Everybody now knows I love Morocco. It is one of those countries where I did not struggle to fit in; I had the ultimate the experience. The highlight of my trip? Snail soup. The people. Okay, it was the hammam. I cannot decide. Here’s how my hammam experience went down. What is a hammam? It is a bathhouse/steam bath that is integral and ancient part of Moroccan culture. First, a brief history of this bathing tradition: It originated from the Arabs and Romans, without who, guys would still be using cold water to shower and
Browsing tag: backpacking in Africa
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,