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Mega millipede season


Have you ever seen millipedes this BiG? Come experience African Giant millipedes as they take over their territory this season. As seen above, the lower measurements are in inches while the upper in cms

Taking a break into Greater Makueni




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’?

Sunrise in Kilome

There is nothing as Enchanting  as watching an orange sunrise literally roll over the nearby hilltops. Well that’s whats been happening over the last month or so with sunrises coming up as late as 6:53am here in Kilome.

Here’s one such sunrise last week



Sun rises in Kilome

Sun rises in Kilome

Do you want to join me tomorrow as i view another sunrise?

Eating in Kilome – cassava meals

a ‘hot/chillied’ dry Meat & Cassava meal cooked with sweet potato/pumpkin leaves


Mukeu, taken with mala (home made not packet)


…a local pumpkin and cassava dish


Cassava flavoured in vegetables prepared with fresh cow milk that gives it a ghee/cheese scent

Cassava mchicha topped with macadamia nuts

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Inside Kilome – Salama


salama market

Located on Mombasa – Nairobi Highway is this Centre that’s also a beautiful market place cum stop for anyone wishing to stop and stretch from their drive from Mombasa. ie. ideally a place you’d want to stretch before your last leg to Nairobi. Just 100Kms from Nairobi it’s got a large paved parking which can serve well as a point to regroup when traveling from Nairobi headed to the Southern National parks [Amboseli NP & Tsavo NP] or when headed to the coast as a group.

Easily recognizable by the Mosque and Kilome/Nunguni hills in the Background. On Market days you will get a lot of local products from the region (depending on season) like Cassava, banana’s, promagranets(Makukumanga), mangoes, water melons.

Said to have developed on the Directive of Kenya’s first president ‘Jomo Kenyatta’ as a safe market to trade in after the previous market located slightly inland became inconvenient for traders as they disagreed with locals. He is said to have told the traders he will give them pahali Salama- thus the Name.
Interesting places to visit nearby Includes This waterfall

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 🙂


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


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


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


…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)
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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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