Biking in Kilome with local riders

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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Me: Can you take me on a motorbike tour around Kilome  hills
Local: sure, call me up Saturday afternoon
Me: wouldnt it be better earlier (hopping to get a longer day to see more)
Local: 2pm would be a good time to meet up.
He seemed to know what he was talking about as he asked we let the sun go down a little as we set off passing through serene patches of forest filled with superbly fresh air

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and as the sun started going down he took me through openings with birds eye views of kilome

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then for the start of descend with views of those graduated hills

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And as the sun began to dip

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to our last  stopover

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Where he stopped to point out in the horizon a superb early dusk view of

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Kibo (Africa’s highest point on Mt Kilimanjaro). By this point I had already booked another tour to cover a whole day riding Kilome! Can’t wait for a long weekend outing (wonna join me?)

*From the capital city head out south on Mombasa road (be early best by 8:am you’ve left town). Idea is to be off Mombasa road by 10:30am to avoid heavy traffic.
Options here include
a) diverting left into Machakos at 44kms, then taking Wote-Makueni road from Machakos town. Go past Mumandu and take a right diversion as you approach next shopping centre while on the stretch(tarmac). This diversion will be an all weather road with a lot of gravel that takes you down a riverbed then you start ascending Kilome hills with hairpin bends (still gravel) – be cautious here of drivers & riders assuming they are the only ones on the road. You will then reconnect tarmac at the Top of hill – Nunguni town.
b) proceed down mombasa road 100kms then turn left at salama for a 20kms ride up Kilome hills to Nunguni town.

After 4:00pm I’d recommend you sleep in kilome as Mombasa road starts having 100+meter queues of trucks and tired drivers eager to get home.
Clean basic hotels are available at Malili and Sultan hamud or Nunguni. Make use of local guide to show you how to get to them avoiding Mombasa road :)

To download map http://kilome.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/kilome-tourism-map/

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Strange water

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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Everything is brown n crisp from an elongated dry spell, my attention is attracted by a bee hive almost at the top of a hill that has rock outcrops.
Then I notice not too far off a homestead built right at the top of a cone shaped hill (captured in mid ground in image above), and I’m saying to myself – does the owner know how lucky they are to have such views 360degrees «»? Moving slightly right to see if I can capture[frame] what I’m seeing I notice I’m interfering with somewhere birds are very interested in! LoOking down on rock surface is a pool of water, clean but odd because with the elongated dry spell this water should have dried as its shallow, open and on a rock surface that heats up during the day!
Even stranger there seems to be no inlet, infact it looks like one of those places that may collect some water just after a rain shower then drys up but behaviour of birds coming in signifies it’s a watering point they use frequently during dry spells through out the day with edges with views of valley below. Question is where does this water come from?

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Signage from Kilome

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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From ‘to let’ signs, to

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Room names. 

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Or all weather reflective corridor signs for toilets from 200 bob($3). Coming with options of door stick on or screw on.
These are the changing faces of rural Africa!
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This pair with door stick on’s for washrooms/toilets is Ksh150 this week.

You can make your orders using email: kilomeinvestments@gmail.com

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The Great Africa Migration in Kilome

September 19, 2014 2 comments

Like the famous wildebeeste migration in mara they huddle together in the thousands as they prepare to transverse new type of terrain

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I had watched them previously migrating ‘day & night’ literally millions daily. Every morning expecting to find the migration through, but ‘No’ a week down, then the second and onto the third, never on one day reducing in volumes.
They move both over land and through underground tunnels with some choosing to skip the tunnels sometimes creating patterns

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that resemble cave drawings of animals.
Their herds constitute both large ants and smaller sized ones

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carrying their colony to new grounds. Their migration is altitudenal meaning at different times of the year they either gain altitude or move to lower ground, this instance involved going up a Cliff face ‘that’s sometimes vertical’ ie gaining altitude

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which meant at times they had to go over terrain that leaned back and by the time they circumvent that section not everyone was with the rest

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Me too!! as i frantically sought to clean up those that landed on me.
Welcome to the world of ‘Siafu’ or ‘safari ants’ otherwise referred to as ‘Traveler ants’ in the science word, and unlike other migrants that get predated on during their migration these are

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Adventure for Children & Youthful in Kilome

September 10, 2014 1 comment

Get the ultimate Adventure and cultural experience for yourself and your children by visiting this site in kilome.

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Explore this site above, guided by locals. Let your children be led through the most adventurous & fun sections by their age mates supervised by a responsible adult.
Pose and take images through the ‘Glow hole’ either as a group, individual or family!

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Those unable to get to the ‘glow hole’ have the option of picnic along the way as they enjoy a birds eye view of Kyulu Mts, Emposha & Mt.Kilimanjaro on clear days alongside local hills and valleys.. This route is also a migration path for Raptors/birds of prey from Europe and Asia :)
Getting here: This is 110kms southwards by road from Kenya’s capital Nairobi or the International Airport of Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi and is all bitumen/tarmac. Safe parking is available within the community at a token fee.
By Air you can charter a chopper or small plane from wilson Airport. Kenya Tourism Board tourism map has an airstrip marked in Konza plains on lower plains of Kilome..
– There after is a 2hr adventurous walk to (with an shorter option for the less adventurous).The less adventurous miss out on breathe taking views, breezes and picnic sites *[will cover that on next I'inside kilome' article]. Accomodation: For those wanting to camp

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There are several community sites where this can be done (email). Basic clean accommodation hotels are also available in the community.
Food: all year round different sweet fruits are available [Farm fresh & pesticide free]. Bottled drinking water is available in local shops with the best part being on exit the same shop will gladly accept the empty water bottles!
When prior arranged snacks like sandwiches, hotdogs & warm beverages like Kenyan tea, Coffee or Chocolate can be availed on location. Catering services for meals local available within  community, from mbuzi choma, chapati, muthokoi, etc [for family groups or organised tour groups]
All that over and above the genuine warm hospitality of the community.
Remember to carry enough disk space/memory cards for your cameras + spare batteries as you’ll not want to regret missing to record the experience.
Communication: There’s cell phone communication networks within kilome for Vodafone & Airtel networks.
Security: The community work hand in hand with the relevant organs at all times. Ensure you have registered your presence through your host before exploring. Remember to have a great time too.

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Sunrise in Kilome

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

There is nothing as Enchanting  as watching an orange sunrise literally roll over the nearby hilltops. Well that’s whats been happening over the last month or so with sunrises coming up as late as 6:53am here in Kilome.

Here’s one such sunrise last week

 

 

Sun rises in Kilome

Sun rises in Kilome

Do you want to join me tomorrow as i view another sunrise?

The Skilled Tree Men of Kilome ..

August 25, 2014 2 comments

Occasionally you find you want to move out an old tree, either it’s in the way of your project, it’s getting old or is leaning dangerously! If you call in the right people, the tree can actually turn into an asset.
First in each team of tree experts in Kilome is the assessor who determines how the tree will be felled according to intended end use – at same time taking care of nearby power poles, roads, building & fences. (Here they determine which direction to fell a tree).

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Tree trimming - Copyright : muokikioko 2014

   Most mature trees are 25-50metres high and tend to fly when cut because of resistance from their leaves as it drops. So they trim the branches which is a skill as theirs a specialist climber in the group who determines which branch goes first till the trim is done. He then anchors a rope for pivoting the main trunk in direction they intend it to go.
Wait a minute I explain what I saw as I did these images. First two long steel ladders were put together but could not get to the lowest branch, the climber still has some 5-7 meters to get to it. That’s when you know it’s a skill – the bark was as smooth as a flask and slippery, with a width that didn’t allow a grown up to hold around the trunk. By the time he got to the lowest branch all spectators had fled fearing what may happen to the climber. We returned when he started trimming, one of the branches being cut cracked and bolted out swinging the main trunk at least 1 foot to n fro (imagine being on that trunk as it shakes that way). In the image above you can see him circumventing a cut branch on left top Qtr of image!

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Cutting main trunk : copyright muokikioko 2014

Next comes the power saw specialist who determines direction the trunk falls. Being a mature tree the full length of the blade couldn’t even reach the centre of the trunk. He was spot on in determining direction he wanted tree to fall. Again highly specialized skill as you have to ensure blade doesn’t get caught up by bending trunk as the chain can bolt your direction trimming you instead.

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1by6 Wood beams

This is where it gets interesting. When the trunks on the ground the powersaw Guy with his assistant determine how much timber and wood can be extracted from the tree and from which side plus length of Timber beams.
Do you require poles for roofing or cabinet boards or floor tiles? They occasionally engage an extra team member for finishing to required standards for items like floor tiles, curtain rails, table tops, etc
*creative furniture can also be designed for you tailor made for your home,office or business and includes veranda furniture or sign boards for your home, institution or office.
Also remember Kamba’s are world reknown woodcurver’s. This can be incorporated into your gift items or furniture from the tree.
Use email kilomeinvestments@gmail.com to hire one of the teams

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