“……Why do you always travel all over?” This is one of the many questions I get from friends, family and even followers of my Travel stories. My answer is always so simple: “….I travel because I want to know my country and learn new to appreciation of how lucky I am to live or to be a visitor to a destination”
Then I ask everyone every time “…..why don’t you travel?” The answers shock me while others make me almost cry, one of my great friends once told me “…..I don’t travel because I gain nothing and travel doesn’t add value in my life but it is an expense to me for when I do travel I just spend with no gain!…..”
Traveling helps one in many things in life like reducing stress which I mostly do by cycling or going for a nature walk to places like Karura Forest among others. I have come to appreciate and discovered how privileged I am to live in Kenya for this is one if the most beautiful country in this world, from our snow capped mountain, the panoramic views on our hills, the magnificent lakes to a well preserved Cultures that is admired all over the world
Anyway, those were my thoughts that stormed my mind as I was taking my travel curiosity to the Land where Kenyan well known politicians and even billionaires of this country have their roots in. This time round my destination was the beautiful cool and magnificent Mathioya in Muranga county where I can say its the land of milk and tea. (Yes there is a prominent leader from this area called “Wa Iria” that means “person of milk”)
My target was to get to Aberdares cottages that I was not told that I should be so ready for more than just the cottages or my destination.
Driving from Nairobi along the Super Highway of Thika Road and branching off to the land that lays so green and so much of an Island made me feel like I was in the Wonderful terrace farmlands if Kisoro or Rwanda. It was so green and farmlands graced every patch of this land of Muranga.
This was on an invite by my great adventure brother and a fellow Wanderlust called #TravelWithEliud and this time we got someone else onboard and she is the Mrs Kajiado county called Sation Parmuat (this lady made me have a clear picture as to why we all need to be traveling all over this country.)
We kept guessing our directions as we always lost our mind on reading the signage for the exchange of administration of this green land of the Kenyan highlands I now understand why why this and other highlands were a cake to fight for by the early settlers.
This was one of the places I have been and already got the true idea of it of being the best getaway destination since the location can only be good for you how wants to hide away from the busy life of this world and be deep in the countryside where not everyone can find you and spoil your holiday or private time away from busy life as you enjoy your break.
On getting to this magnificent and perfect getaway, I was so amazed and felt so much at home yet far from home. The views of the Kenyan countryside makes you forget the busy city and the cool breeze from River Mathioya as it roars at the foothills makes it all one of the best place to be to enjoy peace and natural environment.
The Aberdares cottages are divided into beautiful Tented rooms that are at Ksh 10,500 for double and also the solo traveller is catered for at Ksh 7,500 on single plan on full board plan. And if you are in for African and countryside feeling, there are cottages made of timber to give you the real countryside feel at same cost of the tented cottages with activities available include cycling around the countryside to even day trips to the Aberdares Ranges (but you need to arrange this before with the Management)
The rooms have got a great view of the River below the hill that hold the cottages and panoramic view of this great countryside
making you feel the peace of being away from the city and appreciate nature.
The lodge also takes its natural theme to the Dinning area ensuring the countrside moment lives with you for as long as you call Aberdares cottages your home
And if you want to enjoy a true home feeling, they have got a self-catering Accommodation for you. Just a kilometer or so away from the cottages on the banks of River Mathioya is where your home will be at their self-catering cottages
A true meaning of “home far from home” comes in when you step into the self-catering cottages that are two and can accommodate upto 10 people
The interior of this self-catering cottages just make you feel at home, from the living room that is set up to give you the home feeling and peace
To the full set up kitchen with everything you need to prepare your meals at your peace and comfort so just carry your food (carry more food you may end up here longer for the greatness it holds)
The rooms also makes this a comfortable home for relaxation with natural lights during the day with the welcoming views of Mathioya River just outside with the roaring of its water brushing the river bed as though signing a song to you in nature based chorus
There number is cared for as the two rooms have got enough for your family and also friends (if they love to travel) so don’t worry
I already have an idea of where my getaways will be based to the depth of Kenyan countryside with peace and a place I can feel the true meaning of “Home Far From Home”
Getting here I will give the easiest way, as you enjoy the super highway of Thika, branch off to Muranga town, enjoy the farmlands as you proceed to Kangema (a place famous political sons of this country are celebrated from their great work from tarmac to electricity) and open your eyes looking out for the sign boards indicating the directions to the Aberdares cottages
passing by the Gatunguru tea factory and few kilometers from this tea factory you will be at the gates of this amazing countryside getaway destination.
Am greatful to my brother and fellow adventure seeker #TravelWithEliud all credits goes to him
for his invite and great camera works on the pictures to ideas not forgetting Miss Kajiado county Sation Parmuat for her company
I hope as you read this you will also not be mean as you travel but invite a friend or more to join you
Lets travel and enjoy this Beautiful Kenya share your pictures feel the pride and become a true Domestic Travel Ambassador let more know what Kenya, Home are or even the beauty your village holds