Close by the colonial township of Thika is beautiful countryside dotted with traditional farmsteads , houses and rural community predominantly those members of the Kikuyu tribe . Strolling through this area was a real treat and had an authentic feel as we were invited to look at Joe’s farmstead which houses goats pigs, chickens and rabbits with some space dedicated for crops . A variety of truly wild animals live throughout this region including some large snake, a variety of birds, hippos and hyenas. The farmstead is enclosed and over a number of levels , we enjoyed roast plantain , got meat . There is something in eating with your hands and out of doors that seems to make some foods taste better . We were given a guided tour of the farm and area and heard stories of leopard and wild animals along with organic farming methods such as bio gas systems and fodder and fertilizer production. The Kikuyu being pastorals are particularly good at farming and its said give an experienced Kikuyu a Jembe (A Kenyan hoe), piece of land they can grow anything . If this is an experience you would like come and join us for a Hidden Kenyan adventure.
Today we made use of the lovely but rather cold and inclement weather and provided a tailor made event , where guests explored the countryside around Luss on foot. During this day we were blessed with expansive views of Loch Lomond, Where our guide story told about the formation of the Loch, its history and colonization after the last ice age circa 10’000 years ago until today. Throughout the day we looked at Bush craft,plants uses an tried to paint a picture of the lifestyle and dwellings of the Picts. Before exploring the forested old slate quarries and lovely Glen with its beautiful river.The day was a great blend of exploration with a informative interpretation about landscape, heritage and nature. A great social day was had by all which included a visit to a The Loch Lomond arms ” Inn and finishing with fish n chips in the local town en route home .
What a busy day, Our Outdoor Leaders visited two hospitality providers we already have a succesful working relationship with, to suggest packages and tours that would suit their particular venues. Our small dedicated team love working alongside hospitality providers, to ensure that guests can enjoy tailored packages unique to each place . It’s also a great chance for us to promote potential hospitality providers to our own guests to help them choose a place right for their needs, thus ensuring a quality package for all. Today we visited Loch Lomond Waterfront; who provide loch side Luxury lodges at Balmaha, each lodge comes complete with balcony hot tub, steam room and massive smart TV , in addition to stunning views looking westward accross the highland boundary complex . The first three images are from Loch Lomond waterfront and the last is of The old school house. We then popped in to the old school-house at Gartocharn, a late Georgian building in a delightful rural location back from the loch but with expansive veiws northwards ish towards Bein Lomond. Both hospitality providers, provide very different types of accommodation you can access our accommodation list on our website. We are trying to make it easier for you to choose your hospitality provider and are doing are best to dove tail our services to suit too.Significantly Loch Lomond Waterfront are putting some emphasis on being a venue for corporate events and both venues are shaping up to be a great place for wildlife watching holidays, being literally on the Endrick nature reserve. Both places are ideal locations to sample our eco experiences or corporate events. we particularly enjoyed getting tours and also meeting Hammish the large cat and Flyn the energetic terrier, who you’ll no doubt meet too if you stay at one of these fanstatic venues.
We had a great punch out today on a very social canoe safari in autumnal weather, we spotted a wide range of wildlife and learn some new things about local heritage too. At one point a Heron was just meters from some guests. Lots of time exploring the out the way places along the canal and fascinating facts about the environment .
One of our Outdoor Leaders was fortunate to be selected to join five other participants from across the tourism industry and based in Scotland. Cliff’s focus was on the ancient traditions and heritage and the experiences which had less structure and almost perceived as informal. He will do his best to try and emulate such experience here in Scotland which will involve local personalities
and aim to engage and interest others in Scottish heritage.