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#OnetouchLive – The Big North, Day One

#OnetouchLive – The Big North, Day One

For many years, The Big North has been a forgotten territory. Lack of infrastructure meant only resilient pastoralists and opportunistic bandits called this home. But around ten years ago, President Kibaki’s government decided to prioritise tarmacking of the A2 from Isiolo to Moyale. Now complete, this stretch of asphalt has opened up The Big North to those seeking to soak in the beauty of semi arid lands that hug the skies where jagged mountains quench themselves by sipping rain clouds. Welcome to Kenya’s last frontier.

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The Beauty of Ngong Road Forest

The Beauty of Ngong Road Forest

It’s not a place many would like to visit because of the stories of carjackings and muggings that have happened here. These were also my objection statements when I was invited to pay a visit by Arune, one of the friends of the forest. In her defence and that of the forest, she told me there’s parts that are completely fenced off ensuring safety for those visiting. Convinced, I called on friends from Onetouch to come along for the ‘myth debunking tour’.

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Visiting Lake Ol Bolossat

Visiting Lake Ol Bolossat

Located between the Aberdare Ranges and Dundori Ridge is Central Province’s only natural lake – Ol Bolossat. I also didn’t know that it was the only one in Central Province until about two years ago. I’d always longed to visit it and see the beauty it held and last week, the opportunity presented itself and I joined friends from Onetouch for a short trip there.

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Travelling Marsabit to Sibiloi

Travelling Marsabit to Sibiloi

This October, after many years of waiting and one failed attempt, I finally got to travel to northern Kenya thanks to Safari Desk. See part one of my journey here.

Northern Kenya holds a beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the region. This is the one place you will struggle to get out of mud-bogged rain forest roads and find yourself cruising on dry sun-scorched desert sands few minutes later. It doesn’t sound like much but when you experience it, it is a magnanimous event that will be permanently etched in your mind, right next to memories of the first time you attempted to make chapos.

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Visiting Samburu National Park

Visiting Samburu National Park

Travel and photography have taken me to many parts of Kenya. From the ice caps of Mt Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria; from the Aberdare highlands to the slavery caves in Shimoni; but never to northern Kenya. It has been the last frontier in my mission to capture and share the beauty that Kenya has.

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World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day

The illegal trade in ivory kills up to 40,000 elephants in Africa each year.

That is 5 elephants, every hour, every day, every month, for 12 months!

That is around one every 12 minutes!

It’s not just the animals that are dying. While working to conserve elephant populations in Kenya, two KWS rangers were recently felled by poachers.

I thank God for organisations like KWSIFAW and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust that are active in protecting the elephants, because if they don’t continue with their conservation efforts, estimates say photos like these below will be the only elephants we see in 20 years.

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Amboseli National Park.

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Amboseli National Park.

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Tsavo West National Park.

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Tsavo West National Park.

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Tsavo West National Park.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

 

 

 

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

Its amazing what we have in the backyard of this great city we call Nairobi – the only capital with a National Park!

Spent a couple of hours there two weeks ago hoping to spot the lions but wasn’t successful. I did however have a great time there despite getting lost for several minutes while looking for a good spot to shoot the sunset from.

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The grass in the park is so high it dwarfs Nairobi’s growing skyline.

 

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The view the animals have of Nairobi.

 

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King of the watering hole?

 

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No, not a dwarf giraffe, but the lady to the guy in the foreground who apart from being taller, was standing on higher ground.

 

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The tall guy who was standing on higher ground.

 

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After I found my bearing, I was delighted to get this sunset shot.

 

 

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