From Masindi Exploring Kabalega’s Kingdom, Uganda

Above: Approaching Murchison falls in the National Park. Copyright: i Rupi Mangat 2017 Published: The East African Nation media Part 2 of 2 By Rupi Mangat At first glance Masindi gives the impression of a one-street, non-descript town with relics of colonial architecture. But is has interesting history as Sally Wareing, the retired octogenarian teacher […]

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Endangered and little known: Roan antelope

By RUPI MANGAT Above: The gate at Ruma National Park of the roan antelope. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation 14 April 2008 Only 40 surviving today – 2020. If you think that only the African Rhino and elephant are endangered or a target of poachers, you are wrong. There are many other […]

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A Feast for All at Soysambu by Elmenteita’s Shores

Above: Lion defending his prey from Silver-backed jackals and Ruppell’s vultures listed Critically endangered on IUCN Red List in Soysambu . By Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine 4 January 2019 A vulture circling high in the midday sky gives the first clue that there has to be something interesting on the ground. Following its wing-beat […]

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Adornments for the mighty

Published: The East African Nation media 26 October 2019 I stared at myself in the mirror, transfixed and let out an audible gasp.  The beaded collar copied from the Egyptian queen dating more than 4,500 years, adorning my skin was the single most beautiful thing l had ever worn.  It held me mesmerized, entrenched and […]

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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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In the Midst of Mt Mtelo

Part 2 of 2 I’m sitting on the saddle of the Sekerr mountain range between the peaks of Katugh and the rest: Kaimut, Chaichai and the famous Mtelo that is the peak and the fifth highest point in Kenya at 10,944 feet. It is also the sacred mountain of the Pokot and all face the […]

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Mathew’s Range …

Above: Island forests on Mathews Range in the drylands of northern Kenya. Copyright Luca Borghesio Part 2 of 3 A little-known mountain range with one of the least disturbed forests in north Kenya makes for exciting long term research in forest dynamics Dynamics of the Forest “People tend to think of forests as never changing,” […]

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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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Samburu Trails

From the archives in 2007 In memory of Rosalie Faull Okay – here’s a brain teaser.  What do you get when you cross a donkey with a horse?  Answer:  You get a smart ass!  Actually, you get a mule. “Mules are very tough animals,” explains Rosalie Faull who runs Samburu Trails, a trekking safari into […]

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A Cliff with a macabre tale in the Taita Hills

Above: Plains of Tsavo from the Mwachora Hill. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 15 June 2019 The road from the peak of Ngangao that is part of the magical Taita Hills loops steep into the plains of Tsavo with amazing views of the solitary massifs of Sagalla and Kasigau. I’m taking a break from hiking to […]

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