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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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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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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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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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volunteering

How to choose the right volunteer opportunity

If you have made it through life without the help of anyone else, I doubt this post will interest you. Volunteering defines humanity since it is one of the ways one can make a difference – no matter how small. The beauty is that no one is too poor to give, and it’s one of the most gratifying experiences one could ever have. Unfortunately, we have to deal with issues such as hunger and untold poverty. While it may be impossible to eliminate such in their entirety, it is possible to be part of something beautiful. Even more

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal: An enshrinement of love

We all strive to find the sweetness in our hearts – directly and/or indirectly. That explains why we seek new relationships, why we have to deal with heartbreaks… Well, it’s only after we discover the love in our hearts that we can see the same in others. We can go on and on about love, but is all narrows down to the fact that is the world’s greatest dynamic, it overshadows race, clogs religious differences… it’s the difference between us and rocks.

There is so much to learn from your immediate environment. This

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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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