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!