Steph Kageni

Steph Kageni

A ‘Sundowner’ is an essential safari tradition performed at the end of the day on a Kenya Safari Tour.  It will probably be one of the most memorable and enchanting parts of your Safari in Kenya with Safari Joe. As long as the sun sets, there will be a Safari Sundowner!

Can you even begin to imagine what it is like to sleep in a small canvas tent on a Kenya Camping Safari in one of the wildest places in Africa? It is a truly magical experience that you must try, even once, a Camping Safari Holiday in Kenya with Safari Joe is totally mindblowing!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:18

Early Bird Safari in Arabuko Sokoke NP

On a recent Kenya Safari we woke up before the sun rose and crept out of our tents and headed straight for the safari vehicle, tiptoeing so as not to awake everyone.  Just as we departed the first light of day could be seen peeking over the horizon of the Indian Ocean in Watamu.  The early morning was cool and it was good to be travelling at this time of the day, escaping the searing heat.  The chorus of birds could just be heard as we arrived at the entrance of the Arabuko Sokoke National Park along the north coast of Kenya. 

We entered into the Kenya Wildlife Service office and paid our entrance fees and collected our guide for the morning.  For the first part of the tour we set off on foot to the wooded area close to the park entrance.  Here we had a good look at a Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew which is indigenous to this park.  Although the shrew was very shy and quickly disappeared once it sensed us we still managed to get a really good view.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:56

Africa ~ A Kaleidoscope of Colours

I often think about what strikes me most about Africa and I think it is the vibrant colours.  Whilst a lot of places in the world live in monochrome, the continent of Africa is seen in Technicolor!    From the moment that you land on the continent on your Kenyan Holiday, your eyes are in for a feast, the colours are truly magnificent.  From the rich ochre of the fertile earth, the vibrant tropical green of the banana plantations to the deep blue of the endless skies overhead, there is never a dull moment for your eyes. 

The stunning ebony skinned beauty of the people that walk the continent and the warm golden colour of their cattle.  The dazzle of the hot sunshine glitters like a million jewels bestowed upon the luscious green grass.   Africa is blessed and cursed by the hot sun; whilst it gives life to the continent it also drains the very same life, still that very same sun beats down on the land and fills it with every colour imaginable, even with the rains there are rainbows bowing down to kiss the earth.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:24

"I guess the rain is down in Africa"

Equatorial Africa has two very unique seasons, namely the ‘wet’ season, also called the rains and the dry season. The dry season, a period where it is generally hot and dry, runs for the most part of the year, broken up by the short rains and the long rains. The rainy season doesn’t just appear overnight, it builds up for days, even weeks, the parched earth thirsty and craving water to bring it back to life. Slowly clouds begin to gather on the horizon, big burly white clouds, boisterous and turning a shade of purplish grey as they accumulate, the air charged with excitement.

The cicadas begin their frenzy, their shrill racket all around as the electricity builds. This is a great time to be on safari in Kenya, a time where new life is just about to begin, the animals giving birth to their young, the grass ready to crack through the dry crust of the earth and the rivers preparing to flow once more.

You can smell the first drop of rain as it comes, a cool refreshing scent, all at once the winds pick up and the heavens open, the much awaited rains have arrived and you have witnessed this spectacular event, the immense energy of mother nature touching the earth and breathing new life into its soul. To be witness is unforgettable, the colours, the sounds, the smell, the feel, you can even taste the rain; your every sense is awakened as only nature can do.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:11

Night Lights in the Wilds of Africa

African nights in the bush are usually pitch black, just the moon and stars overhead, but what can be more romantic than a candle lit dinner, under the stars? Your table gently illuminated by a flickering candle, the yellow light softly creating the perfect ambience. Around the camp there are lanterns to light the way, placed along the paths or hung from the branches of a tree, adding a warm glow, creating shadows and shapes that flicker as the flame jumps around inside the glass.

Yet perhaps the most spectacular light comes from something else more exquisite. As your eyes become accustomed to the flashes of yellow and green you realise you are surrounded by hundreds, even thousands, of tiny fire flies, their light twinkling like the lights on a Christmas tree. This is a sight that you will hold in your heart for a lifetime, these tiny flies creating this fascinating show in the middle of the wild African bush, pure, natural and magical, better than anything you have ever witnessed before, a natural phenomenon displayed just for you to enjoy on this perfect evening of your Kenyan Safari.

It is an unforgettable experience. Why? Because it is Magical! I will never forget the excitement of seeing our first zebras, impalas and giraffes, and we had not yet even reached the gates to the park, already we had taken so many photos. After entering into the National Park it wasn’t long before the unmistakable shape of an elephant appeared, and another, and another and before we knew it we were alongside a whole herd of these noble creatures. Our afternoon just got better and better, a pride of lions tucked beneath a kopje of rocks, their golden coats camouflaged so well amongst the tall yellow grasses, just the playful cubs visible pouncing on each other, carefully watched over by the lioness. 

After a hot and dusty game drive, we were taken to one of the most heavenly spots to observe the sun going down. No safari is complete without ‘Sundowners’, a unique tradition performed at the end of the day. We watched as a giant orange ball disappeared over the dusty horizon, the colours of the earth dramatically changing as the evening quickly began to close in. To compliment this special moment we had drinks from the cool box, some wine and beers to toast the end of the amazing day, accompanied by some ‘bush bitings’ of nuts, tortilla crisps with guacamole, cheese and crackers and cocktail sausages, all served on the bonnet of our safari vehicle.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:37

Kenyan Dawa Cocktail

Given that Dawa is Swahili for "medicine" or “magic potion” this famous cocktail is said to be so potent that it will cure whatever ails you. The fact that it's the most popular cocktail in Kenya just might support this claim. The recipe is based on a famous Brazilian drink that was introduced to Kenya. It is now one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya and has spread through out North and South Africa (especially in touristy regions). Enjoy!!!!!

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 shots vodka

Crushed ice cubes

1 whole lime quarter with skin on

1 Dawa stick twisted in honey

1) Put lime and sugar into a whisky tumbler.

2) Crush limes slightly, add ice and pour in the vodka.

There may be one time on an East African Safari Holiday that a long drop loo may be your only option because, let’s face it, when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go! It is used daily by millions throughout Africa that’s why we thought it only pertinent to share with you some of our expert knowledge of this “special” place. In fact I think we fall under the category of pro’s!

Friday, 12 February 2016 09:20

Maize - The Choice of the Nation

Maize is one of the basic staple foods eaten across the entire continent of Africa! You will pass huge plantations everywhere on your travels.   Large green stems taller than a person occupying any available piece of earth.

Once it was picked, it was traditionally stored in a huge elevated grain store, or granary.   Maize can be cooked on the cob in many different ways, including being steamed, roasted or boiled. 

To produce the maize flour, firstly remove the kernels from the cob and dry them; then they are sent to the ‘posho’ mill to have the outer husks removed and then finally to be ground into flour.

Maize flour is consumed on a daily basis in most households; for breakfast it is boiled into a runny porridge and drank from a gourd or calabash, the flour is sometimes mixed with other flours such as millet, sorghum or amaranth.

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