Ol Donyo Sabuk

My friend April and I love travelling and the adventure that comes with it. Last Friday, we took time to visit Kiambu/Machakos County (not sure which side of the border we were on) to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Ol Donyo Sabuk (in Maa) or Ol Donyo Sapuk (in Kamba) or Kilimambogo (in Kikuyu).  The last time I had hiked up this mountain was almost ten years ago and my motivation then was the barbecue that was waiting for me at then end. Slurrp!

With over 45 recorded bird species, this mountain is a bird watchers haven. Some of the species include, white-browed sparrow weaver, grey- headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle and purple-breasted sunbird. I was also very fascinated to find out from our guide that he and other bird watchers ,can identify a bird by sound (unlike me who can’t identify a pigeon from a duck).

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, the mountain also has a large number of buffaloes,  mongoose, bushbuck, olive baboon, colobus monkey, vervet monkey, Sykes’ monkey, Kirk’s dik-dik, bush pig, common duiker, reedbuck, rock hyrax, bushbaby, tree and ground squirrel, aardvark, porcupine, python and monitor lizard.

However, what fascinated me most is… drum-rolls… that Ol Donyo Sabuk is made of metamorphosed volcanic lava, which means that it is a lump of lava which has been changing shape or morphing over time into what it is today because of certain elements such as weather and climate. This lava also plays a major role in how the Fourteen Falls were formed.

What I’m curious about however, is whether the mountain itself is volcanic? Where did the lava originate from? And if it is volcanic, will it erupt again?thinking-face



Travel: Africa Dream Destinations

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.