Tag Archives: Kenya

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

It was difficult on our final morning at Salt Lick to drag ourselves away from the non-stop animal entertainment we’d been enjoying the last couple of days from the window of our room and the verandas of the game lodge. But Oliver, our guide, was...
A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe...
Learning Swahili from the Locals

Learning Swahili from the Locals

“Jambo! (hello!),” the security guy cheerfully calls out to us as we hurry down the path to the hotel restaurant. “Jambo!” we respond. “Jambo!” the waitress says with a smile, pulling out my chair as we sit down at the table. “Jambo!” I say, “And,...
Sundowners at Salt Lick

Sundowners at Salt Lick

Sparkling wine served by a smiling waiter at a silent hilltop location in the middle of nowhere. Three lively musicians making hypnotic music – just for us. A spread of tasty snacks of samosas and other spicy treats. Cool, crisp mountain air. A slight breeze....
Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Terence called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when I was a full-time guidebook author specialising in the Middle East and writing boxed texts on subjects like ‘Haggling for Gold’ and ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to...