Getting it done!

 

This is where most world beaters start from. That African man you meet in a designer suit or woman in high heels in the cities.

Most of their mother’s in rural setups are homemakers, the husband looks for the money while the wife runs the home. Which means she also fetches water during day to keep home and family clothing clean as well ensure there’s cooked food and clean drinking water for her family, as well as taking care of that fine young lad you admire.

Most young families are of modest means so the most convenient and affordable mode of transport is a bicycle.It’s NOT about looking good but getting what needs to be done, done!

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

Lake Kanyaboli

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lake kanyaboli ©muoki Kioko 2016

Ox-bow lakes are normally created when a major river changes its course, cutting-out a major bend of its original path as it straightens out. The ensuing enclosured mass of water at the bend in the form of a ‘bow’ thus is referred to as Ox-bow lake. Lake Kanyaboli is the Largest such lake in Africa.

One of Africa’s hidden gem’s with unique ecosystems.

At times referred to as a satellite lake to lake Victoria, it holds unique fish species known to be extinct to its larger bordering sister lake (lake Victoria – The worlds 2nd largest fresh water lake). Some estimates put it at about 110 unique species like the ‘thickskin‘, ‘blue firefin’ and the ‘fine bar scraper’

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Kanyaboli view ©muoki kioko2016

It’s wetland mash vegetation are also one of the largest known homes of one of the worlds hardest/rarest & unique antelopes to see the ‘Sitatunga’

The lake is said to have been one of the two Luo royalty bath sites.

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

African Migrants in Siaya

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abdims stock flying © muoki kioko

Abdim’s storks are migrants from the Northern Tropic’s arriving around October and departing mid-April.

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Migrating abdim's storks © muoki Kioko 2016

Moving in flocks sometimes hundreds at a go, visiting grasslands and cultivated areas of Siaya

They Make spectacular nose dives as they descent.
Black and white in color with a purple tint on the black areas. Has a white under belly but difference with ‘black stork’ is black stork has a red bill while abdim’s a grey one.

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

Palm oil forests of Siaya

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No, I’m not talking about West Africa or those on an island in lake Victoria. Palm oil forests exist sorry ‘thrive’ well in Siaya. Birds of prey and girls love their white seeds that taste like coconut – simply, addictive!!!
Small like a nut but very tasty, you’ll just want to keep popping one in the mouth..

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palm fruit n flower siaya ©muokikioko 2016

The fruit is dark maroon and is used for cooking oil and soaps

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breaking the palm oil fruit ©muokikioko 2016

When pressed by hand they leave that distinctive

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yellow-red oil on your fingers.
Next time you are in Siaya insist on natural palm oil for your cooking or ‘palm oil coconut’ for snacks 😉

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

Seeking the Elusive Terrapin

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I had heard about it but never seen it. Finally after about  3-4 hours around a series of swamps it finally appeared for a short while, taking in the sun and reluctantly taking a dip – the last time I ever got to see this or any individual.

Are Siaya terrapins a disappearing breed or are they a common breed in a disappearing habitat?

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

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