Adventures

Stuck in Selous Game Reserve

On our first morning at Serena Mivumo River Lodge in Tanzania, we went on a daylong game drive. It was uneventful, until we happened on a pair of mating lions and then got stuck tracking down elephants.

Serena Mivumo River Lodge, and an Idea of Home

There are 12 chalets in this hamlet of wonder in the middle of the wild. 12 wooden chalets, set along the river banks, joined to each other and the bar/dining area, by a boardwalk.

The Rusinga Festival

There’s a young festival that takes place every December on Rusinga Island. A celebration of the Abasuba people and their culture, language and artefacts. It’s a cultural answer to the question “Can a people die?”

The Skies of the Amboseli

The Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has a different set of chandeliers, rows upon rows of calabashes hanging from the room. Some are bored at the bottom and carved on the sides with little nondescript patterns. A wire is then passed through their necks and bulbs through their open bases.

A Night of Shooting Stars

On a clear night, do you ever look at the stars and think that you are looking at the same thing someone else saw a century and a half ago? Or a millennium ago?

Kerio Valley

A lone eagle flies at my feet, and catches a sudden gust of wind.

When a Calendar Dies #ThisIsMyKenya

After more than 7 tiring days on the road, inspiration finds us.

Love and Bananas

Life has its miseries wherever you may be. Into each life some rain must fall it floods onto the poor. They try to darn it somewhat. These lines from Hama Tuma’s The Case of the Prison-Monger started running through my head yesterday when we walked into a man’s home somewhere between Igoji and Embu. Maureen, …

Nyeusi: The Next Alek Wek

Before we left Turkana, we met someone. The image you have of a Turkana woman is wrong. She is skinny, yes, but she is gorgeous. You don’t need a camera to tell she is gorgeous. She has dark, flawless skin, and eyes with gorgeous, thick set eyes. She doesnt always wear her tribal garb, the …