The Divination of the Turkana

The Divination of the Turkana

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Samburu
The resonant thumping song of the Long-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus climacurus) through the dry air is a sound of blessing. The hot undulating desert landscape of sand-coloured sedimentary rocks are bare of greenery, except a few dead-looking bush punctuating the morning sunrays. The rufous-brown coloured bird, with an exceptionally long tail, makes its distinct call, a fast, mechanical trill; higher-pitched than similar calls of other nightjars. People are listening, watching. Should the bird land at the door of any of the doum-palm thatched homesteads that pop up every few kilometers in the vast horizon of sand, thorn trees, plains and hills; interspersed with scorched river-beds, sand pans, and volcanic hills, its a sign that rain is near. Animals will be quenched, satisfied. And for the Turkana people living in the deserts…
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Beads of Tradition

Beads of Tradition

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Samburu
Northern Kenya is a wild frontier country inhabited by some of the toughest and most interesting people in Africa. Spartanish, tall and regal, these nomads belong to a mythical race of African ancient warriors who migrated south in the late 10th century, or from the lower Nile valley in about the 15th century. The Samburu are part of a migration of four language groups that included the Maa peoples (Nilo-Saharan language family), who first settled in the Laikipia and Loita highlands north of Mount Kenya. The Samburu people have over the years stuck tenaciously to their culture and are among the most culturally rich of Kenyan communities today. Their daily life activities are as fascinating as their elaborate traditions. As semi-nomadic pastoralists, the Samburu are closely related to the Maasai,…
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About Samburu

About Samburu

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Samburu
Driving up north from Nairobi, that familiar feeling of excitement slowly grows and as the roads wind down towards the dusty, desert heat of Samburu, city life is now a distant memory. Samburu County is predominantly semi-arid with scarce erratic rainfall. Breezing past reticulated giraffes, pretty-eyed dik-diks and comical flocks of vulturine guineafowl, I’m headed for Maralal Town. Clearly, increased human dependence on forest resources along with variability in intensity and seasonality of rainfall, have resulted in prolonged drought and severe weather events in recent years as evidenced by the bare land sparsely covered in bush and scrub. In the Samburu ecosystem humans, domestic animals and wildlife co-exist sharing the same environmental resources, are exposed to common risks and in some cases antagonize the lives and existence of one another.…
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Experience Tanzania: Your Ultimate Adventure Holiday

Experience Tanzania: Your Ultimate Adventure Holiday

Conservation, Extreme, Game drive, Holiday, Wildlife Safari
While on safari, every game drive is a trip into the unexpected.., a chance to encounter nature at its most raw. No wonder that for many, a trip to Kenya is firmly at the top of their wish list. What many people don't realize, however, is that while Kenya is the world's best-known safari destination, it is far from being the only one. ‘When you go on a Kenya safari, you are watching the most amazing film in the world. But when you go on a Tanzania safari, you are the lead role,’ says our driver guide with a hint of pride in his voice. A herd of elephants makes its way across the savannah. A leopard stalks through the grass. A pack of hyenas munch on a kill. Reminiscing…
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Wildlife Photography Tips: Shooting Wildlife on a Cloudy Day

Wildlife Photography Tips: Shooting Wildlife on a Cloudy Day

Bird_watching, Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Wildlife Safari
The sunrays peaking through the thick rain forest vegetation offer little warmth to the morning chill of the Aberdares. Raising the jacket zipper a little BIT, I scan the horizon somehow instinctively. I’m looking out for any disturbance in the lush green bush. An odd or sudden movement. Or a change in the natural flow. A few meters to the left, a lone male buffalo pushes through the brush, purposefully turning his head towards me, curious - sharp horns sending a clear message. I note the uniqueness of his boss; the bridge between his primary weapons… an indicator of his experience – an old male, probably at the end of his years. Finger on the shutter, I let go a few shots from the DSLR, but suddenly the clouds close…
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Book of The Month: Theodore Roosevelt’s African Game Trails

Book of The Month: Theodore Roosevelt’s African Game Trails

Conservation, Excursion, Game drive, History, Holiday, Maasai Mara, Nakuru, Samburu, Wildlife Safari
It was a wild sight; the ring of spearmen, intent, silent, bent on blood, and in the centre, the great man-killing beast, his thunderous wrath growing ever more dangerous. At last the tense ring was complete, and the spearmen rose and closed in. The lion looked quickly from side to side, saw where the line was thinnest, and charged at his topmost speed. The crowded moment began. With shields held steady, and quivering spears poised, the men in front braced themselves for the rush and the shock; and from either hand the warriors sprang forward to take their foe in flank. Bounding ahead of his fellows; the leader reached throwing distance, the long spear flickered and plunged; as the lion felt the wound he half turned, and then flung himself…
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Check Out These March Adventure Travel Must-haves

Check Out These March Adventure Travel Must-haves

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Nairobi Area, Valentine's Day, Wildlife Safari
March marks the beginning of Kenya’s tourism low season (which lasts up until May) and the start of the long rains. This means fewer vehicles in parks and reserves and a much quieter accommodation. Down at the coast, clear blue skies at the start of the month is an indication of good conditions for diving and snorkelling just before the change of weather. Its also the ideal time to go out Whale shark spotting. For wildlife safari, flooded roads; an abundance of vegetation; and generally wet weather at this time makes for poor wildlife watching and slippery summits for those planning a hike at Mount Kenya. Even though some tracks are impassable and mosquitoes are rife (in a few places), if you're looking to bag a bargain then this is certainly…
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Where To Go in Kenya this Valentines

Where To Go in Kenya this Valentines

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Valentine's Day, Wildlife Safari
Chocolates. Flowers. Love. Breath-taking sceneries, luxurious rooms, and tranquil environments to put you and your beau in the right mood… Yes!, the season is upon us and very few things conjure up the idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day like an exotic getaway with your love. Are you adventurous? Love the outdoors? Maybe you prefer cozying indoors with some wine and pampering?  No matter what kind of couple, Kenya has always had thousands of places to explore, hundreds of things to see and experience for to celebrate with your love. With the long dry season well established, the grass grazed down and wildlife gathering close to water points, this is still a good month for a safari. Water clarity makes for excellent diving and snorkeling conditions at the coast. From…
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Those Who Love to Travel

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Those Who Love to Travel

Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Nairobi Area, Valentine's Day, Wildlife Safari
Valentine’s Day is the most ideal opportunity for creating unforgettable memories with the person you love the most.  There is no shortage of places in Kenya for the perfect getaway to unleash your passion. But if a trip isn’t in the cards this year, the next best thing is to surprise your significant other with a gift worthy of a travel experience. If you are thinking of getting your special someone long-stem roses or a box of chocolates, you might be missing a lot. So, why not surprise your significant other with the following selected gifts that are guaranteed to leave lasting memories. Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through…
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Book Your Safari Online

Book Your Safari Online

Bird_watching, Excursion, Game drive, Holiday, Wildlife Safari
Amazingly unbelievable!" were the first words she used to describe their family December trip to Tsavo West National park. “Every day we were on holiday was such an adventure, simply because we never knew what we would see or what would happen," she said as we chatted online a few days after they returned from their Christmas holidays. "Everyone’s asking us what our most memorable moment was, but it would not do the trip justice to choose one of anything. There were just so many awesome experiences! We saw all the Big 5, an endless number of other animals including, elephants, hippos, cheetahs, and giraffes. We saw everything from male lions fighting to hippos mating. It was like being in an adventure movie unfolding every day! We felt so lucky…
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