Mt.Kalembwani

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Mt.Kalembwani ©muokikioko2017

At 5141 ft Mt kalembwani a Volcanic cone within Kilome, Makueni county owned by the local community is an easy to get to day hike just off mombasa-nairobi tarmac road/highway for individuals, educational institutions or organised groups

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walking up kalembwani’s volcanic scree ©muokikioko2017

having erupted some 10,000yrs ago its had cultural significance to the community and provides both educational and leisure activities

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summiting kalembwani with local guides ©muokikioko2017

through community guides. It also provides brilliant opportunity for star gazing, photography, camping, birdwatching, butterfly watching and raptor watching while at same time giving splendid views of kilome topography and on clear days Africas highest Mountain – mt kilimanjaro

Local guides are always happy to arrange for local indegenous meals or free range goat meat roasting on request. Secure Car park with toilets available.

Accomodation of all categories is available nearby from budget to 5star should you want to extend your enjoyment.

 

 

Paradise birds of Kilome

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Af Paradise Flycatcher – Ferreti ©muoki kioko 2016

i had to literally drop my pants to capture this! 🙂

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Terpsiphone Viridis (white Morph) – ©muoki kioko 2016

6 Years in the waiting to get image of this one! Just when i’ve given up looking out for it and put away my camera it lands a mere one metre infront of me completly ignoring my presence flapping it’s fabulously long white tail (some 30cm or so) and takes it’s time preening itself turning its body back and forth!

Off for my camera and its gone..

Love the way it’s tail follows it, flowing in a wave like manner.

Hallo, Hallo ..

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Hallo! ©muokikioko2016

Talking/communicating with friends while enjoying such majestic views all around you can be an experience to behold. with phone network all around these scenic spots communication can sometimes be a breeze off peak hours while on 2G or 3G setting.

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communication viewing kilimanjaro ©muokikioko2016

…what would it be like for you to explain to your friends that you are speaking to them with such a view infront of you barely 2hrs from an African city? there are such splendid views all round here in Kilome within communities..no matter time of the day especially if you are willing to slow and explore!

Rains are here, and…

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sitting by the waters edge ©muokikioko2016

i’m kind of used to a croaking sound from these creaters, and so when it starts raining and the croaking ends. Instead you start getting a high pitched chirping sound, more like birds but in the dead of the night that got me curious.

But any time i got to stop near the water bodies the continous chirping ceased. So i decided to start playing the patience game and boy was i rewarded!

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frog with blown up throat ©muokikioko2016

sitting there Looking like a jazz musician about to blow his trumpet – they fill up their throats with air to a point you can clearly trace the vein network on the sac. Hold the ground firmly, test flexibility of air sac to retract and blow up again. Finally they hold their bodies steady and let the air sac’s chirp, first in low tones then it goes picking up in sound…

Wow…i did manage to capture the process in full HD..

 

 

Day of the Moon

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how bright moon was today 14th Nov – 8:00pm ©muoki kioko 2016

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supermoon in kilome, today it was at its largest (14 Nov 2016)

“The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 will light up the sky, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

The event on Monday November 14 – described as “undeniably beautiful” by American space agency Nasa – is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years.

Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.” – Daily Telegraph

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 Super moon lighting up the landscapes 8:30Pm ©muoki kioko 2016

Making the skies of kilome in Africa resemble an early morning sunrise photo of the sky. (*no images have been edited)

Abseiling in kilome

Since the expedition began in the morning till around midday when we got here, i had been eyeing this tower from afar. Used as a vantage point by baboons to raid farms far and wide, the rock was a beauty on every edge. Some sections i could already visualise myself hanging perpendicularly on it’s clean vertical walls with the world waaaay down theeere…

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sitted on the cliff edge ©muokikioko2016

with their expert knowledge of their area they(guides) got me to the top of the tower without use of gear..now was my turn to amuse them as i set up a three point anchor and off i went from the top of the tower enjoying every second of the closest vertical wall abseil.. wah, i wish we had the time to rock climb this wall then eeenjoooy every second of abseiling on the Main wall..

Below you can see one of guides waving at me from top of tower (to right of climbing rope) as i abseilled..

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due to time we had to disembark to continue our expedition that got us back to our transport after 8:00pm..damn, time moves so fast when your at a exiting location!

if you’ve never abseiled this tower, you’ve never been to kiima-kiu kalonzoni..

Proop, proop, prooop

With their distinct light blue underbellies

Making loads of proop, proop sounds as they swarm an area

These annually migrating birds move in flocks from Europe and asia and are here on their way down to southern Africa and are known as ‘Eurasian Bee Eaters’.

Looking at their size and thinking of the journey they make annually gets me asking – if this small creation has the courage to cross oceans, desert’s and seas on its small wings ‘What does that say about a people that have Never visited the village next door’?

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