Mt Kenya Walking Safari

Just back from a great trip up (and down) Mt Kenya.  With 5 rugged Londoners we embarked on our trip as ominous clouds built about the peaks.

Our route was up the Chogoria route and down the Naro Moro.  The weather fortunately stayed perfectly good and we had a super trip, everyone making it to Lanana in one piece.

Here are some pics:

Mt Kenya. Descending to Michaelson.
Mt Kenya. Descending to Michaelson.
Mt Kenya. Michaelson Camp
Mt Kenya. Michaelson Camp.
Lake Michaelson Groudsels
Lake Michaelson Groudsels
Lake Michaelson
Lake Michaelson
Climbing up from Michaelson. Mt Kenya
Climbing up from Michaelson. Mt Kenya
Climbing Mt Kenya
Climbing Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya Trekking
Mt Kenya Trekking
Mt Kenya Safari
Mt Kenya Safari
Lobelia
Lobelia
Mt Kenya Climb
Mt Kenya Climb
Mt Kenya Walking Safari
Mt Kenya Walking Safari
Mt Kenya Trek
Mt Kenya Trek
Simba Col
Simba Col
Simba Col Climb
Simba Col Climb
Enjoying the view
Enjoying the view
Up High on Mt Kenya
Up High on Mt Kenya
View from Lanana
View from Lanana
Looking at Batian
Looking at Batian
Up Lanana
Up Lanana

Lanana Peak

 

Nelion, Mt Kenya
Nelion, Mt Kenya
Austrian Hut
Austrian Hut
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya
Mt Kenya Descent
Mt Kenya Descent
Mt. Kenya
Mt. Kenya
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Manda Bay and the Kenyan North Coast

Where do Kenyan’s go for a holiday? We’re asked all the time.  While many international travellers have in recent years been too spooked by Kenya’s north coast, many Kenyans are returning to enjoy their vacations in their favourite haunts like we just did at Manda Bay.

Manda is mind-bogglingly good. The food, the views, the bar banter, the Colicoli fishing – It is what makes a coast vacation into an epic coast vacation.

How great it was to be back around Lamu.  I was reminded of when I first visited the busy little town in the 1970s with my parents.  With all the playboys, marginal royals and thong-wearing socialites staying away, the place has a serenity it had back in the old days. The locals we met were thrilled to see more tourists starting to return and we felt welcome in that great way we always did before.

The point of this note: Go check out Lamu again. Now!

Rufous and Bronzey Trevalley (Colicoli)
Rufous and Bronzey Trevalley (Colicoli)
Dhow off Pate Island, Kenya
Dhow off Pate Island, Kenya
Manda Bay
Manda Bay
Chilling on Wiilliam/Tanya's Dhow
Chilling on Wiilliam/Tanya’s Dhow
Dhow Jumping
Dhow Jumping
Fin-nor No. 4
Fin-nor No. 4
Soli
Soli
Me and Colicoli
Me and Colicoli
No stress here
No stress here
Sundowners on Dhow
Sundowners on Dhow
Dhow Time
Dhow Time
Cruising to Pate
Cruising to Pate
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Natural History Books on Safari

Not everyone is as nerdy as me. I have to accept that and remind myself that most people’s interest are not as eco/creepycrawly-centric.  Not everyone jumps for joy when Amazon delivers ‘Parasite Rex’ or ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers’. They should though – its gripping stuff.

Safari is the ideal place for non fiction and specifically Natural History. What better place to brush up on some evolution or basic whys and wherefores.  Below are some of my favourite Natural History Books.  As well as some fascinating evolution they are also filled with arcane knowledge perfect for cocktail parties (sexual selection and the purpose of pubic hair for instance *Third Chimpanzee).

Most of these books are ecological but many also include some human history.  Nearly all have implications or messages for humanity (fix your ways or you’re doomed).  1491 is very new world specific but it is just such a great history that I had to include it even in a on-safari list.

Here are my top ten:

the diversity of life
the diversity of life
sapiens
sapiens
song of the dodo
song of the dodo
guns germs and steel
guns germs and steel
a plague of rats and rubbervines
a plague of rats and rubbervines
the world without us
the world without us
the ancestors tale
the ancestors tale
third chimpanzee
third chimpanzee
parasite rex
parasite rex
1491
1491
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Google Map: How to get to Tumaren / Karisia Walking Safaris

This is a map designed to show guests how easy it is to get to Tumaren and Karisia Walking Safaris. Click the button to the left of the Map Title. A key will slide over. Click down the list starting from the top.  The first layer goes through some likely forms of transport and timing as well as some Nairobi hotel ideas.  I also marked the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage because it is such a great Nairobi stop for when you arrive or when you depart.

Also you might want to see this map for more Scheduled flights to the coast and other destinations:

http://www.karisia.com/about-karisia/karisia-blog/google-map-of-kenyan-scheduled-flights/

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Google Map of Kenyan Scheduled Flights

I made the following map to allow visitors to Kenya to get a feel for where some of the tourism-relevant scheduled flights will get them. In the map you will see the big operators in Kenya as well as their destinations. Note that you can see the different routes and airlines by hitting the button to the left of the Map’s title.

I hope that this can help the planning of your trip to Kenya. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Help for Boniface

Boniface

We are writing today about our guide and friend Boniface Tupunyua. If you have been on safari with Boniface you will know all about his enthusiasm, fun spirit and his infectious laugh. Boniface has been guiding for Karisia since its inception and he is among the elders within the company that everyone listens to, trusts and respects. It was Boniface who saved our tracker Shillingi from a lioness who had mauled him. It was Boniface who adopted a homeless Turkana boy he met in Maralal town, bringing him home and raising him as his own.

In February of this year, Boniface was sadly diagnosed with Bone Marrow Cancer. It was devastating news to all of us but Boniface braved his treatment with the same positive resolve that he applies to every other aspect of his life. Donations towards Boniface’s care came from every level of our employed staff and among our neighboring local community. Many people who could not donate cash gave goats instead. His treatment in Nairobi at one of the best Cancer Hospitals on the continent was not insubstantial and besides our own contribution Boniface received huge help from the Anthony family whom he had guided on several trips.

Today Boniface is home and is making huge progress towards total recovery. In the meantime though the education of his kids remains a huge priority. It is also somewhat of a stress since he is no longer earning the income that he could while guiding. And so we write to appeal to you to consider making a small donation towards the continued education of three of Boniface’s exceptional kids. It would be super to keep these great kids going with their studies. Thank you for your consideration and for anything you might be able to contribute. All ready, Boniface has very kindly received enough help for one term from Yvonne Forsen, Robin Johnson and several other friends. Here is a link to a fundraising site that we set up for Boniface. We will be managing all donations and paying the money directly to the schools.

https://www.crowdrise.com/boniface-tupunya-and-his-kids-education

Sincerely,

Kerry Glen and James Christian

 

 

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