VISIONS OF
KENYA

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The Kenya Tourism Board invites you to uncover Magical Kenya and discover its untold wealth of stories, visions and experiences provided by our Kenya Champions.

Select your Kenya Champion and you could win the chance to create your own Kenya vision with a trip to the destination! The prize includes two economy class return tickets with Kenya Airways from London Heathrow to Nairobi/Mombasa with a three-night stay at Sanctuary Olonana in the Maasai Mara and four nights stay at Turtle Bay Beach Resort in Watamu on Kenya’s North Coast. Domestic flights from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara will be provided by Safarilink.

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Kym Illman
Paras Chandaria
Graham Dargie
Jonas Stenqvist
Fikiri Kiponda
Sammy Safari
Andy Howe
Faith Riunga
Edward Ndiritu
John Kamara
Ephantus Mugo
John Pameri
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Kym Illman

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Describe yourself:

I’m a 55 year old businessman from Perth, Western Australia who fell in love with wildlife photography 5 years ago. My wife had been begging me to go on an African safari for the best part of 2 decades. I’d always resisted but when she booked our family of 4 airfares to South Africa, I had no option but to go. After some research I decided we should head further into Africa and wound up in the Maasai Mara. From that moment, I was hooked.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

Primarily because of the diversity of wildlife and the ability to get up close with these animals.

Favourite thing:

Traversing the open plains of the various national parks looking for wildlife photographic opportunities. We’ll spend from dawn til 11am and 3pm to dusk, roaming around in a safari vehicle and rarely are we disappointed.

Favourite place:

The Maasai Mara. I love the wide open plains and the range of high quality camps that are located in the heart of the park.

www.kymillman.com/photography/africa-on-safari
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Paras Chandaria

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Describe yourself:

I am Paras Chandaria, a kenyan born passionate wildlife photographer. I am a businessman and have been learning my photography online watching podcasts. I am an open minded individual and have been working hard on improving my passion for photography. I am a family man, have a wife and kid and second one is on the way. I grew up in mombasa and moved to Nairobi 5 years ago.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

It is home, it is the most beautiful country in the world, it has some of the best beaches in the world, and of course the best place for safari. Of course it has the only city in the world with a national park in the back yard.

Favourite thing:

My favorite thing to do in Kenya is to go on Safari. I love the wildlife and the bush and photography and this is the perfect place to practice this.

Favourite place:

My favorite place to visit in Kenya - i have many, Nairobi National Park - a piece of heaven and peace in the middle of bustling city, Masai Mara- the true spectacle of wildlife, Samburu National Reserve - the best place to spot my favorite cat - the Leopard.

www.paraschandaria.com
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Graham Dargie

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Describe yourself:

I'm a professional photographer from Scotland. I lead photography workshops and tours for photographers of all levels both locally and nationally and starting in 2018 I'll be leading photo safaris in Kenya. I live in Aberdeen with my wife and 1 year old daughter.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

My wife, who comes from Kenya, introduced me to the country. Having family links makes me feel part Kenyan and I've come to feel at home in the country thanks to the warm hospitality I've received from family, friends and strangers whenever I visit. A family member even named their son after me and now that we have a daughter of our own I feel an even stronger bond to Kenya.

Favourite thing:

There’s something so special about a game drive in the Maasai Mara, particularly at the end of the day. Everyone wants to see the Lions and Rhinos, which are magnificent of course, but elephants have a special appeal for me and I just can’t get tired of Zebras! I’ll often put the camera down and just take in the scene for a few minutes.

Favourite place:

I love visiting family in Eldoret. My wife’s family have a farm on the edge of the town. There’s always a warm welcome and such generous hospitality. Apart from visiting family I love to go on Safari. Whether it's the iconic Maasai Mara or a less well known park like Tsavo it's a wonderful to see the animals in their natural environment and something I believe everyone should experience in their lifetime.

clickphotoworkshops.co.uk dargiephotovideo.com
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Jonas Stenqvist

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Describe yourself:

I was born and raised in Sweden and work as a producer in advertising, so in my daily life I'm actually pretty far from being a safari photographer, which is my personal passion and getaway. Photography found me at the same time as I fell in love with east Africa about five years ago, and since then I've been striving to become a better photographer while travelling and going on safari as often as possible.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

Its fascinating culture, friendly people and for its amazing nature and wildlife. It's a place that I think about and would be happy to visit and revisit anytime.

Favourite thing:

Is going on safari and experiencing the amazing nature and wildlife. Kenya is the place where I've improved and grown most as a photographer, so going there with my camera is definitely one of my favourite things to do in life.

Favourite place:

The Maasai Mara national reserve and its conservancies, Amboseli and the Ol Pejeta conservancy are personal favourites.

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Fikiri Kiponda

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Describe yourself:

I was born on July 7th 1979 in Roka, a large village in the Kilifi County of Kenya’s Coast region. I come from a large family of four brothers and two sisters. After attending local schools, I went on to study accountancy in Voi. I have worked as a book-keeper in a primary school and a storekeeper at a hotel in Watamu but did not like the long office hours. After seeing a sea turtle nest hatch on the beach, I decided that I wanted to know all I could about these animals and work to protect them. I have been working with Local Ocean Conservation ever since. I have two children, one boy who is now 8 and a girl who is 4.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

Kenya is my homeland and it is where I was born and have lived here all my life. My home village Roka is beautiful with large baobab trees and lots of palm trees. Kenya is a beautiful country and you should come and see for yourself.

Favourite thing:

I love and enjoy every time I am working with sea turtles. It is more than a job for me because I feel immense satisfaction every time I am on the beach with sea turtles or little hatchlings. On the weekends I really enjoy watching the English Premier League football with friends.

Favourite place:

Funzi Island on the south coast is very beautiful because of the mix of beaches and mangrove forest. Of course Watamu, where I live and work, is a great place to be. The beach in the Watamu Marine National Park is beautiful. I would love to visit Amboseli because I’ve been told that the landscape is spectacular. I also want to see Lake Victoria to see how it is different from the ocean and how the “lake coast-life” differs from the “ocean coast-life”.

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Sammy Safari

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My name is Sammy Safari. I was born in Arabuko next to Arabuko Sokoke Forest (ASF) swamp and my family has been living there for generations after moving from Mwangea hills. As a young boy, I was brought up in a family that loved nature. After completing my primary and secondary education, I started working with hotels in the tourism industry in Diani and later in Malindi.

Later I went to a teachers’ training college and studied special needs education. I worked as a teacher in some schools like Mida, Mzizima and Gede primary school. In all the schools I worked, I started a new Wildlife Club of Kenya and if they were already existing I made sure that they became even more active. During Club days, different conservation organisations used to visit the school to talk to members and at times show films.

Early in 2012 I joined Local Ocean Conservation as a Community Liaison Officer for the Mida Creek area. I work with the people who live here to increase sustainable practices at the coast and support projects that generate income that does not harm the ocean. Mida Creek borders the Arabuko Sokoke Forest and so I am also helping the area where I grew up. In my duties I work closely with KWS, KFS and other conservation organisations.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

There are places in Kenya which are good for one to visit and they need to be protected and conserved (looked after) e.g. the forests, oceans and historical sites.

Favourite thing:

My favourite thing which I like to do in Kenya is conserving and protecting the environment and also doing education and awareness to people.

I like visiting places where other people have done conservation activities, talk to them and get their knowledge so as I may be able to use it in my place.

Favourite place:

My favourite place/s to visit are Kora Game Reserve in Tana River County where the Late George Adamson used to manage, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Tsavo National Park and the National Marine Parks, such as the one in Watamu.

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Andy Howe

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Describe yourself:

I’m a businessman and internationally awarded and published wildlife photographer from Bedfordshire in the UK. My interest for wildlife has been with me from an early age, my interest in photography started during later school years

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

In 2009, I went on my first African adventure and from then on, I was well and truly hooked! That was the start of my ongoing affair with Africa and its wildlife and people. Now with over a hundred and fifty nights under my belt, in places all around Africa, over a hundred of those have been in the amazing Maasai Mara, Kenya, which is where it really has taken off for me.

Favourite thing:

Using the knowledge and field craft gained, during my time, particularly in Kenya I’ve expanded my passion for the Mara and photography and now run my own Photographic Safaris, hoping to share my experiences and knowledge with likeminded people.

Favourite place:

Whether in the Main National reserve or the surrounding conservancies it doesn’t really matter, the amazing array and diversity of nature and wildlife is second to none, if like me you have a deep a passion for African wildlife there’s nothing like the mighty Maasai Mara in Kenya, amazing sunrise’s, sunsets, birds, small mammals, big mammals, big cats little cats and the great migration; it’s all here under one roof!

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Faith Riunga

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I grew up in Meru in a happy nuclear family. We lived near Lewa and interacted often with wildlife. Over the years, I developed a strong desire for working with people, especially children. I’m now Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s Head of Education Programme, a position I’ve held for the past 13 years. I get to work with communities that live around Lewa and the Northern Rangelands Trust’s supported community conservancies. Through conservation, we are able to offer these children educational opportunities to transform their lives. I’m very proud to say that we are now supporting 31 schools and providing close to 430 educational bursaries annually.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

I think Kenya has a ‘soul and a feel’ – from our people to the natural landscapes. Kenya is also a hopeful, optimist and resilient nation. I have seen this first hand with the children we support.

There is always something new to discover in Kenya as well, somewhere new to explore. I recently travelled to Marsabit (we are now supporting three schools there) and the landscape is unlike anything I have seen before!

Favourite thing:

I love to visit the Kenyan coast with my family during the holidays. The coastal food, the people and culture are fabulous. The ocean and the beaches offer the relaxation one needs to forget all their troubles and just enjoy life. I also love having game drives and sundowners on Lewa – the sunsets are always very beautiful. I feel privileged to work here.

Favourite place:

I love Diani and Tiwi beaches. Lamu is also a really special island with so much history and culture.

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Edward Ndiritu

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I grew up on the slopes of Mount Kenya and joined Lewa 18 years ago as a ranger. I’m now the Head of Anti-Poaching for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust. My team and I work to protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants, as well as promoting security in our neighbouring communities. Being a ranger is a way of life for me, part of who I am. In 2014, I won the inaugural Prince William Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award for my service to protecting endangered species and communities of northern Kenya. I was deeply humbled, being the first ranger to win the award. It was not only an honour for me, but for my team, Lewa, NRT and Kenya as a whole.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

I’m passionate about Kenya because our country has so much to offer – to ourselves and to the rest of the world as well. We have stunning wildlife and interesting, diverse cultures. I have been to countries that have no wildlife left, and those countries feel ‘empty’ to me. I’m passionate about Kenya because we feel a sense of pride and ownership over our wildlife. Our landscapes are also amazing – from the beautiful and tranquil beaches to the rugged beauty of northern Kenya.

Favourite thing:

I like to go hiking. I also like to explore northern Kenya while on anti-poaching patrol. I like spending time with my family and often bring my children to Lewa to see wildlife and learn about what I do.

Favourite place:

The Aberdares Ranges is my favourite place to visit, even though nothing beats living and working on Lewa!

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John Kamara

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I grew up in Pokot, and joined the Lewa Team over 10 years ago. I care for orphaned animals, mostly rhinos. To date, I have raised 10 baby rhinos, 4 cheetahs, 3 giraffes, 3 warthogs, 2 wild buffaloes, 1 lion and 1 serval cat in my 10 years at Lewa. I’m now helping care for abandoned and orphaned baby elephants at Reteti Sanctuary, the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. I love my job, nothing gives me more pride than seeing these vulnerable wild animals grow up big and strong, and then go back to the wild. Some come back to ‘say hi’, such as Elvis, a rhino we hand raised and is now a grown adult male on Lewa. It makes me so proud!

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

I have never known any other home than Kenya. The fact that we have many people from all over the world visiting us means that we must be a great country, and I don’t think I would have ever wanted to be born anywhere else.

Favourite thing:

My favourite thing which I like to do in Kenya is conserving and protecting the environment and also doing education and awareness to people.

I like to visit new places in Kenya. From Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya is unique in all corners.

Favourite place:

Namunyak Community Conservancy, where I am based right now, is a really beautiful place. It is pristine wilderness, how I imagine a natural place would be without any human interference. It is now my favourite place to visit.

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Ephantus Mugo

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I’m from Chuka. In primary school, as a 10-year-old, we made our first trip to Nairobi Orphanage – it was the only trip I would take while in both primary and secondary school, and it changed my life. I come from a community that has little wildlife left, and seeing the animals at the orphanage made me fall in love with wildlife. I therefore studied wildlife management in college, and I’ve worked as a conservation educator since 2001.

My work is to ignite a passion for wildlife in children, and occasionally, adults. Over the years, I’ve hosted thousands of students - it never gets boring. Children are very compassionate and care easily. I love to see how invested many of them become in our country’s wildlife after visiting us here at Lewa, and their role in ensuring that the animals survive for generations.

I love gardening and farming during my spare time. At the moment I have a tree nursery that I’m taking care of.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

I think Kenya is very beautiful and I’m proud to call it home. Kenya is a friendly nation – I like that we always try and find a reason to laugh. Kenya is progressive too and we are a generous people. We care about our wildlife and natural resources. I truly believe in the ‘Kenyan’ spirit.

Favourite thing:

I love visiting wild places, and Kenya has many pristine wilderness areas. I love to take nature walks through the wild places and learn about trees that are centuries old, see how the wildlife there lives and how humans interact with it.

Favourite place:

Laikipia is my favourite place in Kenya. I visited it as a young man a stranger, and I’ve settled there. It still astonishes me with its beauty, diversity in people, culture and the activities that people can undertake.

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John Pameri

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I’m from Doldol in Laikipia. I come from a pastoral community, and grew up going to school and herding livestock during holidays. My parents were unable to pay for my secondary school fees, but I knew I wanted to do more than stay at home and herd livestock. I therefore walked to Lewa, about 100km from home, to find employment. Growing up surrounded by wildlife, conservation was a field I knew I would excel at and enjoy, despite having received only basic schooling. Over the years, I have risen through the ranks to become the head of Field Rangers. I have also trained to become a pilot, and have had the privilege to travel to countries around the world representing our work in conservation and Kenya.

I’m passionate about Kenya because...

Kenya has amazing natural features - from the great lakes and wonderful beaches to the national parks and conservancies that host our wildlife. Kenya offers so many experiences, and every visit to Kenya tells a story.

Favourite thing:

I like to fly across the northern Kenya landscapes during my routine patrols, and also for leisure. Kenya is stunning from the air and the weather is great.

Favourite place:

Matthews Ranges in northern Kenya is my favourite place. There are streams of water coming from the hills, the vegetation is beautiful and untouched. It is also a refuge for wildlife. I also love Lewa, I’ve been here since 1992 and I always count myself lucky to live and work here.

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Uncover Visions
of Kenya

Come and explore Kenya’s diverse, rich habitat. It is one of only a few countries around the world where one can relax on pristine sandy beaches and be able to see wildlife in all forms within a short distance.

Kenya has 60 National Parks and Reserves all with abundant wildlife. The spectacular wildebeest migration that occurs every year in Kenya’s most visited park, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, is referred to as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

Lewa Wildlife
Conservancy

Wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism play a huge part in continuing to provide travellers with authentic experiences and stories from all around Kenya.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as featuring on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Green List of successful protected areas.

They are the heart of wildlife conservation, sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya and their successful working model has provided the framework on which many conservation organisations in the region are based.

To find out more how you can support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to preserve Kenya’s wildlife and natural beauty visit

www.lewa.org

Save Rhinos

Helping Rhinos is a UK and US based charity whose vision is to lead conservation and education initiatives that will ensure the long-term survival of rhino and other endangered wildlife in their natural habitat.

With the simple aim ‘to make a difference’ their initial goals for the organisation were to help raise awareness of the rhino poaching crisis internationally and to raise funds to continue protecting and nurturing those rhinos in need.

Come support Helping Rhinos and donate by visiting

www.helpingrhinos.org/donate

Watamu
Turtle Watch

Watamu Turtle Watch is Local Ocean Trust’s flagship programme to protect nesting sea turtles. The private, non-profit organisation is committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment.

Local Ocean Trust now consists of a Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles.

The combination of these programmes enables the Trust to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.

To find out more on how you can help protect these sea turtles, visit

www.watamuturtles.com