Let me take you back to the break of dawn…or slightly earlier.

Meeting point: Bata Hilton

Time: 5:00 a.m.

Date: 9th September 2017

It’s now a few minutes to the set time (5:00 a.m.) and I’m still braving the cold at the local Imara stage, hopeful for a ‘matatu’. I’m now getting a little impatient because it’s already five and everyone we were going with is in town apart from me. So, they keep calling and calling even the more. My phone is literally a buzz after every few seconds. Eventually, I board the ‘mat.’ Sigh of relief and at least something good to smile about.

Within no time, I’m in town and I take a ‘nduthi’ from AGIP to Bata Hilton. No time to waste! Of course, I find every one waiting, so immediately I board the van we are off.

Ready, set, go!! Ngare Ndare here we comeJ

I must admit that we were an excited lot. But even with the excitement, our sleep could not let us prosper in peace. We fell asleep not long after leaving Nairobi, all, but the driver. Talk about an early morning. I don’t know about the rest but by the time I was waking up, we were somewhere in Murang’a.

The first thing I saw was the tea plantations, the landscaped hills and of course a sign post from a kiosk on the road side that bared the name “Murang’a Shopping Center” And that sign post, ladies and gentle men, is how I knew we were in Murang’a.

I didn’t sleep much after that. We proceeded to Karatina, and afterwards to Nanyuki where we made a stopover at Cedar Mall after trying out Nakumatt Nanyuki only to find it closed. Isn’t it a good thing that Nakumatt will soon be opening their doors again? Anyway, back to the story. At Cedar Mall, we were able to pick a few bites before we proceeded to Ngare Ndare.

You don’t want a van full of hungry travelers, now do you? After all, a hungry man is an angry man.

After we had bought enough to feed our stomachs, we proceeded to Ngare Ndare. We left the main road to an off road where we drove for about 30 minutes or there about. The road was an all weather road. We then reached some sort of gate (those you find in front of every National Park) which we entered and navigated through until when we saw the forest wardens. That was the end of our luxurious van ride, and hello to adventure.

From there we walked all the way; I’d like to think of it as adventured all the way. We walked through a canopy that extends to about 450m. The canopy is about 80 ft high and if you are lucky enough, you get to see elephants below the canopy. Unfortunately for us, the elephants were shy that day and didn’t want to come out and play.

Next stop was the first pool.  The guide told us that the pool was a bit deep. Though the pool was of circular shape and still in nature, no one dared to enter. You might be thinking, that the team was not brave enough but I guess it’s because our English teachers read from the same script, ‘Still waters run deep!’ Yes, that is our validation and we will stick to that. Plus with the occasional rocks that were neither here nor there in the water, who would dare to dive? We were no boring crew, no questions allowedJ

After that was our destination pool. This one, come what may, everyone was ready to get in for a swim. Clear as crystal, with just enough waterfalls on one side. Now, that was a scene to behold. It’s what they call picture perfect. I promise you no matter how much I try to explain it; you will have to see it to believe it. I still wonder why it’s not listed as the 8th wonder of the world. That was our natural pool for the day, and the highlight of the location.

We jumped, dived, played with the water and sun basked by the rocks in no particular order. To put it plainly, we had all the fun we could, and we have the pictures to prove it! I know we knew that we would have fun, but if you ask any of us, Ngare Ndare surpassed our expectations by a top notch.

By the time we were making our way back, we were dog tired, but we all had those smirks on our faces that said, it was worth every minute of it. Before we reached the exit, we found another group that was headed to where we were from. And as good travelers, we encouraged them that the long walk was worth the experience they would have.

Our way back did not have much to jot down. We had another stop over on our way back at the Cedar mall and then back to Nairobi. All that adventure in a day. By the time I was getting to the house, it was minutes to 10:00 p.m. I could not feel my legs. I was way too tired to eat so I just took a shower and off to bed.

If you’re planning to visit Ngare Ndare in the near future, a few tips I would recommend include; comfortable shoes, a swimming costume, drinking water and a few snacks for the road. And what better way to do it than to book with Destination Connect. I promise, you will not regret!

Now, that brings the close of my Ngare Ndare day adventure, by yours truly, #DC.