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Searching for Elusive rare Bird!

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African shoebill or otherwise referred to as Whale headed stork. Likes feeding on lungfish among other fish among papyrus or flooded grasslands.
A very rare Bird around the lake region but with potential good habitats to trace it. Who will be the first to bring in a confirmed report of it’s sighting!!?

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Journey to the Royal lakes of Luo communities 

Royal luo lakes©muokikioko2017

Access is by Community invitation only.. 

and an experience you would gladly pay top currency without butting an eye

If you’ve ever sat with the community in general to experience their flamboyance even in speech, then when you are explained to how wives of traditional rulers were treated in these Royal pools/lakes does their symbolic nilotic lineage i.e. having travelled down the Nile start to connect with more familiar flamboyant royalty further North.

Solo Island..dare a nite!?

solo island – siaya ©2017 muoki kioko


Are you the adventurous type. Want to measure up yourselve with raw nature!?

 Here’s your ultimate challenge You vs Lakes nature for 24hrs​ Solo!!

Ochonga & Omena

Sorting Omena in Siaya ©muoki kioko 2016

We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.

A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.

Ochonga ©muoki kioko 2016

Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…

Aloe vera in Siaya

There are over 10 different species of aloe in Kenya-each with it’s own unique characteristics. Some are  Poisonous, others good for skin moisturizing others good as treatment for internal ailments.

The Aloe products are widely adopted as main ingredients in cosmetic and hair care products. Large numbers of Aloe containing beauty products, creams, lotions, soaps,shampoos, oils, facial cleaners, moisturizers, etc. are available worldwide.

International Aloe Science Council (IASC), a non-profit organization certifies Aloe vera products by measuring total solids, calcium, magnesium, malic acid and polysaccharide.

Those interested in purchasing ALOE for manufacture of aloe medication can get in touch with aloe farmers here in Siaya on +254725332794

Ever been to Lupita’s ‘ Home Area’?

Lupita nyon’go home area ©muoki kioko 2016

One thing that strikes you are the Rock outcrops atop every hill, and on one of those rocks a telephone mobile company has chosen to ride on Lupita’s dads name to gain mileage within the community.

Lupita Nyon’go is the Oscars Academy awards winning actress of the Hollywood ’12y ears a slave’ film fame. She hails from Kenya in this western region famous for its balancing rocks.

Nearby is Ndere Island. 

When it gets cold..

Nature has a way of self adjusting in a manner that may at times make it unrecognisable.

This is a ‘white browed coucal’ All puffed up on a chilly morning, looking quite different than it would on a normal day.

Traditional architecture in Siaya

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Very noticeable where you get local architecture is that the buildings are very well maintained and clean!

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Luo architecture window © muoki kioko

Interesting is shape and size of windows, is the size for security reasons? Why oval and not round? Does number of occupants to use room determine windows…

Horticulture & Agriculture in Siaya

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Bondo City

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Bondo rising ©muoki Kioko 2016

Quietly, but steadily rising is Bondo ‘city’. A well thought out and done/paved road network makes access in and out of this centre simply a pleasure to access.
Businesses have taken cue and are steadily putting in modern infrastructure like office space and hotels with nearby institutions churning out technically skilled workforce.
Just an hour from Kisumu International Airport it creates space for those looking for a serene environment to work & live in with a slowed down pace but with plenty of opportunity a Big possibility.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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