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Silver Whisper: See the interior of the world class cruise ship that docked in Mombasa on Sunday Morning with 394 Tourists

Sunday morning, the tourism sector received a major boost after 394 tourists arrived at Mombasa aboard a cruise ship.

The tourists from different countries, many of them United States citizens, were to spend one day visiting tsavo national park, shimba hills among other tourist destinations at the coast before embarking on their journey yesterday.

The cruise ship is sailing across the indian and atlantic oceans on a tour around the world.

We take a look at the Interior of the Mv Silversea Whisper, the cruise ship that brought much optimism to the countries tourism industry. Not only does it have the amenities of a grand resort but also the charms of a stylish boutique hotel.

Guests at Silver Whisper get to enjoy world-class accommodations, pampering treatments of an expanded wellness spa, shopping at the hottest trends from top designers at its boutiques and much much more.

Silver Whisper luxury cruise ship has it all.

SUITES

Vista Suite

Terrace Suite

 Veranda Suite
Medallion Suite
Silver Suite
Royal Suite
Grand Suite
Owner Suite
DINING
Pool Bar & Grill

La Terrazza

The Restaurant

Le Champagne

PUBLIC AREAS

Fitness Centre

Panorama Lounge

Pool Deck

Reception

Show Lounge

The Bar

Boutiques

The Spa at Silversea

Casino

Beauty Salon

Connoisseur’s Corner

Internet Cafe

Library

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We’ve been Nominated! -BAKE Kenya Blog Awards

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We’re thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for two categories of the 2015 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards;

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Kenyan Blog of the Year.

We would really love your support. Please head over to http://www.blogawards.co.ke/vote/ and kindly vote for us!!

We’d be very grateful.

A Glimpse of Kenyan History Through Pictures

Kenyan History

The foundation of the modern day Kenyatta Avenue was laid down by one James Kerr Watson an architect and the owner of the huge Donholm Farm, which was where the estate with the same name stands today in Nairobi. The road was then known as 6th Avenue before it’s name changed to Delamere Avenue. After independence, the road was named after the President Mzee Kenyatta to the current name of Kenyatta Avenue.

Photo of Kenyatta Avenue in 1911. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Kere) Photo of Kenyatta Avenue in 1911. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Kere)

The McMillan Memorial Library was established as a private library in 1931 in memory of philanthropists Lord William Northrop Macmillan and wife Lucie. Lprd MacMillan was the owner of the vast Juja Farm near Thika. The McMillan Memorial Library became public in 1962.

The Macmillan Library with the Jamia Mosque 40's (Photo by Harjinder Kanwal ) The Macmillan Library with the Jamia Mosque 40’s (Photo by Harjinder Kanwal )

In 1909, Kamau wa Ngegi joined Church of Scotland Mission…

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Hilarious Origin of Names of Towns and Locations in Kenya

Kenyan History

Kenya is home to many trading centers and towns some with very interesting names, but have you ever thought of how the name of your town or village came about? Some of the names came about by what we can term as sheer coincidence and twists which are funny.

Dagoretti Corner: The place was originally known as “The Great Corner” and the Africans could not pronounce it correctly and the corrupted version became Dagoretti Corner which was directly from The Great Corner which has stuck to this day. The Great Corner was the site of the first airfield in Kenya; a patchy grass runway around the present Meteorological Department.

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Rumuruti: Rumuruti is a town in Laikipia County about 40km north of Nyahururu. How did it get its’ name? The town was on the route from Nyahururu to Mararal which was commonly used by white settlers. They referred to the…

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Kwaheri Satao – Saying Goodbye to a Tsavo Icon

With great sadness, we report the death of Satao, one of Tsavo’s most iconic and well-loved tuskers. This magnificent elephant was widely known in Tsavo East National Park, where he was observed with awe by many thousands of Tsavo’s visitors over the years. No longer will Tsavo and Kenya benefit from his mighty presence. Satao was shot dead by poisoned arrow on 30th May 2014. The arrow had entered his left flank and he stood no chance of survival. We spotted his carcass on 2nd June but to avoid any potential false alarms, we first took pains to verify the carcass really was his. Today it is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries. A great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece.

 static.squarespace.comSatao, a mighty beast and one of Tsavo’s best loved icons

THIS REPORT HAS BEEN CLEARED FOR PUBLIC CIRCULATION BY THE KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE.

INCIDENT REPORT

For the last 18 months, KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE (KWS) and TSAVO TRUST jointly monitored Satao’s movements using aerial reconnaissance, and KWS deployed ground personnel in his known home range. But with today’s mounting poaching pressures and anti-poaching resources stretched to the limit, it proved impossible to prevent the poachers getting through the net.

Immediately reports of a fresh carcass in this area of Tsavo were received by KWS, a TSAVO TRUST reconnaissance flight took off with a KWS officer on board. It did not take long to locate the carcass near the boundary of the National Park. A joint KWS / TSAVO TRUST ground team followed up immediately. Despite the mutilated head, they deduced that the carcass was most probably that of Satao for the following reasons:

  • Satao was well known by the KWS / TSAVO TRUST units operating continuously in this area. When he was alive, his enormous tusks were easily identifiable, even from the air. Although the poachers had hacked off his face and taken his ivory, there were other physical attributes and circumstantial evidence that pointed to this carcass being that of Satao.
  • Satao was very much a creature of habit. He roamed a very specific area, known to KWS and TSAVO TRUST, most often in the company of small groups of bull elephant.
  • With the recent rain, over 1,000 elephants have moved into the area to take advantage of the green and plentiful vegetation. Satao had not moved from this area for the last two months.
  • Satao was last seen alive by TSAVO TRUST on 19th May 2014, just 300 meters from where his carcass now lies. He was with four other bulls that he was frequently seen with. During May 2014, TSAVO TRUST had observed him no fewer than 9 times from the air and several times from the ground. Protection efforts were stepped up when he ventured right up to the boundary of the Park (an area that is a historical and present poaching hotspot, especially for poachers using poisoned arrows).
  • Satao had “clean ears” – there were no cuts, tears or obvious scars, making him easily identifiable when he was alive and now that he is dead.
  • The mud caked on his mutilated forehead and back was similar to that seen on him when he was alive.
  • Since locating the carcass, several joint KWS / TSAVO TRUST reconnaissance flights have tried and failed to locate Satao in his known home range.

The facts all point to the same appalling conclusion and we are left with no choice but to acknowledge that the great Satao is no more.

satao with tsavo bullsSatao, second from the rear, in the company of his fellow Tsavo bulls

THE ENORMITY OF THE TASK AT HAND

The area Satao frequented is a massive and hostile expanse for any single anti-poaching unit to cover, at least one thousand square kilometers in size. Roads and tracks are few and far between and in parts the vegetation is very thick, making access difficult. Elephants concentrate here in large numbers after the rains which come in from the coast. The communities living just beyond the National Park boundary persistently carry out illegal activities inside the Park in this area. Understaffed and with inadequate resources given the scale of the challenge, KWS ground units have a massive uphill struggle to protect wildlife in this area. There is a tremendous will amongst the KWS field units and the TSAVO TRUST personnel working alongside them to protect Tsavo’s elephant herds but more help is needed.

COOPERATION IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

At times like this, it is hard to see any positive side to the situation. But let’s not forget that Satao’s genes survive out there, somewhere in the Tsavo elephant population and they too need protecting. Satao would have been at least 45 years old. During his lifetime he would have weathered many droughts and seen many other poached elephants, and he would have sired offspring that, given a safe environment to grow up in, may become tomorrow’s generation of great Tsavo tuskers.

We also wish to emphasize the level of cooperation and coordination between KWS and TSAVO TRUST that this incident proved. Without the regular joint KWS / TSAVO TRUST aerial reconnaissance of this section of the Park, Satao’s carcass may not have been found, and as a result KWS’s swift and successful follow-up may not have ensued. Following TSAVO TRUST’s report from the air, KWS ground units were immediately deployed. The KWS reaction was rapid and decisive, and is still ongoing. Due to the sensitivities of such operations and the risk of compromise, we cannot comment further on the progress being made. We hope to relay additional updates in due course.

Meanwhile, we applaud KWS’s success in arresting the main poison dealer and supplier in Kilifi, whose deadly product has been the cause of many painful and wasteful elephant deaths in Tsavo.

Working together – and often against the odds – we can continue to make a positive difference to Tsavo and to Tsavo’s elephants.

Tsavo is our home, our passion and our life’s work but, as the untimely death of Satao so tragically proves, we cannot win every time. Rest in peace, Old Friend, you will be missed. Rest assured the fight to protect Tsavo’s elephants goes on.

Source: Tsavotrust.org

One year and counting!!! Join us as Zuru Kenya turns 1

How time flies, its been a year already and we have lots to be thankful for…

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have,
you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

1. We are thankful for the gift of life first and foremost.

2. This beautiful country of ours, the vast lands, beautiful culture and a welcoming people without which this blog would be nonexistent.

3. We are thankful for having started a beautiful journey exploring this beautiful country of ours – Kenya, and having some members of the blogger family join us along the way.

Michael Poliza KenyaFrom the book Kenya. Photo by Michael Poliza.

4. Kenya is going through very trying times  given the insecurity levels at present, but we are thankful that despite all that our brotherly love and spirit has not died.  We are still one! ( A moment of silence for all those we’ve lost to terrorism.)

5. Our families and friends definitely make the list.

6. The passion for writing and travel.

0805 KENYA_G1B1755_webFrom the book Kenya. Photo by Michael Poliza.

7. All the regions we have already covered…and the many more we are yet to.

8. Our fellow bloggers who ensure we are up to date with our facts, never-failing to correct us when we’ve erred…we are grateful.

9. The opportunity to discover different historical pasts of our land and to fall in love with Kenya over and over.

10. One year of blogging…can’t believe it’s already been a year, Blimey!

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As we continue in this journey, we hope to make many more friends along the way, travel to many more destinations, and discover much, much more than we’d expect. Cheers to Travel!!!

 

Happy Mother’s Day

If i could give you diamonds

for each tear you cried for me.

If i could give you saphires

for each truth you’ve helped me see

if i could give you rubies

for the heartache that you’ve known.

If i could give you pearls

for the wisdom that you’ve shown

then you’d have a treasure, mother,

that would mount up to the skies

that would almost match

the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.

But i have no pearls, no diamonds,

as i’m sure you are well aware

so i’ll give you gifts more precious

my devotion, love and care.

-Happy Mother’s Day

Image credit; Vintage East Africa