People are finally realizing that the wilderness is a necessity, and that going to the mountains is synonymous to going home. For me, the Usambara Mountains is like that lost rib. Sometimes home is overrated. Here’s where it all started: A friend and I were planning to getaway for a few days. Strange cuz it was only a few days after the Turkana trip. Have you guys visited that place yet btw? Why do I seem to need so many breaks? Okay, let’s call it homesickness and carry on 😛 Texts later, I come up with Tanga. It’s close
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The SGR, is without a doubt, one of Kenya’s most monumental achievements since independence. The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was patriotically named the Madaraka Express. It revolutionized the way guys travel between Nairobi and Mombasa. For travelers, having a cheap and efficient mode of transport is something to be celebrated. What would have meant 12 hours on the road has been reduced to around four and a half hours. Convenience. [caption id="attachment_1149" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Views from the Miritini
Most of my days do not start at 3 a.m. Any such day then has to be worth it. Let’s face it: life is constantly a fingers-crossed situation. We don’t know what will happen the next minute – we can only hope. Hope is the fuel that drives us humans, and the quality of our lives is (mainly) determined by the extent and quality of our optimism. Well, it was worth it! Hiked one of the most unexplored treks in Kenya, setting records left, right, and center. Background: The Aberdare Range Kenya is generally mountainous if the
If you’re in any way intrigued by the ocean, this post is for you. Specific reference will be made to the Indian Ocean. This Ocean is named after India, and is referred to as Ratnākara in Sanskrit literature. There is quite a lot to be said about (any) ocean. However, let’s dwell on ocean reefs. The other day we took that literal journey into the Indian Ocean. I know no one disagrees that the Ocean is no one’s mother ;). Still, it has been said that only about 5 percent of the ocean has been explored! Granted, new things are
Nairobi, Kenya is one of the most interesting places there is across the globe. Its diversity is so pronounced that it is impossible to ignore its existence. As the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi represents the transformation that the country has undergone over time. Over the years, the world has constantly gathered in the city to celebrate milestones, plan world events, and so on. This week, the world's focus shifted to Nairobi, Kenya, for the IAAF WU18 Championships. This is a biennial global athletics event for the youth
Mount Kenya, like any other mountain, means different things to different people. For many years, it has been that strong tower that housed the snow that was absent everywhere else. Beer lovers gather in bars across the country to sip on White Cap, while engaging in deep and not-so-deep conversations. Guess it’s safe to say Mount Kenya houses our deepest thoughts, our fears, our hopes… our pride. What’s more, before Kenya got her independence, her soldiers used some parts of the mountain as hideouts. They held regular meetings
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary is everything you never thought the Kenyan coast could offer. Mombasa is known for a lot of things, but not the giraffe-sunset combo. By definition, this setting serves as a refuge to different kinds of animals. The property is extremely expansive - about 100 acres. It is owned and managed by Bamburi Cement. Some of the animals in the facility include giraffes, ostriches, elands, and waterbucks among others. They have more than 200 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies. The sanctuary is named
Love in Taveta Taita Taveta County will be many things to you, but top on the list will be the reiteration of human kindness. They are the most charitable lot you will come across in a long time. Well, unless you’re the kind that has little regard for locals. BTW, what then is your motivation? You know, those people who visit places as if a gun was placed to your head? It’s really strange seeing some of y’all on the road. Embrace the differences or stay at home, please. We really need to talk about the dissimilarities between
The Kenyan coast has to come up any time you do a random search of places to visit in Kenya.
"It has to be different this time", you say.
Your journey to Taita Taveta County will most likely be characterized by smooth roads, well, up until Taveta town. There are also high chances of spotting one, or many, humongous red elephants. They will be striding in indescribable majesty across the extensive plains, crossing the road once in a while right in front of your car just to remind you who is king.
“Hey boss, can you take a picture of us?” It’s impossible to put into perspective the number of times that phrase was used. I’m excited about this post just as much as I was about the last trip. I also hope you'll get some girls getaway ideas. Granted, it takes a little commitment and almost as little cash to have fun. What happens when 3 girls travel together? A lot! I just came back from one of the craziest and most random adventures ever. It was mainly characterized by laughter, chasing sunrises and sunsets, boat rides,
For Earth day this year, we were part of something very sobering. It is amazing just how much us human beings can achieve within such a short period. By the time Kenya was getting her independence, about 10 percent of her land was covered with trees. By the year 2006, that figure had dropped to 1.7%. Quantifying what we have in 2017 is just sad. Deforestation has proven the extent to which human selfishness runs. Seems like at some point most of us stopped planting trees while the rest were busy decimating them. If the trends
I’ve done a number of things that my mum definitely does not approve. Bungee jumping, however, has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The last few days got me thinking a lot about this journey: what it was meant to be, what it has become, and all that. Also, someone asked me what my scariest moment is... so here we go. Bungee jumping in the River Nile I always knew I had an immense height phobia, but that has constantly been reminded to me over the last few months. I’m not a fan of (over)thinking so normally I just
Turkana – the forgotten bride Over the years, changes have been observed in every corner of this globe. Globalization and modernization have made sure of that. Kenya has risen to be one of the highest performing developing countries. As you will notice throughout this “rant” I, Turkana, choose positivity over negativity. That said, spare me all your negative energy. God knows I’ve had enough of that. Kenya is moving forward. Look at the improved infrastructure, increased investment from local and international companies
The Crater Lakes of Uganda In line with the Crater Lakes "theme" ;)... Fort Portal in Western Uganda is one of those places one visits and gets blown away. You know, like, “what have I been doing with myself all this time?” the area contains one of the most extensive concentration of crater lakes in the world. They are around 86 of them! Some of them are only a few metres deep whereas others run to hundreds of metres. They are differently coloured, and the vegetation surrounding them varies considerably. Seriously this is
White Water Rafting in the River Nile White water rafting is one of the most humbling, yet exciting recreational sport. Won’t lie: it was never on my “have-to-do” list. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have such a list. Anyway, that happened and I’m yet to recover from the adrenaline rush. That should make up for being tear-gassed on New Year’s Eve, yikes! Apparently, Ugandan police found it appropriate to disperse guys as they waited for midnight fireworks. That officially marks my third crappy New Year’s Eve – in a row! So