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Usambara Mountains – You won’t find a better guide elsewhere

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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mount kenya

Mount Kenya: 1001 things to do besides summiting

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

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lake chala

Couple of random stuff about Lake Chala

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

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kenyan coast

Lake Jipe et al.; Exploring County 006, Part 1

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.

You

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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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Turkana

What if Turkana could speak? It did; here’s an excerpt!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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