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A Trip to the North (1)

I have always wanted to go North but for this or other reason never had been able to set on the journey there. Two years ago I nearly made it but yet again, for some obscure reason my route was changed at the very last minute so that eventually I never got there.

Now, towards the end of January, when nobody yet thought of social distancing, I made another decision to go North. This time round I was more lucky.

The plan was to go to Loiyangalani via Maralal and return by the way of South Horr and Lasamis. Eventually the final destination turned out to be North Horr which was well worth a few extra miles.

From Maralal the road has been under construction ever since with very little progress being made over the years. It’s all right when it is dry but when there are rains you will need not only a 4×4 but lots of enthusiasm as well as luck to negotiate 230 kilometres to Loiyangalani in less than a day. Having said that I must add that there is a lot to keep you entertained en route in terms of magnificent views right from the start. They are marred only by unsightly pylons of the power line which will accompany you all the way to Loiyangalani.

The best scenery is awaiting you in South Horr, a green oasis that welcomes you after hours of driving. Here one can rest in the shade of giant acacia trees growing along the riverbed. Yet be ready to evacuate in the event it changes into a roaring torrent after the rains come. However forget lunching at a local very expensive lodge which we were told in no uncertain terms is not a restaurant! So best take a packed lunch and have the food while enjoying the beauty of this remote place.

From South Horr the drive is easy if a bit shaky and in no time we get to see a long line of windmills heralding vicinity of our destination.

At sunset we reach the shore of the Lake Turkana.

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Endangered and little known: Roan antelope

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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 animals threatened with extinction who, unfortunately, are little known and rarely heard of.

Kenya’s roan antelope falls in this category. Today, this subspecies of the roan, Hippotragus equines langheldi, is only found in one tiny area in the world — Ruma National Park in western Kenya. At one time its territory stretched all the way from the Mara grasslands to Ruma. It was also found in other areas such as the Ithanga hills in Thika.

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Wamba sweet tea

It was Paul’s idea to do what he called the Wamba circuit that was really a long drive passing through Wamba town to an area in the bush where we …

Wamba sweet tea
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West Side Lake Naivasha

Above: Ziwani House on Lake Naivasha . Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation media It’s a full ‘snow’ moon that’s travelled the …

West Side Lake Naivasha
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The Train and Tuskers of Tsavo – Rupi the African Trotter

The impact of the SGR on the mega-herbivore in the last of its stronghold – the mighty Tsavo Published The East African Nation media -31 Dec 2016-6Jan 2017 Caption above – Elephant crossing under the bridge of the new SGR crossing point.by Limo Elisha Under the searing sun of the Tsavo East National Park, a herd of…
— Read on rupitheafricantrotter.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-train-and-tuskers-of-tsavo/

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Trippin’ on Turkana (Part 1) – [PHOTOS] | The Kenyan Camper

So it’s done. I finally made it. No more side-eyes from inquiring minds; “Yes I know you’ve traveled a bit around the country, but have you been to Lake Turkana?” All that’s it in the past, I can finally walk with my head held high. Thought I’d do something different for this article and post…
— Read on thekenyancamper.com/2017/12/06/ngurunit-loiyangalani-lake-turkana-camping-kenya/

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Trippin’ on Turkana (Part 2) – [PHOTOS] | The Kenyan Camper

What could Part 2 possibly mean? It means there was a Part 1. Starting off beneath the Ndoto Mountains in Samburu County and through to the back shores of Lake Turkana in the shadow of Mount Kulal, the trip back home takes us east through Marsabit County. This is just a quick run-down of the…
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The Ndoto Mountains – Northern Kenya (Part 3)

The Kenyan Camper

Our expedition wanders ever deeper into the hinterland but we do not tire. We are energized by the curiosity of things to come and are fuelled by wanderlust, snacks and diesel. The forth day of our adventure finds us in high spirits, we have found our travel rhythm and it beats to a strong and steady drum. If you haven’t already, you can see how far we have come to get us here in Part 1 and Part 2 of our journey. In the meantime what do the days ahead hold in store? More than we can imagine…

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Trippin’ on Turkana (Part 1) – [PHOTOS]

The Kenyan Camper

So it’s done. I finally made it. No more side-eyes from inquiring minds; “Yes I know you’ve traveled a bit around the country, but have you been to Lake Turkana?” All that’s it in the past, I can finally walk with my head held high. Thought I’d do something different for this article and post a photo essay with minimal chat, hope you you enjoy it.

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Aberdares and The Ark

“The nearer to Nyeri the nearer to bliss” remarked Robert Baden-Powell, best known for having started the Boy Scout movement. In 1939 he and his wife…

Aberdares and The Ark