A House of Root

Shooting epic wildlife movies from the 1960s, the Roots films are, even today, unbeatable  Published: Nation newspaper 21 August 2021 Saturday magazine  It’s a fitting welcome to Kilimandege House on the shores of Lake Naivasha to have a stately giraffe standing at the entrance, nibbling on his favourite Acacia and allowing us to walk past. […]

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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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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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A Night with the Stars at Lake Naivasha

Above: Evening light on shores of Lake Naivasha. Copyright Desire James Wainaina Published: 20 April 2019 Grey shafts of light stream from the clouds to the lake casting an ethereal glow in the late afternoon. Fishermen stride into the freshwater lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. In the cooling day, shy waterbuck […]

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Swan Lake: A Fascinating Performance at Lake Oloiden

Above: Great white pelicans herding fish for breakfast. Copyright Rupi Mangat Replace the swan with pelicans because in Africa we have pelicans and not swans. We’re sailing on Lake Oloiden that’s changes dramatically every so often that it keeps everyone guessing – what next? Salty or fresh?   We’ve woken up to a spectacular performance […]

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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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