Mittwoch, 25. März 2020

HOW TO COOK UGALI



When you travel around the world, you get to learn about the different traditions and cultures of these places. Likewise you learn what the people there like.
Just like the Nigerians love their fufu and the Germans love their bread, Kenyans too love their ugali which is practically their staple food. Manufactured from grinded maize to become flour which is quite simple and fast to cook.
With 47 different ethnicities in the country, people have different dishes they eat their ugali with. A plate of fish, beef or pork with vegetables like kales on the side.
It being simple you need to have mastered the art of patience cooking ugali for the first time. It should neither be too soft too hard nor too liquid.


What do you need:
· A deep cooking pan (sufuria)
· A flat faced wooden stick (mwiko)
· 2 cups water
· 1 cup flour 

How to cook:
· Pour water into the sufuria and let it boil over a medium fire (no salt is added).
· Add the flour into the boiling water slowly as you stir into a thick consistency.
· Continue stirring and mixing with your wooden stick until it feels like you are folding the flour into 
   itself and there are no lumps nor water anymore.
· When it is cooked, it should be firm but soft to cut through.

This is the one dish you do not need cutlery to enjoy. The traditional way to eat ugali is by pinching a small piece of it, rolling it into a ball with your hand and then using your fingers to dip the ball into the stew and enjoy.

Enjoy your meal!

More recipe: https://www.vogue.com/article/food-lupita-nyongo-kenyan-ugali-recipe

Mittwoch, 11. März 2020

THE TRIO


                                                                          
The West African black rhino having lived alongside men for centuries it assumed man was harmless. Having existed for 8 million years, by the 1900s there were 850,000 of its kind which made it the most prolific species of rhino on the planet.


Between 1971 and 1993 a number of them were massacred and at some point they were believed to be extinct and this was actually declared true back in 2011.
The white rhino until October 2019, was feared that it too would walk the plank of extinction but thanks to a group of dedicated scientists, not ready to let these amazing species disappear on the face of the earth, on the Kenyan conservancy, Ol Pejeta.


The last three white rhinos on the planet lived out a gilded existence in their own private wilderness enclosure in the shadows of Mount Kenya, guarded day and night. The trio was originally reared in the Czech Republic in a zoo but in 2009, Sudan,his daughter Natu and his granddaughter Fatu were relocated to Ol Pejeta in the hope that the conducive environment would encourage breeding.
Unfortunately, Sudan died in 2018.The last male white rhino! Luckily, scientists had harvested Sudan’s semen and last year they were able to harvest eggs from Natu and Fatu. These eggs will be artificially inseminated with Sudan’s frozen sperm, and in the near future transferred to a southern white rhino in an attempt to save these amazing animals.


Get in touch with us to see all these amazing animals

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Samstag, 8. Februar 2020

Bye Bye Big Tim


Big Tim dies at the age of fifty of natural causes. This goes ahead to prove that our rangers are doing a great deal at protecting our wildlife, as much as it is a huge loss losing Tim we are glad it was from natural causes.

Big Tim’s carcass was found at the foot of the snowcapped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in the Amboseli National Park. Usually only large bull elephants like Tim grow their tusks long enough to reach this acclaimed status. Tim was named by researches who called the elephant in the family heard monitoring by the same letter to help identify them; Tim like his mother Trista and his grandmother Teresia were all members of the “T” heard.

Big Tim’s carcass is being transported to the National Museum of Kenya where it will be prepared and preserved for education and exhibition purposes. This esteemed giant once survived an attack that left a tip of a spear embedded in his shoulder before Kenya Wildlife Services rangers found him.
Elephant families are matriarchal and males are solitary once they reach sexual maturity but Tim was always welcome to the heard in the company of females and their families. This just shows how special Tim was.

We hope that his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people to protect his kind, ELEPHANTS!
Did you know that elephants are the world’s largest land animal? Male African elephants can reach 3m tall and weigh between 4,000 -7,500kg and they can live up to 70 years!


Come have an adventure and spot more like Big Tim and others with us. Get in touch

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Freitag, 31. Januar 2020


WHALE SHARK SAFARI - THE OTHER SAFARI IN KENYA

In Kiswahili the whale shark is called “papa shillingi”, translating as shark covered in shillings. There is a local legend that God was so pleased when he created this beautiful fish, that he gave his angels handfuls of gold and silver coins to throw down from heaven onto its back. So it goes that whale sharks have their magical markings and swim near the surface, catching the sun on their backs, as a way of saying thank you to their maker.” EAWST says.

With record sightings as early as October 2019 continuing throughout November, 2020 should be an amazing combo of both October and November. Using a combination of spotter airplanes and waterproof drones that can land on water and film underwater. The East Africa Whale Shark Trust have maximized your chances to snorkel with these gentle giants as never before! They start on the 1st of February up until the 15th of May.

This 2020 research will focus on photo ID, length and gender since every shark has a different spot pattern just like the human fingerprint. EAWST have professional underwater photographers/videographers that will film participants swimming with the biggest fish in the world, combined with aerial shots from the drone. They also snorkel with encountered marine lie such as dolphins and manta rays while their spotter airplanes do turtle counts to collect data for future references.

Did you know that whale sharks grow upto 30 feet and can weigh more than 20 tones? These big fish are predominantly plankton feeders and their life pan ranges between 70 years to 100 years, crazy huh?

With 18 consecutive years, Bassen and his team have been running whale shark research expeditions in Diani. With this kind of experience you do not want to miss out on this adventure.

For more information and bookings, get in touch

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Freitag, 28. Juni 2019

TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL


Would you like to travel and immerse yourself completely in the place and culture when you go on holiday? There’s one sure way, travel like a local! You’ll find unique hidden gems, stumble upon local treats and meet the most delightful people along the way. Curious? Here’s how!


Stay at lodges, camps and other community owned facilities that allow you to experience the local people and their cultures, meet and mix with them in a more personal manner. Aside from learning a lot and enjoying a spectacular holiday, you’ll take away so many special interactions with you while helping the community too. We’re invested in and passionate about working with community owned places and projects, so it’s all up to you; where do you want to go and what do you want to do?



Another tip? Try booking in a walking city tour. Go out and explore the area you’re holiday-ing in on foot and truly get down and discover what there is to offer away from the go-to touristy spots. We truly enjoy taking you around on our arranged walking tours, to see an area for what it really is and experience it in a much more authentic way. You’ll also have a lot more mobility to stop when you see something interesting, you’ll be able to interact directly with people and just have an all-round adventure exploring a new place by actually diving fully in!

In addition to a walking tour, how about trying a culinary tour too? Experiencing a place through its food is another super fun way to get to know it better. By going to eat at small vendors and interesting, quirky restaurants in a new place, you’ll have a better understanding of the cultures and get to mix with the locals. We absolutely love curating food tours across the city and we bet you’d love them too!



On the same point, while you delve into the streets to explore and eat, why not shop local for mementos and beautiful souvenirs to take home with you? We offer all our guests a WAPI? Box, to allow them to support and have a taste of local, ethical Kenyan artisans and brands. Head off the beaten track when it comes to your shopping and avoid malls as often as you can.

Lastly, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not attempt a ride using the local transport? Jump on a Tuktuk while at the coast, or hop on a boda (motorbike) for a quick tour of the place. Figuring your way around using local transport will open many doors to what you can experience and explore as you’ll be able to access areas mainly frequented by locals and you can get tips and insights from your driver as to where to find hidden gems.



So? Interested to travel like a local? Contact us and let us know! It promises to be a memorable and exciting time as you explore and experience a place in an immersive way, whenever you’re on holiday.  



Images courtesy of Il Ngwesi.

Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019

THE JADE SEA


Gorgeous, brilliant green waters lap the shores of sandy beaches, dunes and a dry, desert landscape that looks like something out of this word; with its many volcanic overflows and petrified forests. Welcome to Lake Turkana! The largest permanent desert lake in the world and the most saline of Africa’s large lakes, this beautiful, lonely landscape is a gem waiting to be explored!



Lake Turkana lies in the Great Rift Valley basin to the north of Kenya, stretching over 250 km in length, longer than the entire Kenyan coastline! It’s fed by 3 rivers with no outflow, losing water only through evaporation in the searing, sometimes 50 degree Celsius daytime temperatures; which make sense seeing as this beautiful lake lies only 300 meters above sea level. It’s this lack of an outflow that contributes to the lakes alkalinity, which is among one of the highest worldwide.



Surrounding the vividly hued, green lake are high sand dunes, lava flows and petrified forests in a desert landscape that’s truly unique and other-worldly, windswept and desolate. The raw, stark beauty of the lake against this backdrop is stunning and adds to the adventure of exploring any of the three national parks in the area. From the remote, volcanically active Central Island, to the wilderness of the South Island National Park, to the arid and dramatic landscapes of Sibiloi National Park; famously known as the ‘Cradle of mankind’ for the early fossils discovered at the Koobi Fora archaeological site! For this, Lake Turkana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


Lake Turkana offers so much for the adventurous traveller, with its mix of amazing and diverse flora and fauna and its spectacular, extra-terrestrial landscape that one might easily think was devoid of life. However, this lake is home to the largest crocodile colony in the world, and is the largest breeding ground anywhere, of Nile crocodiles too! These powerful creatures can grow to immense sizes in this unique ecosystem, especially those found on Central Island, spending their days sunning themselves on the shores of the lake or lurking in the opaque waters… The ‘Jade Sea’ is also home to large populations of hippo, a number of venomous snake species and a countless birds too, as it’s a vital stop-over on their migratory routes.



Even though this hidden gem is over-looked in favour of ‘popular’ destinations such as the coast, Lake Turkana promises nothing but adventure and the exciting thrill of being completely in the wild; immersed in and surrounded by miles and miles of untouched, pristine nature. You’ll have an unforgettable time exploring the unique terrain and the one of a kind waters, but be sure to watch out for the notoriously strong desert winds that come out of nowhere and whip up the calm lake causing sudden storms… All just part of the wild, untamed beauty that is the Jade Sea. 

Want to experience this unique magic and beauty? Adventure with us!


Freitag, 31. Mai 2019

GREEN TRAVEL


Travel is good for the soul…but you know what’s even better? Travelling responsibly,   otherwise known as green travel!

So what is it? Green travel is simply travelling with the environment, wildlife and the local communities in mind, being eco-conscious and ethical about your holiday while having an amazing time! Is it possible? Yes, and easy too! Here are a few things you can start to do;

Might seem obvious, but reduce or better yet, refuse single use plastic as much as you can. Carry a reusable shopping tote for all your retail therapy, say no to straws every chance you get and carry your own refillable water bottle…most countries don’t have adequate recycling, so whatever plastic you bring probably ends up in a landfill. We choose to recycle our guest’s water bottles with Mister Green Kenya, to ensure we do our part to fight plastic pollution.

Limit your carbon footprint. If possible, book group excursions and safari’s, one car is a lot better than several. You’ll be helping the environment and you might make some life-long friends! We take things a step further and provide seedballs from Seedballs Kenya, to all our guests so they can contribute to reforestation even while on safari! Another great tip is to try as much as possible to eat the local food and what’s in season. Specialty items usually have to be flown in, increasing their carbon footprint. Besides, part of travel is the cuisine, delve in and try new things! 


Following that point, eating local, shopping local etc. also greatly contributes to uplifting livelihoods. Whenever you choose local goods and services, you’re supporting individuals and communities to be self-sustaining. We work with a number of community owned lodges that support local communities and projects, as well as gifting each of our guests a WAPI? Box that showcases and supports the work of local artisans. And why not? Artisanal products are beautifully handmade and often one of a kind!

Ooh, this one’s an important one. Don’t buy anything made from endangered animals or plants, it’ll support and even promote the trade in these natural treasures. So however beautiful, stay away. More so on animal welfare, don’t participate in tours where you’re not sure how the animals are treated. Posing for pictures or playing with seemingly docile wild animals probably means those animals were trained and often not in a nice way. Instead, we organize visits to conservancies, animal rescue centers or orphanages if you want to get up close and personal. Or opt for game drives in the wild, where you can experience the thrill of wildlife and nature where it belongs!

Our last tip? Be mindful of delicate ecosystems. We work with a number of eco-rated lodges, who ensure a beautiful holiday while caring for the environment. Enjoy a surreal snorkeling adventure, but make sure not to damage the coral, take a hike up a breathtaking mountain but be careful to stay on trail, don’t feed the animals, or climb on fragile natural formations… Basically, leave it how you found it.

Green travel is the best of both worlds, isn’t it? We get to go on adventures, travel the world and have a ton of good times while doing good at the same time! Come adventure with us, we’ll take your travels green.