Brackenhurst Botanic Garden

Above: Brackenhurst Conference Centre and Botanic Gardens in Tigoni, 25-km northwest of Nairobi Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine, Nation media 28 October 2017 It’s popping with colour under the canvas of a gorgeous blue sky. Orange aloes in bloom attract an array of colourful sunbirds – Variable, Tacazze, Golden-winged and more. An African goshawk […]

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Shela’s Splendour

Published Saturday magazine Nation newspaper 21 October 2017 Above: Sand dunes of Shela looking across at Manda Island – Copyright Rupi Mangat Shela was Lamu’s (town) poorer cousin. Set on the same island of Lamu, l’m reading an interesting account of Shela in ‘Quest for the Past’ an historical guide to Lamu archipelago by Chrysee […]

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Tarangire National Park

Part 2 of 2 By the river’s edge Watch the drama Published 14 October 2017 Saturday magazine Nation newspaper Above: Tarangire – land of the giants – centuries-old baobab tree and elephant Copyright Rupi It’s stark dry – August at the height of the dry season. Tall and golden, the sun-bleached grass shimmers under the […]

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New Market for the African Elephant

Published in The East African Nation media 7-13 October 2017 Laos in Southeast Asia, virtually unheard of in Africa is now the leading retailer in ivory, mostly sourced from recently poached elephants in Africa Laos is now the hot-spot for rich Chinese tourists to gamble and purchase things they can’t do so easily at home […]

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Tarangire Treetops

Amidst the baobabs Published Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 7 October 2017 Above: Elephant dwarfed by centuries-old baobab tree near Randilen Wildlife Management Area by Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Picture Galib Mangat There are few grand arrivals as memorable as this. Stopping at the gate of Randilen Wildlife Management Area that hosts the stunning Tarangire Treetops […]

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United Against Wildlife Poisoning

The dire need for government to recognize the problem of poison Published in The East African-Nation Media 16-22 September 2017 It was in 2005 while researching for her doctorate on Mackinder’s Eagle Owls around Nyeri in Kenya’s central highlands that Darcy Ogada realized there was a problem at hand – that of poisoning. “I was […]

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A Nigerian Fest in Nairobi

Alan Donovan Celebrating half a century in Africa with the arts Published in The East African Nation media – 23 – 29 September 2017 Above: Oshogbo King wearing beaded crown.  Photo by Alan Donovan It was in 1967 and the director of USAID in Nigeria was being installed as an honorary chief, riding on a white […]

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Jinja Nile Resort

The enigma of the Nile unfolds Published Saturday Nation magazine Above: Jinja Nile Resort – in the foyer, pictures of the men whose lives revolved around the mystery of the Nile – from left to right – Baker, Speke, Burton and Livingstone – copyright Rupi Mangat The Nile flows smooth. Returning 16 years later to […]

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To Tanganyika

For the chimpanzees (sokwe mtu in Kiswahili) Published The East African Nation media 16-22 September 2017 Above: Playful young chimpanzee in Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  Copyright Rupi Mangat When l heard Dr Jane Goodall talk in Nairobi about her ground-breaking pioneering chimpanzee research in Gombe it became my mission to get […]

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On Entebbe Express

On the Marina to sail and golf, history and wildlife Published Saturday Nation magazine 16 September 2017 Above: New golf course at Lake Victoria Serena Resort and Spa near Entebbe, Uganda – copyright Rupi Mangat “Are you going to Entebbe?” asks the man on the side of the road that’s sandwiched between one of the […]

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