THE PINK INVASION: MARTIN HARVEY’S PERSPECTIVE

Zuru Kenya

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

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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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The Drama, The Suspense, The Thrill of a Wildebeest Crossing

The Insatiable Traveler

If you haven’t watched a wildebeest crossing in person, trust me, no documentary will ever do it justice. It’s like trying to capture the enormity of the Himalayas in a photograph, or the feeling of flying in a hot air balloon from a video. They’re unlike anything you’ve seen before. Every crossing is unique and filled with mystery, suspense and adrenaline-pumping action worthy of a Bruckheimer film, and all to often, the morbid thrills of Jaws.

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Fun. Sun. Sand.

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Part 2 was supposed to be up eons ago, but it’s better late than never. It has been quite some fun reminiscing on the trip to Diani and reminding myself what a beautiful country I am blessed to live in.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the cool places to hang around.

PS: Seeing as Christmas is just around the corner, the Coast would make a worthwhile getaway.

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Kizingo, Lamu – The Relativity Of Time

The Kenyan Camper

‘Time is relative’ can be easily explained. Remember how in school during a hot afternoon session of double Math or Physics you were sure the teacher had sold his soul to the devil and in exchange now had the power to stop time? Seconds became minutes and minutes became hours, the clock might as well have been coated in molasses. But during Christmas and the December holidays the month to whizzed by and before you knew it you were back in the black hole of your classroom that sucked all the joy that life had to offer? For me that explains it perfectly.

I’ve gone on this absurd tangent because I found one of the good places. Where time seems to stretch and slooow right down; it’s called KIzingo.

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The dance with no music

my travel stories

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How often do you travel and get the feeling that that was your best day away from your usual place of stay? How often have you been with strangers and by end of the day you are the best friends as though you are childhood friends? How often have you travelled or gone to a place you last visited years of months ago? Have you ever felt at home in a new place or a strange land?

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That has happened alot to me meeting up with strangers and we end up as great friends, I have been to strange land and felt at home, I have lost my way following the less used trails but ended up with an adventure. I have had accidents that almost plucked my ears or even nails but instead of pain it felt so sweet ( at heart not at the wound) since the scars…

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