Path to the Hippopotamus Watching Point
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While Doing Good, Take a Surprisingly Scenic Walk
Two mornings during my stay at Thomson's Falls Lodge (, near Nyahururu, Kenya, my friends and I took a short walk to see the hippos. During the walk the winter sun (July) pierces through the tall trees, illuminating the path and the mist from the Falls in an almost storybook-like way. You'll encounter locals walking to work or doing chores (as the woman you see in this photo). July mornings presented a chill, but overall the weather was mild and comfortable. Watch for hawkers and merchants at the gates of the lodge--they are very persistent and it's good to be firm but honest in your intentions to return to shop (they will remember you!). The hippos loiter in a watering hole about a mile away. As a group we felt very safe on our "hippo hike" and were not disappointed, seeing 10-15 hippos of varying ages. It's important to keep your distance and not provoke the hippos with sudden movements or noise. Many guests staying at Thomson's Falls Lodge are groups performing medical missions or other aid work, though we did meet some individuals here for safari. The lodging is not luxurious, but clean, comfortable, and safe, with a courteous staff. Get to know the lodge staff to hear some great stories--the gentleman who tended our fireplaces each night was a marathon runner who was expected to place in the top 10 at the Chicago Marathon. The grounds are quite beautiful there, and you listen and look, you'll see hornbills flying from tree to tree.
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