Project #TembeaNairobi

How well have you traveled around Nairobi? Forget about the rounds you make to Westlands, Langa’ata, Rongai or Ruaka. Have you been to either African Heritage House or The Giraffe’s Centre? Or just the Animal Orphanage or Safari walk?

We have decided to tick some of these destinations off your list. And we are doing it in style.

DATE:  MAY 7

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MeruNationalPark

 

 

Meru National Park, where George and Joy Adamson released their most famous lioness, Elsa, back into the wild (a story immortalised in the book and film Born Free), is increasingly re-appearing on safari itineraries. After it was founded in 1966, the park, run by one of Kenya’s most energetic wardens, Peter Jenkins, was a popular destination for safaris. But it fell into neglect in the 1980s, and for more than a decade, into the late 1990s, this entrancing wilderness was virtually off limits due to out-of-control poaching. Then, championed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, with the support of the EU, the park became a KWS cause célèbre and was comprehensively restored, with newly cut earth roads, a dedicated force of rangers led by a new warden (Peter Jenkins’ son Mark Jenkins), and a poacher-proof rhino sanctuary near the main gate which is home to both white and black rhinos.

Despite its relaunch, Meru is still one of the least visited of Kenya’s big parks, which is all to the good: this unspoiled 870km² stretch of well-watered, dense bush, acacia woodland and verdant, tall grasslands spiked with weird-looking doum palms is ripe for discovery. It has game viewing which now easily matches or exceeds the sort of safari experience you’ll have in popular parks such as Tsavo West or Tsavo East, with increasingly frequent sightings of all the ‘Big Five’, plus cheetah and numerous other savannah species.

Meru’s numerous streams and rivers are a characteristic feature of the landscape. Be sure to visit the Rojewero viewpoint and boardwalk – a lovely spot to stretch your legs and take in the dense riverine forest. There are good hippo, croc and fish-eagle-spotting opportunities in the area. Driving around Meru National Park through the thick bush, you’re also likely to have close encounters with some of the park’s huge herds of buffalo – the key prey for Meru’s lion prides.

As well as morning and evening game drives, if you’re in Meru National Park for several days, you might want to include a full-day drive down to the south of the park. The grave of Elsa the lioness is out in this remote area on the north bank of the Ura River, a major tributary that forms the parks’ southwest boundary. Continue reading “MeruNationalPark”

Kenyan Travel Blogs To Read

Travel blogging, or generally blogging has been on the rise in Kenya for sometime now. Guys have realized the power of the inter-web and started sharing their travel stories, experiences, photos and more via blogs. This has in turn helped encourage more people to travel and others to appreciate our treasures and attractions more. A few years back, local tourism was not a popular trend. Those who did travel almost always opted the sandy beaches at the coast for their getaways. However, due to the good work of the government through the ministry of tourism and culture, travel bloggers and travel instagrammers, guys now know have a variety of destinations.Who would ever have thought you would be saving for Lamu Festival in December?

I took the liberty to share a few of the local travel bloggers I admire and who share the same vision of Kenya being at the top of travel destinations in the world one day. Get to read about them and have a look at their sites, you’ll learn a few tips about travel or a destination you have never heard of.

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Dear Travel Diary: LOITOKTOK TRIP by @nasnasieku

As I write this am on my bed in my bedsitter but I prefer referring to it as a studio apartment. What’s with people hating on people who live in bedsitters? We all started somewhere right? Anyway this is about some trip I took to Loitoktok about six months ago. This is kind of a throwback story.

A little a while back I went on this trip while in campus. My major had this unit called studio where we would take these trips to certain towns in the country for a whole six days to undertake  research on a given topic based on an aspect of that town.This time round I didn’t feel like going for this but it just turns out that it is a mandatory trip and constitutes 80% of the final grade… mind you this was my last semester in campus. The research topic for this trip was to study the changes in the wildlife migratory corridors in the Amboseli ecosystem. According to school policy you are given four hundred shilling per day that is to cater for three meals a day plus accommodation. It’s not funny!img_2409

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Struggles Of A Traveler

The struggles of a traveler will of course vary from one to the other. We all travel to different destinations, love to have different experiences and even use different types of transport. As somebody who loves to travel by road and love to camp, I cannot have the same problems as the guy who loves to fly to his/her destinations and spend nights in 5 star rated rooms. So the following are my personal struggles as a young and not-so-known traveler. I’ll try and give out solutions of what I think will help in evading those struggles, but feel free to go the other way if you feel it’s not the best solution.DSCN7987 Continue reading “Struggles Of A Traveler”

KNOW THE OTHER TRAVELER: ARNOLD OLUNJA @arnoldolunja

WE ARE BACK!! The weekly KTOT is back. Do you know any travelers out there?We know a few and this is the place we get them to say a few words. We are priviledged to host Arnold(Twitter: @arnoldolunja, Wordpress: https://arnoldolunja.wordpress.com/) for this second season, welcome to this week’s Hot Seat!
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KAKAMEGA FOREST

01KW11-IM1001-kakamega-forest-1475Lying only 45km (28 miles) north of Kisumu, the little-visited Kakamega Forest boasts as the only natural tropical rainforest left in Kenya – once a contiguous part of the Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem which stretched from West Africa. It occupies an area along the northeastern edge of the Lake Victoria basin. Along its eastern edge rises the partially forested Nandi Escarpment, which runs along the western edge of the Rift Valley. The northern part of the forest is a small protected area (Kakamega Forest National Reserve), with its main entrance some 15km (9 1/4 miles) from Kakamega town. Continue reading “KAKAMEGA FOREST”