At Acacia Camp on the Swara Plains

Going Places Africa

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:

What would the world

Be, once bereft

Of wet and wildness?

Let them be left,

O let them be left,

Wildness and wet.

Long live the weeds

And the wilderness yet.

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…

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