Escape to Funzi Island

Katy Fentress

I lie awake in the Lamu bed; outside in the darkness, the coastal night orchestra is in full swing. The cricket string quartet is competing with the monkey chorus to drown out the clashing cymbals of the night birds and the blaring bush baby horn ensemble.

A mosquito’s high-pitch hum searches for an entry through my net and onto my sunburned skin. I feel lulled by the unfiltered sounds of nature.

Flashback to Nairobi and it’s late afternoon on Wednesday. I am in a taxi, sitting in traffic. As I stare at the sheets of rain coursing down my window, I think how much nicer it would be to spend a healthy three-day weekend by the coast, instead of a Saturday evening straining to hear what people are trying to say over the grating beats of whatever passes for electronic music these days. Before I know it, my finger is…

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How to spend 7 days in Kilifi and watamu.

Shades of Acqua_ by Marie Magesha

PLANNING A GETAWAY

August 2018

Planning a vacation can be fun but at times, it is borderline maddening. Picture this, you have perfectly aligned all the forces together, a couple of friends, enough money, leave days, hotel bookings and all that’s left to do is, getting to the vacation spot.

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Travel is a mental investment.

A week to the trip,  is almost always the exact moment everything comes crushing down. In my case;

  • One by one my friends cancelled the trip, except Mike.
  • I didn’t get my new passport back on time so my visa appointment was affected.
  • My travel buddy  had work issues come up so we kept postponing the trip.DSC05749

Tuesday 

I had one of the worst days, trying to sort out my visa and I had reached a low point. I knew that it was time to cancel the trip after my friend called me later…

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Wasini: Hakuna Matata

Wasini Island has to be one of the most beautiful islands in Africa, if not the world. Apart from having one of the cleanest beaches at the Coast, it is home to dolphins. It neighbours Shimoni, a small town off the Likoni-Lunga Lunga road which is also the highway to Tanzania. Shimoni too is a tourist destination due to the Shimoni slave caves which have a breathtaking history. From Shimoni, a boat or canoe is the only means of transport to the exotic island. At wasini, the fresh air is triple purified and non-polluted. You can just sit at the shore all day doing nothing but admiring its beauty.

It has a certain mystical power that relaxes your whole body. Just a disclaimer before you visit the place, you are not guaranteed to sight dolphins for reason that the dolphins move around alot.

First, they feed early in the morning…

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The Spirit of Cycling in Kenya.

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Cycling in Kenya is becoming quite popular. Many people are quitting the gym for physical outdoor activities like jogging and cycling because of the allure they come with. The upside of cycling is that it comes along with fun activities such as bird watching, picnicking and traversing the country in general.

Listed below are some of the places you can go cycling in Kenya with friends and family:

1. Karura Forest
Located in the outskirts of Nairobi CBD, Karura Forest is one of the most popular joints for cycling in Kenya. Karura Forest offers a quiet clean and organised biking trail, away from oncoming cars and the hustle that the city life is.
Bring your mountain bike and join other Nairobi cyclists in the designated bike paths, which range from 5-15 km. You can alternatively hire a bike at Karura for KES 500 per hour, daily from 8 am…

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THE PINK INVASION: MARTIN HARVEY’S PERSPECTIVE

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The Lake shores of Nakuru and Bogoria are a bird-watcher’s paradise to say the least. Millions of flamingos gather along the alkaline lakes to devour the algae that lends to their brilliant pink plumage. These pink beauties are quite the ornithological spectacle and no one could’ve captured that better than Martin Harvey. Harvey takes us on one pink magical adventure that is bound to leave birding enthusiasts in awe.

 “To witness a concentration of birds like this is, without a doubt, one of the greatest ornithological experiences in the world. There is constant movement of pink as birds move about the lake in search of food or disturbance by predators. It truly is an enjoyably overwhelming wildlife experience.” – Martin Harvey

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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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TEMBEA KENYA CHEAP

The holidays are here again, and most of you will be on the road. Just a few tips to help you out as you plan. Enjoy your holidays!

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We all agree traveling, or as most of you would say “Tembea Kenya”, is expensive. You have to fuel your car, or hire one for most of us. And I’m not even going to talk about getting a safari van for your trip. This digs a hole in your pocket, or leave a dent in your account for the better off. Then there’s food, accommodation and tips..yes, you can’t get back from a trip without tipping someone. It’s an unwritten rule. These adds up to a lot of money, which frankly most of us don’t have. Today I want to give you a cheaper option of kutembea Kenya, appreciating your country at pocket-friendly prices.

TRANSPORT

Most of us have the mentality that you need a private means of transport in order to go for a road-trip. I disagree. You can have a good time just by using public means. Done…

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Camping with the lions – I

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From our camp we could watch baby hippos splash and swill in the waters, while the adults watched us with suspicion. This was my first experience of camping in the wild, and we started with choosing the wrong place. It was only when Leena said “What if hippos come this way to graze?” that we realized, we were way too near the mighty hippos. And in Africa, you don’t mess with the hippos. So we shifted, to a safer place, near the Serena hotels, with the researchers of Hyena Research Center as our neighbors; and practically in the territory of the hyenas. We again smiled at our choice, but our experienced Masai guide James was convinced.

And then setting up of camps begun. Candidly for the first time campers it’s an experience and especially when you are not given enough tools to set up your camp and you…

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