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Xtrym gorge trail

A visitor enjoys the soil formations in this water made gorge . The gorge stretches back about 300 metres and is part of a 9hr hiking trail.

Interesting watching how life has adopted to this new feature with butterflies and birds making it home!!

This trail is also famous for it’s farm fresh mangoes and oranges.

What do you see..

What do you see… ©Muoki Kioko 2019

Kasikeu Nites

Enjoy Africa Nature is some of the most Serene evening s in Africa while having proximity to modernization! My experience here and those even double my age ‘was to seek a spot’ atop a rock for sunrise… A feeling only you can express yourself

How to Eat a thorn melons

Thorn melons are dryland fruits about 3 inches in length covered with spikes/thorns

Making it tricky to handle. Normally the surest way to tell that the fruit is ready is by the colour, which goes orange as it ripens. The other way also serves as a means of making it easier to handle

Is by slicing off the thorns and you will get a yellow fluid flowing out from cuts.

Then you can slice the fruit open to consume the green flesh and seeds

Enjoying picnics in kilome..

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Great views, Super FRESH Air!! and steamed goat meat from Ksh400 a kilo – beat that!!

Caterpillar Easter

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This Easter was ‘caterpillar Easter’
Caterpillars, caterpillars and more caterpilars…Mother’s carrying babies first inspected you to ensure you had no caterpillars on your clothing before allowing you to handle their babies

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What species of butterfly/moth were these and why Soooo many!!?

Politics

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Name a few on comment box below

Cactus Fruit & Food’s kilome (part 1)

Classified as ‘invasive’ this plant that thrives in drylands is of economic importance for those in the know.

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Cactus veggie pies like these that provide superb morning tea snacks whether travelling or at home at a fraction of cost of similar snacks.

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Similar to ‘Okra’ in characteristics its also used for soups in Southern America’s and the southern states of US.

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and provides a superb breakfast meal when mixed with eggs. (will provide recipe in part 2)

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And just in case you were doubting existence of such meals locally in kilome – here’s a mini cactus pizza I was mmmh.. as I prepared this article.
So what do others say about this

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Plant?

Kilome’s ‘Bunny Face’ spiders

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Over time weirder and interesting things turn up in Kilome like this spider with a mischievous looking ‘bunny face’

Young Explorer’s experience wild tortoises in Kilome

Nature has its Ways of surprises irrespective of season as some young explorers were to find out while on an expedition in kilome recently. Young, youthful and Adventurous Kenyan s from almost all parts of kenya were at it again, exploring their country as they experienced nature at its best in its natural environments.  An opportunity to breath Nature’s fresh air while stretching their bodies and experiencing new scenery, kilome was ready to give these guest’s a few surprises. From wild tortoises peeing on them to – ‘Oop’s’, almost sat on a basking snake! 🙂 With the community provided guides they stretched themselves hill after hill, valley after valley finally ending their adventure with an evening view of their starting point and with memories of Ukambani fruit. From kilome community, ‘asanda’ come again.. To engage your youthfulness this holiday season +254780891689

Nzambalau wine 

From this common local fruit called ‘Nzambalau ‘ (below) that drops it’s fruit when it rains

Strange visitor in kilome

strange skulker in kilome1©muoki kioko2017

strange skulker in kilome1©muoki kioko2017


Face resembles a weavers but it skulks and the rest of the body is more of greenbul nature (sorry non-birders). Very shy and solitary.

Meanwhile at sunrise..

kilome Avocadoes

Can be served with slices of bread as a snack

or Served – ‘Hot n Sweat’

to thrill your tongue..

​the only thing local parents/traders warrat you, is..

Ghost Mantis of Kilome

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ghost mantis of kilome ©muoki kioko2016

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ghost mantis profile © muoki kioko2017

Drought?

 Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

 

Kenya is in a drought situation few have experienced before, with many looking at receiving food Aid. However one young farmer in drought prone Makueni County is having a different conversation – he is busy working out how to expand his farming

NO RIVER, NO WELL!!

The region (kilome) had just come from 6 straight months without a drop of rain, rains came but in a months time No More Rains. People pass by their shambas NOT wanting to look at the dry crops however this young gentleman is busy on his farm

Tomato Farming Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Drought crop Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

…he say’s

“my grandfather told me of a question his friend asked him:

‘How can water fall over your head, shoulders and onto your feet..then you start chasing after it kilometers away to pick it up after it has washed the ground to use it’?”

Current Harvest Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

He also asks Youth: Do any of you ever do the maths of the work you do?

To those who say it’s expensive; he  started off with the sell of a calf to set up his system of farming (No Bank Loan, No Aid Agencies..).

HIS ADVICE; It’s NOT a competition of who can do it, I’m CONSTANTLY Open to Learning to improve myself – i Do NOT know it ALL!!

*To those willing to learn how he manages to irrigate in such a Hot Dry Area without Rivers – i’m willing to train ANY Youth or Community willing to learn what i’ve learnt farming in Makueni with meagre resources..

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

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)

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