Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ndere Island National Park; Nyanza Province's Secret Heaven

Ndere Island National Park is a small island of about 2.4km2 in Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria, in Kenya's Nyanza Province. A nature's heaven approximately 425km west of Nairobi and 35km west of Kisumu city. Interestingly is that Ndere Island was established in 1986 to particularly provide refuge for a small population of Impala that were translocated from Kisumu''s Impala Sanctuary,which now acts as an incentive for people to visit the island.

Locals know the island as Chula Rabour, Chula  meaning island and Rabour meaning red, thus Red Island. The logic behind the naming is because the island is virtually covered with Themeda grass species, whose mature flowers are reddish in colour.The vegetation is predominantly grassland interspersed with trees and shrubs. Papyrus reeds are common along the shoreline. The island is rich in animals such us crocodiles, monitor lizards, hippos and a variety of fish species on the shores while on land, impalas, baboons, vervet monkeys , sitatunga antelope, reptiles, birds with over 70 recorded species and butterflies.
What to see and do?
1. The rolling Homa Hill and Beyond
2. Realm for Bird Watchers
3. Boat Rides
4. Sport fishing and game viewing

Where to stay?
There is one camp site at Ndere mainland (KWS) overlooking the island with modern amenities to compliment the campsite, however there are no lodges within the parks.
Best time to visit?
All year round!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sibiloi National Park : The Garden of Eden

"Shimmering like a mirage in the harshly beautiful desert landscape of nothern Kenya lie the blue-green waters of Lake Turukana.On it's shores lies one of the world's greatest treasures, the 3 million year old Koobi Fora palaeontological site."  writes the Kenya Wildlife Service

In 1972, Dr Richard Leaky and his team discovered Sibiloi, which is today universally recognized as the "Cradle of Mankind" and believed to be the most likely bibilical Garden of Eden.

Sibiloi National Park, located in Lake Turukana, Marasabit District of the Kenyan Eastern  Province, was created  to protect  the sites of the many remarkable hominid fossils finds revealed, with the now park peak moment being when Dr.Richard Leaky and his team discovered one of its most valued treasure, a 2 million year old fossilized almost full skull, presently labeled 1470 by the National Museum of Kenya. The skull somewhat confirmed the excistence of an urbane evolutionary  hominid that we all know as Homo habilis, a diriect ancestor of Homo sapiens - Us! They also found about 160 other additional finds relating to the Homo habilis.
The alttitude is 355 meters above sea level, the climate is scorching hot and arid, with June and july being the coolest months. The area is well over with  grassy plains with yellow spear grass, doum palms, accacia shrub land and desert roses. The wildlife includes animals such us the Grevy's and Burchell's Zebra, Giraffe,Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Striped Hyena, Topi, Beisa Oryx among others!Birds are said to be over 350 recorded species including large flock of Flamingo.

An interesting fact is that the world's largest Crocodile population breeds on Lake Turukana's Central Island, meaning if you are a Crocodile fan, this is the place you want to visit!

What to see?
1. Skull 1470 - Homo habilis
2. The Koobi Fora Museum, Allia Bay
3. The tempestuous "Jade Sea"- the largest permanent desert lake in the world,Lake Turukana
4. Crocodile Kingdom
5. Petrified Forests
6. Prolific Birdlife

Where to stay?
1.Oasis Lodge
2. Lobolo Tented Camp
3. Eliye Springs
4. Desert Rose
5. Allia Bay Guest House (self catering)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tujionee Migration!

Dear Client,

The rate is KES 10,500 per person, payable in installments before the departure date which is on the 6th of August 2011. The rate includes; transport, food, accommodation and park fees. Excluded are drinks and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: will be at a budget camp know as Olperr Elong’o camp which is situated in a very good camouflaged and forested area, offering an authentic African experience without sacrificing safety or comfort. Simply designed and built with wood and canvas, the large campfire area and dining area of the camp overlook the surrounding lush forest. The camp comprises 10 large tents furnished in a contemporary yet comfortable style. Each tent houses two to three single beds. A private outdoor seating area in front of each tent allows guests to relax and take in sights and sounds of the bush.

Transport: You will be required to be at our offices ABC Place on the 6th Aug at 7.00a.m where you will be driven down to the Mara in a 9-seater safari Mini- van.

Day 1: You will arrive the Mara at Lunch time, where you will have lunch and enjoy time at the camp, then have an afternoon game drive, then Dinner and Overnight at the camp.

Day 2: After an early morning game drive and breakfast, depart for Nairobi after having lunch. Arrive Nairobi in the evening drop off will be at our office, ABC Place Waiyaki Way.

It is a good opportunity to visit the Mara during the Migration period and it is a chance to witness what the world calls “The 8 world wonder!”