Nairobi is such an interesting city. It was founded during the construction of the railway through East Africa. Due to the swampy condition of the place, numerous officials in the colonial government ruled out the possibility of it being a capital city…yet here we are years later! Apart from it being a bustling business metropolis, it’s also rich in wildlife (Nairobi National Park) and birds. Over 600 bird species have been recorded in Nairobi.
Before this trip, the last time I went camping with Nature Kenya is December 2016 when we went to Samburu. This is mostly due to 2017 being the year I was at my lowest- financially. My travel diary was dry. But thank God I’m not broke now. 🙂 During the Madaraka Day long weekend, I joined fellow travel junkies on a trip to Chyulu Hills.
Yes peeps! I’ve been officially posting on here for two years. TWO years! It’s been quite a journey. As I mentioned in this post here, this year began on a savage note. Some of the most hurtful words ever said to me in my life came from a close family member. Comments about what I’m passionate about not being a real career. Words that cut so deep that I felt a heaviness in my chest for 3 days straight. True story. But this is also the year of great things…read on to find out.
You know those things that you long to see them happen? Well, one of those came to be recently. For the almost two years that I’ve been writing here, my family hasn’t really been reading my work. It’s one thing for others not to rally behind you but when it’s your own family- that’s heavy. So when one of my brothers read my previous post and was inspired to travel, that was a major success for me. And that is how we found ourselves going on a random trip to Chania Falls.
Before I visited Magadi, all I knew about the place is that it’s always hot and trona is mined there. So when the chance to participate in the Waterfowl Census at Magadi presented itself, I gladly took it. Even though I was still broke from the previous trip. I’m always eager to visit a new place- travelling opens your mind and changes you in ways you can’t really explain in words. Let’s review my adventure there a few months ago, shall we?
Happy World Wetlands Day! Every year on 2nd February this day is marked to create awareness on the importance of wetlands and the need to protect them. This year Kenya is holding the celebration at Lake Olbolosat, the only natural lake in central Kenya. I was to go for the Waterfowl Census that was done there on 21st January but missed out due to commitments. However, I managed to attend others and had so much fun. Case in point being the Naivasha/ Elementaita one.
Hey peeps! I won’t say ‘Happy New Year’ because 2018 is old already. I hope it’s going well for you so far though. These past few weeks have been a roller-coaster of expectations and dashed hopes for me. Seems the year has decided to be savage from the beginning… Anyway, today we explore one of my favourite locations in Nairobi: Karura Forest.
When you mention the Nairobi National Museum, what comes to most people’s minds is the exhibits that give a glance into life in the olden days. But there’s something else that the Museum holds- abundant birdlife. Did you know? There are over 1000 bird species in Kenya, 600 being in Nairobi alone! The Museum is a popular habitat not only for local but also migrant species, which take a break here during the winter before returning to Europe/ Asia. As such, this is one of the favourite locations amongst birders.
Nairobi. The only capital city in the world with a national park right in the middle. Way cool, right? Yet it’s amazing how a good number of Nairobians don’t visit this treasure. And I’m not immune either. In my twenty plus years of living in Kenya, I’ve been to the Park countable times. How embarrassing! I had an amazing time there last year (check out my experience here –>Going wild in the City). A few weeks ago I had an even more exciting time, read on to find out!
I’ll never forget May-July 2017. It was one of the most stressful seasons of my life. But also very eye-opening. I had earnestly prayed about something and God answered…though not in the way I expected. Being thankful and trusting Him despite that was quite a challenge, but He showed me that I’m stronger than I think. So after that rough patch, an opportunity to go camping was a welcome relief.