57 Monkeys – not even kidding

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.


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6 responses to “57 Monkeys – not even kidding

  1. Susan Carter

    There were AT LEAST 57 monkeys there on Jan 20, 2007 too!!! WAY fun 2007 AND 2010!

  2. 2frugalfoodies

    This sounds super fun. It also makes me think of little Ginny on the swing in the video…Monkeys, WoooooWooo Hhoo. 🙂 Love y’all.

  3. Ginny

    Yes, Yes….my impersonation was probably spot on!
    Sounds like a great way to celebrate 3 years!

  4. Barb

    What fun. Perhaps if you had kept drinking beer the monkeys would have kept increasing too!!!! Happy belated anniversary…….

  5. Happy 3 years! Even when it is 30 I am going to remember how good those fresh crepes were at your wedding.

  6. Ginger

    Too fun! Monkeys – hoo, hoo, hoo, and camels!
    Keep the stories coming!
    Know our constant love.

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