Dienstag, 13. November 2018

White water rafting in Kenya

Kenya is well known for safaris and beach. But also adventurous travelers can find activities. Beside hiking or biking you can do white water rafting. This became popular in 1990. 
Here are some spots for a good rafting experience.

resource: Tuko.co.ke

Athi River
The best white water rafting in Kenya can be experienced in four major rivers. Athi River is one of them, and it’s classified as one of the top 10 river trips in the world. Here, you will get to enjoy rafting fun and stunning views of African wildlife. Some of the most popular animals include giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, and hippos, all in their natural habitat. So here's the fun part. Rafting here takes place on a section of the river that borders Tsavo National park. You will navigate stretches of class II to IV and also areas with calm water where you can catch your breath and enjoy viewing the wildlife. Moreover, you'll get to spend your nights on mobile moored hotels on the sandy riverbanks. We can provide rafting adventures mainly on mid-April to mid-June, and from mid-October to end of December. The minimum number of people required for each trip is 6 and a maximum of 24. However, it’s worth noting that the river is subject to water levels which fluctuate with time. Partner camps provides all the rafting equipment, a professional qualified guide per boat, as well as three to four days of rafting.

Tana River
If you have not been to Tana River, then you are missing out a lifetime experience. The river, which is just 95 kilometres from Nairobi, is a beehive of activities and has an excellent opportunity for you to enjoy white water rafting whether you're a first-timer or experienced. Notably, Tana River rafting involves navigating white water stretches of class II to V. 
In the Sagana area white water rafting is scary and unbelievably amazing in equal measure. All you need for you to engage in this adventurous activity is a good inflatable kayak or a raft and you are good to go. This location offers a combination of 16 kilometers of white water up to class V in then another 12 kilometers of clear river. In this final bit, you will shift to bird watching while enjoying the ambiance and beautiful scenery. First of all, the river itself is a home to crocodiles and hippos. The river banks attract herds of elephants, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and lions. There is no better way to enjoy an African night like spending it on a sandbank as you gaze at the stars in the clear night sky. Sagana is the perfect place of rafting along River Tana and it provides grade 3 to 5 rapids depending with seasons. Notably, this is where the very first African Olympic Canoe qualifiers/kayaking championships were held in January 2008 and 16 African countries took part. The rafting trip is done under the supervision of qualified guides and it’s about 12 km long. You will negotiate different river routes which have different grades of rapids. They begin from grade one which is basically flat water to grade 5 rapids, all these depending on the season. For instance, Monsoon long rains in Kenya experienced during April to May and November to December raises the water levels. Before the trip starts, you are first briefed on general safety for about 10 to 15 minutes. You will then be introduced to the rafting guide. So in case you have any questions, you can always consult with the guide. A waiver form is also filled at the beginning of every rafting trip. Since there are many routes followed when rafting in Sagana, you'll definitely need an expert going down the stream with fellow rafters. 

Mathioya river
Water rafting in Mathioya River can only be done by people with knowledge and experience since it has the most technical rapids in Kenya. The trips here are available on mid April to mid June or October and November since they are the rainy seasons in the region. Here, you'll enjoy two trips a day, the first trip beginning at 9 am and the second one at 2 pm. The minimum number of people required for rafting is 4 and a maximum of 60 people. Camps provide all rafting equipment, a professional qualified guide per boat, transport between camp and the river and 3 to 4 hours of rafting.

Mittwoch, 13. Dezember 2017

Chimp trekking in East Africa

CHIMP TREKKING – where to find them in the wild.

Chimpanzee trekking is much more affordable than Gorilla trekking. Between 75 -150 USD is a Chimp permit in East Africa. The might be harder to spot than Gorillas but it´s amazing to observe there “human” habits in the wild.

Best place to spot them is probably Kibale Forest in Uganda. The forest has the highest number of primates in the world. The chimp viewing might be less intimidate than in Tanzania but there is a plenty of other primates to see as well like grey cheeked mongabey, red tailed monkey and different type of Colobus monkeys. Permit for non –resident goes for 150 USD and East African residents 27 USD.

The Mahale Mountains in Western Tanzania rising over Lake Tanganyika and are the most dramatic and scenic Chimp spot. Travelers can only reach there by boat or plane and have to spend a few days to spot them. Permit goes for 80 USD for non- residents and 2,50 USD for East African residents.

Less dramatic than Mahale and easier to reach but involve also a boat ride at Lake Tanganyika are the chimps in Gombe, Western Tanzania. Jane Goodall´s documentary brought the reserve to prominence. Depending on the season trekking here can be strenuous and involving long hikes. Like in Mahale the chimps offering possibilities for close viewing. Non – residents pay 100 USD and East African resident 5 USD per permit.

Freitag, 27. Oktober 2017

Omieri – a mysterioiusly huge snake that brings good luck

Omieri, is a snake rooted in Luo myths, a snake that lives in Lake Victoria and appears on land in times of drought to summon the rains.

In 1987, a massive python appeared in Nyakach, near a woman’s home. The Nyakach people immediately recognized the good luck charm and hoped that the snake would bring rain to the dry land.. Everyone loved her. The children reportedly massaged her beautiful black and tan back while men and women would lavish bread and Ugali on her. Some even left prized young goats and chicken unattended for her to pick up. An MP would insist she was a star attraction.
People came from far and wide to see the snake including international tourists. The Kenya Wildlife Service was concerned about the whereabouts of the snake and rightfully so. 

Sometime later, a villager burnt the grass surrounding the snake in a bid to show visitors its whereabouts at night, the snake got burnt and sustained injuries and was transferred to the animal orphanage in Nairobi for treatment and recovery. The Nyakach water supply and a local road have had serious problems since Omieri went to an orphanage in Nairobi. Worried residents soon called for her return “home”.  They wrote to KWS: “Omieri is our gift from God, given through our ancestors’ spirits to bring good tidings. We hope to get a good harvest, rainfall and a good omen after seeing our serpent. We beseech you to hear our cries and return our snake before we face untold suffering and a curse from our ancestors.”

Omieri was moved back to Kisumu where she died. She was given a proper burial, with a condolence book placed at the Kariokor Social Hall.
But she reappeared again…

In 2003, a 16 foot long python appeared in Wasare, Nyakach. The snake had come to the marshes to lay eggs. Residents gave it all manner or food to eat including Ugali, bread and goats. Although the snake rarely ate, the residents continued to revere it. The snake had security from the Kenya Wildlife Service and local youth, to ensure that no harm came to it. It is not clear what happened to the snake, it probably moved away from the area after some time.
In February 2006, a python appeared in Kano, another area of Nyakach. Residents of the area celebrated its sighting as a sign of good luck as there had been a long spell of drought. It is unclear whether there was any rainfall or good luck that was associated with the sighting of the snake.

By now it should be pretty obvious to you that Omieri is not one snake, but a type of snake. Any fully developed python, which appears in the vicinity of the Nyakach area especially near the lake, will probably be labeled as Omieri.

                                       And so Omieri lives on. A tale ever so fascinating!

Montag, 16. Oktober 2017

Safari impressions from Maasai Mara

Maasai 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 famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. 

During your stay, you have the opportunity to explore this great reserve in depth. You may see elephant, giraffe, prides of lion, and thousands of impala, topi, grants and Thomson's gazelle. Birds are prolific including immigrants, 450 bird species have been recorded among them 57 birds of prey. 

Ask us for your safari experience!