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Conservation in Ol Pejeta – the world’s last male white rhino

We live in times where everyone is under pressure to perform that they often ignore how their actions could affect the rest. If history is anything to go by, however, that is pretty much human nature. It is also very normal for humans to stand in the way of any conservation efforts. Few months ago, I bought Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography. I did not finish reading it. That is very uncharacteristic of me. I am a relatively impatient person but that changes when it comes to books; I will keep reading till I find my “moment”. My

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tourism

Tourism and Poverty; case of Zanzibar

Dazzling and palm-fringed beaches, an infinite coastline, and a dynamic spice market. Such a description fits most of the destinations in developing countries with tourism as one of their main sources of income. However, that is only part of the puzzle. Zanzibar is known across the globe as one of the most ideal places to escape the daily madness, and for many others, a perfect honeymoon spot. For me, it was the former. I was hoping to spend endless hours on the white sand after spending a number of weeks in the mainland, Tanzania

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Tourism in Kenya

Tourism in Kenya; a journey of a lifetime

I am a strong believer that every country is endowed with its own beauty. That said, however, one is bound to view their motherland from a different perspective. Kenya may not be termed as one of the richest countries in the world but there's something about the country that makes it interestingly spectacular. Tourism in Kenya has shone a light to the country, but there is much more than what has often been portrayed by the media. Tourism in Kenya Tourism is the second main source of revenue after agriculture in Kenya.

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hiking near Nairobi

Hiking in Nairobi – Ololosukuan Nature Trail

Hiking is all about adventure and experiencing the profound love of nature. The Ololosukuan Nature Trail is one of the most exciting expeditions I have been on recently. The family-owned property is located just a few kilometers from Nairobi, just at the foot of Ngong Hills. Here is a spot for hiking near Nairobi that you are certain to enjoy.

[caption id="attachment_505" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Some of the landscapes we live for :)[/caption] Ololosukuan has an air of tranquility about it.

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Mountains; How we found ourselves, and conquered

There will be a lovely sunrise and/or sunset. You have not seen such views before. We have completed every other one we started. You will get lost. And tired. You cannot be the same after the experience. We always find ourselves somewhere between the start and the end of the trail to the mountains. Those are SOME of the thoughts we have before any hike. We would hate to wake up and realize that we got used to hiking, and that it does not give a thrill of some kind. Then we would consider ourselves lost; not the numerous

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Hell's kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen Malindi; Of more disappearing

Malindi is famous for a lot of things, one of them being that more Italian is spoken there than Swahili. Slight exxageration. There are other things too, like Hell's kitchen. Travel is mostly about disappearing, well at least not literally. The 9-5, the filing of reports, the numerous meetings to attend, the run ins with the landlord and other day to day routines. To 'disappear' and going places could even be equated as one and the same thing. In one of my escapades I stumbled upon a town that disappeared into the

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Beaching; the mystery town

There are many reasons I love history. Top on the list is that it makes us, even literally. Failing to remember history could also mean that we get to relive it. One is certain to get a better understanding of themselves, and our common humanity – which is essentially the reason we (should) live. So, once in a while I visit places with evidence of history. Jumba ruins is such a place. This is one of my best places in Mtwapa. A little background of the site. The place was referred to as “Jumba la Mtwana”, which is

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A day at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage

It’s nice to go against the rules once in a while. It feels good. I did that and visited a touristy place – the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. There are many things that can be said about this place. One gets really close to the animals, at least closer than one (safely) would in the jungle. I don’t like animals in cages. For almost any primary school in Kenya, the syllabus involves a trip to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Year later, I decided to go back there. This time it was different. No school bus. No teacher following you

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Getting Lost; Paradise Lost

You know those days when you’ve had a crazy week and all you want is to lay low? Away from the crazy traffic, bad workmates and all that? Well, I recently discovered what is, without a doubt, now one of my favorite spots near Nairobi. Paradise lost. There’s a lot in a name they said, I believe them! Visiting some of these places makes me realize just how many hidden gems there are in Kenya, and in any other country for that matter. It’s gratifying to discover a less touristy place that satisfies one’s wanderlust. Paradise lost

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Faulting; Hell’s Gate Gorge Walk

It is impossible to exhaust Hell's Gate. There's just too much. You know, that place that is dynamic in every way possible. Hell's Gate is found in the environs of Lake Naivasha, and is home to around 100 species of birds, flora, and a variety of wildlife. We dwelt a little bit on the wildlife, birds, and all that. It is not possible to fully cover all there is in the park especially given I'm nothing close to a biologist. I hate misleading. I haven't yet found the need to know each bird by their name. Things change, I know. In

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The wild in the world; Hell’s Gate Park

You know those old photos that used to take forever before you had them from the cameraman and/or studio? Those, coupled with scattered memories, were the only thing I had on Naivasha. And not Hell's Gate. Lake Naivasha. I was there about 20 years ago, sigh. So I jumped right in when I heard some guys were headed there. On that note, there are very many individuals and companies that plan weekend trips to Hell’s Gate, in Naivasha, and at very nominal prices. If you’re like me, out-of-town is your kind of thing. Beaten paths,

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29 amazing pictures of Nairobi

Nairobi, like most other cities, is that literal common ground. A place where everyone gets into with the hope of becoming something better - in most cases one (seemingly) has it figured out. Once in a while though, you meet a teacher who had hoped to be an engineer, a lady who just landed a contract worth a few millions, a student who always thought they would have graduated three years ago, a drunk who chased deep vein thrombosis longer than they had hoped... Such is Nairobi. Chaotic, if I may, but calming at the same

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Adventure in Nairobi in 20 pictures

Adventure is what defines us. Life is an adventure in itself. We could take adventure to imply uncertainty, adrenaline, hope, struggle, and excitement. Well, at least that’s my definition. We are such that the next minute is just as unpredictable as the next year. Faced with such incertitude, why not just dive in? Face all that sound unachievable, invent new experiences. I know, it’s easier said than done. I lost count of the number of times I failed to do something that seemed way out of my comfort zones. But it’s all about baby

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Demystifying Africa; Myths and misconceptions

Myths and misconceptions have clouded the thoughts of most, making them miss out on what is otherwise one of the richest places on earth. Okay, to be fair, I am an optimist. Maybe Africa is not where we are supposed to be for one reason or the other. I can get political here but I won’t :-P National geographic and Discovery Channel have done a great job promoting Africa’s biodiversity. Scenes from what is otherwise a brilliant exposé, if I may, have unfortunately been misconstrued by most to mean that we are all about wildlife.

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Few hours in Mombasa? Here is a plot!

Mombasa is, in many ways, one of the best cities there is. There is too much diversity, and one never lacks things to see or do. It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a town for just a few hours. Maybe before you proceed to another town or country. What if that town is Mombasa? While it’s impossible to exhaust everything there is to see in this coastal town, you can make the few hours worthwhile. Fort Jesus is how. [caption id="attachment_223" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A section of the gun platform in the

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About Wachera

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I can’t keep calm! That’s probably the worst tag line ever, but it’s true. I have tried finding fulfilment from settling down and focusing on one activity and place, but I failed terribly. Okay, I should probably start by telling you who I am. My name is Wachera, a daughter of the African soil. Just recently, I realized that Wachera is native for “the one who loves travelling” . Read more

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