Wow- day 2 and it seems like you have done so much already. I hope you are all feeling well. Tara… hope you aren’t too sick! Can’t believe you jumped in a small plane… ekkk! You are all very brave and inspiring women. Have fun and good luck on climb 1.

  3. Great to see photos of you Tara !!! It is a while since we have seen you !!! I

  4. You and the girls will have such wonderful memories after this adventure !!!
    Take care and enjoy this amazing experience !!!
    Love mum and dad xx

  5. Wow! This looks amazing – Good Job Holls. We miss you!

    xoxo Laurie


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