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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Vuria

Searching for the skulls caves in Taita Hills Published: 12 May 2018 Saturday Nation magazine Nation newspaper, Kenya Above: Taita Hills – the magical mist mountains – copyright Rupi Mangat The plan is to enjoy the indigenous forest of Vuria. I have no intention of puffing up to the peak which is the highest of […]

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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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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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Tides of Hemingways

Above: Restaurant at Hemingways with life size caste models of deep-sea fish and aquarium with coral fish. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 24 February 2018 Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper What’s in Watamu? Whales and snakes, ocean and forest, creeks and sultanates and endless beautiful days.

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More Hikes on Taita Hills

Part 2 of 2 Published Saturday magazine Nation media 20 January 2018 Above: The peak of IYale – second highest of Taita Hills Copyright Rupi Mangat Older than the age of dinosaurs these hills continue to fascinate nature lovers With a few more days in the hills with a mission to spot Taita apalis, our […]

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Hiking in the Hills of Taita

  Part 1 of 2 An ancient massif of endemic plants and animals Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 13 January 2018 Above: Taita apalis – criticaly endangered – fewer than 200 survive today in fragmented forests of the Taita Hills in an area of five square kilometers (copyright Luca Borghesio) The mist swirls and whirls, […]

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Landscapes of Lolldaiga

Part 2 of 2 Published Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 30 December 2017 Above: Desert warthog Copyright De Jong & Butynski  Learning more about lesser-known wildlife There’s more than the Desert Warthog that we’re learning about in Lolldaiga and why it’s important to know all that makes for Kenya’s biodiversity. “To be able to protect biodiversity,” states […]

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Exploring the Mountain from Naro Moru

Above: Art in nature …on the nature trail at Mount Kenya Eco-Resource Centre – copyright Rupi Mangat Published Saturday Magazine, Nationewspaper 25 November 2017 An impenetrable white mist blankets everything outside my window at day break and clears slowly to reveal the own street tiny town of Naro Moru that’s epically famous as the base […]

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