Just got back from yet another great weekend getaway! We departed early Saturday morning for Kakamega, home to Kenya's Rainforest region. Arriving at our destination early afternoon we dropped our gear off at our lodge and headed out for a few hour hike. We hired a guide ... which wasn't necessary ... but nice, given that there were various trails to choose from and he was able to point out the various birds, monkeys and plants that inhabit the area.
While our trail was cleared quite well and make-shift bridges allowed us to traverse the streams and hills with ease, it was quite apparent that it would be near impossible to trek through the forest given the density of the ground cover, plants and trees. While we only saw a few species of monkeys and birds along the way, the scenery and experience of hiking under the canopy of the rainforest was cool enough to make the jaunt worthwhile. Thankfully, we arrived back at our cabin just in time to avoid the daily downpour. For a solid few hours we sipped tea (which eventually turned to Tuskers) under our overhang as we watched sheets of rain and hail fall. Once the rain cleared we had a great dinner and came back to the cabin for a few drinks and a couple of games of euchre (card game). Having decided that we would be getting up at 5:30am for a sunrise hike, we called it an early night.