Elephant & Rhino Orphanage and Giraffe Centre 

Early this year I had a chance to visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant & Rhino Orphanage and Giraffe Centre with Rayhab Gachango.

DSWT is a rescue & rehab center for orphaned elephants, open to the public for viewing mud baths & feedings. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.

The Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W.) Kenya was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent, and his American-born wife, Betty Leslie-Melville. They began the Giraffe Centre after discovering the sad plight of the Rothschild Giraffe. A subspecies of the giraffe found only in the grasslands of East Africa.

video shot by me 
edited by Enock Omondi

Nairobae IG Tour 2.0

Nowadays it’s so easy to travel to different places, due to cheap flights, Airbnb and Uber who have made it easy to access different countries and cities. People travel more, some with friends and others with their families.  More so, you will find millennials looking for travel experiences. Travelling with a big group and doing activities as groups.  Turn-Up Travel found a way to create travel experiences in Kenya by creating IG tours around Kenya for people who are looking for Group travel experiences.  The tours consist of 24 hours in a particular city and to sample the different activities the city has to offer.

I had the opportunity to join the Nairobi IG tour which was held on the 27th January, 2018. The tour had different activities during the day and night. We started off with Game drive early in the Morning, we were at Nairobi National park by 6:30 am. We drove around for a while until we spotted the king of the jungle in a far distance. At first we couldn’t spot the lion, but after being directed at where exactly I was able to see the lion. Because drivers and frequent visitors know patterns, we waited for about 30 minutes or more and the lion started walking towards us. It was such a magical moment; he walked right across the road to the other side.  After drive we drove around while on our way out, we saw a giraffe and zebras.  We then headed to Artcaffe at the Hub Karen for breakfast, we were served with amazing and satisfying breakfast.  Fairtrade Africa has entered into an agreement with ArtCaffe to promote the uptake of premium-blended coffee ,  the head barista gave us a talk on coffee and the campaign.

After the breakfast we headed to The Nairobi Gallery for the Joseph Murumbi collection (Murumbi African Heritage Collections). Murumbi, who died in 1990, was one of the more understated, if not scholarly, of all Kenyan deputies. His tenure ended in a resignation after Murumbi had been in the office a partly six months in office (May-December 1966). Murumbi, together with his wife Sheila, amassed an astonishing collection of art that includes sculptures, paintings, photographs and peerless philately. The items housed in the museum are a portion of Murumbi’s full collection peopled with 50,000 books, 8,000 of them published before 1900. The collection has a lot of history and background of his life and writings. As well as his life history, a great place to learn about Kenyan history.  After the brief history lessons, we walked over to Salute Iworld for treasure hunt on the new Iphone X. IG tour group got a chance to win various vouchers from Salute Iworld.

For lunch we were hosted at The Concord Hotel Parklands, thanks to Taxify Kenya who provided with transport between all the locations for IG crew. A buffet lunch for the crew, delicious and scrumptious meals were served. From rice and curry to different kinds of desserts. It was also a great way to network with others and get to know each other more, I definitely made some new friends.  For the afternoon activities, there were two options. One to go Ice Skating at Panari or GP Karting, groups was divided in to two.  I went with GP Karting group, although due to unavoidable circumstances we couldn’t go kart. We decided to go to our last destination for the day, to Four Points by Sheraton at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. We all settled at the Tazama rooftop bar and grill, where they had an infinity pool overlooking National Park. The breathtaking view and sunset made it all worthwhile, they served snacks and drinks to IG crew. Other members had a chance to dip into the heated pool  and swim a lap or two. While others lounged on the side enjoying the evening breeze, reflecting on the day’s activity. By 7:30, we all gathered to celebrate 1 year anniversary for Turn-Up Travel. We cut the cake and celebrated, and then we called it a night for some of us while others continued for the pub crawl.

Thank you Turn-up travel for the wonderful experience, I truly enjoyed my Nairobi IG tour 2.0.

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Sundowner Cruise: The Moorings

Have you ever sailed into the sunset and seen sun descending on the horizon? Moorings– the floating restaurant in Mtwapa offer sundowner Dhow Cruise every day. The dhow leaves at exactly 5:30 and returns at 7:30. You sail off to the sunset and slowly stop few meters from the restaurant and enjoy drinks and snacks provided.

Once you board the dhow, they provide Chilled Madafu (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and then they give you instruction and information regarding the cruise. Snacks are provided including chicken wings, dried coconut, Pizza and some fish fingers.  You can enjoy the delicious snack as you cruise into the sunset.

The sundowner cruise will leave you feeling tingling and happy; especially the pillow seats on the side as you become relaxed watching the sun disappear behind the grasslands of Kilifi County. The cruise is perfect for couples because it gives you the opportunity to experience the magical moment with a loved one! But also great for weddings photoshoots and parties. The experience is one of kind, it is something to experience and create the memories to cherish forever!

The dhow goes for kshs 2000 per person; dhow leaves the jetty at 5:30 each day. Call to reserve:  0700 720 388/ 0723 032 536

Sights from the sundowner

The Magical Sardegna Malindi

Magical cannot describe how Sardegna is, a beautiful Island in Malindi. Serene and calming, a beautiful place to visit.

Sardegna can be accessed through the Malindi Marine Park with a boat.  You can take a full day glass bottom boat and enjoy Sardegna, lunch on the boat and snorkeling.  A group of my friends and I decided to go on a full day tour with a boat. We left Malindi Marine park at 11am to Sardegna, where we enjoyed the view of the island, had a chance to hold a starfish and capture the serene Island of Sardegna. We then went for lunch at a beach near Watamu, where our boat captain grilled prawns, lobster and Barracuda fish accompanied with rice and curry on the boat near the shore. After Lunch while they were cleaning the boat, we took a walk to the serene Safina beach bar and grill, the outside setting was beautiful and relaxing. Leaving you relaxed on the day beds while enjoying the sea breeze and the beautiful view of the sea.

After our relaxation moment, we hoped back on the boat and proceeded to the Marine Park for little snorkeling and viewing the different schools of fish through the glass bottom.  The Marine Park is home to more than 600 species of fish, 145 types of hard coral, 12 species of echinoids, 135 types of gastropods and 200 species of benthic cover algae.  The experience of seeing the fish in their habitat is amazing and mesmerizing, the different colours and sizes of the different fishes against the blue water. A beautiful sight that must be experienced.  After snorkeling, we went back to Marine beach which was around 4pm. The whole day trip will cost around kshs 1500 to 2500 depending on how many people on the trip. You can drive to the Marine park entrance; the fee is kshs 100 per car.

Watch a short video about the trip on Youtube: Trip to Malindi Marine Park-Sardegna

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