Friday, November 29, 2013

Twestival Nairobi As It Was!

On 22nd and 23rd of November, Nairobi experienced a new kind of new when Twestival Global made its debut led by Evans Muriu, who was selected as the national co-ordinator.

For those of you who up till now do not know of Twestival; It is a global movement that uses social media for social good, empowering communities around the world to organize one-of-a-kind offline events in support of causes.The theme for Nairobi was Afforestation with Nairobi Green Line being the recipient of 750 seedlings.

On the evening of 22nd November the team put up a fundraiser at Pawa 254 which would later be followed by a walk the next day 23rd November to the Nairobi National Park and a 2 hour tree planting ceremony would commence. 

In the end, the dream of Nairobi Greenline to have a 30 km long and 50 meter wide forest of indigenous trees soon became reality. This was a great and exceptional event that echoed the same message and sentiment, we should all stand together to protect our park!

Congratulations to Evans and the team for a job well done! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Wildebeest Migration is back or are the beeste here for the Kenya at 50 Party?!

Last week, rumors of the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara taking place surfaced!Today, we can now confirm, that they really are back!

In a rare and dramatic shift, the wildebeest and zebra herds are reported to be back from northern Serengeti where they had moved to following some mid-season rains in October. The herds had presumed the time to relocate to the Serengeti had come, but local rains in the Mara ecosystem have changed that. The plains are now greened with fresh grass and luscious shots and it is our assumption that if the weather continues like this, there is a likelihood of wildebeest giving birth in the Mara like it was the case in 1998.
Reports coming from the Mara indicate that the wildebeest are moving north of Mara Intrepids Camp through the Olare Orok Conservancy and across Posse Plain down to Sand River. The wildebeest and zebras are said to be everywhere, with crocodiles and other predators already enjoying their early Christmas feast! 

So...if you had planned to see the migration but somehow you got caught and never got to witness it, nature might just be giving you a second chance this year or perhaps the animals heard Kenya were celebrating their golden jubilee since independence and decided to stay over for the party?! Hahahaha.....
For Masai Mara bookings, contact Uniglobe Let's Go Travel

Original post - Uniglobe Let's Go Travel  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Meet Emmie Kio, an agricultural writer and an urban farmer, one who is interested in social media, food security and agriculture. Her addictions are swimming,nature,motorbikes, litchis  and a good laugh. Well, lets hear more from this bright, fun loving Agribusiness Management graduate!

1. Tell us more about you and why you decided to have a blog? A more elaborate explanation is in the about page of my blog.

2. Which is the best destination you have ever visited? South America, Uruguay to be specific.  I would love to go back there and never return again :-)  I love the friendly nature of the people there which makes you feel at home even when you don't know a thing of what they are saying to you in Spanish. We went on a field trip and there was this cup i was seeing with everyone called Mate (Pronounced as Mah-teeh). One guy let me and my friend Bridgit taste its contents and in the end he souvenir-d me the Yerba Mate cup :-) Plus you live life there like there is no tomorrow.

3. Which is your favourite restaurant in Kenya? That's a tricky question. Can i actually name three?
a) Fairmount The Norfolk. This is one of the hotels where you get treated like a queen literally.The hotel staff have good public relations with the residents. It shocks me that you meet a staff on the hallway and knows your name, meet another one some blocks away and they know you too.It feels kinda great. Plus the food is great too.
b) Turtle Bay Watamu: Here is where a dream holiday gets fulfilled. Good food, good service, turtle conservation in play....and much more fun plus relaxation
c) Although they are now closed Indian Ocean Beach Resort. Actually at times their food wasn’t great but two people made me like coming back to the place. Some lady at the reception called Lucy; she has a big heart of gold and very excellent at public relations and Nassoro; one of the food attendants. This guy serves you like a queen which is quite rare to see in some coastal hotels, where the attendant’s service is biased towards the resident people.

4. Which / where is your dream holiday destination? Any country I have not been to works best as a holiday destination.  I like to discover new things every now and then.

5. What do you like most about traveling? The communing with nature. Put religion aside, nature is one thing that convinces me that indeed there is a supreme being. Interacting with new people, sharing new thoughts seeing new places just expands my mind. Fixing stuff, you get to learn to do things on your own at times especially in the wild travel scenarios. What do you dislike most about traveling? Definitely packing my bags. I do a week prior but still forget to carry some stuff. Didn’t nobody discover an app for this? Also your bags getting lost. It disorients you totally!

6. What / which gadgets do you NEVER miss to pack in your travel bag? A toothbrush/toothpaste, Clean pairs of undies, Binoculars, A book, Music, A map, Rosary, comfortable pair of boots and a field guide for birds in the area in question.

7. What is more of a romantic getaway for you, Beach or Safari? Having lived a better portion of my life in the coastal area, the beach does it for me. There are endless romantic things can do there compared to the safari.

8. Tell us 3 things about you that we do not know? I find love and happiness in things that people despise/take for granted like farming and bird watching, am a soon to be lifeguard, am head on heels with motorbikes and i have no favourite meal. Anything palatable does it for me!

9. What travel tips do you have for "Her World" as she trots around Kenya and the globe? Travel! Travel! Travel both in the country and out of the country. And just like Aldous Huxley once said, to travel is to discover that one is wrong about other countries.