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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.

 

 

Sky Dive Point..kilome

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Happy New Year 2016.

Imagine flying like a bird, taking in ALL the views below you – letting the winds aid you in travelling.

Have you been to ‘The Sky Diving Point’ in Kilome!? A 2hour hike from the base or 3hr drive from Nairobi the capital of kenya using a vehicle with good ground clearance.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
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Easter in Kilome

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From these ‘Family 3 bedroomed cottages’ starting ksh12,000(yet to be advertised)

to ‘A Boutique accommodation’ (http://kilimakiumanor.com/)

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camping in community held grasslands or hills of this location. These are some of your options for accommodation as you relax
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in the scenic ukambani landscape that includes waterfalls, either as a group or with family

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Discovering some beautiful local insects & birds
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get guided by community guides through kilome Landscapes

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or just drive around enjoying the scenary (that may include Views of Kilimanjaro) or visit Rock 14111
https://kilome.wordpress.com/tag/rock-14111/
For the youthful and curious one’s go game driving on the konza plains or take on ‘Photography’ of nature
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karibu kilome
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As it’s Easter you can also sample attending a local Easter service.

Don’t forget kilome has sweet, fresh local fruits, pass through a local fruit stand and enjoy farm fresh fruits!!

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For a souvenir Shop for these kilome baskets and other items to carry home as a local souvenir or to make business with back home. Use this link to interact with those who make them to ensure they are genuine
https://kilome.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/kilome-baskets/

NB:
The first 2 accommodations have swimming pools. For community camping & community guides email: kilomeinvestments@gmail.com
or call 0722 891689

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2015
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The 100mtr waterfall of Ukambani

Situated on Ka Kindui river on Kilome hills Makueni County is ‘Ka kindui waterfalls’ – An adventure at viewing of waterfalls 🙂

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In 6 steps, It starts with this first fall about 15 metres drop just off the main road. Then

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another 10metre drop with an adventure filled path to see it (locals make trips to marvel at it).

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Above is step 3 of the waterfall (your adrenaline will by now have been pushed up 4 notches to get here).
Next is for the ‘Dare Devils’ – a 30-40metre verticle drop. To get here you’ll definitely be on ALL 4’s

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…followed by two others of similar vertical drop. I love heights, even then at this stage my legs were wobbling!
Have a joyous Christmas season and keep enjoying exploring Kilome.

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*Sorry, to get there(from Nairobi) 100kms down mombasa road turn left at salama and proceed 14kms on tarmac to ‘kyale’. Here you’ll find a Catholic church to your right (after Kilome shops but before Nunguni). Turn right into an all weather road for about 7kms, ask locals for road along ka kindui river and keep at it till you get to hill edge. The fall is just off the road. I couldn’t keep details of the route as I was hiking (A never ending rd back to the main road)
Where to stay:click here
Enjoy the adventure 🙂

– note this is at a forested edge and can be slippery descending, please wear appropriate shoes. The other view is kilometers away accessible through kati komu planned for another day to take a complete image of whole waterfall.

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Rock 14111 – Gods work or?

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First this guide I was given is “supposed” to be illiterate but will challenge your best accountant about their integrity with figures – CEOs he is a must meet if your company figures don’t add up!
Now back to rock ‘14111’, yes it does exist a rock with natural numbers clearly written on it. Who wrote on it God or someone who had too much time & energy? That’s the question everybody asks until you see the writing

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In the Above photo you can barely see the 41 on the rock 14111.
To get here go down mombasa road 100 south of Nairobi, turn left at ‘Salama’ go about 4 kilometers on tarmaced road upto a small township known as Maiani. Ask for the turn off to kamuthini fresh air/Kenze on your right. If you are using public means get into a vehicle going to Nunguni from opposite Salvation Army church Hqs near OTC in Nairobi downtown (14 & 50 seaters available). If hired they can drop & pick you at day end from site (600-800 return fare). Alternative get into one as a normal passenger and ask to be dropped off at Maiani, then take/hire a bodaboda (motorcycle) to Kenze ‘athusi’. From here request for a guide from Kenze Community Forest Association.
For those with private means turn right at Maiani (ask for the right road to Kenze at shops). This will take you past Kamuthini fresh air(making a stop to take in the panaromic views all the way to kajiado). Proceed till you get to the next small shopping center where you will enquire Kenze Forest Community offices (right next to rd). Here you’ll enquire for a local guide and parking.
For both those using public and private means an entry fee is applicable plus a separate guide fee to rock 14111.
Superb outing for sight seeing, outdoor group meetings (youth & prayer groups), family, individuals with splendid views like

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..and the Kwawatingila Valley. Views of Mt.Kalembwani, Kyulu Mts and Mt Kilimanjaro on clear days/most evenings also possible. Also those seeking photography.
Hikes, picnicking, or riding bicycles especially for your young ones is pleasant! For the energetic a visit downhill to old hyena cave’s or kilombo/Kalombo rock shelter
Food, like chapatis soft drinks etc can be gotten at Shops near entry. Goat or mbuzi for Choma can be pre arranged from Ksh3500 for group of about 10 people [tel:0722891689 by Thursdays] delivered on site. Kuku choma (kienyeji chicken can also be arranged plus firewood).
For birdwatchers their is

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Plenty of bush and pools of water with Migrants from Europe Asia having arrived.
Accommodation: see Tourism page on this site for options including where to swim the rest of weekend and contact email below for small group accommodation and visits to CSR projects.
*Map on Tourism page

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The Mist Valleys of Kilome

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As weather becomes more unpredictable – one day ‘Hot’
the next super chilly I’m beginning to hear the old generation saying the region is returning to it’s former mistyness which they last saw when they were children. For those who love photography it’s paradise!
About two weeks ago I posted ‘Mt Mwani‘ photographed in this misty weather. This week we have ‘Nduluni’ (see map). For those who love landscape photography the sunny mornings are ‘Orange’. When not Orange they are Misty.
For first timers this is just 100kms from Nairobi (Kenya’s. Capital) on tarmacked road or about an hour from the Airport with many options for onwards travel.

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Mt. Mwani

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One of 3 volcanic mountains located in Kilome just off Mombasa road 100kms south of Nairobi.
For those seeking a Mountain climbing thrill away from the rift valley. A bonus here is visibility of other Mountains like Kyulu, Kilimanjaro, and even Mt.Meru as far away as Arusha. That’s off course on addition to Kilome hills, Mt Muaani and Mt. Kalembwani.
At the base after the climb you can go swimming at nearby Savannah Hotel or just relax and book an evening for a relaxed tour of Kalombo rock shelter and rock foot prints up in Kilome hills the following day (see map)
Transportation is plentiful including public transport plying Nairobi-Mombasa road.

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The little surprises that came with rain

1st is that streams started flowing (not surprising), but in those streams as they crossed roads we now have

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tadpoles. We normally hear and see frogs & toads around rain seasons but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen tadpoles in any water pool!

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The other surprise was this (anyone who can identify it?) that behaved like a sea/coral reef creature.
*someone’s ID’d it as a ‘water tiger’ (thanks Peter)

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Then there were these beetles above that were both comfortable on the water surface and under water at times taking long breaks motionless under water. (anyone knows where they go in absence of water?)

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The most surprising was this spider that glided and hunted on water. Attaining very fast speeds to catch prey landing on water.

*next article we look at the rain battalions of Kilome..

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Kyanzizi Waterfalls (Kilome)

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Located 117kms south of nairobi (approximately 2hrs) is a 3 levels waterfalls. Above is level 2 located near the road.
Above it is this one
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..and below the road is the longest one

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How to get here:
Go down Mombasa 100kms (tarmac rd), you get to Salama Town. At the end of the town on your left is a police post and a left turn that takes you to Kilome-Nunguni hill’s. Go up this road 14kms(tarmac) to Kilome township.
On entering the township there will be a forest on your left with a ‘Kenya Forest Service’ signpost. Do not get to the sign post, look on the right there is a murram road(all weather) turn in here and go about 1km past a sign ‘Mbukuni primary’ that’s on your right. The road then bends left then right and as it starts straightening look on the right for 2 wooden small Shops and thereafter a right turn with a small sign ‘kyakitoo Catholic church’. Entre road and take immediate right turn again for about 400 metres looking out for waterfall on your right at the valley bend.
To get to the waterfall above it seek a local to show you the way. To view waterfall below proceed on foot to tree line 20metres ahead and look below on your left.
*to turn vehicle proceed ahead 30-40metres

What else can I do here?
You can take a short walk enjoying the fresh air, or back up to slightly higher ground where you can view ‘Masembeni hills’

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Namanga, Mt.Meru(Arusha) and Mt.Kilimanjaro on a non cloudy day or late evenings.
If you have children or love cycling, its also a wonderful place to do so.
Mbuzi Chomba can be arranged on Kenze Hills, or even other African meals(chapped,ugali, muthokoi,etc ). There’s plenty of space on Kenze for games, cycling, picnic or a visit to abandoned 1st world war ‘mica’ mines – contact Kenze Community Forest Association 0729175299
You could also buy ‘kilome verander flat Slabs’ or drive back up to the tarmac road and proceed uphill to get views of Ngong Hills and Mbooni hills.

Where can I spend night nearby?
You can either return to Mombasa road and turn left 12kms to Sultan Hamud and stay at ‘Savannah’ or turn right 20kms to Malili township staying at Nedland Inn Or drive towards Nairobi just after Machakos Junction is ‘Maanzoni lodge.’ 
Self catering home stay can be considered on request.
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One Location (3 Mountain Views)

Visible from Kilome Hiltops all at the same time

Kyulu Mountain Ranges

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Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Mt. Meru (Tanzania)

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*all images taken within 10 minutes same day

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Emali to Loitokitok

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One of those morning views of Emali to loitokitok plains with it’s many low hills visible from the tops of hills in Kilome.
Emali also has a tarmac exit to Tanzania(Tarekea border crossing) through Loitokitok for those seeking a less busy route for their goods or shorter route to coastal towns of Tanzania.
It also provides a smooth and fast access to Amboseli NP below Kilimanjaro and/or the many luxury camps/hotels with close proximity to kilimanjaro.

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Waterfalls around Kilome

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There are a number of waterfalls in Kilome, though now seasonal with some flowing only when it rains and others extending for periods into dry season depending on usage of springs upstream. This one at ‘mukuyu’ has a wall almost 20metres wide. What I liked about it was the experience getting there!

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River Walks in Kilome (pt2)

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Strange ‘Platanna Frogs’ in Kilome-(River walks in Kilome pt1)

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Strange frog’s sited in Kilome rivers, with eyes that look like they are built to face upwards only. Greenish in color with eyes that have a circular pupil, fingers on the front feet and webbed toes on the jobs feet. They belong to pipidae family, otherwise known as Platanna frogs. What caught my attention though was that they were over 40 together, very energetically hoping (view here) over sand downstream to this Cliff!

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Kilome tourism

Institutions in Kilome prepare to launch and support their own tourism circuit, considering the proximity to Nairobi and ever available wildlife visible from Mombasa road as you travel through the region.

Schools are considering first visiting the ranches near the Konza Metropolis that have abundant HartBeest , Tomis, grants and Eland – a mere 100kms from Nairobi on New tarmac

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Other interests include this asp burrowing snake that was found at almost 2metres undergroundburrowing asp(snake)flat napped chameleonsridge frogs, chameleons, over 150 bird species, rock climbing, hiking,….

Some of these are already being noted by local film makers who are beggining to use the location as a shootin site for musicians and possibly documentaries

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