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Mt.Kalembwani (arm chair Mt.)

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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

Arm Chair – Mt.Kalembwani ©muoki kioko

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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.

 

 

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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’?

Snow in the skies..

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I was talking to a friend the other day and something caught my attention from behind them:
“a strangely shaped solo cloud”
or so I thought, but it had a flat top. Appearing above mature 30-40 year old eucalyptus trees my eyes kept shifting between my friend and this “cloud” until they turned, looked and asked..
“kwani u’ve never seen Kilimanjaro”?
I was looking at “the worlds highest free standing snow”
Then I remembered the description ‘worlds highest free standing mountain’. It’s height makes the top stick out somewhere in the middle of the skies especially when the slopes are not visible.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

The moon today from Kilome

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Moon from kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

The moon as viewed today from Kilome left more questions than answers.
– There seemed to be a pivotal point at slightly above ‘East’ that has lines running down around the moon, more like a basketball marking. Is there a north/southern pole on the moon!??
– When you draw a line at centre of image from top to bottom, there seems to be a concentration of white spots especially on top half!! What are those white sports (natural or human activity)!??
– Crater s on the Moon can be clearly seen on eastern edges.
– There’s a dark shape visible even with naked eye that’s not made of craters that takes shape of antelope head/giraffe.  Why this dark shape!?

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Gorges, Kilome

I’ll let the pictures speak to you..

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Can’t wait to walk in the trail at the bottom, some 30+ metres below!

Accessible by private car/public means both 2w and 4wd, slightly over 100kms down Mombasa road (tarmac) + 3-4km gravel road.

*Trail closed during wet season s

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Inside kilome: The Art of digging up cassava

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Don’t dig up that way, you’ll spoil the harvest!
Cassava harvesting is a skill. Starting from how to identify if it has a ready tuber for harvesting to which direction it runs and finally remembering it’s part of a root system that intertwines – how do I dig it up without damaging the other growing roots!
At times the root you require is growing downwards or under roots not fully developed, how do you harvest this root without damaging the younger roots?

This month visit and learn this cassava skill passed down generations in a cultural experience

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©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Inside Kilome – Mwambwani shrines

Standing at 5934 feet above sea level are these UKambani shrines

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Entry is best through Sultan Hamud on mombasa road. An alternative is through Nunguni at the top of kilome hills that’s ALL tarmac from Nairobi some about 125kms. Turn off to Nunguni from Mombasa road is at 100kms, where you turn left for remaining 25kms of tarmac. Thereafter seek local directions from closest Government office or book a local guide who will also explain how the shrines were used.

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2015
email: muokikioko@gmail.com
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