Congo what? Congo-Brazzaville!

Never in my wildest imaginations thought I would come here. I have been to Congo – Kinshasa many times, rather the big nation, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaire). But the other Congo, The Republic of Congo, just across the might river has always been a vague entity. But thanks to some business,Continue reading “Congo what? Congo-Brazzaville!”

My First Flight after ET302 and Africa’s Emotional Connection with Ethiopian Airlines

The flight was tense. The passengers politely sat back as if awaiting a disaster to happen. A passenger on my left had a bible at hand, praying quietly. I was aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane a few days after the tragic crash of their Boeing 737 Max 8 which killed all on board. The ill-fatedContinue reading “My First Flight after ET302 and Africa’s Emotional Connection with Ethiopian Airlines”

Rakesh Young: Bike-packing to Kenya’s Equator and Beyond

Nyambari, Uplands to Mogotio is approx 154km from Nairobi. I had planned to only ride to Nakuru but when I got to Nakuru at 3.30pm, hungrier than a hippo, I realised it was too soon in the day to end my ride – the sunset still three hours away. I tried looking for some kibandasky (streetContinue reading “Rakesh Young: Bike-packing to Kenya’s Equator and Beyond”

How a 24-year old Samburu Warrior Captured Images of Kenya’s Black Leopard

The story of a black leopard being allegedly seen in Kenya for the first time in 100 years broke out this week – but a young Samburu warrior is really the silent figure behind the discovery. “The remote camera that I helped set up started capturing images of the black leopard from January 2018. IContinue reading “How a 24-year old Samburu Warrior Captured Images of Kenya’s Black Leopard”

Into the Unknown: Hike to the Everest Base Camp

Do I stop walking in the middle of nowhere because I just cannot take any more step or do I keep pushing, even though it’s becoming physically impossible? Is it my mind that’s giving up or my legs? What will my parents say if I fell down from a 400 feet see-through suspended bridge inContinue reading “Into the Unknown: Hike to the Everest Base Camp”

The call of Mt. Whitney, Contiguous USA Highest Peak

I started hiking a few years ago because it is a bit of a mix of sports and outdoors, both of which I enjoy. At the beginning of 2016, I set a goal to hike Mt.Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada with an elevation of 14,505 ft (4421Continue reading “The call of Mt. Whitney, Contiguous USA Highest Peak”

Ololokwe: In the clouds of a perfect mountain

Perfect timing for a perfect Mountain!  Mt Ololokwe aka Oldoinyio Sapache  is my last major hike for 2018.  It not only closed a remarkable hiking year but also a milestone for a mountain that has deep spiritual connections among the Maa speakers of Northern Kenya. It was only fair that I came here after Oldoinyio Lengai– another shrineContinue reading “Ololokwe: In the clouds of a perfect mountain”

On the Footsteps of Marsabit Peacemakers

I am in Marsabit, Kenya’s northern county – a land of camels, mountains, elephants, deserts and diverse people. It is the home of Ahmed – the greatest elephant that ever walked on earth and the only one in history to have been protected by a presidential decree until its death. It is the home ofContinue reading “On the Footsteps of Marsabit Peacemakers”