Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2016

Kaya Kinondo Forest - about beliefs and bush medicine





While visiting Diani Beach we went to Mijikenda Sacred Kaya Forests, a unique and outstanding example on how local people’s beliefs and traditions have shaped a landscape over time and conserved natural habitats.
We discovered beautiful old trees, corals, spectacular lianas and traditional hats. We went to places of the spiritual rituals of the Giriama´s which are still used for ceremonies and prayers.
 
The Kaya’s contain traces of historic fortified settlements of the Mijikenda ancestors which serve as a focus of the cultural and ritual activities continuing on the sites today. Kaya forests form part of the biodiversity hotspot of coastal forests of Eastern Africa.

This 30 acre forest is located between Chale and Mugwani villages in Kinondo ward, Msambweni sub County in Kwale County. The forest is important for its cultural and biodiversity abundance as it bears physical and cultural features including paths, entryways, a burial ground, a settlement area and a shrine. Kaya Kinondo contains 86 plant species, 42 butterfly species and 123 moth species among diverse birds and small mammal species.
A set of traditional rules and guidelines in regard to the use of the forest do exist and are enforced by the Kaya elders. 

After we left the forest we met a traditional medican man who makes medicine from the roots and leafs of the forest plants and some mystical brews like a liquid that makes somebody falling in love with you;-)







Donnerstag, 22. September 2016

Kenya´s sleeping beauty Mwea National Reserve

The Mwea National Reserve is a small reserve at only 42sq km and is located within Mbeere District, in Eastern Province, a distance of about 200km from Nairobi. The reserve is  co-managed by Kenya Wildlife Service and Mbeere County Council. The savannah ecosystem comprises of small hills with bushy vegetation and scattered large trees. Other areas are open grasslands while along the main rivers, large trees with thick undergrowth are found. Trees mainly found within the ecosystem are the different Acacia species and baobab trees.  The ecosystem’s main features are the meeting point of rivers Tana and Thiba, Kamburu and Masinga hydro-electric dams, which harbour variety of biodiversity.

The attractions for this park can be divided into two: What is available outside the National Reserve including dams and Mwea National Reserve attractions. 
 Various dams are located within reach of some few minutes from Mwea National Reserve. They include Kamburu, Masinga, Kiambere, Gitaru, Kindaruma (provides the main source of hydro-power in Kenya). Other additional sites on the same Tana River include Mutong Grand Falls, Usueni, Adamson Falls and Kora. 

The land is low with occasional hills and to the North are the extended low-lying ranges towards Siakago: the District Headquarters of Mbere District. On clear days Mt Kenya can be seen to the North: Indeed land slopes to the foothills of Mt Kenya from Mwea Area.

Major wildlife attractions include the  elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Common zebras, Lesser kudu, Buffalo, Water Buck, Bush buck, Impala, Vervet Monkeys, Aardvark, Yellow baboons, Grants gazelle, Dik dik, Cape hare, Warthog,  Black backed jackal, Duiker, Sykes monkeys, Genet cat, Slender mongoose, Stripped ground squirrel, Dwarf mongoose, Crested porcupine, Rock Hyrax, Tree Hyrax and tortoise. Hippos and crocodiles are also found in the dams and rivers. Different birds and reptile species have been recorded in the reserve.

The earliest human settlement in Makima area dates back to 1914, though wildlife conservation intervention was not until 1972 when the DC - Embu and district warden visited to sensitize the local community on conservation of the otherwise teeming wildlife population.
With no other accommodations in the reserve, it is a haven  for campers and picnickers with more than 7 sites to choose from. Or you can stay at Izaak Walton Inn, Embu (50km distance) from 4.500 KSH p.P. sharing bed & breakfast

Activities:
 
  • Variety of animals
  • Waterfalls - Mutunga Grand Falls, Adamson Falls, Kora Falls
  • Boat safaris by Masinga Resort, at Kamburu Dam
  • View of MT. Kenya on clear days
  • Hippo point
  • Realm of rare birds

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Mittwoch, 24. August 2016

Have you ever thought about to visit the sunny Lake Victoria?



























Have you ever thought about the sunny Lake Victoria as a travel destination?
With a surface area of 68,800 sq km (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa's largest lake. In addition, it's the largest tropical lake in the world, and the planet's second largest freshwater lake. Only North America's Lake Superior is larger. The lake receives most of its water from direct precipitation. Its largest influent is the Kagera River, the mouth of which lies on the lake's western shore. The only river to leave the lake (flowing north) the White Nile (known as the "Victoria Nile"), leaves at Jinja, Uganda, on the lake's north shore
Lake Victoria is relatively shallow. It has a maximum depth of 84 metres (276 ft) and an average depth of 20 meters (66 ft). The lake was named after Queen Victoria by the explorer Johne Hanning Speke Speke accomplished this in 1858, while on an expedition with Richard Francis Burton to locate thesource of the Nile River. Nearby is the Ruma National Park. The park was created for purposes of conserving and protecting the endagered Roan antelope that is endemic to the area.
Lake Victoria is a still sleeping beauty for travelers. Join us for a tour to the lake or around. For more information about our short trips and safaris, get in touch.

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Donnerstag, 11. August 2016

Masai Mara Game Reserve














































Destination Backround


Masai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in Maa language. This is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals and is widely recognized as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. The park is the northern extension to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. The landscape is made up of rolling savannahs dotted with patchy shrubs and bush thickets. Masai Mara Game Reserve (also known as Masai Mara or The Mara) is situated within the Great Rift Valley in the southernpart of Kenya. Measuring approximately 1510sq.kilometres (approx. 938sq. miles) in size, this unfenced savannah grassland is roughly 150 miles southeast of Nairobi.Maasai Mara derives its name from the indigenous people of Kenya – the Maasai tribe – and the Mara River that cuts through the park.The Masai Mara provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July and August.The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo), zebras, antelope, gnus, Oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles and others. The park has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion.Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at the Masai Mara, which boasts over 400 different birds species. The park experiences a hot and dry climate with a regular rainfall season twice a year. The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees along the southeastern area of the park. The Mara and Talek rivers grace the rolling plains of the reserve. Myriad seasonal rivers appear during the rainy season but dry out once the rains are gone. Maasai Mara National Reserve does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS); instead, it is managed by the local county council of Narok district

What to see and do

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the best places in Africa for wildlife viewing. Game drives are a great way to experience the park and they take place all year round. If the big cats are what you’re looking for on your Kenyan safari, you are guaranteed to spot them at the Mara.All of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo) can be spotted here. However, the population of black rhinos is severely threatened with only 37 black rhinos left as of 2000. Herds of plains zebras are found throughout the park, as well as Masai giraffes, common giraffes, jackals, white-bearded gnus, Oribis, warthogs, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, hartebeests, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, rare Topi antelope and beautiful rone antelope, as well as hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River.

When to Visit
 
The months of December through March and July through October have very pleasant weather and are by far the best months to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve. April through June are also good months but might be rainy or cool. 



Adventure Expeditions offer from 10.08.2016  

MIGRATION - 6 more weeks to go - come and join us!!!

Day 1 depart 9am in Nairobi, lunch break, nature walk in the afternoon
Day 2 full day game drive Mara with packed lunch or morning and afternoon game drive with lunch at camp
Day 3 early morning game drive, depart after brunch to Nairobi
incl. transport, park fees, accomodation full-board at Enkolong Camp (http://www.enkolongcamp.com)

price per Person :
2 Pax 35,499 KSH - 355 USD
3 Pax 25,499 KSH - 255 USD
4 Pax 21,999 KSH - 220 USD
5 Pax 18,999 KSH - 190 USD
6 Pax 16,999 KSH - 170 USD
7 Pax 15,999 KSH - 160 USD
non-resident supplement 13,000 KSH - 130 USD
You can also extend or reduce a night...

for self driver - 2 nights full-board accommodation only 7,000 KSH - 70 USD/10,500KSH - 105 USD

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