Day 3: Loiyangalani

April 25, 2012 2 comments

After a bumpy, muddy ride full of twists, turns and skids at nightfall, we reached Loiyangalani at 8pm.

This was a long night. We had fresh fish from the lake for dinner and checked in our manyatta-like rooms. It had rained and there were lots of insects ‘welcoming’ us to their colonies. Everyone was preoccupied swatting them, scratching embarrassingly and many got marks to show. This was nothing close to leisure. This being the second night, I really didn’t know what else to expect later in the week and almost got a feeling of despair. Read more…

Day 2: Maralal – Baragoi – Loiyangalani

April 24, 2012 2 comments

Greetings from Loiyangalani!!

We covered 231km, climbing to 2,200m above sea level at the Siguta Valley view point and now at almost sea level.
After waking up at 5:30am, breakfast was served at Samburu Guest House and by 7am we were exploring Maralal town.   Most of it’s residents were asleep with notable sights of young men passing time seated at roadsides and shop corridors, unemployed. I hoped to myself that the introduction of counties will benefit them since they know where problems are and potential of success, instead of indulging in alcoholism. Read more…

Day 1: Nairobi – Nyahururu – Maralal

April 23, 2012 4 comments

Today was a typical Monday morning in Nairobi. Heavy traffic, gloomy weather.. We met at Kenya National Museum, a team of 30 travelers who were excited and in a lively mood to leave the Nairobi routine.

10:30AM: Converged at Mountain view petrol station, along Waiyaki Way. The cars are in great shape, ready to tackle the rough terrain. 3 Nissans (one Navara, two 4.2D Patrols) and 3 Land Cruisers head out of Nairobi along Waiyaki Way towards the great Rift Valley, Northern Kenya. Read more…

Turkana Expedition: Preparations

April 20, 2012 1 comment

Monday, 23rd April 2012, at 7:30AM is Day 1 of the 7-Day Turkana Expedition road trip.

There’s lots to consider while parking for such a trip, ie. Hot days, dusty roads, cold nights and possible rainfall.

Here’s the list of my luggage (from left to right as per the photo)

•Sneakers, Safari Boots and sandals.
•Lots of cotton t-shirts.
•Jeans and khaki trousers.
•Jersey and sweater for the cold nights.
•Caps and sunglasses.
•Torch.
•iPod and earphones.
•Modem and flash discs.
•Laptop.
•iPhone car & wall chargers.
•Digital cameras.
•Water, juice and energy drinks.
•Pain killers, Eno and mosquito repellents.
•Pen and Notebook.
•Travel guides.
•Mini towel and slippers.
•Toilette and other personal effects.

Professional photographers should also remember to carry their lenses, extra batteries and memory cards as well as lens cleaners.

What more do you think should be added to this list?

 

Turkana Expedition

April 19, 2012 5 comments

The Kenya Tourism Board has organised a trip to northern Kenya. I’m honored to be among the team of travellers that will embarck in one of the most challenging road trips I’ve ever done. On Monday, 23rd April 2012, we’ll start our 7-day trip towards Turkana, Northern Kenya, by road. I’ve never visited the ares before and the first reaction upon getting the invite was excitement, followed by a chill of fear. Northern Kenya is known to be notorious with cattle rustlers (armed with guns and invading into villages, stealing cattle) but the same area boasts beautiful scenery with magnificent landscapes. It’s a photographer’s heaven. The later fact has helped me overcome the fear and take up this opprtunity to explore Kenya.

It’s a tough journey. I expect more of adventure and exploration with just enough luxury. I bet the temperatures are sky high but the best way to know is getting there.

The Route:  NAIROBI – MARALAL – LOIYANGALANI – KOOBI FORA – MARSABIT – ISIOLO

I will document the whole journey (Day 1 to Day 7) on this blog. The blog URL is mobile. It’s also a great opportunity to have a week of iPhoneography which I’ve recently developed great interest in. Follow me on Instagram and Tadaa on the links below and see the pics.

Sit back, hold on, and join me on this journey.

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Related Post: Northern Kenya by @bikozulu

Tadaa, the best Instagram alternative for iPhoneographers [Review]

April 13, 2012 28 comments

A few days ago, we got the news that Facebook acquired Instagram at $1Billion. This was just days after the release of the Android app. Many instagramers reacted to this and most were opting to close their accounts.

I have recently gained exceptional interest in iPhoneography and my first reaction to the release of the Android App was “will droid users really get it?” Apple has upgraded its iPhone camera and managed to bring pro and armature photographers together. Many professional photographers are using their iPhones to take photos more often than their expensive equipment, thanks to the portability of the phone and ability to slot it in spaces and angles that might be difficult or impossible with large cameras. Instagram has brought about a community of 30M+ iPhoneographers who were getting better by the day. I discovered other iOS editing Apps in the App Store and hence knew Android will definitely not match up. I gained an eye for photography and even learnt about angles and perspectives, rule of thirds, etc. thanks to a phone I carry around. Instagram was a community that gave me a sense of belonging and now I perceive it as an open field. I don’t stand a chance of learning more on iPhoneography since it’s now all about taking any photos, sharing them, and soon, Facebook might try to monetize the opportunity! However, I won’t delete my account just yet but my search for Instagram alternatives made me discover a brilliant iOS App built on Instagram’s template with more Twitter-like features for serious photographers. Read more…

Ngong Hills Hike

March 12, 2012 9 comments

The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along The Great Rift Valley. The word Ngong is a maasai word meaning ‘knuckles’ derived from the 4 highest peaks of the hills. Read more here

On Sunday morning, March 11th 2012, my friends and I headed out to Ngong to hike the hills.

Access and Route: It’s easier to access the hills from the North. Get to Ngong town and turn right to the police station. Use the steep dirt road past the police station and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) station is approximately 2km away. That’s the point you make payment and security escort is provided. [Insist of police escort since there parts of the trail that have had a history of poachers attach.]

The peak of the Ngong Hills is at 2460 meters (8070 feet) above sea level. Read more…

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