Reaching Makindu in the 1890s

At the beginning – Makindu and the iconic Sikh Temple Above: Makindu gurdwara lit at night. Courtesy Raju Mangat Published: Saturday Nation media 13 May 2022 Gold-painted domes dazzle twixt the Chyulus and the Yatta Plateau, announcing that one is approaching Makindu on the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway where trucks and trains ply the route 24/7. […]

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Fine Dining on Safari at Finch Hattons in Tsavo West

Above: Lunch at Finch Hatons Tsavo West – the Vietnamese summer roll. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation magazine 19-25 March 2022 While African safaris are famed for their big game like lions and leopards, dining on safari is just as exciting…foods presented like work of art, desirable and delectable…even the gods melt. […]

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Exploring the 2.4 million year old cave and grounds of Paradise Lost

Above: Mbai Cave facing waterfall at Paradise Lost. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Nation magazine – 5 March 2022 After a two-year hiatus, the birders from Nature Kenya are out again. Driving into Paradise Lost set in the midst of a coffee plantation and grass pastures boasting gigantic trees in flower, the morning sun is […]

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FORT TERNAN: A tunnel to Kenya’s mixed colonial past

Above: At the train tunnel Fort Ternan. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African magazine,  Nation media: 15-21 Jan 2022 We’re travelling back into time at 14 million years ago at the home of the ancient ape called the Kenyapithecus, unearthed by the famous first family of fossil finders in Kenya, Louis and Mary Leakey. […]

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The Big Surprise that is Tendeno forest in Kericho County, western Kenya

Published: Satmag Nation media 15 Jan 2022 Above: Tinderet forest bordering Tendeno forest from Williomson Tea Estate near Nandi Hills. Courtesy Avnish Pandhal At the crack of dawn on the last day of 2021, the sun in the eastern sky bursts like a furnace of red-orange flames to begin its daily swoop over the earth. […]

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A Volcano Erupts – Nyiragongo fury

Above: Nyiragongo erupting. Image by Ranjeet Mangat Published in The East African Nation media – 31 May 2021 “I was driving with my friend when we saw fire coming from Nyiragongo.” It’s Ranjeet Singha Mangat my 24-year-old relative on the phone from Goma recounting the ordeal since Nyiragongo erupted on Saturday night, 22 May, in […]

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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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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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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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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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