I love to end each day soaking in the vibrant colours of the African sunset.
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I was born in Nairobi where I spent my childhood. While growing up, we did numerous trips to the various national parks of Kenya, and this is where I caught my travel bug. I have lots of fond memories of travelling around Kenya during this time. The one I always seem to remember is when we used to see the famous Safari Rally – it was a full family day out with a picnic. We used to line up along the roads either along the Athi River, if the route was towards the coast of Kenya or around Thika way, if it was going towards northern Kenya, cheering the cars as they passed.
When I came to UK for further studies, I soon realised I wanted the world to know about Kenya and my travel career began!
I worked for a major tour operator for more than 25 years, booking holidays in Africa, in particular Kenya. In 2012, I moved with my family to Nairobi for a couple of years working in sales and marketing for a hotel chain in Zanzibar. During this time, I explored a lot more of Kenya and, of course, Zanzibar, where my favourite place is Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its rich Omani influence, intricate Swahili doors and the winding streets. A must-do here is Forodhani Gardens at night, overlooking the harbour, where you can sample local delicacies from the street vendors. In Kenya, two of my more recent highlights were an epic overland truck trip to Lake Turkana (very much off-the beaten track!) and climbing the dramatic Mount Ololokwe.
Although I’m now based back in the UK, I am passionate about conservation and community work. Over the years, I’ve engaged in many local community projects in Kenya, from tree-planting and school feeding programmes to raising financial support for school dormitories and ablution blocks.
I frequently travel home to Kenya to visit my family and friends and love sharing my experiences.