I have been chosen as part of the team involved in capturing images for Safaricom’s  2015 calendar whose theme is unexpected Kenya. Safaricom (the leading mobile network operator in Kenya) carefully selected 5 teams consisting of a photographer, a blogger and a producer.With the aid of locals the 5 teams will traverse Kenya aiming to capture the best of images for the calendar. For the next 10 days I will blog on the area we are assigned to (the North Rift i.e. from Eldoret all the way up to Turkana).

I am travelling with two lovely ladies Jeri, a photographer and Chela, a producer. We are the only all-female team (Yaaaey girl power!). I am super excited to be involved in this project and I am hoping that I will be able to take you, the reader through every part of it. You can follow my journey here and those of the other bloggers Wanjeri, Biko, Wamathai and Magunga.

Well now you know what I am up to, I can get right into how day one went. The plan was to leave for Lodwar on a 6am flight . That was not to be. We got to the airport just in time only to be told by a very unhelpful attendant that we had missed our flight.

No use crying over spilt milk so after a few enquiries we were rushing to Wilson airport to try catch a 7am flight. Fingers were crossed, butt cheeks were clenched, numerous traffic rules broken and yet we still missed the flight. Having never missed in a flight in my life, missing 2 in one day was quite the experience.

Fortunately we found out there was a flight heading to Kitale (which was part of our itinerary) and by half past seven we were on our way.

Unexpected Kenya day 1_Mt. LongonotAerial view of Mt Longonot

 Once we arrived at our destination, the first stop we made was to get breakfast

Unexpected Kenya day 1_Airplane foodA bottle of water and a miserable looking croissant is what we had been served on the plane


We ended up enjoying a lovely breakfast and we were joined by a few guests

Unexpected Kenya day 1_Breakfast


Unexpected Kenya day 1_Monkey A vervet monkey strolling next to the swimming pool.


An hour later and we were off to Mt.Elgon national park.

Unexpected Kenya day 1_ChelaChela, the producer.


 Our first stop was Kitum Cave . It was our first and last stop inside the park as it started raining heavily and we had to leave.

Unexpected Kenya day 1_Kitum Cave


Unexpected Kenya day 1_Kitum Cave1Tomorrow the adventures continue. The plan is to drive to West Pokot but seeing as how great our plans went today I might just be blogging about something totally different tomorrow.

You can follow all our adventures on social media, just search for #UnexpectedKenya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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  1. Manesha
    September 29, 2014 at 11:15 am — Reply

    How you missed two flights despite my braving the night cold to drop you escapes me. Please enjoy the experience though!!

  2. October 1, 2014 at 1:53 am — Reply

    This is really exciting, Rachael! I love the shot of Mt. Longonot from the air – I’ve only seen in from the highway so far. Looking forward to reading your daily posts for inspiration.

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:00 am — Reply

      I’m finally getting round to reply to the comments. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the series.

  3. June 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm — Reply

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