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Hemingway Adventure

Amboseli National Park, Kenya (second day)

Chyulu Hills, Kenya 
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The green hills of Africa - wooded slopes of the Chyulu Hills as seen from Ol Donyo Wuas. In the distance, a panorama of dry plains, dust rising from an approaching vehicle. Somewhere beyond that lurks the tallest mountain in Africa.
Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureLater, at Richard’s lodge, Ol Donyo Wuas (which means the Spotted Hills in the Masai language):

like Tortilis, this place is constructed with local materials and in local style. One end of my room, cantilevered ten feet or so off the ground, is open to the elements. As we are on the slopes of the hills, the view from my bed is enormous, stretching across the plain to the cloud bank fifty miles away, behind which lurks Kilimanjaro.

It’s the magic hour of sunset. Sounds of cow bells and distant voices. I run a shower with water heated by a wood-burning kiln, then sit for a while and watch vervet monkeys watching me from nearby trees. A small herd of hartebeest springs out of the bushes and stops, warily, to munch the grass in the clearing below me. Examine my cheetah wound and for an embarrassing moment cannot even remember which leg it’s on.
Chyulu Hills, Kenya 
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A day in the bush is worth two in the armchair. The beer is Tusker, brewed in Nairobi, the same as Hemingway drank.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Amboseli National Park, Kenya (second day)
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Chyulu Hills
  • Book page no: 170

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