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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..

Died, went to Heaven & Returned!!

Just had an encounter with this “buddy” on his back. please don’t laugh coz this is serious stuff!!

Just checked in the loos (external toilets) to loose some weight for the evening! well someone else thought otherwise – as i began loosing weight this giant moth checks in to keep me company and decides to play summers within the 6 walls of the room. Just then messages start checkin in on my phone and i forget the moth.

Suddenly – doof!! then somthing soft pointed hits my lower leg – again and again at different angles. Now thats not a moth!. Look down with the low light of phones screen and this mAaSive Foot long (body) rat is in the small room with me. Now starts the drama….

Ghost Mantis of Kilome

dead leaf mantis of kilome

ghost mantis of kilome ©muoki kioko2016

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ghost mantis profile © muoki kioko2017

A day in Kilome’s Galagos Sanctuary

Galago world in Africa

galago with baby in kilome sanctuary ©muoki kioko2017

After months of pursuation I was finally invited into Kilome’s private galagos sanctuary. A unique habitat that allows you to see this secretive  norctanal African primate up close during the day.

3hrs of guiding later i still didn’t have an image – not because we hadn’t seen a number of them but the sheer drama and excitement of the moment made me forget to press the “record’ button.

Galago guide in sanctuary ©muoki kioko

Running out of time the resident guide asked me to be a little patient as he sought a spot for me to capture ‘One’ shot of this female carrying a baby (1st image). An expert at their behavioural traits, he’s fast to locate them.

Entry is pre-booked and limited to not more than 4individuals at a go to minimize disturbance. Be ready to crawl or kneel to see them and access their lifestyle.

Masters of Camouflage

Camouflage master ©muoki kioko2017

Sitted amongst the dry vegetation on the ground it’s almost unoticable. As you approach it, it Squint’s its eyes the main thing that gives away it’s presence.

Welcome to the world of Dusky Nightjars in Kilome. When disturbed it let’s out a soft whistle sound. Sitting still all day in vegetation that resembles its body pattern it takes to flight at dusk to feed on insects

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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