This weekend, Sandy and I decided to belatedly celebrate our three year wedding anniversary by taking a mini-vacation to Mulanje, where Sandy spent three months in 2005. The hour and a half drive was beautiful, as we wound through lush green tea estates, and it’s incredible how Mulanje mountain just rises out of nothing. The third largest mountain in Africa, it’s sheer height is breathtaking.
We slowly made our way through the town of Mulanje as Sandy pointed out places he had known during his time there. We made it up a steep hill on the slopes of the mountain to Kara O’Mula lodge (http://www.karaomula.com/) The lodge is gorgeous – it blends right into the mountain side with tall trees, a “tree house” and luxurious rooms. The beautiful veranda off the 100 year old building looks out over the Mozambique mountains.
We checked in, got settled and had a beer on the porch. As we were sitting there, a troupe of seven baboons strolled up the driveway in a line.
A little later, we decided to have a beer by the pool. We were just talking and relaxing – Sandy said he wondered how many hectares the lodge had… and then he wondered how big a hectare is. It was such a pleasant evening, with cold beer, a pretty setting, and … at least fifty monkeys.
About ten minutes after we sat down, two baboons darted across the path, up one tree, and into another one directly in front of us. And they just kept coming. There were small ones, large ones (I mean seriously big – like seventy pound baboons) , monkeys with babies, loud ones, hungry ones, curious ones… it was amazing. There were way more than we could count, scattered in the three trees. We had a perfect view as they were literally jumping around on limbs right above us. Everywhere we looked, on almost every branch, there was a monkey or a baboon. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!
Unfortunately, I had my second rate camera with me and as it was getting dark, none of the pictures came out. Still, it was an incredible way to spend our anniversary.