Worth More Alive

We are only a few hours to the historic Ivory and Rhino Horn Burn this weekend. The burning of 105 tonnes of elephant tusks and 1.3 tonnes of rhino horns on April 30 at the Nairobi National Park will reaffirm Kenya’s commitment to protect its iconic wildlife species, as being reported in different media outlets. The stockpile to be destroyed is worth an estimated 30 million US dollars on the black market.

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Photo courtesy of Mutira Rashid (mutirarashid.com)

I will not be one to say this is bad, or we should have done that because it is trully a great part of history. That I will probably after all this excitement has cooled down(keep your stones safely guys!).

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Olomayiana Bush Camp – A Labour Of Love

The Kenyan Camper

Here’s one of the problems I have with the traditional resort – style offering; I don’t know whether its the massive air – conditioning unit chomping away at energy units, the indulgence of a winding chlorinated pool thats the star of the brochure or buffet tables groaning under the weight of kilos of food that encourage us to serve more than we can possibly finish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking it “different strokes for different folks” and all of that, it’s just so far removed from how we live our normal lives that it’s difficult for me to buy into. Luckily for people like me, we have places like Olomayiana, a place that that wears it’s human-sized heart on it’s sleeve.

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Next Stop Kenya: How Meru Stole My Heart

Ang's Adventures

imageHello again!  Having thankfully moved past the point of pure avoidance, and onto that writer’s block abyss of staring at the blinking cursor…wondering why a million thoughts and memories cannot manifest themselves out the tips of my fingers into one bloody word, here I am.  Ready, finally, though hesitantly, to continue the written version of my safari to Africa.  To be honest, it has been difficult to find the place inside me that is ready to revisit this magical world that captured my heart.  Leaving Meru felt kind of like leaving home, and each time I would think of writing about it I became awash in a kind of melancholy that stopped me in my tracks…but today, I think I need to go back.  It’s time to continue the journey, and remember the way it felt to be in this glorious little hidden paradise of Kenya.  So jambo Meru, jambo ndovu…

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Dear Travel Diary: Matatu Experience, The Coastal Way

So about that story I promised you about Kilifi matatus, here it is. We had travelled to Kilifi very smoothly, arrived safely and spent a good two days emjoying the coastal weather and culture. I was already speaking in that swahili twang you hear our coastal brothers have. Heck, even my skin tone was getting fairer. I was really becoming a coasterian, maybe I would have added a ‘Mwadime’ or ‘Omari’ to my name just to fit the part. However, we had to leave and get back to the 100 degrees celcius Nairobi heat(cues in Daddy Owen’s Mbona ft Denno). We all thought we were in agreement to leave that morning, we were wrong. Our Nissan Serena wasn’t done enjoying the Kilifi weather, it couldn’t start. After allowing mechanics to check on it without bearing any fruits, we decided to take a bus back. We were due to leave that morning but it was now midday and had to get seats in a bus for an overnight trip. It was not an easy job. First all the buses departing from Kilifi and Malindi were full. We thought of flying back but our budget could not allow for such an impromptu expense of that magnitude. So we ended up calling the Tahmeed bus’ Mombasa offices and booking to depart from there. That meant we had to take a matatu from Kilifi to Mombasa.

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Kilifi: More Than Your Usual Coastal Town

Kilifi is a resort town on the coast of Kenya , 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast by road of Mombasa. The town lies on the Kilifi Creek and sits on the estuary of the Goshi River. Kilifi is capital of the Kilifi County and has a population of 122,899 (2009 census). It is known for its beach and for the ruins of Mnarani, including mosques and tombs, dating from the 14th to the 17th century.

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Kilifi town

The town sits on both sides of the estuary and are linked by the Kilifi Bridge which overlooks the estuary. The south side has the Mnarani ruins and Shauri Moyo beach while the north side is the main part of Kilifi Town and Bofa Beach. The weather is generally warm throughout the year (above 25 degrees) with two seasons of moderate rainfall (about 800-1000mm). Long periods of rain start around March and last into July, while the short periods start around October and last until December. The terrain is generally flat with sandy-loamy soils.

The town is somewhat a small and calm town. There are no skyscrapers or traffic hampering your way around. Actually, the main mode of transport is by tuktuks and motorcycles. They are in large numbers. Continue reading “Kilifi: More Than Your Usual Coastal Town”

Dear Travel Diary: Kisite Mpunguti by @zeddyshizzle

I think the first time I heard Kisite Mpunguti was when I was going through OneTouch live photos and saw @mwarv‘s shot of the beautiful island by his drone camera. At first I felt ashamed and sad that all my life I had lived at the coast but had never visited this paradise. I quickly googled it up and the images that I saw on the screen blew my mind instantly. I marvelled on seeing a dolphin and there and then I knew this was my next destination.

Where would we, sorry I, be really without the internet? I checked google maps and found out the island was roughly 60km south of Mombasa. I knew the road would be rough since I had been to south coast before, so I used a 4*4 and set out for the journey. As usual I don’t wake up early and thus started the road trip at 9.00 AM. Later on I would discover that was a very bad decision. We crossed the ferry as usual but the jam to get to Likoni was crazy. After an hour or so we made it through. South coast is just chilled and calm and driving past Diani brought back so many memories. We got lost a couple of times but we finally got the road that led to the island. The road was really poor, and I mean really really poor. I don’t think you can get to the Island with a vitz using that dirt road. A few kilometers down the road and we got to Shimoni. Continue reading “Dear Travel Diary: Kisite Mpunguti by @zeddyshizzle”

Dear Travel Diary: More Of That Please

So, I’m excited to do a blog piece as a guest on Funtravel Kenya because first, it is nominated among the best Kenyan travel blogs for the BAKE Awards. And second, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. Here is the thing, I’m a lover. I write about love and its beauty(Working Progress). What can I say, just like my name, I believe in fairytales. Today however, I’m writing about my travel escapades. This should be fun. So, here is a tale of #theluhyasindubai. YES!!! Luhyas in Dubai Continue reading “Dear Travel Diary: More Of That Please”