Kiambethu Tea Farm: Kenya’s Oldest Commercial Tea Farm

Located in Limuru, about 40 minutes’ drive from Nairobi is Kiambethu Tea Farm in a lush countryside setting of about 7,000 metres. The drive leading up to the farm is therapeutic as the air is fresh, clean and crisp and the green picturesque landscape of tea plantations is a sight to behold. We finally arrive at one of Kenya’s oldest and most renowned tea farm. Upon arrival tea is served…

Kakamega Forest Reserve: The Living Pleistocene Remnant

Kakamega Forest is the only remnant on Kenya of the once great tropical rainforest that stretched across Central Africa. During the long Pleistocene period great climatic changes occurred throughout the world where dense rain forests stretched from West Africa, across Central Africa and into the highland areas on the west and eastern walls of the Great Rift Valley. In 1923, gold was discovered in parts of the forest and the…

Launch of the Kenya Women Birders (KWB)

On 29th March 2019 at 1400 hours, Fort Hall at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) was filled to capacity; all the seats on the lower deck fully occupied, some participants opted to seat on the steps of the terrace as they eagerly waited for the launch of the Kenya Women Birders (KWB). Whispers and murmurs filled the room as participants from Kenya and Uganda interacted prior to the start…

Tanga Day Trip: Amboni Caves, Sigi River and Tanga City Tour

Our local guide Mr. Happiness was set to pick us from Tanga Beach Resort for our day tour. Having arrived in the evening, we would hardly make out where we were staying apart from being close to the ocean. As we drove out of the resort into town the next morning, we noticed that most buildings were painted white as is characterized by most coastal towns. The walls were low…

Tanga Beach Resort

Our hosts from Tanga Beach Resort eagerly awaited our arrival in Mombasa after using the SGR from Nairobi. We crossed the Indian Ocean using the ferry to get to South Coast, after clearance at the Lunga Lunga border point, we were all excited to visit Tanzania and see what Tanga had instore for us. We checked into Tanga Beach Resort that is about one and a half hours drive from…

Olorgesailie Pre-Historic Site: Archaeology, Paleontology, and Birdwatching

The hot dry air engulfed us upon disembarking from the car. I could hear an African mourning dove call in the distant. One of the guides directed us to the entrance to register and make payments. The reception was cool and provided the much needed shade from the scorching sun. Upon payment, our assigned guide narrated more on the murals on the wall. She explained that the site was once…

Glamping at Narumoru: Friends Hangout and Farm Visit

We had planned and waited for this weekend getaway in NaruMoru. We were ecstatic about this secluded getaway and had carried all my guide books, camera, spare battery and warm clothes for the chilly NaruMoru weather. About a kilometer’s drive after Narumoru town, we made a right turn and after missing a turn or two, we finally ended up at our hidden getaway at a friend’s friend’s farm. Two spitz…

Jetty Dinner - blue light - High Res

Rusinga Island Lodge: Kenya’s West Coast Romantic Rendezvous

The flight from Nairobi to Kisumu was breathtaking, the aerial views of the Great Rift valley system and lake shores was magical. Upon arrival at the Kisumu International Airport, our guide and taxi drove us to the Luanda Kotieno beach which took about one and a half hours. We waited at the lounge and when the ferry arrived it took us about 45minutes to get to Mbita. One of the…