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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Why African Fish Eagle is under threat of extinction

By Rupi Mangat Published: East African Nation 11 July 2011 Above: Shiv Kapila releasing African Fish Eagle. Copyright Shiv Kapila The African fish eagle is one of Africa’s most charismatic raptors. Donned in a copper-coloured mantle with a clear white collar, its very presence commends respect. Its loud and distinctive call is unmistakable – once […]

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A Stroll along Sabaki River Mouth: Kenya’s biggest estuary and an Important Bird Area (IBA)

Above: Sabaki Estuary. Copyright Rupi Mangat From the archives: May 2010 On the mudflats of the Sabaki, a strong sun beats down so fierce that it makes the water over the sand sparkle. On the bridge above, cars and matatus speed over the estuary – Kenya’s biggest – unaware of the stunning vistas below and […]

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Scents and Sounds of South Nandi Forest

Above: Sunrise at South Nandi Forest surrounded by Nyayo Tea Zone at Kobujoi. May 2019. Copyright Rupi Mangat It’s dawn. And magical. In the first light, the rising sun illuminates the tea and forest-clad peaks of the South Nandi Forest as a white mist lifts languidly from the valleys. It’s so beautiful an image that […]

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Camel Crazy in Maralal

Above: Maralal Camel Derby by Weldon Kennedy Published: 2007 Saturday Magazine, Nation Maralal’s one of those really interesting towns in the outback, a frontier perched in a valley near a great fault line that happens to be the Great Rift Valley with a stunning view of the deep gorge that on a windy day can […]

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Let’s Go to Hell

Published: December 2007 Above: A boulder blocks the slot canyon at Hells Gate National Park, Kenya. by Heyandrewhyde Fiery mountains spitting out red-hot molten lava, earth-shattering forces from deep in the earth’s belly and floods have shaped what is a trip to ‘hell’. ‘Let’s go to hell,” says our local Maasai guide from the Olkaria […]

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The Kilwa Chronicle

From the archives: February 2009 Above: The prayers room inside the extension of the great mosque of Kilwa at Kilwa Kisiwani. It was build as part of the first arabic settlement and nowadays an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Credit Robin Chew Lying idyllic on the magical blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the tiny island […]

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Launch of Kenya Women Birders

A regional entry into the world of birding Published: The East African Nation magazine 20 April 2019 The fastest growing sector in tourism now is birding. With an estimated eight million American bird watchers looking for new vistas to fly to in search of the feathered kind, East Africa is a top destination. Then there […]

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The Pan-African Pentatonic Project: An Exciting mix of music from the Niger and the Nile rocks Nairobi’s crowd

Published: The East African (Nation media) 23 Marc 2019 For the first time (20 March 2019) Nairobians were treated to the sounds of the Sahel flowing with the Nile and as the full moon rose the crowd took to the floor. The minute Alhousseini Anivolla-Anewal stepped on stage at Nairobi’s Alliance Francaise he held the […]

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Watamu Turtle Watch: A Hawksbill in the Spotlight

From my archives in April 2007 In 1997 ‘Watamu Turtle Watch’ was launched. It still operates under Local Ocean Conservation today. A whole load of journalists descend on this one little turtle happily snoozing under his shaded spot in the pool.  All we can see of this star-to-be-soon turtle are his flippers sticking out from […]

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