Samatian Island

 

DSCN8707The very first time i came across Samatian Island was on twitter and as i re tweeted the post i couldn’t help but admire her beauty. At no particular time did i imagine it was in Kenya (clearly i under estimated my country’s beauty). Of course the adventurer in me wanted to visit the island,not as soon as it happened though.

The small and exclusive Samatian is set on a private Island on Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley roughly 5hrs from Nairobi. With its breath-taking views across the waters of the lake to the imposing backdrop of the Laikipia Escarpment, the island offers the perfect getaway. The beauty of Baringo, and i kid you not, is legendary, with its spectacular sunsets, dazzling array of bird life, and the Njemps fishermen continuing a traditional lifestyle. Samatian Island offers guests the ultimate in relaxation in magical surroundings. Accommodation comprises 5 airy, open-plan, en suite thatched rooms. 2 rooms are family units with a partitioned bedroom, verandah, sitting room and bathroom. Samatian is run as a small family homestay, ideally for 12  or less self catered guests, catering can be arranged  by special arrangement for a party of 6 guests or more. Continue reading

Mambrui

 

IMAG1677Am yet to wake up one day and decide i need a holiday and not have to choose between locations,my life will be so easy! A week before Mambrui  on an afternoon i posed my schedule, googled two locations, got their contacts,placed calls to both hotels,settled on one,called my agency and booked a return flight. The fatigue was that bad and i felt like at some point i’ d shut down. The choice between Watamu and Mambrui wasn’t an easy one, kite surfing in Che shale settled the tie.

The best 15kms drive from Malindi can only land you to Kola beach resort and i mean it. It Features a lush garden with palms and bougainvilleas, has a private sandy beach along the Indian Ocean, offers a beachfront restaurant (imagine having your meals as you watch the ocean) and a boutique with handcrafted souvenirs not forgetting where you retire after the days activities;17 villas each with 2 junior bedrooms on the ground floor with an outside terrace and one double major on the first floor with a large balcony and by  large i mean laaaarge! and then there is the pool,ooh boy! Hope you get the picture? Continue reading

The last wilderness

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My my my! Isn’t this post long over due! I do not even know where to start, how about the start. It all began in 2014. I had this insane interest in visiting Kora National Park and somehow every time i attempted to, i ended up not making it as river Rojewero’s waters were too high for the land cruiser ( looking back today i think i was just too afraid to cross the damn river lol ) and  i didn’t know of the alternative route. I had heard stories of this very beautiful long metallic bridge that linked Meru and Kora national parks and these stunning falls that could be viewed from the bridge and i  had this  vague picture in my head. I really was looking forward to finally making it to Kora.

Kora National park also known as The Last Wilderness is the third largest national park in Kenya and borders Meru national Park , Mwingi National reserve and Rahole National Reserve. Located in Tana River county,she was home to the legendary George Adamson (Baba Ya Simba). Kora was gazetted as a national park in the hope of preserving and continuing the conservation work of George Adamson in 1989 after his demise. The park’s topography contains rocky formations that create a surreal landscape, acacia woodlands and doum palms. Continue reading

Road trip to Moshi

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As you may already know i was in Moshi not so long ago on a road trip that ended at this amazing place which i happened not to share many photos of,it’s been a busy couple of days, but am glad i can get to share the experience now.  To some of you Kikuletwa hot springs is no new name,some of you might have been there and some could be having the place in their bucket list. Well, i am here for the later. And i’ ll tell you what i wish someone had told me, you don’t need a couple of hours here,make it a day,all worth it. I am not feeling much like words today so… Continue reading

Lamu

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I have been pretty busy the past one month and this felt like a well deserved get away. My body and soul were craving for one and i am glad i chose Lamu county. I am a fervent lover of sunrises and sunsets,i know you know this already but just in case you didn’t 😊, and i had been longing to catch them from Lamu for a while so believe me when i tell you being in Lamu was such a big deal for me not just because of the rises and sets or this trip being my very first in the island but also because of the endless beaches (archipelago’s best beach), miles of sandy shores that tease you with their perfectly sculpted offshore waves to walk,the towns culture,the cuisines,cocktails ; and besides,what could be more relaxing?
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Footprints in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. The slick and modern capital of the U.A.E. presents a fascinating mixture of tradition and progression. Tracing its rich history back to around 3000 B.C., Abu Dhabi maintains a more distinctly Arabian ambiance than glitzy Dubai.

Abu Dhabi houses federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. She is home to important financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations not forgetting that she’s one of the world’s largest oil producers. Continue reading

Footprints in Dubai

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As i came to realize Dubai is one of those cities that’s so much more than meets the eye. So much to enjoy, and just a few days within which to do all the soul wants. I could have sworn the 120hrs were more than enough when i left JKIA. Last Easter i dug into my list and picked Dubai, and as usual,my experience in photos. I might need to apologize in advance,the photos are double the usual. Continue reading

Glamping in Laikipia

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Laikipia, a county that over time I have become unashamedly addicted to. The more I explore her, the more mysteries and beauty she reveals making me want to spend more and more time exploring the breadth of her unparalleled land. I’ve taken you on Safari to Laikipia before and today, I welcome you on board for yet another adventure, Sieku Glamping.

Being the first time for this kind of experience you can imagine how excited i was but first things first, what is glamping? Well, to me, glamping is a blend of glamour and camping. While camping, as a friend of mine likes to put it (i do not agree with him) when turning down a camping offer, is where one spends a small fortune to live like a homeless person lol, glamping on the other hand is a way of experiencing the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and luxury and the best part with glamping, a tent is put up for you.

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Bisanadi National Reserve

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I have been off this blogging world for what feels like forever but am back and today i’ ll be drifting from my usual. In the spirit of #KnowYourParks&Reserves i’ ll be featuring a reserve that i came to realize not so many people knew of its existence. So, how much do you know about Bisanadi? Have you ever heard of the place? Well, if your answer is no then you are in luck.
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Top 5 travel goals

shutterstock-557636224Every traveler has one. It changes depending on our mood, what we’ve been reading, and who we’ve talked to, but it’s always there. The List. Sometimes we write it down, sometimes it’s only in our heads. We talk about it, “it’s on my list” and “that’s getting bumped up on my list”, but on all the travel blogs I have read, I haven’t seen anyone’s list,at least not yet.

It’s the list of places you want to travel to. Your list might have 2, 6, 10 or a 100 places to visit, but I’m just talking about the top 5. The places you really want to visit. Continue reading