Tag : Elephants

My photographic trip to Amboseli National Park

On the 15th of February, I finally hit the road for my long-awaited solo adventure to Amboseli and Tsavo East. It felt like a dream come true, spurred on by my big dreams, especially my desire to publish a 2025 calendar filled with my travel stories and stunning photographs I will take in 2024. The excitement was palpable as I fueled up at the trusty Total station on Statehouse Road in Nairobi. Call me superstitious, but I’ve always had good luck with their diesel.

Avoiding the mundane highways, I opted for the Kiserian, Isinya, Kimana route to Amboseli. The landscapes along this road were anything but ordinary, offering picturesque views of rolling hills and glimpses into local life. I couldn’t resist stopping along the way to capture the beauty with my phone camera, ensuring my bean bags were filled to the brim for steady shots, yes I stopped and filled up the bags really good.

Finally in Kimana

Upon reaching Kimana in the early afternoon, my first order of business was to scout out the best food spots. After all, a journey fueled by good food is always a journey well-enjoyed. With my appetite satisfied, I set out to find the perfect spot to watch some football and unwind with a cold beer after a day’s work. It didn’t take long to locate the ideal watering hole, nestled amidst the charm of Kimana town.

Despite the late hour, I couldn’t wait to dive into my adventure. With camera in hand, I made my way to Amboseli for an evening game drive. The anticipation of what lay ahead filled me with a sense of childlike wonder, a feeling I never tire of when exploring new places. As I entered the park, the sight of majestic elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro took my breath away at the Elephant crossing point.

With each click of my camera, I sought to capture not just the images before me, but the emotions they evoked. The serenity of the landscape, the raw beauty of nature, it was a moment frozen in time. And as the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of gratitude for being able to experience such moments.

My accomodation

As I returned to my accommodation at Kilimanjaro View Cabin that evening, tired but content, I knew that this journey was just the beginning. With each passing day, I would continue to chase my dreams, one step at a time, knowing that the memories I made along the way would be forever etched in my heart. And as I drifted off to sleep that night, the promise of tomorrow’s adventures whispered sweetly in my ear, reminding me of the magic that awaits those who dare to dream.

The pictures

Art pieces

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My view finally

You know in my next career, I would want to be a public policy influencer and so often I always find myself concerned about economic development as well as positive policy thinking.

As I was driving through Kajiado County, I learnt that it is arable, especially from Isinya all the way to Amboseli. The Maasai people who own this land use it for the pastoral lifestyle. I’m sure with a better alternative source of income they wouldn’t mind sharing part of their land for a fee of course. The focus can be especially on people who have some pieces that can be spared, you also don’t want to overdo it and therefore kill our Maasai people’s cultural practice at the expense of food. I come from Kisii County, a county where owning 10-acre piece of land is near impossible, a county where 100% of the people are farmers. Which therefore means we have farmers without land. Do you guys see what I’m thinking?

Let me conclude by asking the following question to take you home:

1. What would take for a governor from Kisii County, Murang’a County, or Kiambu County to collaborate with Kajiado County to fill our food basket? We keep importing food while we have the resources to feed our people.

2. What would it take for farmers to collaborate, I know collaborations are common amongst creative but I think it is time for other sectors to embrace it.

(while writing this I have assumed that the Native Maasai People don’t know how to farm, while I might be subjected to a proper roasting, we all know they are pastoralists and farming is not their stronghold)