Archive for November, 2007
By Robert Murigi
Africa is changing at a quick pace and human encroachment into the wildlife reserves has continued to erase the traditional routes. In association with development and changes of the way of life, the image of wildlife roaming free is slowly getting erased. Fortunately, Masai Mara National reserve holds on to its charisma of an open, limitless land. It is one of the places in Africa that still prides in wildlife concentration.
Masai Mara is located in the South-western of Kenya, 290 kilometers from Nairobi. The abundance of wildlife and the remoteness of the reserve implants memories that no money can buy.
The Migration is a recent phenomenon (60’s and 70’s was the biggest boom) with about 250,000 individuals. Gradually, with time the number has risen to the current population of over 3,000,000 individuals. Add to it an estimated 1,500,000 Zebras and the result is one of the most magnificent scenes in the world. The massive display attracts hundreds of big cats as the populations provide abundant prey. The giant African crocodiles lie in wait, patiently, as the big herds come to cross the river or to drink.
It is the masai community who are not so pleased with the whole phenomenon. The wildebeests compete with their huge herds of boran cattle for the grasslands. To them, it is a big calamity especially because the wildebeests transmit diseases to their herds and poison the waters with their fetal sacs.
This world famous migration is a circle of life which, in simple terms, means that there isn’t a start or an end. Only where the herds are located at a particular time. The big determinant is the availability of pastures. The plains of Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Serengeti are a favored spot as grass abounds and the wildebeest find a safe place to graze. It is also here that over 500,000 new calves are born and many are taken by the nearby waiting Jackals or Hyenas
Read more: http://www.explorerkenya.com/
November 12th, 2007
By Muraguri James Gichohi
Christmas well spent adventuring the picks of Mount Kenya and a great view of the country Kenya.
I did a five days tour of Mount kenya just about two days before x-mass.I left Nairobi for Nanyuki to start of my adventure trip,on an early and beautiful day sunny and clear sky.
I was in one of Kenya’s travel mini bus refereed to us the Matt ‘MATATU’ which i boarded from the Accra street in down town Nairobi at the junction of River road and Accra road ,it was at around 8:00 in the morning and streets were busy so does the bus stop as lots of people were traveling up country to cerebrate x-mass with their families .
I was lucky that a friend and a guide from the African home adventure tours and safaris ,had arranged to have me book a trip with them and was SO well organized.I talked to a tall guy from the airport refereed to as ‘’One people’’ Alberto a very friendly and serious guy he recommended that i take a tour of the mountain as a first time traveler in an African country ,an idea i did not object to knowing very well that as a Kenyan he would actually recommend something of intrest and fun to a point that it would never fade my memory.
As we took off from the Nairobi busy area that i was really scared of being the only white man,i was not sure of my safety but my guide kept on assuring me that all is well and no cause for alarm i trusted him and gained the confidence to get going.
Some few minutes after half eight in the morning we were in the outskirts of the city heading to Thika where lots of pineapples are grown by an American firm delmonte a very vast land and beautiful looking i could not believe its Africa as all my life i thought Africa was all jungle but here i am SO green fresh air the feel was incredible to me.
As we descended the very central part of Kenya ,and viewing the mountain from a distance some where at a district called Muranga’MAKUYU’ the view of the mountain was SO gorgeous that i could not believe the feel and view with the beautiful jacaranda trees,coffee trees,vegetables and fresh fruits sold by the road side .Its when i realized that the central part of Kenya as refereed to for agriculture,i saw the reality of serious farmers and pulling out their yields by the road side to sell what they grow as a way of supplementing their income ,as we stopped for a while at a place known as Kiangwachi ,Ngwachi refereed to as sweet potatoes, i could not believe the no of women mostly though a few young men were present approached our bus with all kinds of fresh fruits,vegetables some i had never seen in my life and my friend guide bought a few assorted fruits that we ate on our way up they were indeed very sweet and cheap too.
We drove up as we ascended a small town known as Karatina which has one of the biggest open air market our driver drove by it and i saw it for myself and is indeed a big market with all sorts of food items and very busy indeed i think it was a market day though i did not ask.
We proceeded on to wards nyeri town,which is in Nyeri district a very green area beautiful trees,coffee,tea and other crops huge cabbages that i have never seen all my life Nyeri produces quite allot to the country economy as in agriculture.
An hour later i was alighting my bus at a town called Nanyuki where i was to start off with my tour.i was booked in a hotel in the town centre,very clean and cheap nice food and good people .its here that i meet a group of travelers also from the top of the mountain and heading north of Nanyuki to isiolo on to the Samburu park.
I had a brief chat with the travelers and they assured me of the wonders of the mountain.
I decided to relax in the late hours of the afternoon and had dinner at six thirty in the evening we went out with some friends of my guide for drinks and disco at a nearby pub it was great .later on we retired to bed ready for the next morning.
I was up early the next morning due to excitement and we checked out of our hotel room after breakfast and took of to the base of mt Kenya we arrived there at around ten thirty and started with our trip up it was Little cold but later was warm we went all the way to makinders camp for an overnight ,we had dinner and slept in the bundas next morning was up and proceeded up i had my binoculars with me and camera took pictures all the way as i viewed the country from the to of the mountain at Christmas eve i really felt great and most thankful to my guide Mwangi
Read more: http://www.africahomeadventure.com/
November 7th, 2007
Andorra endeavours to be more than just an ordinary ski destination, but to transform itself into a place with endless leisure diversions, a place with adventure for everyone.
Culture, traditions, shopping, quality hotels with a wide choice of ludic activities in wellness which highlights the difference in our country. These are our objectives, work hard to achieve the best quality and efficiency in all the tourist services which are offered in the Principality.
The Principality of Andorra has the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees. The country can offer 3 ski stations, 177 slopes representing a distance of 284,6 km, 110 skilifts, the services of about 700 instructors and 1385 snow canons which guarantee skiing during the whole season. All this in a territory which measures only 468 sq.km.
With its historical and political development, Andorra continues to be a co-principality, with the bishop of Urgell and the president of the French Republic as the co-princes by personal title and in absolute equality.
While you are away from home you may like to try some restaurants specialising in more exotic cooking. In Andorra you will find Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Japanese restaurants in addition to those offering other European specialities.
There’s plenty of variety in places and restaurants. Don’t forget haute cuisine. Andorra has the good fortune to have exclusive restaurants offering unique gastronomic experiences. Find out about the annual gastronomic events which round out the good flavour of this offer.
And if you prefer home-style cooking, you will find a host of little family-run restaurants and snack bars where you can eat just like at home and with good quality-price value
Read more: http://www.turisme.ad/
November 4th, 2007