Relaxing afternoon at the Acacia Camp

Situated in Swara Plains which is only an hour’s drive from Nairobi, the camp is an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. PHOTO| JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • Driving there from Nairobi, as I did last Sunday, you can well understand why, whoever it was, was moved to pin that verse on the wall of Acacia Camp’s lounge. It is a place of beautiful and serene wildness.

  • And there is some pleasant wet, too: dams where you can sit patiently on the banks and fish, or float lazily on the placid waters in a boat.

  • But for the hour of driving there you will have passed through Nairobi’s industrial area, threaded the long and depressing queue of lorries at Mlolongo’s weighbridge, and observed how quickly housing estates are spreading out beyond Athi River Town and across the Kapiti Plains.

Any place that displays lines of the English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wins my favour. The place is the Acacia Camp in the Swara Plains Conservancy off the Mombasa Road and not far beyond Athi River. And these are the lines:

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