The Beauty of Aberdare National Park, A walk in the wild side…

As our journey continues from the previous post we continued to explore Aberdares National park under the guidance of the Kenya Wildlife Rangers. Below are all the gorgeous views and moments we had.

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Follow the leader….. KWS ranger was our guide which is mandatory for anyone accessing the interiors of the park for safety reasons

 

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Restful moment at Salient picnic site.
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And then the owners came knocking……

 

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These high altitude forests are broken by moorlands and plains, and through the abundant tree cover there are sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya

In the next few days we got to hike to the highest peak in aberdares at 3999M is Le Satima peak.

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le satima peak at a distance

Ol Donyo Le Satima means “mountain of the bull calf. The peak lies at the northern end of the Aberdares, which themselves are along the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley, and is their highest point.

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Oh Hail the #LuxeQueen has summit-ted. Standing tall at 3999M above sea level.  I did it so can you.

Around it stand a number of sharp volcanic cones called “the Dragon’s Teeth

 

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The Dragon Teeth in Aberdares.

 

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we had a very rare chance to spot the Giant forest hogs Grazing.
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At Field Marshalls Kimathi Post office. Mau Mau freedom fighters who had taken refuge in the Aberdares among other hideouts made the tree a secret rendezvous for fighters and messengers and also made the gaping crevices on its trunks their ‘post office’. Commanders of the two main battalions in the forest would leave each other letters. Fighters based in Mt Kenya Forest also found the ‘post’ office and used it to communicate with their counterparts.

 

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#Occupied… Privacy required..

 

Welcome to our world….

While still in Aberdares we also managed to visit quite a number of accommodations  options inside the park Besides Fishing lodge and numerous camping sites there are also other options within the park.

Treetops Hotel; This lodge is famous as the place where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen. Originally built in 1932, Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient Elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick, making it the perfect place to view game. Treetops is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares.

 

The Ark Lodge Aberdares; Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. This iconic lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife.

 

our Trip ended with a visit to Twin rocks in Northern Aberdares. Two large rock outcrops, known as Twin Peaks, dominate the moorlands in the northern sector of this peaks.

 

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Its light out for us in Aberdares cheers for now.

The truth is there is a lot one can write about this salient forest as it a haven of adventurous hikes, gamedrives, walks etc but sometimes images send the experience home. Aberdares is not for the chosen few its open for all and is quite accessible. for more information about the park http://www.kws.go.ke/content/aberdare-national-park

 

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I am totally Grateful to the team that put this together and made it possible, KWS Aberdare National park Led by Senior Warden MDM Wambani and quite an Insightful conversations with VD Mt.Kenya Circuit Simon Ngugi.  To My fellow Travelers, bloggers and photographers thank you for being the cherry on top….. Cheers To many more trips together.

Tumetia Sahihi kuwa Watamu Ni tamu– We acknowledge Watamu is Nice..Read Through to know why..

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Recently our Tourism Association was Invited to Visit Malindi By Jacaranda beach Resort Watamu it was one of those impromptu invites you have to honor given that they were willing to give members discounted rates. As usual we don’t recommend places we haven’t experienced ourselves and given that Easter was first approaching sounded great to visit before including it into our packages. I love road trips coz of detours and chit chats with locals but on this particular day I opted to fly simply because I had not flown  with the new baby in town Silverstone Air  and they had a good bargain to MYD.

Well the plane was comfortable by all means I am just not sure about the noise about the noise from one of the engine it was kind of disturbing from where I was seated you just couldn’t ignore it  anyway we landed safely and crew was super awesome. Jacaranda beach Picked us up on arrival and we were welcomed with a cold juice and towel very much appreciated as it was hooot.

The name Watamu is Swahili for ‘nice or sweet people’. Among the natives of Watamu, the destination is known as the ‘lovers’ paradise’. Its blessed by long, white sand beaches that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. The sands are collected from all over the world by the Indian Ocean and deposited on this quiet lagoon and this protected natural reserves is home to unique species both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, from coral reefs to coastal creeks to forests alive with birds..

Image courtesy of Wonders of watamu

How lucky were we to be hosted by a resort that is idyllically set just in the heart of the enchanting Marine Reserve of Watamu, it is surrounded by a compelling beach of fine white sand. When there are low tides, it is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and fascinating coral atolls. The coral atolls that surround Jacaranda can be easily reached on foot when there are low tides. There are quite a number of activities one can choose from organized to entertain guests and perhaps one staff you would never forget when you leave is a hilarious sweet annoying laughter of one of the animators lol!

The resort has quite a number of rooms to choose from and I loved my suite. One thing to note is carry power cables that are two pin friendly as the three pin Sockets are only available in the balcony. The resorts host a lot of Italian visitors so 80% their menu works around Italian cuisine however they do have theme nights with local cuisines. The management has set in various amenities that will make the local market feel embraced and appreciated.

During our stay the Resort Organized various Packages and on our second day we visited Marafa Depression.

Marafa Depression /Hells kitchen /Nyari is One of the more intriguing sights inland from Kenyas North coast About 30km northeast of Malindi, it’s an eroded sandstone gorge where jungle, red rock and cliffs heave themselves into a single stunning Mars-like landscape. 
The depression is currently managed as a local tourism concern by Marafa village, with the steep admission costs going into village programs. A guide will walk you around the lip of the gorge and into its heart of sandstone spikes and melted-candle-like formations, and tell the story of Hell’s Kitchen. Which goes like so: a rich family was so careless with their wealth that they bathed themselves in the valuable milk of their cows. God became angry with this excess and sank the family homestead into the earth. The white and red walls of the depression mark the milk and blood of the family painted over the gorge walls. The more mundane explanation? The depression is a chunk of sandstone that’s geologically distinct from the surrounding rock and more susceptible to wind and rain erosion.

It’s such a breathtaking view worth visiting while in the coast region.

we have a lot to tell about Watamu and this is just the beginning… of our five days tour..

Trip fully sponsored by Jacaranda Beach Resort. Best regards to the management of this wonderful resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanyuki farmhouse earns global acclaim

 

Uligani House in Nanyuki. photo | Courtesy

A Kenyan farmhouse has made the list of the priciest and most luxurious residences in the world after it was featured in a publication released by property management firm Knight Frank.

Uligani House in Nanyuki was ranked amongst the most desirable developments in the world this year by International View 2017, a publication for latest premium property within Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and America and the Caribbean.

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The $2.95 million (Sh295 million) property sits on 81.4 acres and features a four-bedroom main house, three guest cottages and a staff quarter that can accommodate five people.

Property listed on the annual index are said to be of the finest quality

The remainder expansive land was reported to be ideal for further residential development and commercial farming.

The residence, located against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, nine kilometres from Nanyuki town, represents a shift of high-end development from Nairobi to discreet neighborhoods preferred by the super-rich as holiday and retirement destinations.

“Before a property is listed it goes through a rigorous process to ensure that it makes international appeal and Uligani House met these standards. The property’s location is perfect as Nanyuki is now a hotspot because of its climate, accessibility, numerous activities and as a quiet neighborhood,” said Anthony Havelock, head of agency, Knight Frank.

Other property featured in the report include Chiawa Farm a 21,396-acre commercial land with a private airstrip in Zambia, Constantia Upper an upmarket residential development in South Africa and The Royal Atlantis Residences in United Arab Emirates.

story as reported https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/markets/marketnews/Nanyuki-farmhouse-earns-global-acclaim/3815534-3917506-yc6vfvz/index.html

Best Destinations in the World – Travellers’ Choice Awards- Where thou at Africa?

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Top 25 Destinations — World

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Africa overtakes Japan and Australia as the most preferred destination by Chinese travelers, A TravelZoo Survey

Travelzoo® , a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, is forecasting the largest popularity growth of Africa in 2018 among avid Chinese travelers, according to the results of the latest Travelzoo Travel Trends Survey.

The survey shows a record high number of Chinese respondents, more than 60 per cent, who plan to travel in-depth in 2018. “In-depth travels” is a term used by travel websites in China to describe the type of trips that involve more unconventional journeys beyond the typical tourist experience.

For the very first time, Africa moved up to first place as the top in-depth travel destination Chinese travelers hope to visit in 2018, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.

Among the destinations in Africa, Travelzoo’s Chinese members are most interested in Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar and Tanzania, according to Travelzoo’s website statistics.

Travelzoo deal experts say the rapid growth in popularity in exotic destinations such as Morocco and Tunisia is largely due to relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese nationals.

Chinese passport holders have been granted visa-free access to visit Morocco since June 2016 and Tunisia since February 2017, and visa-on-arrival access to enter Tanzania and Egypt.

There was a 378% year-over-year growth in Chinese arrivals in Morocco and 240% in Tunisia during the six months after the easing of visa requirements, which pushed Morocco to first place and Tunisia third as the destinations that enjoyed the greatest growth in Chinese visitors.

Furthermore, the survey showed a 25% increase in the number of Travelzoo members in China who plan to take five or more overseas holidays in 2018. Travelzoo’s statistics show the click-through rates of Morocco deals have increased 20% since the visa-free Morocco access was announced.

“Travelzoo members like to explore the less-traveled destinations and have immersive local experiences,” comments Yoyo Huang, Associate Publisher at Travelzoo in China. “These Travelzoo members become influencers for their friends and family when they seek travel suggestions. Now that the major visa restrictions were lifted, our members are definitely keen on Africa and their friends will follow. 2018 is about time that Africa took off and continued to grow in popularity throughout the year.”

Beach holidays still top the activities Chinese travelers are interested in, followed by food and wine. Third place, however, was taken by historic attractions, rising from fifth spot last year.

Cruises climbed to seventh place from tenth and photography tours appeared in the top 10 the first time. Otherwise, shopping dropped out of the top 10 activities for the first time and sightseeing also fell from ninth spot to last.

“The days when Chinese tourists were entertained by merely sightseeing and shopping are long gone,” adds Huang, “the middle class in China are now seeking unforgettable experiences at their own pace when they travel. The destinations that offer rich culture and nature should expect many more Chinese visitors, so we’re confident in our prediction that 2018 will see Africa secure its place as the fastest-growing popular destination among avid Chinese travelers.”

Additionally, the survey revealed that the U.S.—one of the top five destinations of all time for Chinese travelers—fell from the third place to fifth this year while Japan and Australia remain number one and two. The U.K. retains the fourth spot, while no other Western European country made it into the top 10 this year.

www.travelzoo.com

Article as reflected on https://africabusinesscommunities.com/africadata/africa-overtakes-japan-and-australia-as-the-most-preferred-destination-by-chinese-travelers-travelzoo-survey/