Friday, April 27, 2012

Most Talked About Attractions in Africa

Today I got a very interesting list of most talked about attractions according to the trip advisor website visitors/members over the past year. My first impression of this list was.....really?!! But this also made me question which attractions in Kenya besides the Masai Mara are worth being on such a list?

#Attraction 1
Table Mountain, Cape Town Central - South Africa

#Attraction 2
Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) Marrakech, Morroco
 After boxing my brains out, I thought of the well known Kituluni Hill in Kenya's Eastern Province (Ukambani) where the area is known to have no earth gravity in other words the hill is anti-gravity. :) :)
(I am yet to see it but as soon as I do, I will let you know.)

Kituluni Hill
So what place do you think would stand out as a unique attraction in your area or in any area at all?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Her Gadgets: Camera: Nikon D3100

It’s been said that if you are going for a safari or soccer match, nothing will beat the speed of a digital SLR, and the up-to-three-frames-per-second capability of Nikon’s entry-level model ensures you won’t miss a thing. How I would love to put this awesome gadget in my hands! 

Apparently the list of manual options is endless, but we like the “Guide” mode, which delivers on-screen tips on how to handle everything from low-light close-ups to beachfront portraits.  Now this is definitely on my 2012 wish list...and we are already in the second quarter of the year!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Top 5 Places in Lake Naivasha

Usually when I want to go for a short weekend getaway, the first place that comes in my mind; the Lake Naivasha Area. Mainly because Naivasha not only has very many lodges, hotels and Camp sites but it also has some of the most exciting activities that I can do to relax such us, rock climbing, cycling in Hell’s Gate Park, nature walks and so much more! It is also a very pocket friendly destination, where you will spend an average of KES 5,000 (approx US$ 65) per person per night on full board.

My Top 5 places in Lake Naivasha 
Chui Lodge
5. Chui Lodge – Besides being homely and sweet, it is also in the Oserian Sanctuary which i must say is beyond breathless, although a bit expensive, it is the perfect place for that “I want to spend my dosh  this weekend!” kind of place.

4. Elsamere – Truth be told i have always had a soft spot for Elsamere.  Maybe it is because I am a sucker for history and truth be told, Joy Adamson had a lovely life story with Elsa the lion and spending time in Elsamere, only makes me feel like I knew Joy and George and their conservation work..hehehe! I know, you must be thinking “of course you feel like you knew her because of the movie – Born Free” lol

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort
3. Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort - Ok...I enjoy watching people play golf and even though I do not play myself, this is the perfect escapade to do just that. From the unbelievable neat moaned lawns to the serenity green grass and the breathtaking cottages, this is the perfect family getaway.

2. Enashipai – This place was an instant hit the moment their launched into the market, probably it has to do with their awesome spa or perhaps it is the excellent service offered , this place does live up to the 5 star category!
Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp
1. Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp – I must think this is my number one simply because it is new....which is partly true but this place has its true form of connecting with nature. It is simple, way too pocket friendly and has amazing views!! I think it is the tents that give me a Maasai Mara feeling or it is the waking up to birds singing that makes me know this place is amazing. It is not overly exaggerated or overly priced too and of course with the current economy...let’s just say you will be getting your money’s worth and so, so much more!  

So, which are your quick getaway destinations and why are they you preferred getaways?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Please Vote For Me - BAKE AWARDS!

I am so excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards 2012 under the category of General Blog.  Sincerely....I am so thrilled! However for me to win, I need as many votes as possible... and that’s why I am here requesting you to VOTE for me, VOTE and VOTE some more for me!

I thank you for voting and more so, your continously reading my blog posts.
xoxo - Murugi

Monday, April 2, 2012

Am I too late for April?

My past two blogs have somehow mentioned my poor time planning and how somehow I haven't manage to do frequent blog posts as i used to... and once again i got a rude reminder today when I logged into my blog and saw all my friends have already started the April blogger's challenge and yes...i totally forgot that we are in April! I know what (teeeeeeee) censored.  However, I may be late on the challenge but I do know I am not late to check out all of those blogs of bloggers who are participating in the challenge.

On to my first April post, the weather in Nairobi has taken an absolute turn! After 4 months of 32 degrees of heat...the rains have finally popped up. For us this is great because it means we are back to green thus not only will the issue of drought stop but it also means it's green in our game reserves and parks therefore our wildlife will enjoy the benefits.

April also means reduced travel prices as the low season runs from April till end of June. For those who may not know, if you wish to tour and travel in Kenya this is usually the best time as most lodges and hotels have the most offers plus their prices are usually reduced by almost a staggering 40%. For budget travelers, my suggestion is usually take advantage now ans this period only lasts for 3 months in an year calender, so if this passes... you will have to wait until next year (which might not happen considering people think 2012 is the end of the world -LOL)

So, even though I am two days late in April, at least I still have 28 days left of it. So is there anyone other than me loosing count of the days of late?