All endangered species in a day at Ol Pejeta

Above:  Lunch abandoned at Sweetwaters Serena as the black rhinos arrive for a drink. Picture: Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine  in Nation newspaper21 Septmber 2023 It’s an OMG moment that within minutes of landing at Ol Pejeta, the wildlife conservancy on the equator, a cheetah struts the plains. We follow her at a respectable distance. […]

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Amboseli’s amazing wildlife and spaces

Published Satmag 19 July 2023 Image: Endangered-Grey-Crowned-Cranes-in-Amboseli-National-Park-wetland.-Copyright-Rupi-Mangat- Elegant necks stretch to the leaves of the acacia, patterned to reveal that they are the Maasai giraffes on the plains of Amboseli. On reaching closer, we see the foals – mini versions of their mums – and we realize that we’ve come across a nursery of giraffe […]

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The Red Elephants of Tsavo

See published article in Satmag Nation newspaper 24 June 2023 The red earth road leads us towards Kilimanjaro standing regal in the horizon. There are rumours that there are elephants in Makindu, most famous for housing the Makindu Sikh Temple, revered by Sikhs from all over the world. It has to do with the Sikhs […]

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A Night in the Mara Triangle and Celebrating Global Big Day

The Mara in May was fantastic, especially since we were there to look for as many species of birds to log on to the eBird app on the May 8 Global Big Day. Click here to read my story in the Satmag Nation of what happened. In short, we were in the Mara Conservancy also […]

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Looking for a private romantic getaway near Nairobi? Olurur House is it

Above: The gorgeous verandah at Olurur House overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Image Rupi Mangat Published Nation Satmag April 29, 2023 Olurur House is the grand setting to the open horizons of the Great Rift Valley, set atop Champagne Ridge where ancient humans roamed. At first sight, the house doesn’t show and then a few […]

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From the rim to the floor of Menengai Crater

Above: View of Menengai Crater from the rim at Maili Saba Camp. Courtesy Frank Matsaert Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper March 23, 2023 The rickety sign on a narrow murrum road belies the grand caldera. A few minutes later we’re standing on the rim of Menengai, Africa’s second largest caldera, its floor carpeted with the […]

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Why this is the right time to explore Lamu Island from Amu House

Watch out for the whale shark safari where you may have the opportunity to swim with the largest fish in the world. Above: Lamu Stone seafront at dusk Mary Stone/@chariotcreations Published: Satmag Nation March 4 2023 The tide is high in the late afternoon. The dark blue of the Indian Ocean reveals the lush green […]

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Amboseli’s elephants and the avocados

Published: Nation Satmag 25 Feb 2023 Above: Elephant in the Amboseli swamp. Credit RupiMangat Flying into Amboseli, Kilimanjaro is hidden in the clouds and refuses to show itself the entire day. My heart sinks hopping that the world’s tallest stand-alone mountain will show itself…and it does the following days pasted against the bluest of skies […]

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Wandering Weekend in Wajir

Above: Somali-pastoral-women-walking-home-after-collecting-thatch-and-some-water-in-Wajir.-Copyright-Mustafa-Adamjee Published: Nation newspaper-Satmag magazine 10 December 2022 The flight to Wajir in Kenya’s far-flung arid north-eastern side is fascinating. Lifting off from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport we’re 20,000 feet high above the clouds when Kilimanjaro pops through and a few minutes later we see Mount Kenya. As we approach Wajir, the urban town in […]

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The Alfajiri Artists

Street kids finding strength through art Above: Nicholas painting Zebra Published The East African Nation newspaper 22-28 October 2022 Canvases of different sizes are being hung up in the art gallery of the Nairobi Museum that are powerful in composition, drawing the viewer to stop and study them. Lydia Galavu, the museum’s curator of contemporary […]

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