To others, the mere thought of Kenya is just another travel destination on the bucket list or another passport stamp. For me, it was another opportunity to reconnect with my roots and another chance to remind myself exactly where I came from. Continue reading “KENYA🇰🇪🌍”
The thought of traveling to Tanzania is still a laughable joke. It was so spontaneous, I am very surprised with the turn that it took (Of course in a good way).
Initially, the plan was to visit Kigali in Rwanda. I mean we started planning this trip all the way in October of last year (2018). Ever since we had a lay over in Rwanda back in 2016 en-route to Dubai, we instantly fell in love and knew that this was a city that had to be added to the bucket list. Continue reading “Dare-salaam, TZ. 🇹🇿🌍”
I’ve never really been keen on celebrating my birthdays over the past years. Maybe my 21st birthday but it wasn’t that serious. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I am a party pooper or anything of that sort but I just never found a reason, time, energy and resources to make it a priority to celebrate my birthday.
Although I must say that this year was different. Taylor swift did not make the song “feeling 22” for no reason. I would say being 22 has been one of the best years in my life. We all have that age number that you wish you could have the chance to live over and over again. For me it was being 22. The amount of blessing that God showered me with, truly gave me a reason to celebrate as I begin my 23 years on this earth.
Being home has really been very sentimental. The memories and the environment gave me the perfect reason to celebrate my birthday here. Inviting my friends to my humble home and sharing this special day really meant so much.
Nobody ever said party planning was easy. From grocery shopping to cleaning the house, it was no joke. Being a host you have to cater to each and every one of your guests and make them feel as comfortable as possible. In most African traditions slaughtering a goat,chicken or cow is usually set for a celebration. It could be a wedding, birthday or just a plain old party. In this case I knew that I had to get me goat. Thank goodness for my friends who came in a day early to help with the preparations.
All in all. Everything fell into place. Food and drinks were plenty. But most of all the vibe was exactly what I hoped for on this day. I am very grateful to have been blessed yet with another year. I pray for growth and blessings to continue to explore and experience what life has to offer.
They say that all good things must come to an end. That when one door closes, another one opens. Personally, I can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end. My stay here in South Africa has literally flown by. It was just the other day I was panicking about leaving home and making this big move. Funny how life works. Not only does it force you to grow but self discovery becomes a continues journey with no end destination. My experiences here in South Africa 🇿🇦 will always have a special place in my heart. Initially I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I was in search of something that I still cannot put my finger on upto this date. I needed a change and wanted some type of renewed motivation. I wanted a break from the norm and find new inspiration. The only way I knew to achieve this was to make a drastic change and what better way than to travel half way across the world to a country where nobody knew me and I didn’t know anyone. Truth be told, it was an “Eat,Pray & Love” type of situation and believe it or not, it WORKS!!
The Rainbow Nation has truly surpassed my expectations. I was able to find the things I was looking for and more. From takin on new adventures everyday to lifetime friendships I have formed. Words cannot express the gratitude I have. This newly found confidence, self appreciation and inspiration that I have acquired is proving to be one of the ingredients that I needed to take on the next chapter in my life.Thank you to all those who have supported me in this journey. My family and friends for not only their financial support but their love and understanding that this was something I needed to do for myself. I am grateful to God for fulfilling this dream because HE is the only one who knew how important this experience meant to me. Now that it’s time to move on, I can’t help but be nervouse to what life has in store for me. Being originally Kenyan🇰🇪, I have decided to further this journey to my homeland. Re-kindle old friendships, visit family and relatives. In order for me to move forward I have to remember where I came from and remind myself the main reason I was put on this earth.
Please join me in this new adventure as I take on the city under the sun and show you what my mother land has to offer. 🇰🇪🌍☀️
As funny as it sounds, I must say that it is absolutely true. Don’t know if you could tell by the cover page of my blog, but I have always wanted to go on a safari and this experience was absolutely more than I ever imagined. Apart form the idea in my head and what I had seen on TV, this opportunity was way better than what I expected.
I had planned to do this adventure as soon as I knew that I was coming to South Africa. When I mean by planning, I am literally talking about from my outfit, to my mini photoshoot angles. Fashion is everything and what better way to express it in every aspect of your life.
We are currently on spring break and this was the perfect time to go on the safari. Normally, it’s encouraged to go on any type of safari before the seasons change. This is due to the migration of animals as they search for pastures and food.
We decided to go to a private game reserve just because your are guaranteed to see the animals. Through ‘Tourism that cares’, we got a great package that comprised of a rental car, accommodation at a backpackers for 3 nights and the actual safari at Botlierskop Private Game reserve all for under $200.00. Honestly it doesn’t get any cheaper than that compared to all the deals we found.
Located in Mossle Bay Western Cape, it was a 4hr drive from stellenbosch. Not gonna lie but lowkey, I was very nervous to drive just because we usually drive on the left and in SA, they drive on the right. Ofcourse at some point I found myself on the wrong lane but all in all I got the hang of it. One thing to keep in mind, is that not all areas in South Africa are mapped on the GPS, so getting lost and reading maps is a norm. So you can only imagine the struggle that we went through. But The gorgeous scenery made up for everything.
Situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian ocean, the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve offers close to a 4hour scenic drive of the game park while riding in a 4×4 truck viewing 4 of the Big 5. Lions, elephants, buffalo’s, giraffes, rhino’s, hippos, rare black impalas and more as well as a unique bird life.
I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. I must say that this was a dream come true and cannot wait to go on my next big adventure.
There were specific things that I had made up my mind to do during my stay here in South Africa.
I’d like to believe that I am somewhat adventurous. I tend to put myself out there and experience things that I have never done before. Last weekend I had the chance to do the unthinkable; shark cage diving. This is usually one of those crazy adventures you see on National Geographic, but I never imagined I would end up doing. Come to think of it, I think I am slowly becoming an adrenaline junkie.
There are different types and methods of shark cage diving. But the main point is to get into a well secured cage, that’s shark proof and able to examine dangerous types of sharks up close. This can include various species of sharks, but the most commonly observed within the confines of a cage are the great white shark and the bull shark, which are both known to be aggressive at times.
For this specific adventure, my group and I decided to do it at Gansbaai which is a 2 hour drive from Stellenbosh. This area is well known as the Capital of The Great White Shark. If your a big fan of National Geographic, this is also the same place where they come to view the great white sharks and where some of the episodes have been filmed. There was no doubt about it that it would be the best location for us to get the full experience.
Normally when booking for a shark cage diving or tour, it’s advised to book at least one day in advance. We left early in the morning and got to the to the site where we we got free breakfast and safety tips before the trip. At around 8am we launched. For shark cage diving, most places do early mornings or just before noon. I am guessing this because of the tides or that’s when the sharks are more available. Not really sure.
Initially I was somewhat hesitant about doing this adventure just because you are never guaranteed that you will see any sharks. According to our tour guide, their has been times where they have gone for tours several days in a row but never saw anything. So this was almost a financial risk just because you do not want to pay for something like this and not get the full experience. But to my understanding most places offer you a free pass on your next visit just incase you don’t get to see the sharks.
The trip to the diving spot, which is in the middle of nowhere, takes about 25 minutes where the preparations start. Once we got there, the cage was lowered into the water and the chum (bait) is dumped out to sea and made to lure the sharks. The cage floats in the water next to the boat with the bottom of the cage about 6ft deep under water and the top of the cage about 1ft above the water.
At this point, I started getting sea sick because of the rocking of the boat due to the winds and tides and the worst part, the fish smell. Trust me it was not a good look especially the fact that I threw up a couple times.😫😷.
At this time, we were all instructed to change into our wet suits and be fully ready so when the shark comes by there wouldn’t be any time wasted. This is because the shark necessarily doesn’t have to hang around. They can literally swim by and never come back again if they feel endangered. About twenty to thirty minutes or so of waiting, our first shark came by. The first group was instantly put into the cage. After 10 mins the 1st group got out and then the second group got in. In total we got to see two sharks that both came by. All in all each group got ample time to see the shark up close and we were all ecstatic that got to see them, like I said before it’s never fully guaranteed that you will see that sharks.
Surprisingly during this whole experience I never got scared. Not even once. It was a pure adrenaline rush. I still can’t believe that I got to do this experience.
Right now my limits are set so high that I can’t wait to see what I do next. My new motto is to replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
My adoration for nature has tremendously grown and I seem to appreciate it little by little over the years. Not that I have never loved nature but let’s just say that my comfortability in the city, kind of enhanced my closed mindedness when it came to nature. Now this also doesn’t mean that I now love camping, hiking or any of the outdoor activities but for lack of better words, I have grown to see the beauty of it and the interaction one gets with Mother Nature.
I recently got to visit cape point and hiked the trails to the peak. Cape Point marks the south western tip of the African continent, with some of the most Spectacular Ocean and coastal scenery known to man. No doubt, but this was one of the most breath taking views I have ever seen in my life. It is also believed that this is where the two oceans meet. The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warmer Indian Ocean waters on the east. According to different geographical research, Cape Agulhas which is a few kilometres to the south could also be the point where the two oceans meet. Either way, in both locations you can still notice the difference of the two oceans where one is darker than the other and also the ocean currents. The waves from the Atlantic Ocean tend to be very rough compared to the currents in the Indian Ocean where it is calmer.According to findingtripinfo.com, “The unique characteristics of shoreline, continental shelf, ocean currents and gale force winds can create dangerous rogue waves. The Portuguese mariner Bartolomeu Dias had a particularly bad experience rounding the Cape in 1488 and declared this to be the Cape of Storms (Cabo das Tormentas).”
This is also where Whales too can often be seen between May and November on their annual migration around the Point. If you watch national geographic, this is one of the places they document whales. At least this is what my tour guide told us.
Honestly Words and pictures cannot even describe or showcase half of the beauty that God truly has made. I cannot emphasise enough of how the reflection of the sceneries is as if seeing the face of God. This was truly a life changing experience and I do recommend that it’s a place that one must visit when you travel to South Africa.