It’s been a minute…

Or two! Almost a whole month since I last posted.

My first update… Green Element is now on Instagram! Wooohooo! Being a social media averse person, it took me a while to make this decision. I can confidently say that it was a good decision…well, at least so far. It is a nice place to showcase photos. You can check out the page here.

Second update… well, not really an update but a good suggestion. 😉  Check out Kevin Kimwelle, a Kenyan born architect who designs environmental friendly buildings. He has been nominated for building the ‘Most Beautiful Thing in South Africa’ on Design Indaba. You can read more about his project and vote for him here.

And because good things come in three’s… or so I hear… here’s the 3rd update.

Green Element turned 1!

Thank you for reading… 🙂

Nairobi Safari Walk

Last Sunday, Kadogo, an old friend of mine,  and I decided to catch up over nature. She came up with the most brilliant idea of meeting up at the Nairobi National Park (Kenya’s first national park), to do the Nairobi Safari Walk.

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At the entrance, they have this little cabinet:

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I opened it and burst into laughter when I saw the mirror. The last thing I expected to see was my reflection. Such a creative way of passing the message that You and I pose the biggest threat to biodiversity.

These are some of the interesting things we saw…

Creative signposts

Pygmy hippo

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Spot the giraffe… 🙂

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Yum!

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One of these worms/ caterpillars escaped on MY DRESS. I probably need to mention that many things with more than 4 legs or less than 2 legs, terrify me!

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Rhino (Not sure whether it’s black or white)

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Such a peaceful and refreshing walk. You can also opt to go on a game drive or visit the Animal Orphanage whilst there.

Read more about the safari walk here.

 

 

 

Travel: Africa Dream Destinations

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Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County

I would be lying if I said that I like travelling. I LOVE LOVE travelling! I really enjoy travelling which is interesting because I also enjoy staying indoors. Hmm…even I don’t understand how that works. Anyhoo, today I share a few of my dream travel destinations in Africa. In no particular order:

  1.  A boat ride on Lac Rose (Senegal)
    Lac Rose is a direct transaltion from Pink Lake. It gets it’s pink colour from Dunaliella salina which is a type of algae. The lake also has very high salt content which makes floating easier.
  2. A game drive on Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
    The world’s largest inactive and intact caldera. Rich in biodiversity.

  3. Ruwenzori Mountains and Virunga Mountains (Uganda/ Rwanda/ Congo)
    Perhaps attend a gorilla naming ceremony (Kwita Izina) in Rwanda or dare to see the boiling lava lake on Nyiragongo volcano in the DRC. 
  4. Hike or Drive across the Namib Desert  to the Atlantic Ocean (Namibia)
    What fascinates me about the Namib Desert is it’s proximity to the ocean. I can only imagine the feeling you get when you climb up a dune and are surprised by the sound of waves lapping on the beach and the sight of water. 
  5. Drive on the Garden Route (South Africa)
    This route stretches from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. It is very scenic with lots of biodiversity. Imagine the sunrises and sunsets…:)…sigh… 
  6. Stay with a local in Chefchaouen (Morocco)
    In this city, there are quaint blue houses that are nestled in the Rif Mountain. Maybe hike up the mountain and enjoy the views, peace and serenity.

  7. Bungee jump… hmm… no… just see the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/ Zambia)
    The falls simply look majestic. 
  8. Hike up Mulanje Massif (Malawi)
    Simply because I have never seen a monadnock (an isolated hill).

  9.  Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique)
    The last time I tried snorkelling I almost drowned when I realised how big the coral I was looking at was. This time round I would be more psychologically prepared to do even more daring water activities like diving. This would be my attempt to redeem my reputation with the ocean.

  10. Fishing in Lake Turkana (Kenya)
    Lake Turkana is also known as the Jade Sea because of the turquoise colour it has when algae rises to the surface in calm weather.  The Turkana call the lake Anam Ka’alakol which means, ‘the sea of many fish’. It also is the world’s largest permanent desert lake.