This is to make you aware that Kenya is not only few grasslands and savannahs but there’s more to that. We will see Kenya from sky heights to ground.
Let’s start from a small town, Mombasa. The town packs of local people and a very few tourists. Majority of people have something to sell on street. Hot climate makes you open your eyes very early. Crows can work as alarm clocks. Sunday is reserved for people for social gatherings at beaches and sea.
From Mombasa, Let’s move to a small island of Wahini. As we move towards Wahini, In the meantime, let’s learn something. Kenyan people typically wear kikoy – A wraparound to be protected from sun. Baobab tree is a wonderful delight as it glows at night.
By this time, Wahini island is standing ahead of us. Along the path, a common Kenyan man was seen preparing bait for fishes or preparing for a quick sellout in streets. Mangrove trees is what one can see while on a deep down task. The coats continue up to KILIFi. Another off coast. Kids playing all around, with some speaking English as well. A typical day goes like this.
Snorkeling is a common activity at Wahini island.
From here, we moved all the way to Watamu beach, a nice sandy white beach with people doing all leisure activities. From snorkeling to swimming to diving. The place is different as the commoner make your travel easy and a great support is provided. Not many places in Kenya give this privilege.
While many people think Kenya as they see in Animal Planets, Discovery channel growing up with BBC science shows. But, in reality, Animals are much huger than we anticipate. Once we see elephant in real, we will feel that it has no resemblance to the animal planet ones.
Let’s enter the more elaborate reserves of Kenya now-
Masaai Mara N.P. –The annual migration of Wildebeests is typically called as the 8th wonder of world. It shows Kenya’s true wildlife diversity. Lions, cheetahs, zebras, deer, giraffes all living in harmony.
Amboseli NP – It is towards the south of Kenya and Tanzania border and one can see herds of elephants and spectacular charm caster and spell bound view of the surrounding area.
Lake Nakuru –This lake has flamingo groups, Impalas, water buffaloes and other wild animals in huge number. A good guide increases the fun to 10x.
Nairobi National Park – It’s near to barracks so no security issue. Variety of animals and a conservation center. An early ride can give you view of cats and birds.
Diani beach –Bidi Badu wonderful place. This is an awesome place to hangout. Beach is safe and clean. Many locals are seeing playing football. Also good hotels nearby with great seafood.
Kenya has many such reserves, parks, beaches and conservation centers. Next thing to know is food of Kenya.
Sharing top 5 Kenyan normal routine food items –
UGALI – It’s a very common dish throughout Kenya and is staple diet. This healthy dish is made from cornmeal which is put in boiling water until thick enough. It is eaten with small amount of cooked vegetables or saucy soup.
IRIO – Another very common dish. In this, potatoes and peas are boiled and mashed. Next whole corns are added to make the dish of thick consistency.
Kenyan Pilau (Spiced rice) – Delicious rice cooked with spices lik cloves, cinnamon, and other herbs. A very tasty delicacy especially when mixed with some stew or topped with meat.
Githeri – A very simple yet nutritious dish made from boiled beans, corn and vegetables.
Nyama Choma –The post is incomplete without referring to this special pride of Kenyan food. It’s basically roasted meat that could either be goat or beef. Salt can be added to season it. It’s a heavy food though.
Kenya is much more than this and truly a mystical land. It’s huge biodiversity, massive flora and fauna collection, culture, magical food all cannot be summarized to a few words as it’s more of a feeling than words.