The Big Cats of the Mara

Part 2 of 2 Published:1 September 2018 Above: Lioness at dawn in Maasai Mara National Reserve August 2018 Copyright Rupi Mangat 2018 The wildebeest crossing takes the entire day. The following morning packed with a picnic breakfast and lunch from Crocodile Camp on the banks of the Talek river by Talek gate, we’re inside the reserve […]

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Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

A Fascinating Story of Coffee and the Great Ape Above: Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka conducting gorilla clinical observation at Mount Tshiabirimu, DRC August 2008 Published The East African – Nation media 25-31 August 2018   Picture: Kanyonyi, 21 year old leader of Mubare group, died on December 9th 2017 after sustaining serious injuries during multiple attacks by a solitary silverback […]

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The Jaw-Dropping Migration of the Wildebeest

Part 1 of 2 Above: The annual Mara Migration of the wildebeest from the Serengeti Copyright Rupi Mangat There is excitement in the air. We’ve been on the plains since sunrise, watching the sun shed its light on the vast grass plains of the Maasai Mara, tinting the long stalks gold and warming the earth. […]

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Twixt the Lakes of Natron and Magadi

After the grand spectacle of the blood moon that lasted an hour and 43 minutes, the sun rises red hot with splashes of pink and gold that l watch from the luxury of my room at Magadi Sports Club. The plan is to leave before the sun gets too hot to see the wildlife in […]

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In Magadi’s Magical Moonlight

It was the red rock in the night sky at Island Camp Baringo that spurred me to Lake Magadi to watch the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century on Friday 27th July 2018 that lasted an hour and 43 minutes. I wasn’t risking the event of the century in cloudy Nairobi. Magadi, lying […]

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Bogoria’s Flaming Flamingos

It’s a magical wonderland. Crimson ribbons fly across a lustrous lake for its entire length. It’s the pink flamingos – more precisely the Lesser flamingos – of Bogoria, the caustic cauldron just north of the Equator in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. In between the shorter more glamorous birds we see few of the less glamorous […]

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Turtles Hatching

On Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago Above: Green Turtles hatching on Manda Island – Copyright Maya Mangat “The turtles are hatching today,” announced an excited Famau Shukri of Lamu Marine Conservation Trust ( LaMCoT) over the phone. With exciting news like this first thing in the morning, l jumped out of bed and raced down […]

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On the Isles of Lake Baringo

A red rock in the sky startles me. It’s unblinking and huge compared to the rest of the constellations littered in the Milk Way. It’s Mars, the Red Planet at its brightest since 2003 and close to reaching directly opposite the sun in the Earth’s sky, giving us the closest view of Mars in 15 […]

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On a Shopping Spree in Lamu

It’s raining in Lamu Stone Town that has continuously been lived in for seven centuries and hence boasts of being the oldest urban town in East Africa. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Lamu Stone Town is imbued with a richness of it past.

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A Trip to Takwa

Published 7 July 2018 Sun-burnished mangrove leaves float like skeins of gold thread on the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We’re sailing from Lamu Stone Town on Lamu Island to Manda Island that lies across the channel. Our boatman points to the village settled by the Luo from the shores of Lake Victoria in […]

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