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Visualize a bonfire under the stars, Pack a bag, hit the road, pitch a tent, and camp out under the moon for a short weekend or a week long expedition just to explore the earth’s best varied magnificence. Hike or take a road trip and just get lost in the moment capturing the moments, taking in the mind-blowing views and writing your own planet story.

Hellooooo people 🙂 🙂

The African continent is a great piece of art waiting to be explored and whose story is best experienced by you. Having been a solo backpacker myself and even better taken all the risks I possibly could, I can guarantee you a lot of fun and indulgence in random ideas and more discovery of yourself in backpacking while trailing through those enchanting places.

Just like waking up, backpacking is also one of those decisions you got to make without looking back. Take a leap of faith, set off and the rewards are memories that will last you a lifetime and leave you wanting more and more.

BACK PACKING TRICKS

  1. Pack so light that someone will mistake you for just someone running errands in town. (I’ll have to do packing hacks on a more detailed post later.)

  2. If you are from a different country or even a local back packer, carry necessary documents (this helps you to identify yourself and get easy access.)

  3. Water bottle, small light source, binoculars, camera, Hat, Shuka and a few re-energizing snacks go a long way.

  4. Check the weather, know before-hand what to expect and plan your trip. Leave a few flexible slots and do a bit of research earlier.(Google is your friend)

  5. Join a Group and get a local tour guide (This always works for me especially if am solo traveling.), You get cheaper rates for transport and even accommodation and you definitely have a fun crowd that makes the trip more fun and you are likely to indulge in more activities safely.

WHAT TO DO AS A BACKPACKER IN KENYA.

Road trips

Where do you want to pitch tent? This is one of the best things to do as a back packer and even better if a first timer. Kenya is a massive masterpiece of picture square landscapes that need exploration and recognition. Take a drive from Nairobi and head over to Samburu, there’s so much of the diverse rugged landscapes to see, the culture transition and lifestyle and if you feel more adventurous make all the stops you can along the way to engage in other activities like community interactions, follow forest trails chasing waterfalls and rivers and even just quench yourself with those random stopover fruits. I guarantee a variety of too many of those.

Hiking

Be a light packer, have the right pair of hiking boots and with a tropical weather to die for, Hiking is the real definition of backpacking. Kenya has a number of great hiking spots ranging from a few hours in Ngong hills, to a day’s camping in Mt. Longonot, three days in Kilimanjaro to a week’s camping in Mt. Kenya. The Views are rewarding and determination to conquer is key. I’d recommend the more fun and easy sightseeing ones like Hells gate National Park and Aberdare Ranges if you are not up to the climbing task.

Wild Safaris

An African Safari is the ultimate Safari and Kenya is the centerpiece. Imagine sleeping in a small tent or a luxurious campsite with wild animals taking night patrols around your camp, the cry of a hungry hyena somewhere in a faraway bush, late night bonfires and conversation over mouthwatering barbecue and waking up to the coolest wild sunrise and birds dancing under it (that’s the most amazing silhouette ever). Taking that dawn bush chase ,driving through muddy trenches and catching a glimpse of the Fastest cheetah  drag an antelope to a bush or the fiercest lion pound on some sleepy Zebra in the Mara plains. It’s all in A Kenyan Safari.

Lakes

The Rift valley stretches its magnificence from Fresh water lakes to salty water lakes which all have different stories to tell. Being a center piece, Naivasha is one of the greatest places for any back packer and has the highest rating in terms of back packing campsites, offshore tents and adventurous activities from Lake Naivasha’s Hippo hunting on Boat rides to Lake Nakuru’s floating pink flamingos. Lake Magadi is another trail with a great rugged story, rich cultural interaction and hot springs that will take your breath away.

Beaches

The Campsites in Diani are so dreamy that they leave your imagination wild and lost in the blue waters. Having the best weather and a great shoreline, the Kenyan Coast has great backpacking activities you can indulge in. Sands at Chale is a must see if you want to have the ultimate ocean experience, Diving in Watamu for some marine life, Dolphin Seafaris at Wasini Island or just the cultural Swahili experience in Lamu. This has to be your ultimate back packing experience to relax and there are numerous backpacking hostels and hotels all ranging from small budgets to more luxurious holiday resorts.   

HOW TO BUDGET

  1. Transportation: 50%? Of any trip budget is how to get there. Book your travel tickets early and depending on your destination this will help you get discounts. To move around get a tour company and join a safari group, it is safer and way cheaper. If you feel more at home you can even use a matatu or taxi for more convenience.

  2. Accommodation: I find this to be the easiest for me, because when traveling for adventure I don’t fancy exotic. There are lots of safe accommodations places that range prices depending on the services you want. Have you heard of Airbnb?

  3. Meals: Eat out, have local meals during the day, cook your own meals if camping as a group or get that bed and breakfast with a dinner inclusive (It saves on cost.)

  4. Gate Fees: Most places have entrance fees and varying rates on different activities within, so find information early to help you budget well.

  5. Health: Some countries require certain vaccinations like yellow fever, so get the cards early. Take Anti-malarial (seek medical advice from a pharmacist on this) and Also carry some painkillers/medication with you if you normally get any random and regular mild pains.

  6. Extra shopping money: Everyone loves souvenirs from a trip. It’s the only way to keep the memories alive.

All said and done 2018 is a great travel year. Pack that bag and hit off the road.

🙂 🙂

Just to Stray a bit 🙂

Am here thinking about my Birthday Month and trying to figure out where I want to camp for my birthday.  Feeling guilty for bailing out on two semi important plans with friends this past weekend, but more on the one I committed to. Do you know what my reason was, “I was Sleepy”. Before you crucify me, let me just explain ,: First  me and sleep are inseparable that at times I wake up just 30 minutes to work  because I keep looking at the watch and pushing for 5 minutes more. Who else can relate?

It’s weirder that I don’t use an alarm and my brain is just time conscious but I keep clinging to the cold lonely duvet.

Halloo FEBRUARY 🙂 🙂   

Lonely quiet places sitting pretty in the middle of  endless  magical water,  breezed by cool winds blowing up wild hair and rustling palm leaves, opening up to sparkling sand on  pristine beaches  calling out your body for some sun tan, Islands are some of the most fascinating and  peaceful places to refresh your mind, holiday away or just re-establish your inner peace.

An island is a Perfect definition of getting lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere and it can never be more exotic than the peace and tranquility it brings to free your mind to wander away. It is freedom in pure bliss and magnificence.

Beautiful Island Destinations in Kenya

1. Lamu Archipelago

An old Swahili town that is far away from the mainland and bustles , resting quietly on the northern coast, sets you back to 14th century history, with great ancient architecture and cultural diversity that is a mix of Swahili, Portuguese, Turkish and  Arabic culture. It is a world of Ancient ruins and luxurious hotels outlining the sandy beaches and overlooking the sparkling turquoise ocean going  beyond the horizon. The Lamu Fort and Lamu festival are a masterpiece of all Lamu has to offer to any guest wanting a story from Lamu.

Image Source: Destination 360

Ancient Coral houses,  Little alley pathways for donkeys and no vehicles are what takes you back to the ancient and untouched beauty of this small historical town. Hop off a speed boat as you get to the island then hop onto a donkey cart to move around the quiet town as you take in the magical surrounding of white sandy beaches and endless ocean waves.

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The luxurious dhow sails breathtakingly open you up to other surrounding and outrageously beautiful islands that are part of the archipelago.

Kiwayu Island which is part of Kiunga Marine National reserve presents you an opportunity aboard glass boats to see the rich marine life.

Manda Island which is the landing strip into Lamu offers great views to the ocean and magical sunset cruises

Pate Island is also a quiet beautiful island with pristine beaches.

2. Mfangano Island

The Largest fresh water lake in Africa shared by 3 countries hosts one of the most beautiful islands; Mfangano Island on the eastern section of Lake Victoria. This rocky island has magical rock art views and one of the best luxurious island resorts in the Lake. Lake Victoria offers magnificent sunset views and what surer way to take all this in than the sunset cruises around Mfangano which will take your breath away.

Image Source: Governors Camp

Also Nearby:

Rusinga Island famous for its political affiliations, one of the most fascinating fishing community and diverse rich Luo and Suba culture.It is a great place to experience the dreamy island life.  Best time to visit Rusinga is during the Rusinga Island festival in December.

Migingo Island is the infamous fishing mine that is highly on demand between the Kenyan and Ugandan government and which immerses you to local fishing communities.

Ndere Island hosts a National Park that is home to diverse birdlife and prowling monitor lizards. It offers you a great nature park tour that is refreshing from the Kisumu heat and hustle.

3. Wasini Island

Sitting on the lonely southern coast in Shimoni,  Wasini Island is magnetic due to its dolphin tours which are its main attraction at the Kisite Mpunguti national reserve. Aboard motor glass boats, cruising the coral island you get awed by the rich marine life with colorful fish hitting your boat’s glass bottom scaring your heart to skip a beat. Jumping out of the dhow sails to swim with the dolphins or just watch them splash into the air and fashionably swim in the crystal clear waters is a lifetime marine experience.

Image Source: Kifaru Tours

4. Mombasa Island

Mombasa city is the only Kenyan city on an island.  Accessible by Nyali Bridge, Makupa causeway and Likoni ferry on the south. It is a city that is rich in cultural diversity, breathtaking ocean views, magical sea waves, enticing sea food and spicy aroma, old Swahili and Portuguese architecture with a touch of classic Arabic, a busy sea port and a quiet and laidback Swahili lifestyle. It is the ideal beach city with numerous luxurious hotels, holiday resorts and fun activities to indulge in.

Also check out my experience on:  HOW TO EXPLORE MOMBASA TOWN and FORT JESUS

5. Chale Island

Pristine white sandy beaches lying out on the south coast of Kenya in Kwale county, clear turquoise water, a rich and lush green mangrove forest hanging over coral reefs is a magnet for migratory birds and sea life. Sitting quietly on this island is a luxurious hanging resort that is a perfect get away destination for honeymooners.

South coast is also predominant with mysteriously disappearing islands which pop up on low tide and lay as pretty sparkling sandy islands in the middle of ocean water and disappear on high tides.  Join a cruise for sunset dinners or some exotic lunch on these random islands.

6. Crescent Island

Lake Naivasha is thriving out of all the outrageously beautiful cottages and luxurious accommodation and campsites by this Great Rift Valley Lake.

Crescent Island hosts a game sanctuary that is home to free ranging wildlife that is accessible by a nature trail foot trip. It is accessible by both road via the sanctuary farm or by boat from Lake Naivasha. It has a great view to the lake and bird watching, a great spot to watch hippos from a distance and interact with cheeky monkeys. Also check out How to Explore NAIVASHA

Thank you for stopping by 🙂 🙂

An underworld thriving with colors popping life into the cold deep turquoise waters rich of aquatic flora and fauna have breathed more life into the coastal shores of Kenya than the fast food arm’s length restaurants and luxurious white beach hotels. Aqua life is one of natures proudest existence yet endangered by over-fishing and other uncontrollable human and environmental factors. Kenya’s marine parks have outlined the importance of conservation of marine life  and established regions to protect and conserve these rare species. Sailing out beyond the coral reefs to experience this magnificence is breathtaking and refreshing

How best to get in touch with the Marine life:

• Scuba diving.
• Glass boats tours.
• Snorkeling and Under water diving.
• Underground Aquatic pool walks.
• Dhow sailing beyond the coral reefs.

See also: Water sports Fun Activities

TOP MARINE NATIONAL PARKS IN KENYA.

WATAMU Marine National Park.

Photo source: Diani sea resort

Casuarina fringed, Mida creek mangrove forest in Watamu has over the years been a tourist magnet for people with the urge to experience the other side of the beach and ocean other than the relaxation at hotels. It is rich in coral formation, varied fish species floating over calm waters coral beds, crabs and prawns shedding under mangrove roots, beautifully colored star fish and numerous reef caves that act as breeding sites for turtles.
Home to a variety of small mainland wildlife species like dik dik, antelopes and reptiles, it is also a major tourist destination for bird watchers with millions of bird species including resident birds and migrating birds that come to nest here in between June to September.  More info:Watamu marine

KIUNGA Marine National Reserve (LAMU)

The Lamu archipelago is held by approximately 50 islands and coral reefs offshore the Northern coastline. Varying in age as exposed by old eroded corals and size, these sheer walled reefs covered by extensive mangrove forests and sea grass protrude from the sea bed and beautifully dot the northern coast.
Rich in biodiversity this park greatly boasts of protecting endangered sea turtles, valuable coral reefs, reef fish, lobsters and other various forms of marine life ranging from reptiles, fish to aqua plants.
Diving and snorkeling are a great way to explore the marine life here while skiing and surfing are a major water sport activity to get in touch with the quiet islands.  More info:Kiunga marine

KISITE-MPUNGUTI (Shimoni).

Bubbling with life at the south of Wasini Island, in Shimoni near Kenyan Tanzania border this paradise is characterized by four islands surrounded by coral reefs, large coral gardens and a variety of fish. Varied landscape and vegetation ranging from the rich equatorial coastal forest to grass and thickets give this National park the serene beauty it deserves.
Stretching from Tiwi beach south it’s the best place to site Manta rays, to dive and snorkel. The snorkeling with dolphins is everything this marine park has to offer. 

More info: Kisite mpunguti

Photo source: kifaru tours(blogwasinidolphins)

MOMBASA Marine National Park.

White sandy beach shoreline lying between Mtwapa and Tudor creek, dominated by coconut palms, mangrove forests, coral reef creeks and hotels busting with tourists and local communities setting sail and nets is characteristic of the coastal beaches. Mangrove swamps and coral reefs providing a home to endangered fish species from overfishing have ensured the spectacular beauty of this marine life is not stripped off. Mombasa marine park is a haven for rich marine life both flora and fauna and coral heads that are trophies. Water sport activities are a must engage here ranging from surfing, skiing and diving.  More info: Mombasa marine park

MALINDI Marine National Park.

Unique coral gardens housing Green turtles, a diverse rich marine life, white sandy beaches and an introduction into the famous Gede Ruins forming the complexity of Malindi national park gives this park a fulfilling marine adventure. Glass boats give you the total marine sea life experience into the deep blue waters when the colorful rare fish swim underneath your boat and if you are more adventurous then a dive into the ocean is more rewarding.
More info: Malindi Marine Park

Ocean borne adventure full of adrenaline and thrill, skillful takes, random splashes that cool your sweating body, a Sea breeze that dries your face and leave you gasping for more air from the Old centuries Kenyan coast trade winds, raging rivers and calm lakes have all put Kenya on the map for some of the best Water sport activities.
With a full list of over and underwater, motorized and un-motorized water thrilling adventures let’s do away with swimming for today, everyone can swim apart from us with heavy legs right? What else do you expect when you head down to the beach or lakes?
Wind surfing, Surfing, Water skiing, Sailing, Kayaking, Jet skiing, Rafting, Canoeing, Rowing, Big game fishing, sport diving, snorkeling, scuba diving and trust the water sports list to be endless as long as you have an open mind and will.

1. KAYAKING

Using a kayak to move across water for sports and fun or fitness work out purposes is one of the activities that require skill and are full of adrenaline rush. Tied on to a kayak and depending on your paddling skills to sway you against raging waves or calm water is a fulfilling task and adventure.
Where:
Savage Wilderness Riverside camp totally equipped with specialized services for first timers who would prefer calm flat waters or addicted kayakers who are more to the thrill on fast moving rapids and plunging into the rapid camp falls offers a worthwhile the experience.                                                                               More info:  Sagana Rapids
Lake Victoria with more calm waters is ideal for learners to learn boat control and basic strokes and rescue techniques, coupled up with fishing it is a thrilling adventure for a perfect sunrise adventure.

Photo source: Sand and sea watersports

2. WATER SKIING AND WAKE BOARDING

I’d say this is exhilarating adrenaline pump is closest to sky diving. Getting accelerated by a fast moving boat that pulls your gliding self over the water surface is as fun as it looks when that water is swooshing over your body until you get that rope and ski and try skimming the surface then scream your lungs out. It provides limitless thrill and adventure.
Where:
The Majili’s Resort Lamu at the Ras Kitau bay and Takwa Mangrove creek. More info: Majilis Resort
Sand and Sea Water sports Diani

3. WIND SURFING

With a spectacular flat and calm beach, both south and north coast offer a great sporting opportunity for windsurfing and kite surfing due to its favorable wind conditions all year round. Offering a touch of both sailing and surfing controlled by wind movements its spectacular to just even watch experienced surfers make beautiful stunts and moves on the waves.
Whether you just want to enjoy the warm turquoise water or watch the waves swoosh over surfers with great skill and beautiful stunts these extreme sports is worth a try for everyone.
Where: The Kenyan coast has numerous surfing sites, the top rated ones are;
H2O Extreme Diani Beach Kenya, offers Kite surfing lessons affiliated with IKO, and is a top water sport Centre due to its safety standards and thrilling water sport experiences.  More info: H2O Extreme
Tribe Watersports Watamu also offers customized surfing experiences for the whole family for an amazing active beach experience.   More info: Tribe Watersports
Che Shale Kite surfing School Malindi, a prime kite surfing area on a golden beach in between palms.

4. RAFTING AND RIVER TREKKING

Away from the ocean to the mainland, raging rivers offer a life thrilling adventure. Rafting expeditions on river Tana and Ewaso Ngiro expose you to varying rapids and white water that are a thrilling adventure to any soul looking for an off dry land activity. You can also test your kayaking skills here.
River trekking is more fun done in groups as it tests your teamwork and balance in rapidly moving water. It involves sliding, falling and swimming while trying to climb wet areas, navigation in water to the dry exit areas and your balance in rapid and calm water despite the weird objects your feet might feel in the water. The 2km walk is something you’ll remember in a lifetime.
Where:
Rapids Camp Sagana, water rafting on the rapids of river Tana offer you a relaxed afternoon calm water rafting varying all through to raging rapids (Class v) for a more adventurous side.  More info: Rapids Camp Sagana
Ewaso Ngiro River, White water rafting offers a more wild experience for interaction with herds of elephants and other wild animals on the river banks, complete with a night camp experience to end the day.

Photo source: Sagana Camp Rafting

5. DHOW SAILING AND CANOEING

Specially and simply built for a more laid back sailing experience, dhows have been around for many years for cruises, water movements and local fishing purposes. They offer a great tour to marine parks to enjoy the magnificence of marine life, to snorkel and dive in the deep waters or to just sway across the ocean to a hanging restaurant.
Where:
Mtwapa Creek: Offers tour services to enjoy the mangrove bays and coral reefs.
Kizingoni Beach, Lamu offers an overnight dhow safari to explore Kiwayu and Lamu archipelago.
Distant Relatives Kilifi

6. SNORKELING

Strap on a mask to get in touch with the astounding marine life and untouched coral reefs below the Indian Ocean. As an endearing activity that needs you to snorkel deep under the calm blue waters of the endless ocean to enjoy the magnificence protected by lagoons snorkeling is a top water sport for many water lovers.
Where:
The Majili’s resort Lamu has daily motor boats and organized excursions complete with a lunch set up for an ultimate experience.  More info: Majilis Resort
Kisite Marine, Shimoni offers one of the most breathtaking snorkeling experiences with dolphins at Wasini Island.

Photo source: Diani sea resort

7. DEEP SEA FISHING AND SAILING

Hook a large sailfish, Marlin or tuna alongside your boat and boast a huge catch after sailing through deep waters and enticing dozens of fish species amid rapid waves. Deep sea fishing is a rewarding experience for any sailing adventure unless you just want to sail for fun and enjoy the view and ocean breeze from the laser boats.
Boats are well equipped with state of the art equipment for local operators and international full day charter clients and conservation is well taken care of with the tag and release program.
Where: Tudor Creek and Mtwapa creek

8. DIVING

Jumping out of a boat that your life depends on into the deep endless sea is nerve wrecking and only for people who don’t even know what aqua phobia is or believe so much in their swimming expertise.
Diving off a hanging cliff or reef rocks close to the shore in Watamu give you one of the best exhilarating experiences, while diving into Nyulli reef in Shimoni offers you a chance to taste the strong tidal currents and drifts
Where:
Watamu Marine Park, With sheer wall reefs, fine drop offs and large corals the central turtle reef attracts colorful fish and sharks and is a breeding site for the green sea turtle which makes your dive here a world class dive.
Kisite Mpunguti, Shimoni is a rare 12 meters dive into bottle-nose dolphins, largest manta rays and spectacular coral.

9. JET SKIING

Affixed onto a jet ski and racing over water trying to outdo an oncoming wave is one of the easiest and fun water sport activities. It is easy to learn and not so nerve wrecking. The thrill comes in the racing over a wave and spraying all that water behind you
Where: Diani Beach and Nyali Beach.

10. SURFING AND SKIM BOARDING

Photo source: Xtreme sports

Gliding across water on a surfboard is never the easy task but with great skill and learning meeting that oncoming wave and gliding across it on a surfboard or riding it back on a skim board is a rewarding experience. Malindi bay spot is ideal for body surfing and Shela Lamu. Although Kenya is not so ideal for body surfing due to the numerous reefs the adventure is worthwhile the experience in the few spots available.
Where:
H2O Extreme Diani Beach Kenya.   More info: H2O Extreme

 The Kenyan coast is a top rated tourist destination with a wide range of activities to do during your stay in Kenya. Water fun activities and sports is a must try for any adrenaline thrill.

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Free falling off a flying helicopter into the sea, Swooshing over forest canopies on a zip-line, Cord hanging in air or Jumping off tall stands into shaky board-walks is as much thrilling as it is frightening. Heights trigger some kind of adrenaline that races down your body stopping you from taking that step while sending all the blood to your head to convince you it’s going to be thrilling if you leap. Am one of those people whose height phobia is not even up for discussion and If you’ve read my posts you remember me talking about my excitement for bungee jumping at the River Nile till I hit the stand and there was No way I was going to throw my life off that almost 40 meter stand to the calm deep Nile waters below. Check it out HERE

Although Am more of a wild chase bush person and maybe a little of a camouflaging adrenaline person who would rather stick to being a water junkie who can’t swim and mainly live for sun downers and sunrise silhouettes. Am intrigued by adrenaline junkies who jump off planes and take faith in the ropes holding them to safety yet still scream their lungs out for the thrill.
Having done most of the bush safari challenges and looking for a new thrilling experience ,There are quite a number of activities in Kenya that would trigger your high adrenaline and I thought I should share with you some of these extreme sports activities.

SKYDIVE in DIANI.

This has to top it all because we all somehow love beaches and apart from diving for an ocean swim off a boat, diving off a plane into the air and massive ocean below while rushing down trusting only on your parachute to give you a safe landing is the best other way to enjoy your vacation in coast. Sky Diving in Diani is one of the top rated tourist activities in south coast and the breathtaking views of the sparkling beach and small islands while you scream your way down are a lifetime memorable experience. More info: Sky Dive Diani

Photo source: Skydive Diani

 

BUNGEE Jump at the Galana River.

A free fall off a 60m tall stand into the river Sagana with only a cord keeping you from being submerged into the brown waters at Rapids camp is a lifetime thrilling experience for any adrenaline junkie. But it isn’t over until the frightening numerous bounces after your fall that make your stomach churn a large bit start. Ensure you head over to Sagana. More Info http: At Rafting in Kenya.

Photo source: Rafting in Kenya.

ZIP LINING in Kereita Forest.

Fly past birds, dense green forest canopy, open valleys and have the intriguing forest views from above and a bird’s eye view of Aberdare ranges. With six international safety standards Zip lines approximately 2.2 Kms lasting approximately 2 hours over a lush 80metres tall nature trail persistently calling, the zip lines will take your breath away but at least fill you with the fresh mountain air to last a lifetime memory. More info: at Flying Fox

Photo source: Miles Africa.

OTHER ZIP LINING PLACES.
Limuru Zip Lining: The Damn Red hill Limuru
Machakos Zip Lining: 300 meters Machakos People’s park,
Sagana Zip Lining: Over Tana River at Sagana.

High Ropes tight walking at Diguna, Rongai.

The thrill and adventure when Fastened belts around your waist is all you got between high suspended ropes and trying to skip from one rusty rope to another or swing and jump onto loosely suspended wooden planks until you miss and swing in air like a bat is satisfying for any adrenaline rush. Perfect for a Saturday escapade adventure that doesn’t involve driving away from the City.

Photo source: Daily Kenya Blog

 

HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARIS over Maasai Mara.

The 6:00 am Balloon lift off at Governor’s camp Maasai Mara is your ultimate destination for any safari. It is not much adrenaline pumping but it is the ultimate air experience .Being swayed by the wind chasing the sunrise and floating over herds of elephants and wildebeest trying to outdo each other on the morning catch. The bird’s eye view of the Maasai Mara plains, diverse wildlife beneath and the breathtakingly refreshing rare wildlife activities are worth every penny you pay for this ride. More info at: Governors Camp.

What are other height Adrenaline activities available in Kenya? Which one would you most prefer?
But if you are not a height person look out for my water games activities On my next post  for some adrenaline thrill 🙂 🙂

Scary One-off experiences out in the wild with a black rhino speed hitting your car, a failed attempt by a Lion to grab a gazelle’s neck but a successful  capture  by your lens , Complete with Expansive Golden savannas, hints of camouflaging carnivores, Lush tropical forests with swinging monkeys and gorillas, thundering waterfalls, Muddy game drives, adrenaline jumps, Rich Maasai culture or historical ancient life,What Inspires you? 🙂

Camera? Passport? Adrenaline? 🙂 Well the 2nd Largest and most ancient continent is quite a masterpiece of adventure, creativity, breathtaking views on amazing natural landscapes, rolling rivers and mountains, perfect weather and the most amazing safari experiences.

EXPLORE  AFRICA

  1. THE GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION.

I had to start with my home country 🙂  because am definitely trying to be so patriotic and proud of my roots. Maasai Mara has to be one of the greatest National parks in Africa. With hungry roaming Lions trying to get lunch from the largest wildebeest population worldwide to nasty crocodiles grasping the necks of unlucky wildebeest  already trying to fight for their lives by looking for greener pastures on the other  border side  and making one of  the 7 Natural  Wonders of the world “The Great wildebeest migration”, so stunning.  No photo can capture the perfect moment of millions of thunderous hooves, dust clouds and majestic plunging into the cold water and struggle to swim across into The Serengeti Park alive. Dreamy campsites, sunset dinners, Morning drives, and waking up to the Big five is just a slice of all you have to experience.

Location Kenya: Visit: The Mara

  1. VICTORIA FALLS

Rainbows are the favorite thing to watch when the sun and rain are usually fighting over whose more powerful.  Change that into a “Moon bow “on the waterfall spray during a full moon, Showers from over 400metres rising spray, swishing water thundering down the gorges into the infinity  Devil’s pool and you can’t have anything more better from a waterfall than the feeling River Zambezi creates at this particular destination. It is best described by the Local name “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, meaning “smoke that thunders” but famous for the name Dr. Livingstone gave it after Queen Victoria.

Location: Zambia-Zimbabwe Border

  1. GORILLA TREKKING

While Rwanda boasts for one of the cleanest cities in the world that is KIGALI, because of its “ No Polythene” policies, which is a story for another day, it also offers one of the greatest jungle stories of all time. Armed with a zip lock, Backpack, waterproof boots and a drier weather around December to February or June to September you are sure of one of the best hikes of your lifetime. The Volcanoes National Park is one of the largest homes to families of beautiful silver-back Mountain gorillas. Humans share 98% of DNA with Gorillas and seeing the Gorillas smile back at you or even imitate you and portray their intelligence is melting.

Location: Rwanda

  1. CAPETOWN TABLE MOUNTAINS

“Save the Best for the Last” and while that applies to South Africa  being the last country on the southern side of the African continent so does it  to the Table Mountains at the southern tip of the continent at the “Cape of Good Hope”offering  the best experience of any African city. Efficiently Set  with a table and wine there’s nothing more South Africa loves than the “friends” (tourists) who show up on their table to share what they have to offer.

A hike up the Table Mountains offers the best views to the Modern City and glittery water below. Furnished with cable cars you definitely have no excuse of not going up there if hiking is not in your system. Spice that up with Sun downers with friends and you are one of the millions of Friends of South Africa.

Location: SOUTH AFRICA.

  1. MARAKECH AFRICAN MARKET

Call it the Red city in the desert, “Marrakech” with historic mosques, standing out minarets, palaces, beautiful gardens and very interesting markets, is one of its kind. A densely packed medina showcases its maze-like alleys that provide space for traditional piece markets while Food vendors and traditional street theatres full of performing musicians and storytellers at Djemma el Fna and snake charmers have you awed. Evening camel treks and desert tours showcase the nomadic traditional pre-Saharan life. Rich in traditional African culture. Marrakech gets you in touch with the Northern African culture sealed by henna painting at the town square.

Location: Morocco.

  1. THE GREAT GIZA PYRAMIDS.

Standing out as one of the richest ancient countries with the most magnificent man-made structures in history portraying one of the most powerful ancient civilizations in the world. These monumental structures earlier constructed as tombs for Egyptian Pharaohs, ”Kings”  located just outside Cairo still stand out decades later and are now a major tourist attraction and sneak peek into the Egyptian culture. Also standing as a six storey building is a Lions body with a human head presumed to be that of a king and is also one monumental structure you shouldn’t miss. Well if you think these well preserved archeological sites, Temples like ‘Karnak’ and museums are not too exciting,  jump into a cruise down the Nile.

Location: Egypt

  1. ZANZIBAR ARCHIPELAGO ISLAND.

When you hear ‘ZANZIBAR’ , What comes to your mind?  African shaped women in bikinis, Right? Sucking some coloured drinks from colorful  curved straws, Right? Laid out on the white sand basking, Right?  You (The man)  trying to recollect your next move, Right?

I definitely would not forget to talk about a beach, with all its glory, pure white sand shimmering like diamonds and the calm deep blue waters competing with the clear blue skies to look more beautiful and that would definitely be Zanzibar Island. Off the Tanzanian Indian Ocean coast sits a lonely but not so quiet Island. The contrast factor is the Island being a major spice producer depends more on agriculture than tourism.  Yet still with beautiful coral reefs, diverse marine life, perfectly soft white sand it is a major quiet holiday destination and a diver’s magic haven. Not overlooking the presence of traditional African quiet coastal lifestyle this would be your perfect place to reflect.

Location: Zanzibar

  1. FISH RIVER CANYON & SOSSUSVLEI SAND DUNES.

A Fuscous brown barren sea of sand with little creatures sneaking and skittering across the golden sand into holes to avoid being roasted by the scorching sun is just a taste of the amazing Namib Desert.  Home to a variety of flora and fauna well adapted to the harsh desert conditions is the Naukluft Park that also portrays huge clay pans with crescents of beautiful huge sand dunes developed over millions of years.

That not being enough Namibia boasts of the 2ndlargest river Canyon in the world curving through the desert and the flowing Fish River providing life to a variety of wildlife while offering you a perfect trekking trail.

Location: Namibia

  1. CLIMBING MT. KENYA

Three to five days hiking and camping on your way up to Lenana, Nelion or Batian  peak with every campsite more  freezing than then the last one  is no mean fete for the unfit if you want to tick off the second Highest mountain in Africa off your bucket list.

Juggling your way through dense forests and bamboo sticks, being woken up at 3 a.m. by singing birds, Camping at Lake Ellis, marveling at the landscape below and finally hitting the highest point you have such a rewarding experience from an ancient dormant strato-volcano shaped by glaciation.

Location: Kenya

  1. ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI.

With very close Free ranging families of elephants strolling through the open golden savannas  trumping out dust to scare predators  or blowing up water in the swamps to cool itself while threatening hippos , the vast foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro have one of the best National parks for a safari or camp.

With breathtaking views of  watching  the sunrise over Mt Kilimanjaro while the ice melts magically into the springs from the foothills or hiking up to watch the sunset over the plains  with a Lion trying to get its last meal from a gazelle that can’t keep up with the rest of its herd the experiences are so worth every penny.

Location: Tanzania, Kenya

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Do you Love a quiet, Sunny and Private beach?

 Or to just Lie on  sand gaze up in the palmy blue skies? Who said only good swimmers should love the beach? I Love walking on,playing with the sand and just being white.They say its good for the skin and atleast its what i believe, and if you are like me Well you wouldn’t be wrong to go down to south coast Diani, Kwale County about 30 km from Mombasa Town.

Stepping into the ferry I Immediately got “this is gonna be a good weekend” feeling, am not sure it’s the childhood memories of the last time I was in a ferry or it was finally the view of the ocean, though I missed catching the sunrise over the ocean as I had anticipated, But I was so ready for a good time.

Driving down to Ukunda gazing at the coastal homestead culture with Palm trees whistling away their breeze to my face,and it finally feels good to be away from the hustles of the City.  By the time we reached Galu trust me all I wanted was “Madafu”. Well adventure is all about the risks, will and good company and hey I had it all.

Diani has high class restaurants and hotels with an amazing beachfront that is quite private and uncrowded. With Lantana Galu Beach Hotel  being one of the best at the southern Diani beach I Loved its beachfront and there’s a shining wall on the gate that resembles a good sunrise, okay well according to me.

I spent my first night at Waridi homes and their poolside was amazing. Every major window directly facing the pool, a sunrise pool view is the first thing you wake upto and you will never want less. They make the best pilau I’ve had in my travel diary so far, am not sure whether it was because I was hungry and missed lunch but that pilau by the pool side was magical. Am a bad swimmer but sitting by/in the pool both daytime and at night, Not to mention the music and wine in the pool at night is everything, Well before I deviate lemme focus on the beach.

Waking upto the beach daily, the walks on the sand, the calm blue ocean waters, and just the view of the ocean is relaxing and satisfying. The good news is I missed my sleep by waking upto the sunrise daily on my stay and blame the late nights in the pool,

And hey enjoy my amazing photos of the ocean sunrise and a sneak peak of what the sunset looks like in the clouds and watching the clouds in the evening was my best part of the day as it gave me this Heavenly feel that God is watching over our happiness. Unluckily you can’t have a view of a clear sunset as it sets on the opposite side of the beach hotels.

So many activities go on along the beach; Boat rides being an essential and that may include deep marine fishing, Scuba Diving, Kite surfing, Waterskiing, Sky diving, horse riding and many other beach games. You can never go to diani and not find something interesting because the choice is yours to involve you in any of the activities or like me enjoy basking on the sand and just watch all the activities.

Not to forget I slept deeply on the beach sand for two hours quietly, just say that was the best time of my life aside from the fact that I woke up away from the beach castle in my dreams. Make a date with diani then come back tell me about it, in the meantime enjoy some of my photos.

                                                                         Love n Love