It has been a good year for the blog. Not only did the blog win the 2014 Bloggers Association of Kenya Award for best travel blog but I also got to participate in Unexpected Kenya – this involved traversing the country and capturing images for the Safaricom’s (the leading mobile network operator in Kenya) 2015 calendar.

The calendar was launched earlier this month and two images by Jeri (the photographer in my team) have been published in the calendar. Not too shabby for the only all girls team.

Given that we were shooting for 10 days there were a whole lot of pictures that didn’t make the cut. Here are some of the pictures from the North Rift of Kenya that plus more behind the scenes photos.

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana boy with fish

Turkana boy on the shores of Lake Turkana

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Athlete training

Athlete training in Nandi Hills

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Yoga at sunrise

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Yoga at sunrise 2

Yoga at sunrise (David Rudisha’s yoga instructor)

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Kenya riders

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Kenya Riders1The Kenya Riders in training

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Sights & People from the North Rift_Nandi HillsView of the Nandi Hills

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Sights & People from the North Rift_rain chaser2

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Rain chaser

Rain Chaser in Nandi Hills

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Rich boy

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Rich boy sketching

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Rich boy and son

Graffiti artist Rich Boy and his son in the North Rift town of Eldoret

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Pokot girls1

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Pokot girls3Pokot girls

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Pokot woman playing instrumentTraditional music by the Pokot

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Boy diving1

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Boy jumping into river

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Boy divingBoy diving off a rock in West Pokot

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Boys with net

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Boys fishingusing a mosquito net to fish West Pokot

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Looking for gold2

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Looking for goldSearching for gold using metal detectors in Turkana

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana girl (34)Ladies by the shores of Lake Turkana

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana girl getting hair doneBraiding hair in Turkana

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana women weavingTurkana women weaving basket

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana girl (1)

 

Sights & People from the North Rift_Turkana girls2Children playing in Lake Turkana

Seeing as this is the last post of the year, I would like  to say thank you to every single one of you for your support and wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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22 Comments

  1. December 19, 2014 at 11:15 am — Reply

    These are some stunning shots! I love the first one and the rain chaser the most!!! I think you should submit them to National Geographic!!! Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!!!
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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm — Reply

      Such kind words. Thank you!

  2. December 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    Wow beautiful images! Merry Christmas to you and yours too!
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  3. December 20, 2014 at 1:57 am — Reply

    Your pictures never cease to amaze me, Rachel! I especially love the first one of the Rain Chaser and the beautiful smiles of the Pokot girls and the boy getting ready to dive in the river – there are just so many! Congrats on a job well done. Happy Holidays!
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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm — Reply

      Thank you and Happy New Year. I hope it is going well so far.

  4. December 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    It’s been more than a good year as I would consider it a GREAT one considering how enamored this reader is with your blog, Rachael! For the past few years your pictures have captivated me and taken me off on an adventure each time. I told you I will look at your posts at work just to turn out the world for a bit when I need to and relax. Your photography does that for me. This set of photos is yet another example. The spectacular silhouettes, the young man diving into the rapids. You (and Jeri) are amazing! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you!! 🙂
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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Mike. Your comments alsways make me smile.

  5. December 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    Congratulations. These are all winning photographs as far as I am concerned. Superb. Merry Christmas.

  6. December 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm — Reply

    You took such beautiful pictures! They are all so breath-taking! What was your favourite memory from the place? Wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! XxX

  7. December 25, 2014 at 10:03 am — Reply

    Wow – you’ve had a great year! Thank you for these stunning shots. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.
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  8. December 29, 2014 at 1:51 am — Reply

    Hi Rachel, congratulations for winning the best travel blog in Kenya! Your blog is beautiful and informative and it really is a no surprise. Your photos from the Unexpected Kenya project are stunning and powerful and really captures the everyday life. It must have been hard to choose from any of this collection.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful country to us. It has always been a pleasure visiting your blog and always learn something about Kenya. Thank you also for you support to my blog. Happy New Year to you and may 2015 even be a better year for you.
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    • January 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm — Reply

      Marisol, it has been a joy sharing Kenya with you. I have enjoyed reading your blog too and I am looking forward to what you have for us this year.

  9. December 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    Congrats on a very momentous 2014! These are some very compelling photographs – the portraits are such lovely captures of daily life in Kenya. Looking forward to more inspiration in 2015.
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    • January 7, 2015 at 3:28 pm — Reply

      I’m also looking forward to what you have to offer this year. It always nice seeing Kenya froma different perspective.

  10. January 3, 2015 at 12:45 am — Reply

    Lovely pictures. Each one brings a smile to me. Congratulations on your award too!
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    • January 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm — Reply

      Thank you Bee.

  11. January 3, 2015 at 1:24 am — Reply

    Congratulations on the great year! I hope your 2015 is awesome.

  12. January 10, 2015 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Congratulations on the much deserved honor and accolades! What a great set of pictures! Looking forward to where you take us in 2015. Happy New Year!
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  13. January 14, 2015 at 1:39 am — Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos! Very impressive collection, and so colourful.
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    • January 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm — Reply

      Thank you Charlie.

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    June 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    I don’t know how I missed this post. Was looking for the picture of the Turkana boy..one of those nostalgic moments 🙂

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