Having lived in Nairobi, Kenya for over three years with now and then visits,it was refreshing to see the other side of Kenya that was green and serene. Up the Ngong Hills I went to celebrate my good friend and Doctor Hurksy’s graduation with her family and little was I prepared for the beauty that was waiting up there.
Imagine fresh air, breezy silence apart for the distant cow bell chimes as they grazed far below and a stretch of nature that makes you sit up there for hours as your mind quietens. The Ngong Hills, seven in total, are part of the Great Rift Valley and the term Ngong comes from the Maasai phrase enkong’u emuny meaning rhinoceros spring (via Wiki). They are a famous hiking destination for tourists as well as athletes training grounds. I couldn’t help but admire the dedication of the few runners who passed us on our walk and imagined the medals they might be winning for this country one day.
Thank you Hurksy for showing me your beautiful home. I look forward to watching the sunset with you next time up there
The Usambara mountains are a gorgeous strip of mountains that lie in North Eastern Tanzania which are apparently part of an ancient Eastern Arc chain which stretches in a broken crescent from the Taita hills in Southern Kenya down to Morogoro and the Southern highlands in Tanzania.
They always have me admiring through my window as I travel by road to Dar-es-salaam where they begin right after Moshi all the way to Tanga.