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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)

Back into the wild-Nairobi National Park

The stunning sunset views of Nairobi National Park have been beckoning me for what feels like an eternity. Finally, I’ve made a triumphant comeback to my beloved park after a long hiatus due to logistical constraints and financial burdens. Despite the hefty fee of at least Ksh 700 including the cost of your vehicle, I am overjoyed to be able to immerse myself in the wild side of Nairobi once again.

Hyena Dam, one of the most reliable dams in the park.

But, unfortunately, my recent trips have been plagued by a heavy stench of dying animals, particularly the buffaloes that roam the park in abundance. Kenya has been experiencing a severe drought, with little to no rainfall until just last week. The lack of water has taken a severe toll on the park’s wildlife, and it’s a heart-wrenching sight to see these majestic creatures struggling to survive.

I witnesses this buffalo fall and thereafter it was a struggle to survive. It did not make it.

I’m sure you’ve seen the calls to support Nairobi National Park, and I implore you to heed them. The park is in dire need of our help, and every little contribution counts. In the past two weeks, I’ve been privileged to witness breathtaking views of wildlife and landscapes, but also the harsh realities of the brutal food chain. Recently, we bore witness to the unprecedented sight of lions taking down five buffaloes in rapid succession. It’s hard to fathom that so many of these creatures could be turned into mere sustenance in such a short span of time.

How can you support

It’s clear that the buffaloes are struggling, and we can’t sit idly by and watch them suffer. That’s why I urge you to support the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FONNAP) https://fonnap.org by contributing towards the provision of water bousers to fill the park’s dams and hay to feed the wildlife. Your contribution, no matter how small, will make a world of difference.

As I look forward to sharing more of my adventures in the park with you, I implore you to join me in supporting this worthy cause. Let’s do our part to ensure that Nairobi National Park’s wildlife thrives and continues to be a beacon of hope for generations to come.

My pictures so far

Once again, it feels great to be back. Here are some of the best images so far that I captured recently.

How about this for my very first click, early morning catches the worm kind of vibe. I love it!
What a welcome back, just less than a kilometre into the park and I met her having breakfast
Food is in abundance for them, they are all over now as they clear the carcasses
Black & White Nation never disappoints
A friend I need always
We accepted fate! The Railways is now part of our landscape now, we are working around our problems
Can you spot the Lioness?
Apparently, they are sleeping
2 vs 1, guess the winner
Later this week, I’m going in purely for birding and photography.

If you wish to join me on one of my trips, you are welcome to just hit me up. My Instagram and Twitter are right on my website, I will be happy to show you around.

Happy to be back writing about my adventures, 2023 will see more stories coming your way. Inshallah.

Stay blessed.

Conserving Mt. Kenya through Photography

Finally happy to share some good news here.

2022 has been great so far and I look forward to sharing more this year.

In May 2022 Mt. Kenya came calling again, this time round I was up there documenting the journey of CS. Najib Balala Cabinet Secretary, Tourism and Wildlife as he led a group of the corporate partners who were willing to support and contribute towards making Mt. Kenya a better hiking destination.

I got really excited when this brief came in, I felt like I was ready for it. Forget about shooting but you must be aware that Mt. Kenya is 4,985m above sea level, it is not a place you walk up and come back with else, you must prepare with prior hikes. It was impromptu but I was happy. We had one pre hike, coupled with my football endavours, I felt I was more than ready. I was there less than 1 year ago.

One of the most important lessons I learned from https://outdoorer.ke about mountain climbing is patience. This is the weapon I need in everything with regards to preparing for the hike, acclimatising and the actual climb. I’m actually a slow climber, that way I give my body time to adapt.

Off we went and it took us 5 days.

I will now share a few pictures of our journey.

We left Nairobi and spent the first night at the camp right at Chogoria gate. We enjoyed some sunshine during the day but the night was as cold as we expected. Just. what we needed because the next 5 nights we’re going to get even more colder.

DAY 1

The next morning off we went, the hike was officially flagged off.
We spent the night at a special camp just 4 kilometres from the Chogoria Gate to give everyone time to acclimitize.

DAY 2

The next morning we were up by 6am, took breakfast and at 7.00am ready to hit the trails. Plan was to be at Lake Ellis for the afternoon
Meet Nesh my colleague
Beautiful trails here and if you are strong enough you will get to see Nithi Falls.
The road to Lake Ellis.
You can actually drive up Lake Ellis, you just need to have a good 4×4 car. Lake Ellis offers day hiker’s great opportunities. You can actually drive from Nairobi to Ellis, camp for a night or two and come back to the city.
Destination Lake Ellis. Everyone so tired.
Was lucky, someone snapped a photo of me at Lake Ellis
Later that afternoon we went out to fish.
Mr. Njihia, C.E.O Sahihi Builders trying his luck with the fish.
The tents
We had our oxygen levels checked every evening

DAY 3

Heading to our new destination Lake Michaelson
Could not resist
Up the hills the pace was slow
These are the most hardworking individuals I have met. You will leave them at the camp, they will pack all your things including the tents, they will walk past you and set up the next camp you are heading. By the time you get to the next camp you will find everything ready including the food. Mountain porters are the most amazing and hardworking people ever.
Sitted CS Najib Balala (left) and DG KWS Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru having a break
Just a nap!
We were just getting started
The whole team. From LEFT Mpesa’s Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, CS Najib Balala, VISA’s Eva Ngigi, KWS DG Brigadier (retired) John Waweru, Sahihi Builder’s MD Njoroge Njihia(second from right), Thorn Muli (far right)
Beauty
DG Waweru needed rescue. He could not continue
The food
Almost. Simba tarn is just up there.

We spent the last night here, Simba Tarn just below the summit point Lenana. The next morning we were up by 2.00am and ready for the summit.

DAY 4

Our senior Director Tony ready
The promise of a sunrise kept us going
Mpesa was here!
Here comes the sunrise
Finally
The whole team

While having dinner at Lake Michaelson. CS ordered that we must hold an exhibition featuring the best images we have. The exhibition was slated towards end of July in Nairobi.

The exhibition aims to showcase the Mountain and everyone will be allowed to buy the pictures. The funds raised from the sale of the pictures will go towards improving the trails and the hiker’s experience as well as help with the conservation efforts within the eco system of Mt Kenya.

On 28th July 2022, the ministry of Tourism & Wildlife launched The Mt. Kenya Photo Exhibition at National Museum of Kenya.

From left Nesh-the drone guy, myself and Director Ogega of Frinant Pictures. Picture by Francis Kiguta
Posing for a photo with Ms Wausi Walya, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, Kenya Tourism Board.
Picture by Francis Kiguta

I would like to personally invite you to check out the exhibition which is currently running until 2nd Sep 2022 at the Kenya National Museum. Buy a print or two to support our dream to make Mt. Kenya a perfect hiking location.

See you next time. Stay blessed.

More to come!