The Delta Delights: Sailing downstream the Tana Delta

Published: Travel News magazine: Dec 2019-Jan 2020 It’s a moonless night. Above the Scorpion unfurls its tail across the delta’s width before the river crashes into the ocean. I’m enjoying a lone sail with the boatman along the mangrove-lined river with its dunes silhouetted against the night sky. Everything is elemental, pure and magical. As […]

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Lukenya’s Panorama of a 360 world

Above: On Lukenya ridge. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Nation magazine 30 November 2019 On the ancient granite rock-filled ridge of Lukenya, it’s a 360-degree view of Africa. A mountain climber from the Mountain Club of Kenya is scaling a vertical wall of an immense rock face, his tiny figure carefully inching his way up […]

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Visiting an Orma Village in Tana Delta

Above: Orma at a wedding ceremony Published: 23 November 2019 It’s twilight, that magical moment when the sun has travelled the sky to end the day. In that golden moment we’re on the banks of the Tana before it branches out into the famed delta by the same name. The river is calm. The dugout […]

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From Kalota to Kipini on Tana Delta

Above: From the arch of the mosque near Fumo Liyogo’s grave near Kipini on the tip of Tana Delta – Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Nation magazine 16 November 2019 It’s a quiet brook at Kalota on the tip of the delta that is Kenya’s largest, the Tana. It’s here we hop on to the boat […]

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Rock Climbers of Lukenya Hill

Above: Close up of the rock climber on the cliff face of Lukenya belonging to the Mountain Club of Kenya. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation media It looks like Spider-Man is inching his way up a gigantic cliff. He’s spread eagle and through my zoom l see his muscles taut as he […]

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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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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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Underground River, Coffee and Birding in Juja

Above: Osprey in Juja. Copyright James Kashangaki  Published: 5 January2019 When Elspeth Huxley penned the Flame Trees of Thika, the road out of Nairobi in 1913 was very different from the Thika super-highway we are driving on to reach Juja, 40 kilometres away. Her description from the novel is of her as a six-year old […]

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Urban Crowns

Meeting the Apex Hunter in Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary Above: African crowned eagle at nest Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary copyright Washington Wachira Published: 3 November 2018 “Listen,” said Fleur Ng’weno of Nature Kenya. A piercing shrill drifted through the trees in the forest. “It’s the African crowned eagle.” It was what we were hoping for […]

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