Brackenhurst Botanic Garden

Above: Brackenhurst Conference Centre and Botanic Gardens in Tigoni, 25-km northwest of Nairobi Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine, Nation media 28 October 2017 It’s popping with colour under the canvas of a gorgeous blue sky. Orange aloes in bloom attract an array of colourful sunbirds – Variable, Tacazze, Golden-winged and more. An African goshawk […]

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To Tanganyika

For the chimpanzees (sokwe mtu in Kiswahili) Published The East African Nation media 16-22 September 2017 Above: Playful young chimpanzee in Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  Copyright Rupi Mangat When l heard Dr Jane Goodall talk in Nairobi about her ground-breaking pioneering chimpanzee research in Gombe it became my mission to get […]

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Saving Spaces

in Nairobi’s urban sprawl Published Saturday magazine Nation newspaper 9 September 2017 Above: Saddle bill stork in Nairobi National Park. Copyright Sidney Shema Nairobi is the birding capital of the world with more than 500 species recorded of the feathered kind. Few cities can rival that. So when on a Wednesday morning it was announced […]

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Lion Tales

Soysambu’s Lionesses Publsihed Saturday Magazine, Nation newspaper 24 June 2017 Above picture: Valentine in Soysambu Conservancy 2017  copyright Kat Combes “Three lionesses turned up one day from Nakuru National Park,” tells Kat Combes of Soysambu Conservancy that straddles Lake Elmenteita. It was in July 2014. The trio were three years old looking for their own […]

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On the Isles of Lamu – Pate Island

Part 3 of 3 Published 3 June 2017 Saturday magazine Nation media It’s a dream world. We sail past a forest of the tallest mangrove trees that l’ve ever seen. Sparkling white sand bars appear in the low tide. It’s an endless blue planet from where we are when suddenly a dolphin slips in and […]

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In the Chasm of Chala

In search of a palanquin Published Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 29 April 2017 Lounging in the circular living room of Grogan’s Castle with stunning views of Kilmanjaro’s two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo on the western side, the Pare mountain in Tanzania on the southern side and the plains of Tsavo on the eastern side, l […]

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Winds of Change

Critically Endangered vultures threatened by wind farm Published The East African, Nation media 22-28 April 2017 Ruppell’s vulture landing – copyright Munir Virani Since 2015 four of the eight species of vultures in Kenya have been listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are one step […]

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Tuskers at Thomson’s Falls

Published Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 1st April 2017 Above: The gorge with Ewaso Nyiro river flowing from the wetland at Nyahururu via Thomson’s Falls to Lorian swamp in the arid lands – copyright Rupi Mangat Thomson’s Falls in Nyahururu reveals more in its ravine flowing in the depths of South Marmanet Forest “The elephants have been […]

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Lamu plastic dhow sails to save oceans

Above: Traditional dhow asail on Lamu seafront. Courtesy Dipesh Pabari Published in The East African, Nation media 25 February-3 March 2017 A chance meeting of two high school friends puts in motion something the world has never seen – a life-size plastic dhow to sail Lamu to Cape Town with a message – stop dumping […]

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Whales in Watamu

Watamu Marine Association and Kenya Wildlife Service report an amazing sigh for the first time ever. Picture above: False killer whales recorded first time in Kenya in December 2016. They are witha pod of Indo-Pacific botlenose dolphins. Courtesy Jane Spilsbury/Watamu Marine Association Published: Satmag Nation 14 Jan 2017 The gorgeous blue-ocean waters of Watamu reveal […]

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