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SGR

Booking the SGR Madaraka Express – Everything you need to know

The SGR, is without a doubt, one of Kenya’s most monumental achievements since independence. The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was patriotically named the Madaraka Express. It revolutionized the way guys travel between Nairobi and Mombasa. For travelers, having a cheap and efficient mode of transport is something to be celebrated. What would have meant 12 hours on the road has been reduced to around four and a half hours. Convenience. [caption id="attachment_1149" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Views from the Miritini

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aberdares

Hiking in Kenya – Daring the Rurimueria Trek, Aberdares

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

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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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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya; Pics from the world’s last WU18 athletics, in Kasarani

Nairobi, Kenya is one of the most interesting places there is across the globe. Its diversity is so pronounced that it is impossible to ignore its existence. As the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi represents the transformation that the country has undergone over time. Over the years, the world has constantly gathered in the city to celebrate milestones, plan world events, and so on. This week, the world's focus shifted to Nairobi, Kenya, for the IAAF WU18 Championships. This is a biennial global athletics event for the youth

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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.

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planting trees

Kinga Conservancy – Planting trees, and hope.

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

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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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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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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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maasai mara

The Maasai Mara in 15 pictures

Maasai Mara is one of the most preferred places to do an African safari. First things first though. I'm so excited to do my first post on Kenya. One, it's Kenya... two, I'm Kenyan. But seriously, I love Kenya so much, some people (wink) thinks its crazy! Whether you're a Kenyan or not, there's so much to love about this country. Hopefully my blog will convince you that :) So, one of the most visited places in Kenya is the Maasai Mara. This is a destination that is highly recommended for both seasoned and first-time

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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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