Truly my soul doesn’t rest until i’m back on the road headed somewhere to take photos and discover new places and cultures (new at least to me). I never thought I’d end up loving life on the road this much but photography has opened my eyes to a new world. One that existed but that I didn’t see. Maybe because my eyes weren’t really open to these details in every day life that make it so beautiful. Now I crave this beauty. When I don’t see it in a while I get edgy, I want to be back out there taking photos and enjoying the freedom that travel accords me.
Earlier this year my blog won “Best photography blog of the year” in this year’s B.A.K.E awards right here in Kenya and part of the gifts was to visit Voyager Ziwani in the Tsavo courtesy of Heritage Hotels & Uniglobe Northline travel. I was definitely elated at this and looked forward to the visit. The other winners with us were from the food category (pikachakula.com), best environmental blog (rockesci.co.ke) and travel category (kenyataalii.com).
I looked forward to rekindling my love affair with Lake Chala. The lake that cost me an S3 last year and gave me the swim of a lifetime on the same day. It was awesome. The lake had not lost any of it’s charm neither had I lost any desire to swim in it. So I did. It was an awesome love affair revisited.
Ah, Lake Chala. Your charm knows no bounds.
Part of our tour of Ziwani included a visit to Gicheha farm to do some Agro-tourism. We got to see the farm where a lot of what we were eating at the Voyager Ziwani was coming from. They grow their own fruits and sell a lot of them in season.
I love tangerines so this was amazing to me. We also got to buy some at a ridiculous price (we bought many of them tangerines).
We got to drive around in Chala town and have a few lessons in history. This is one of the places that the Germans fought the British (the Germans colonized Tanzania while the British colonized Kenya). The tree below was used by a British sniper lady who managed to kill many Germans by digging a hole in the tree and hiding there for a few days while shooting them through holes. The locals liked her so they brought her food when the coast was clear. You can see the bullet holes the tree is riddled with as they tried get her. The stories this tree could tell. It’s amazing that it’s still alive and thriving.
The views around the hotel are pretty epic too. Check out the next few images. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peaks are very clear here (assuming it doesn’t get cloudy).
This is the team we were with. I shot this during a break on the way there. It is a 5hr trip so a break is a must I think.
Above everything though. The sunsets here are the most epic so I shall finish with that. You be the judge.
All shots in this blog post were photographed and edited on my Galaxy S4 using snapseed, my favorite mobile editing App (it’s free).
To visit these places and see for yourself, contact the guys at Heritage Hotels and they shall hook you up and treat you very well, like they did us.