2017 in Photos: Backpacking in Kenya, Africa and Beyond.
2017 saw me go on adventures in Kenya and Southern Africa. I backpacked to Nyeri, Machakos, Mombasa, Kilifi, Watamu, Malindi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Below are 15 of the best pictures I took during the trips.
Chinga Dam in Nyeri Kenya
Chinga dam and Waterfall is located a few kilometers from Othaya town in Nyeri County, Kenya. The dam overlooks the Aberdare ranges and offers a spectacular view of sunset and sunrise. You can take a morning or evening boat ride and if adventurous enough, a small field by the dam is a great site to pitch a tent overnight.
Hiking the Ngong Hills of Kenya
Ngong hills offer great views on Nairobi. It is a good place to go hiking on any day of the week as it is close to the city and moderate in nature.
Zaina Falls in Nyeri Kenya
Located in the Aberdares is the Zaina falls. This is one of the scenic Waterfalls I have seen in Kenya. To get to the fall, you can either join a hiking group or brave the trip Solo. To get there, you board Matatus heading to Chania village shopping center in Kinunga from Nyeri (Upper stage next to Kimathi university and King’ong’o Matatus). Once at the shopping center, ask a local to direct you to the Zaina falls. It is a short hike of about 2 hours from the center.
Backpacking in Kilifi County – North coast of Kenya
Hiking the Elephant Hill Part 3 – Attempting Kinangop peak same day.
The Elephant hills remain to be the most challenging and best hike I have ever done. In 2017, I returned to the hills with Hikemaniak with the hope of summiting Kinangop peak. We didn’t accomplish the mission but the experience was amazing. I strongly believe that in 2018, Elephant hills and Kinagop peak will be possible on the same day.
Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe
This trip outdid my backpacking adventure along the North coast to become my highlight of the year 2017. Backpacking from Nairobi to Zimbabwe and experiencing Southern African from Buses and Trains was amazing. I am now looking forward to more of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, and Namibia in 2018.
Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi
Budget travel in Africa is always my goal and this train from Tanzania to Zambia offered me just that. With only Kshs 4000, I was able to travel 1860km in 3 days onboard the Tanzanian, Kilimanjaro ordinary train from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi.
Nairobi to Victoria Falls by road and Rail
My major travel goal in 2017 was to visit the Victoria Falls at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on a budget. This trip ended up being a great success. With more than three weeks on the road, I had a chance to experience a great journey.
The last ride of the Lunatic Express – Overnight Train from Nairobi to Mombasa
The old train (Lunatic Express/Jambo Deluxe train) made its last 15-hour ride from Nairobi to Mombasa in May to pave way for the 5-hour Madaraka express trains and Intercounty trains. This overnight train, in my opinion, was the best for travelers. Despite its slow speed, it offered a scenic view of the Tsavo game reserve and travelers could watch stars at night while enjoying the midnight breeze.
The Iron Snake of Africa – Former Jambo Deluxe Train
Mukuba Express Train from Zambia to Tanzania
Mukuba express is the Zambian train that runs between New Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam. It is newer and more elegant compared to the Tanzanian one but offers the same great services.
The New Madaraka Express Train
Madaraka express trains were launched in June 2017 to replace the Lunatic express. The trains run between Nairobi and Mombasa on a daily basis along the new Standard Gauge Railway line. This service offers passengers a chance to travel between the two cities fast, safely and at an affordable price.
Sunset and Sunrise on the TAZARA Trains
Sunrise and sunsets make a trip memorable. Zambia and Tanzania are some of the best places to get that.
The Power of Education in Zambia
The Magical landscape between Kapiri Mposhi and Lusaka
The landscape between New Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka in Zambia along the Great North Road is beautiful. I enjoyed the sunset and the view of the countryside, farms and long distance trucks.
“Jobs fills your pockets, Adventure fills your soul”.
The year 2017 was great, 2018 will be better. More Travels and more Adventure.
Comment below on your best travel experiences of 2017.