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Engaging Children POSITIVELY

As most are engaging others in politiking, a few young men and women are working to engage your youth in healthy engagements.

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Kathongole Hill View inn

Sunset of Ngong from Kathongole Inn ©muokikioko2013

Sunset of Ngong from Kathongole Inn ©muokikioko2013

Kathongole Hill View Inn is Located on Nairobi – Mombasa road about 64 kms from Nairobi near Kautandini (see map). It’s name is derived from its location a story which i reserve for the hosts to tell.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Inn on a late afternoon and on the way out i just had to stop at the gate to take this photograph(above) of Ngong Hill at sunset (One of the many scenaries around this Inn set in the savanna’s of Konza)

Open Gazibo's set viewing the Konzaplains

Open gazebos’ set viewing the Konza plains

It’s verandahs are serene surrounded by the Konza plains with plenty of open sitting space to enjoy the warm Ukambani air and as you can see in the image above it’s a popular place for those seeking a quiet recreational drink with friends out-of-town

Accommodation

Kathongole Hill View Inn Accomodation

Kathongole Hill View Inn Accommodation

For further information:

Tel: +254 720 670411 or  +254 731603454      Email:kathongolehillview@yahoo.com

Map of Activities to do near here: https://kilome.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/kilome-tourism-map/

Kilimanjaro view in the evening

Long time since i posted an image from Kilome. Sunshine means we have a vantage point to view Mt Kilimanjaro almost every evening. So heres one such shot recently.

kilimanjaro from Kilome

For those willing to view Mt Kili without long travels Kilome is just 100kms from Nairobi(Kenya), or 1-2 hrs from Jomo Kenyatta international Airport. Download Map in previous article.

 

Kilome Tourism Map

Mukaa District Tourism Map

Kilome constituency tourism map

Here is the Kilome tourism Map.

To save: right click image and save image as..

Some activity places: click here

One location 3 mountain views (Mt.Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Kyulu Mts):

Where to stay and family activities? (click here)

 

Mbona?

Mbona? (Swahili for ‘why?’)
Why was my child born with a disability? Why was I born in a family with a disable parent? Why my disability?
Why discriminate because i seem different?
That difference may be what makes that member of your society unique to the world or make you known to the world! Don’t / never descriminate what may be your key to your future!

Consider this:
– A disabled father seared a daughter that made Kenya‘s first lady get up and dance at a public official function. That daughter, Kenya’s International Gospel Artist  ‘Emma Kosgey’
– A Shoe repairer gone blind started running with an aid, today ‘Henry Wanyoike‘ is a world Marathon record holder!

*Disability is NOT inability! Don’t/never descriminate!
Watch this video ‘mbona’ by Africa Award winning Artist ‘Daddy Owen‘ featuring talented (blind) Denno

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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Mara in Kilome

I’m not pulling your leg or making up as what follows is factual to the end of this article!
Maasai Mara is world famous for its migration of animals annually (which you all know).
What most people don’t know is WHY the annual migration? and the answer to that is found in the Maasai name ‘mara‘ that loosely means dotted plains – so what?
A plain here refers to a ‘LaRGe’ grasslands with few trees here and there and that’s where the magic begins as species (even man) tends to procreate whenever theirs abundance of food for ‘young’ therefore making ‘maras’ special zones as mass breeding grounds for grass feeding animals, that in turn attracts other species during that season.
This cannot go on forever (its seasonal) as the grass and those being bred tends to make predatory easy, thus activity tends to be intensive making it an interesting spectre.
These grasslands have 3 basic habitats in all Mara’s I’ve seen – grasslands with scattered bushes, marsh area’s & bush n grass all working together to support the species that use them temporary or full time.

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Here’s ‘mara’ in Kilome otherwise famously known as Konza plains.
Breeding meaning mating, producing offspring, training or bringing up is temporary in all life systems after which the breed occupy other space, what remains permanent is breeding sites eg man will build a home to breed a family but spent days all over. Likewise animals have specific sites with ideal conditions for breeding we are referring to here as Mara’s, which they occupy for those short periods then move on.
Some species I’ve seen in Mara Kilome and visible daily are grants gazelle, kongoni(Harte beest), zebra, Wilde Beest(gnu), spotted hyena, serval cat, ostriches and the critically endangered grey crown Crane (Google redlist )

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Above we can see ostriches in the grasslands near hill opposite Konza Technopolis.
As breeding grounds are part of a larger system that species use it then begs what system does Konza serve?
Maasai Mara serves Serengeti and ngorongoro the rest of year hence it’s destruction may affect those two far away eco systems/money spinners.
Konza (aka Mara kilome) services the closest corridor servicing (northwards) Nairobi National Park that may house the human wing to protect them and (southwards) Amboseli National park.
What has been planned by those residing to the east and at the northern tip of the corridor?

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To the east we have the Kamba community that sees a lot of free open spaces where a city and housing can be put up. To the north Konza will be an information based city with a modern agriculture bufferzone. Just curious if the Parks in both the north and south are Premium Parks and consequences to communities to the west, north & south were we to loose them (food for thought).
Did someone say African countries all have Wildllife but the world visits Nairobi NP because it’s the only one bordering a metropolitan city in the world? Could Konza have been the 2nd in the world?
Which is cheaper to put up & maintain – modern agriculture/buildings or taking Tourism from animals that freely choose an area? Again makueni county/ information based city are making information based decisions.

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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Invertebrae migrate East in Kilome

I had noted this over the last 2 years-movement of MILLIONS of Red Ants (aka ‘siafu’) over 3 days both day and night. I had then asked why? And Where to?

This time, I noted ALL movement was towards East! This included Brown Veined Butterfly’s that are still migrating by the Millions daily! Not only in Kilome, but Nairobi and Machakos.
Where are they coming from? Where are they going? How far do they travel? Is it an annual migration?

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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