ThornTravels.com http://thorntravels.com/ Latest on Thorn Travels Copyright 2017 Thorn Travels A taste of Laikipia’s finest at El Karama Ranch http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/26/a-taste-of-laikipia-s-finest-at-el-karama-ranch Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:29:31 EAT Memories of pink and white salt lakes http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/25/memories-of-pink-and-white-salt-lakes It has been three years since I was in sun-hugging Magadi where the memories of its pink and white salt lakes still serenade me on down days. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:03:48 EAT Game in the City http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/24/game-in-the-city “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:17:17 EAT Bucket list ballooning http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/23/bucket-list-ballooning As the nocturnal population slunk into a slumber and the cheery diurnals stirred to the rising sun, 5.30am to be precise.. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:15:43 EAT The pearl of Gilgil http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/22/the-pearl-of-gilgil Jevanjee gardens will be our meeting point (present yesterday) and just like I have become accustomed to, driver Mwangi will be on time. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:03:51 EAT Seven days Marsabit - Lake Turkana Cultural Festival expedition May 2017 http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/21/seven-days-marsabit-lake-turkana-cultural-festival-expedition-may-2017 The Marsabit-Lake Turkana cultural Festival will take place for the 10th consecutive year in Loyangalani town; on the shores of the awe-inspiring Jade Sea in May 2017 (actual festival dates 4-6 May 2017). Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:21:05 EAT Kenya's best kept secret http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/20/kenya-s-best-kept-secret A lot sure can change in a decade. Take the A109 and A104 roads, for instance, whose common feature barely ten years ago was teeming wildlife. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:43:19 EAT Port of old foundations and new stars http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/19/port-of-old-foundations-and-new-stars Adhi Kisumo presently translates to “I am going to Kisumu City” from Dholou dialect. My colleague, Head of photography, Jacob Otieno in an animated impromptu Language and History lesson teaches that had I uttered the same words in the 19th Century Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:43:11 EAT The Lunatic Express http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/18/the-lunatic-express It is, after all, impossible to revisit the history of Kenya without a mention of the Uganda Railway Line; what was termed the ‘Lunatic Express’. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:14:56 EAT Off the beaten track http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/17/off-the-beaten-track Thorn Travels was a part of a recently concluded familiarisation visit highlighting some of Kenya’s most romantic locations. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:27:16 EAT Perch at Sunbird Lodge http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/16/perch-at-sunbird-lodge The fast pace of city life can be overwhelming at times. Unconsciously, this pace is replicated in most eating houses as one is almost literally rushed to give way to other paying patrons going with the constant glances from the waiters, followed by an eager clearing and wiping of the eating surfaces coupled with the dropping of other equally irritating 'will that be all' hints Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:02:00 EAT Royalty redefined at the Royal Orchid, Azure in Westlands http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/15/royalty-redefined-at-the-royal-orchid-azure-in-westlands It was a déjà vu moment as the taxi weaved through the boulevard hanging with neat bougainvillea. I’d lived this moment before albeit in a run-of-the-mill manner. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:59:32 EAT The Camp of the Hidden Treasure http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/14/the-camp-of-the-hidden-treasure In 2012, I was honoured to attend the inagural Maasai Olympics held at Kimana Sanctuary situated some 30 kilometres east of the Amboseli and about 30 minutes’ drive from Loitoktok town. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 07:37:10 EAT Erick ole Kakui's Masai Mara National Reserve file http://thorntravels.com/guestblog/13/erick-ole-kakui-s-masai-mara-national-reserve-file Our first guest contributor is Erick ole Kakui who showcases some amazing sights of the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Erick, is a professional guide attached to andBeyond's (Kichwa Tembo and Bateleur) Masai Mara based camps. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:33:21 EAT Where President Barack Obama chose to Safari while in Kenya http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/12/where-president-barack-obama-chose-to-safari-while-in-kenya While most of the world only came to learn of the candidacy for president of the then 45-year-old Illinois senator Barack Obama in 2007, a few souls had had the privilege of a horse’s mouth confirmation as far back as July 2006. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:41:45 EAT Savage Experience http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/11/savage-experience The word ‘Savage’ could have various meanings depending on usage. It could well be a proper noun; a person’s name or if used as an adjective, according to the Collins English Dictionary, imply wild or untamed. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:18:05 EAT Jaza train to pools of salt http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/10/jaza-train-to-pools-of-salt I have never held locomotives in high regard. My last trip on a train was a lunatic experience-literally. Not only did the carriages bound for Mombasa break down severally, but they never arrived to the intended destination. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:24:58 EAT You don't live until you dive http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/9/you-don-t-live-until-you-dive "Ingvild Finvag, your co-star, is going to climb out to the tail of the plane” "What?” you ask, wide eyed amid the fluttering wind. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:52:56 EAT Treetops Re-born http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/8/treetops-re-born Way back in 1932, in the heart of the Aberdare Ranges, Lady Bettie and her Husband Major Eric Sherbrooke Walker, one time secretary to founder of the scout movement Baden-Powell, built a private two-roomed tree house to provide a safe platform for viewing and shooting-with cameras of course, wildlife . Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:39:25 EAT Awakening the Sleeping Warrior http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/7/awakening-the-sleeping-warrior I speak of Africa and golden joys, Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV Aren’t we all attracted to tales of grandeur? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:22:40 EAT Luxury redefined at Swahili Beach http://thorntravels.com/travelstales/6/luxury-redefined-at-swahili-beach Ukiona vyaelea jua vimeundwa-if you see great work know there has been great craftsmanship. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:43:39 EAT