African Twilight

The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent Above: African Heritage House bathed in morning light. Copyright Maya Mangat Published: The Star newspaper, Kenya – 2 March 2019 “It’s my dream to set up a pan-African centre where artists from all over Africa can come and see the creativity from all parts of Africa,” […]

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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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Jade & Silver

A walk with Kenyan artist Camille Wekesa on her current exhibition titled Jade & Silver Above: Camille Wekesa at her art exhibition Jade & Silver with the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana) and the shades of the petrified forest by the lake. Published in The East African Nation media 2 June-8 June 2018 Camille is sophistication personified […]

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Held in the Rain in Ngangao

On the magical mist mountains of Taita Hills Above: The ancient crystalline rock face of Ngangao some 260 million years old in Taita Hills – during the time of the dinosaurs. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper, 19 May 2018     “It’s the nest of Taita thrush,” whispers Handrison Mwameso, the guide from […]

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Time travelling through Olorgesailie

The fascinating metropolis of ancient ancestors Above: Mt Olorgesailie decked in cloud and wild flowers – copyright Rupi Mangat 5 May 2018 Published: Saturday magazine Nation newspaper 5 May 2018 I’m alone walking between two ancient volcanoes on sands that have weathered the times and bleached white by the relentless sun with volcanic rubble strewn around. […]

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City Breaks

Above: Black rhino and her calf in Nairobi National Park with Nairobi city in the horizon. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published Nation Newspaper – Saturday magazine – 21 November 1998 The Nairobi National Park – a rare place where modern skyscrapers brush shoulders with the creatures of the wild The uninterrupted flow of the sky, the […]

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In Nairobi National Park

Amazing Skies, Savannas and Species Published Nation newspaper-Saturday magazine 28 April 2018 Above: Impala herd browsing in Nairobi National Park with Nairobi skyline Copyright Rupi Mangat Armed with the colour printout of some common reptiles of Nairobi National Park by the reptilian guru Stephen Spawls, co-author of the amazing 500-page tome of ‘A Field Guide […]

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Undercover Story at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden

Above – Orchids – indigenous to Kenya at Brackenhurst in Limuru – Iphone Copyright Mark Nicholson Published Nation newspaper Saturday magazine 21 April 2018 “Africa and Madagascar were joined like this,” demonstrates Dr Mark Nicholson of Plants for Life and the person who has recreated the natural forest at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden in Limuru as […]

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Nairobi Snake Park

Face- to-face with Omieri again Above: Omieri the African rock python in her new glass cage. Notice the burn mark on exreme right that she received in 1987 – which led to her death. Copyrigt Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Magazine Nation newspaper 14 April 2018 In 1987 l went to see Omieri the she-python who […]

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Nestled in Naivasha

Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 24 March 2018 Above: Hippos ashore. Copyright Rupi Mangat It’s late returning to Nairobi from upcountry. We find a campsite to spend the night on the fringes of the freshwater Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Great Rift Valley lakes in Kenya. There’s just enough daylight for a walk around the […]

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