Flaming Amboseli Bursting with Flamingos

Published Satmag Nation newspaper 29 May 2021 Above: Flamingos in Amboseli. Image by Denis Bouillon It’s a new dawn with climate change and Amboseli’s got a fresh look with flamingos everywhere under the gaze of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak. The ubiquitous dust pans and spiralling dust devils are absent. Instead it’s lush and green with water […]

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A Billion Birds listed on Global Big Day 2021

Above: Eastern pale chanting goshawk in Selenkay Conservancy. Copyright Denis Bouillon.  It gets bigger and better with more birders spreading their wings to record as many species as possible in 24 hours Published in The East African Nation media 22 29 May 2021 At the stroke of midnight on 8th May, Steve Methu logged on […]

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Safari to Selenkay Conservancy

Above: Maasai giraffe and Kilimanjaro. Copyright Denis Bouillon From Porini Amboseli Camp Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 15 May 2021 Kilimanjaro raises her beautiful snowy peak, revealing her full figure under a gorgeous blue sky. In one frame, Kibo the roof of Africa with her shorter siblings – Mawenzi and Shiro – shoulder her on […]

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In the Papyrus Swamp in Kisumu on Lake Victoria

  A lush green swamp on the world’s largest tropical lake Published: Satmag Nation newspaper 1 May 2021 A few minutes down the new tarmac road from the lakeshore city of Kisumu, we’re at Dunga Beach by the enormous fish sculpture made of waste material found on the beach to mark Flipflopi’s entry into Kisumu. […]

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Taste of Romance on the isle of Lamu

Published: The East African Nation magazine: 13 – 19 Feb 2021 February, tis the season of love with Valentine fixed on its calendar. I’m on the isle of Lamu, stepping into Subira House, a 19th century house that belonged to the liwali (governor) of Lamu and lovingly restored by the Aarts, the Swedish-Dutch couple who […]

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Early risers catch the worm at annual waterbird count in the Great Rift Valley

Above: Timothy Mwinami of National Museums of Kenya at 2021 Jan waterfowl count – Lake Baringo. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation magazine Jan 6 – Feb 12 2021 The annual waterfowl count starts at the crack of dawn before the birds take advantage of the rising thermals to fly off for the […]

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Snows of Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West

Above; Snow-capped Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West Kimana bandas April 2020. Courtesy Severin Safari Lodge Published: The East African Nation media By Rupi Mangat It was predicted that the snows of Kilimanjaro would vanish by 2020…but look at what’s happened Kilimanjaro’s snow hat is perfectly on its head – that is on its dome-shaped Kibo also […]

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From Masindi Exploring Kabalega’s Kingdom, Uganda

Above: Approaching Murchison falls in the National Park. Copyright: i Rupi Mangat 2017 Published: The East African Nation media Part 2 of 2 By Rupi Mangat At first glance Masindi gives the impression of a one-street, non-descript town with relics of colonial architecture. But is has interesting history as Sally Wareing, the retired octogenarian teacher […]

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In Kabalega’s Kingdom: Bunyoro in Uganda

Above: Royal tomb of King Kabalega near Hoima in Uganda. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation media 25 April 2020 By Rupi Mangat Powerful and progressive, Kabalega defended his kingdom against colonial onset It was the taxi driver who announced, “The royal tomb of Kabalega is here.”  He brought the car to a […]

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Not one but TWO new species of Sawsharks discovered in Zanzibar and Madagascar

Discovering a species in the 21st century is exciting but to discover two new species is super-exciting.  By Rupi Mangat Above: Artist’s impression of One of the newly discovered sixgilled sawshark species (Pliotrema kajae). Copyright: Simon Weigmann, Published: The East African Nation media 11-17 April 2020 These bottom dwelling sharks support long saw-like snouts called […]

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