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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A Weekend Away on Lake Naivasha

By Rupi Mangat Above: Maasai giraffe at Ecoscapes Conservancy Lake Naivasha Published: Saturday Nation 4 April 2020 We’re in a land from the time of the dinosaurs. While there may or may not have been dinosaurs around Lake Naivasha, there’s a tiny wasp that has been around for some 60 million years ago when dinosaurs […]

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Endangered and little known: Roan antelope

By RUPI MANGAT Above: The gate at Ruma National Park of the roan antelope. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation 14 April 2008 Only 40 surviving today – 2020. If you think that only the African Rhino and elephant are endangered or a target of poachers, you are wrong. There are many other […]

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Via Via Entebbe: Taste the World

Above: Published: The East African Nation media 21- 27 March 2020 I’m super excited to be staying at Via Via in Entebbe, booked by the staff at the New Court View Hotel in Masindi that’s the nearest town from the epic Murchison Falls National Park that boasts the ‘most powerful waterfall in the world’. It’s […]

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The Delta Delights: Sailing downstream the Tana Delta

Published: Travel News magazine: Dec 2019-Jan 2020 It’s a moonless night. Above the Scorpion unfurls its tail across the delta’s width before the river crashes into the ocean. I’m enjoying a lone sail with the boatman along the mangrove-lined river with its dunes silhouetted against the night sky. Everything is elemental, pure and magical. As […]

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Into Nyerere National Park – Tanzania’s Newest National Park in the vast southern side

Above: At Africa Safari Selous. Courtesy Africa Safari Selous Published: Satmag Nation newspaper 22 Feb 2020 The four days in Africa’s largest national park that has been re-named after the founding father of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in 2019 is adrenaline-filled. The night glows as fireflies flit over the wetland at our abode, the African […]

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South to Southern Tanzania: To reach Selous now Nyerere National Park

Above: Published: Saturday Nation magazine Day three of the road trip into Tanzania that’s about twice the size of Kenya, we’re nearly at the gates of Selous, a World Heritage Site and Africa’s greatest wilderness area, more than twice the size of the two Tsavos in Kenya. I’m beyond excited. I’ve reached my dream destination. […]

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West Side Lake Naivasha

Above: Ziwani House on Lake Naivasha . Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation media It’s a full ‘snow’ moon that’s travelled the sky and across the lake to sink into the horizon while on the opposite end in the east, it’s the fiery sun lighting the sky. It’s a dramatic moment to be […]

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Animated Masks: Bringing African Masks to Life

Above: Teddy Mitchener with Sharon his wife as a model for a mask. Copyright Sharon and Teddy Mitchener Published: The East African Nation magazine February 2020 I was at the Nairobi Gallery that houses part of the late Joseph Murumbi’s (Kenya’s first foreign affairs minister) amazing art collection from all over Africa. On that day […]

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