Gretchen’s Kenya Trip Report: Part 1

January 30, 2012  By: Gretchen

I have to begin this report by echoing Kent’s trip report from his journey to Tanzania in November. I flew United from Denver to Washington and on to Switzerland and it did in fact meet expectations of a cross-country bus ride. Poor food, expensive drinks and not much service were the low-lights of those flights. Swiss Air from Zurich to Nairobi was a huge improvement on service, but I must say the food was abysmal as well. All was forgotten upon arrival in Nairobi, however.

This visit I stayed in Hogmead, a new property located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen. In the evening (when traffic is low), it’s about a 40 minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Hogmead, and upon arrival I was welcomed like a long-lost friend. With only six luxurious rooms, this property is the perfect antidote to 24 hours of coach travel. I was given the Mara room much to my delight. It had a contemporary African feel and what felt like acres of space. A king-sized bed, carefully chosen artwork, two separate sitting areas and lovely furniture made me feel instantly relaxed, and the over-sized bathroom with its soaking tub and spa shower made me forget about the long journey.

Dinner was a family style affair, though private dining is also available. We made our way through four courses of beautiful food including a fillet of salmon that I’m experimenting to try and recreate. After a blissful sleep, I awoke to step out onto the private balcony to view the Ngong Hills made so famous by Karen Blixen and to listen to the gorgeous birdsong filling the grounds.

In all, a stay at Hogmead is the perfect way to recover from a transcontinental journey. My only regret was not having two nights there.

Next up I visit Amboseli National Park, home to famous vistas and a haven for elephants.