Onwards to Mount Kenya and Ruminations!

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The Amboseli leg of my journey was coming to an end and it was time for us to move towards Mount Kenya. Meanwhile, I also took the opportunity to apply for my Zambia visa online. I used a 3G dongle with a local SIM card to get access to internet on the move and while the connection was not exactly stellar, it did get the job done.

Kenyan Vistas!

Photo of Mount Kenya, Nyeri County, Kenya by Anuj Tikku

I could upload, send mails and do everything on the move from the comfort of my van. I am thinking now that I need to go back and tie up with a telecom service provider and get a discounted deal. Telecommunication cost can be a substantial part of one's travelling expenses especially if you also want to blog while at it.

Kenyan Women - members of the tribe!

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Kenyans are of a much darker skin type than say the Madagascan and the women here love to do stuff to their hair. They tie them up in different styles, shapes and colours in a very fashionable way.

After an African massage which is a delectable way of calling what one feels when your car goes over dirt tracks in the park, we finally got tarmac road and buzzed away towards Nairobi.

On the road to Kenya

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We stopped over at times for a meal of chicken stew and chapati. Yes, samosa and chapati are two Indian items which are readily available in Kenya. Long live the traditional global cuisine of India! The journey to Mount Kenya was long but the weather was at a cheerful 18 degree.

The Town and the Cattle!

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We were on the road for more than twelve hours till we finally arrived at our destination - the town of Nanyuki. I was dog tired as a quick shower and a meal made me crash out. Next day was the chance to catch the equator!

Middle of the world!

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We went to the spot where the equator passes Kenya and took a few snaps. It was just a board saying “Equator” and, of course, if you keep a compass on the spot, it will just hang in neutral. Kenya is a comfortable place to travel and most things are much organised. The trams work and the service is very good and accommodating. The roads are suited for the cars that run on them mainly Toyota or Landrovers which you can spot all over at Kenya.

Kenyan Evening Glow!

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I didn’t want to eat at the hotel and so, I walked up a few kilometres to find dinner. It turned out to be good and the waiter greeted me “Hello sir, you look to be from India. Ah, your Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was just here a few weeks back. Very good man and very strong.” Yup, I recall now. The Indian PM was just at Africa a few days back and no, our paths did not cross. I ordered a whisky, chicken and rice African style. “Of course, we were taught about Mahatma Gandhi in school also and about Indra Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. So many Gandhi in India, I used to be amazed.” the waiter said with a slight chuckle and I realised he was right! I gulped my whisky and chewed on two meat samosas and wandering out at times to enjoy a smoke, soak in the night air and nip in the air of Africa.

The Slow Wild Life of Africa !

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With dinner done, I headed back to my room to admire the wildlife shots I'd taken. I thought they had come out real nice even though I am at best an amateur here! It’s as if I was soaked into the nectar of Africa and its wildlife.

He was so close - I could have touched him - yes!

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At times they were so near, I could have reached out and almost touch the animals. My photography skills seem to be improving though I still can't tell an ISO from a shutter speed!

Wild life in the bush!

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I have learned to be patient as a photographer and wait for the subject to come to me. I try to pay attention to the frame, the light, the angle and the shot type.

Vulture - looking far and wide to do what they do!

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Though I am new to it, I realised capturing wildlife is something else and a real pleasure.

Originally Posted on tikkustravelthon.in

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