Survival Of The Fittest

I came across this video on you tube and i thought it was amazing hope you guys like it;)!

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Saving the Giants- Do Something Already!!!

Kenya is losing a lot of elephants as a result of their senseless killing that is poaching, the government seems overwhelmed by the increasing cases of  wildlife poaching. Just last year the Kenya Wildlife Service claimed that about 275 elephants were killed. This brought about a whole debate between conservationists and the KWS as to exactly how many elephants were killed someone actually got arrested for airing  their opinion. The conservationists arguing that the government is intentionally giving the wrong figure. The government also blames the local people who are not working with them to report any cases of poaching. Ex NBA superstar Yao Ming was in the country e few weeks ago and shot a documentary in the Ol Pejeta conservancy that is home to four of the world’s remaining seven Northern white rhinos.  The documentary titled  “The End of the Wild”.

” I think it is our collective responsibility as humans to take care of the elephants and wildlife in general. Lets stop with the finger-pointing. DO SOMETHING ALREADY!!!!!!”

MORE INFORMATION ON THIS LINKS

http://allafrica.com/stories/201205190436.html

http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/76413-nasa-shows-elephant-poaching-on-the-rise

Something needs to be done to stop this madness

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At any moment, a big-game hunting corporation could sign a deal which would force up to 48,000 members of Africa‘s famous Maasai tribe from their land to make way for wealthy Middle Eastern kings and princes to hunt lions and leopards. Experts say the Tanzanian President‘s approval of the deal may be imminent, but if we act now, we can stop this sell-off of the Serengeti.

The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to make way for rich hunters, people were beaten by the police, their homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of starvation. But when a press controversy followed, Tanzanian President Kikwete reversed course and returned the Maasai to their land. This time, there hasn’t been a big press controversy yet, but we can change that and force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our…

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Homestays in Kenya

Recently Kenya’s government has been  keen on  promoting  home stay visits as an accommodation option for tourists . Minister of tourism Dan Mwazo cited lessons from Malaysia,  the worlds best in home stay visits.  These home stay visits are meant  to economically boost underdeveloped regions of the  country.

“What exactly are home stay visits?”

The Merriam Webster Dictionary  defines the term home stay as a stay at a residence by a traveler and especially by a visiting foreign student who is hosted by a local family.

This is when a tourists visits a country and instead of living in a hotel he/she decides to stay with a local family for an arranged fee. The integration of the  tourist into the lives of the family results in a  richer cultural experience for the tourist This is because he/ she is present during cooking of  meals, cattle herding, farming among other daily activities of the family. This gives the tourists a more  authentic feel of the people’s way of life.

Here is a video of Malaysia’s incredible home stay experience that Kenya can most certainly learn from.

Sex Tourism a Sickening Vice

Earlier this year i got  the opportunity to visit Kenya’s South Coast and honestly we have some of the best beaches you will see anywhere.

Tiwi beach-South Coast Kenya

” Yes I know I come from Nairobi City where of course there are no beaches and anything that resembles  the Ocean and beach  automatically becomes breathtaking.  This place is beautiful”

Chale_Island-Soth Coast Kenya
Kenya’s beach safari has a lot to offer to the tourist looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

” I remember throughout my month-long visit in the coast  I visited the beach daily.”

Most of the tourists visiting Kenya from abroad are pensioner looking for to have the trip of a lifetime in their sunset years. On my daily visits to the beach I would see  these old visitors ogling and being overly polite and I just assumed they were having a good time.

I began noticing these young men with monstrous physiques and dreadlocks walking next to very old women. Young girls were also doing the same with very old men. The locals told me that these girls and boys  offer sex for  pay to this pensioners. The saddest part is that this has led to the rise of pedophilia. There have been cases where locals have been caught offering kids to tourists in exchange for money. In the coast province young boys d drop out of school because of the lure of the beach. A lot of them do not even complete basic primary education.

” What are doing to our kids?

“Are we supposed to blame it on  poverty, social decay…?”

During low season (March August) when the tourists go back home the young men and women have no source of income, so they turn to prostitution and crime. I think Kenyans as a whole should think very carefully about the negative impacts of tourism.

“The future of our children should be protected at any cost.”

Kenya Tourism More Than Just The Usual

“Hi everyone hope you doing great !”

“You have probably heard about the Maasai  and the big five animals from Kenya this is because they are trademarks for Kenya’s tourism. However Kenya has a lot more to bring on the table in terms of attraction. Here is an over view of this over used attractions. ”

Big Five & the Maasai Culture

Wikipedia defines culture as  that which distinguishes life in one group from life in another group; mental content, norms, institutions and physical objects, among other qualities.

” Simply a people’s way of life.”

The most famous culture  in Kenya is that of  the Maasai and Samburu which  is a source of  fascination the world over. The two are almost similar but the Samburu claim that they are  more Maasai .

“Lets just call both Maasai.”

The Maasai  are  pastoralists and are known for their love of cattle in fact myths within their community claim that all the cattle once belonged to them.  Maasai people occupy 27 villages in the north-eastern part of the country. These villages are further subdivided into 3 clusters i.e. the Talek, Oloolaimutia and Sekenani. These clusters are made up of homesteads called manyattas referring to the traditional structure of their houses. The fascinating thing about them is the way they have been able to stick to their traditions and culture despite influence from globalization and westernization.

Here are a few videos on the Maasai culture

Historically Kenya is known for its beautiful beaches and more so for its wildlife (the big five) i.e  buffalo, Lion, Leopard , Giraffe, Rhino.. These big five because back in the colonial times  sport hunting was legal and these five were the most difficult to kill. Priced trophies for hunters.

there is more to Kenya than just the big five,  wildebeest migration , white sandy beaches in south coast.

Kenya Big Five

” I am not saying these are boring attractions  what I mean is, there is so much more to experience in Kenya. ”

The Maasai way of life has become a symbol of Kenya’s culture however this is not the case in Kenya there is a total of 47 ethnic groups with different languages and ways of life.

Other Attractions

In Kenya we have the Old town of Lamu which was declared a world heritage site by United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO.  The city is preserved in the same condition as it was back in the 7th century. Famous for its narrow streets that cannot accommodate vehicles therefore residents either walk on foot or use donkeys. The city is the only true depiction of authentic Swahili and Islāmic way of life in East Africa. It still has the same Swahili architecture dating a few centuries back.

There is so much to see and do in Lamu from Dhow safaris, Scuba diving, Donkey races etc plus it is home to 3 Museums .

Another example among the 47 ethnic groups in Kenya is the Kamba tribe a Bantu ethnic group residing in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya. Their homeland stretches east from Nairobi towards the Tsavo and northeast to Embu. They are known traditionally for their art work and artistry.

” The other ethnic groups are equally unique and fascinating.”

You can experience how this ethnic groups live at The Bomas of Kenya a company owned by the government whose responsibility is toPreserve, Maintain and Promote the Rich Diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups of Kenya.

Specialized tourism

These are tailor-made or special interest tours. An example of such a tour in Kenya include  is bird watching- Kenya is simple the place to be if you are a birdwatcher because it boasts of having 1,100 species almost 10 percent of the world’s total bird species are found in Kenya. Conferencing, scuba diving, visiting butterfly farms etc. Conferencing  is another specialized because many hotels in Kenya now offer conference facilities that meet the required standards globally.

Sports tourism

Kenya is known for its dominance in athletics and it is home to marathon Champions ranging  from veterans such as Kipchoge Keino to the very recent David  Rudisha, Pamela Jelimo, Ezekiel Kemboi etc. Kenya also organizes a lot of sporting events such as  Lewa Marathon, 2007 World cross-country Championship in Mombasa etc. All of which offer a unique experience for both domestic and International  tourists alike.

Adventure tourism

This involves the traveling to remote areas of country or even participating in activities that might be considered dangerous by others. Examples of this in Kenya include traveling to wilderness destinations in Northern Kenya, bungee jumping in Sagana.

These are just but a few of Kenya’s most appealing attractions so in your next holiday try out Kenya for a  life changing experience.

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The Threatened Wonder

I came across an  interesting  article recently about how arsonists in Tanzania have disrupted the wildebeest migration and i just could not help but frown at how senseless and unsustainable human activities are threatening the environment.  According to scientists and  conservationists humans as the number one threat to the environment around them as a result of their activities i.e poaching, land encroachment, infrastructural development mining, farming  the list is endless. The  Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem has come under threat lately from such activities lets look at a brief case study of this .

Serengeti Mara Highway

In 2005 the government stated that it would build the highway to help ease traffic and develop the country further despite warnings from conservationists and the tourism industry around the world. After debate and declaration that the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization  would strip Serengeti off the title of World Heritage Site, the government decided to redirect the route to southern side of the park.

Serengeti-highway-map
Highway set to cut across the Serengeti and in turn though the wildebeest migratory path

The stand-off between the conservationists  and the  Tanzanian Government on whether or not to build the Serengeti Highway that would cut right across the wildebeest Migration path. It makes me wonder whether Tanzania values the 7th wonder . The government says that during the  construction of the highway a gap will not be tarmacked for the wildebeests to pass.

” But that is not the point the animals will die as a result of collisions not mentioning the risk of increased poaching . Isn’t it so obvious?”

Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda Railway

Railway Across the Serengeti
Railway Across the Serengeti

Recently, as of  January 3rd 2012  China, Tanzanian and Uganda went into an agreement for the   construct of the Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda  Railway through the Serengeti and in turn across the Wildebeest Migration path. Later that same month the government decided to redirect the railway to the south after global pressure from  conservationists.

Fires In Serengeti Block Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration into Kenya is  has since been slowed down by fires in the Serengeti allegedly  started by people living in the Serengeti area. The animals have tried crossing twice in vain.  Tanzania has declined the allegations that they intentionally started the fires. I do not mean to point a finger but i do not think they are doing enough to protect the migration.
This is just an example of how unsustainable human activities are threatening even the irreplaceable things in life that we need to protect for the generations to come to enjoy. We have the freedom to enjoy this wonder so it is our responsibility to make sure it survives.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ”

Abraham Lincon.

Whether it is turning off  water taps  when not in use , switching off the lights, not littering  etc responsibility starts with you.
Stand up today and be a hero for the environment.