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ocean reef

The mystery that is the ocean reef – journeying the ocean

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

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nguuni nature sanctuary

Nguuni Nature Sanctuary – Mombasa’s best kept secret

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

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world environment day

Let us talk nature – World Environment Day 2017

Today is World Environment Day :) Once in a while I binge watch. I am very flexible when it comes to what I watch. Okay, perhaps not very. Another thing you should know about me is that I FEAR animals. That includes hens and all that stuff. I chicken out, a lot ;) . Few weeks a good friend dropped off some movies for my binge watching session. Ironic that I’m discussing this on such a day. Today in World Environment Day, a day set aside to appreciate nature. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature”. Never,

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girls getaway ideas

County 006 – Unlimited Adventure with the girls

“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,

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bungee jumping

The scariest thing I have ever done

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

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solo travel

5 reasons you should take the next trip alone

Solo travel. Because life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. As I write this, I have around 36 hours before my next trip. I haven’t packed anything… except my camera :) It’s been quite some time since I did a long hike, and also since I traveled alone. Let’s face it. There are many things that are comforting about traveling in a group. The last major trip I did was to Turkana – forget the constant search for new beaches around my town! On that note, I will share images from some of the most spectacular beaches in

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white water rafting

Lessons Learned from White Water Rafting

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

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life lessons

16 life lessons learned when traveling

About life lessons. Guys, Happy New Year! It’s been ages since I did a post. No pressure :) I don’t know if people still make New Year resolutions, but I have one this year – to travel more. This was inspired by the many life lessons I have learned since I took to the road. It’s amazing just to sit and think about them. Traveling is a skill I hope to master, and I think part of that requires that resonates with all the benefits of the same. Let’s dive right in, shall we? No one is too poor to be helpful I keep saying

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Solo travel destinations; a recount

It’s my anniversary – it was 4 days ago :) So, it’s been 1 year since I decided that I had been answering the question of what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up all wrong. A traveler would have been the most ideal response! Taking that first step happens to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Things move fast: from googling "solo travel destinations" and "places to volunteer" to now where a great chunk of my time goes to finding cheap flights. 1 year and several countries later, I have encountered hundreds of

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Why I fell in love with Sri Lanka

Which is the best country you’ve visited so far? This is by far one of the most common questions I have to answer. I ask the question a lot too; as a trick question, or not :P. I still do not have an answer to that. Every country I have visited had its own charm, even Tanzania, a country that is certainly not my best. That said, Sri Lanka really made an impression. I want to go back, and I rarely say that about a destination. Well, except Morocco that I recently visited and got blown away. That’s the thing right here: it only gets

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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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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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999 places to visit; is Mount Everest one?

Mount Everest has been on the news over the last few days for the wrong reasons – it cut short what were otherwise very promising lives. I don’t know what comes into your mind when the said mountain is mentioned. Personally, the only thing that comes into my mind is Nepal. Which is not news cuz what else am I expected to think of anyway. However, the recent stories got me thinking of something different; dreams. I know people whose dream is to make it up the Summit (that’s the name given to the highest part of the Everest which is

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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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