Our hour with gorillas went by so fast. Too fast.
We bumped into two families and their two silverbacks leaders. There was quite a lot of moving back and forth among them and we were lucky enough to have several individuals in front of us, all the time. It became hard to choose which one to point our camera to because they were all deserving our eyes and attention. In many ways, watching #gorillas is like seeing ourselves in the mirror: we have so many things in common. 📷 @ourafricanjourney
We hope your week was this fulfilling. ☀🌻
A scenic sunrise at #sarunisamburu, captured by our Lodge Manager, Johan Kloppers, whose one of many perks is witnessing these awe-insipiring displays.
📷 by @saruni.lodges
Day three was the climax of our Mt Kenya adventure. It was a day we were really looking forward to. To summit, we woke up at 2:30 am. Armed with warm attire, hiking poles and headlights, we set off for the peak at around 3:00 am after a light breakfast. Pole pole was the name of the game as we ascended on this almost vertical climb. We trudged slowly listening keenly to the body's reaction against the sharp change of altitude. It was extremely cold and you could feel it on the exposed parts of the face.
The terrain was characterized by loose gravel, rocks and boulders, all scattered in a disorderly manner. Moving further up closer to the summit it was all rocks and the trail was less defined.
By 6:25am we were at the summit savouring the spectacular view of the orange haze on the horizon that precedes the sunrise.
Within a matter of minutes we were humbled to set our eyes on the most priceless phenomenon. Sunrise from Mt Kenya. We watched the sun peep from the horizon and finally it slowly and fully emerged. We also saw Mt Kilimanjaro standing magnificently with all its glory, glacier lake at the bottom of Batian, the shadow of Lenana peak on the wall of Batian.
After a few shots we started the descent towards Mintos hut. Later in the day we toured Lake Michelson, one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in Mt Kenya that instantly sends you into a mood of tranquility. We camped at Mintos hut with a feeling of great accomplishment.
✨//STRETCHES AND SOME YOGA POSES //✨ SO EXCITED !!! SUPER PROUD !!!!! Only because I attempted a crow pose and did it and held for 5 sec.was not perfect but a good start and I just need to keep working on it !!!
while I was away I did lots of activities that I normally don’t do and therefore ended up working my body in a different way . I needed to stretch a lot more especially on the days after water skiing and kayaking round the islands. So I did lots of swimming and then stretched lots . I love yoga like stretches and so I find I do those lots . I AM NOT A YOGI OR TRAINED IN IT. I do sometimes go for classes and so I just use what I know from class . From the time I changed my fitness routine,I find I am better at yoga and stronger and I enjoy it a lot more . I might use it in my new challenge once I figure what I want to do 😂😂😂😂😂.
Was such a bright morning and the sun was in my eyes that’s why I have the 😎 on.
✨//CORE WORKOUT//✨▪️4 exercises ▪️20 reps each ▪️4 sets
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR FITNESS STYLE IS ?
I was asked this question a few days back and I didn’t really know how to answer it on the spot. I thought about this question from two aspects 🔹what is my fitness style?
🔹how was that determined?
After lots of thought, I have come to the conclusion (at least for me ) that my fitness style is determined by my personality and my temperament. Your personality is basically habitual traits that make you who you are . I am very aware of what my habitual traits are and therefore I think my fitness style then just moulded easily around that .
I am an early riser, very self driven, I love a good challenge , I like attention , I have copious amounts of energy , I like results , I hate change ,I like social gatherings but I find they exhaust me and therefore I sometimes retreat away from people, I love to learn especially in a practical way, I am mostly sure of myself and if I like something I do it and if I don’t I try it. If it does not work I never do it again and finally what would kill me very quickly is boredom🙈. So which leads to my what my fitness style is......
I like fast paced routines and classes that change regularly. I like challenging sessions and I like my fitness to allow for growth.
So with that in mind .... I love group fitness for cardio and so I always go for a Zumba class or step class, I am that student that is always at the front of the class , I also like strength training because of the challenge it provides, I like my weight lifting classes done with a workout buddy and not group or circuit. I love to run with people but still have my music on and not talk to anyone.
I also like sports and bootcamps.
What about you ?
MAKING DISCOVERIES ⛺
I would have began with charity begins at home but come to think of it, it won't really apply in this scenario. Anyway let me not get into those proverbs but rather ask, what sparks your mind when you hear Samburu? 😮
Do you think of dry land 🌵, herds of cattle 🐄🐮🐐, thatched houses, dusty roads with potholes...keep listing them with me. Yes all those things that you have mentioned. Now that I remember, someone mentioned that they think of 'very hot, sunny and dry conditions with no water.' In case you are part of the group that thinks the same way, I do not blame you and nobody should blame you either for not knowing anything about Samburu.
To get rid of all that, allow me to become your history teacher for these few minutes. ✅✔ Getting down to business, Samburu is a name derived from the word Samburr which is a leather bag used by the Samburu community to carry a variety of things. Samburu apart from being an ethnic group in Kenya, is a County located about 300km north of Nairobi with a population of approximately 224,000 people. 🌍
Back to what people often say, bad news travels fast, that is true and in this case it has overshadowed the good side and sites of Samburu. Take for example there are amazing places you could go to for a weekend or holiday break with friends and family. Now you are probably asking yourself the big question, WHERE? 💡
📍 Talk of Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve, Sera Conservancy Trust, Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and Samburu Game Lodge just to mention but a few.
Samburu Sopa Lodge will be my pick of the day for you; as you look for that African authenticity, a breath of fresh air and serene environment this is definitely the place 🛀. Here is part of what you are missing. Only two words...magnificent sight. 🌄
What makes this more amazing is that the Sopa Lodges are widely distributed around Kenya and there are also some in Tanzania. What am I trying to say? 😕 You have no excuse for not visiting any of the Sopa Lodges. 🎇
To get more information on Samburu Sopa Lodge contact us today. Our contact info is on our bio 🙌
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