If you are an avid instagram user or a twitter junkie or a photography enthusiast, you have probably seen his works already. We have Robert Mahebo on the hot seat today, @RoadTripGuruke on IG and twitter. He is a professional photographer who happens to have also fallen in love with tourism.
- First, tell us about yourself and how you are involved in the tourism industry.
I am the road trip guru and a travel enthusiast. Though my name may deceive you, I’m still an infant in travel, learning the crawls and walks that accompany this lifestyle. I explore everything of interest from just cities and towns to museums and picturesque locations therein.
- We have noticed you have immense love for photography and nature, how and when did this start?
I have grown up doing photography, playing with the 35mm film to capture bits of my life. After working in the advertising industry for a while, I decided to pick up photography on a full time basis and go freelance on Ad work. To make sure I had made a good life decision, I took my camera, drove myself to Naivasha and camped there for a night. The feel of tranquility and utmost peace away from the bustle of city life was the stamp of approval I needed. That was two years back.
- How often do you travel?
I try and travel at least every weekend but this will depend on my work schedule and availability of finances. In a month I am assured of a minimum of two new places and at best one new stranger to friend.
- What can you not travel without?
My phone with its power bank, my two cameras and their lenses and money in *Mpesa, You never know what will happen out there but at least Mpesa works.
- Thus far, what are your 3 favorite places in the world and why?
Iten…the air, the views and the possibilities in this place is immense.Mau forest, I have had the opportunity to go and hunt for monkeys with dogs deep in the Mau forest. The fear of turning from hunter to the hunted makes for a good adrenaline boost. Meeting with the Ndorobo tribe is also a plus. Lastly, African Heritage house in Mlolongo makes for a great collection of artifacts and cultural history. Its architectural borrow from Timbuktu’s style gives it a foreign appeal.
- What are 5 destinations or activities in your bucket list?
Why are you limiting me to five, I have a list…a long list. I will try to stop at 5, no promises though.
- Morocco, for the architecture.
- Table Mountains of South Africa.
- Germany for the Autobahn and the Nurburgring. Yes, I love speed.
- Botswana to explore the Okavango delta Maldives, to propose or the honeymoon Swim in Victoria fall’s devil pool.
- Paragliding over the rift valley at Iten.
- Snorkeling, I haven’t decided where yet.
- Spanish Running of the bulls, to take pictures.
- Dead Sea swimming or floating.
- What is your favorite mode of transport in your travels?
I prefer driving myself to the locations. As a photographer, I tend to notice small things that I’d want to shoot. The freedom of being able to pull over and get that shot makes me love road and self-driving to be precise.
- What are your upcoming travel plans- say for 2015?
If I get the Land Rover before the end of the year, I will be doing a 7 week drive to Malawi and back. Since it is not here yet, I am planning on exploring more museums and heritage sites within the country before I travel to do the same in Tanzania sometime midyear.
- What are the most important lessons you have learnt from your trips?
Apart from learning that nothing beats good company for a hike, the most important lesson I got to learn was… be friendly to everyone you meet on the way and in life, you never know where they will come to be a blessing to you.
- Any comments on #TembeaKenya and to others about traveling?
I have always linked my travel pictures to this hashtag when I post. I believe it needs to be made into an active online presence, as with every new picture comes new interest from someone new.
We are grateful to @RoadTripGurukefor the interview. You can see his works or contact him via the following accounts, Website: www.roadtripguru.co.ke Facebook: RoadTripGuru Twitter: RoadTripGuruke Instagram: RoadTripGuruke . If you have any comments, please share on the comments’ section or via our twitter page @funtravelke . You can also suggest anyone to be considered for future interviews. Thank you.