Exploring the 2.4 million year old cave and grounds of Paradise Lost

Above: Mbai Cave facing waterfall at Paradise Lost. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Nation magazine – 5 March 2022 After a two-year hiatus, the birders from Nature Kenya are out again. Driving into Paradise Lost set in the midst of a coffee plantation and grass pastures boasting gigantic trees in flower, the morning sun is […]

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The Big Surprise that is Tendeno forest in Kericho County, western Kenya

Published: Satmag Nation media 15 Jan 2022 Above: Tinderet forest bordering Tendeno forest from Williomson Tea Estate near Nandi Hills. Courtesy Avnish Pandhal At the crack of dawn on the last day of 2021, the sun in the eastern sky bursts like a furnace of red-orange flames to begin its daily swoop over the earth. […]

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The House Crow – Invader from the East, Flying Fast into Kenya’s Interior

Above: House Crow photographed by Francis Cherutich in Marigat near Lake Baringo on 3 January 2022 Published: May 2013 The East African Nation News Alert: January 2022 – As predicted if no action was taken, the House Crow would spread into the interior in five to 10 years. It’s proved to be true as per […]

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Michuki Plays Host to Crocodile … along Nairobi River

Above: Crocodile at Michuki Park Nairobi 8 May 2021Credit Joy Arividza Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 12 June 2021 The clouds threatened to burst on the Saturday morning in Nairobi but did not, for it would have made birding very hard in the rain. Standing at the entrance of Nairobi Museum that is nearly a […]

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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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