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Karibu Kenya Accommodation Guide

on Monday, 11 February 2013. Posted in Travel

'Karibu Kenya' is a comprehensive accommodation guide book

Karibu Kenya Accommodation Guide

"Karibu Kenya Accommodation Guide is a comprehensive guidebook to Kenya, with detailed information on over 850 camps, lodges, hotels and resorts. It also includes facts about Kenya, all the regions in the country, the national parks, the reserves and conservancies, and the activities and facilities that are on offer in each area. Colour illustrations enhance every chapter, including maps of each region and photos of all properties. The guidebook is divided into regions and has a fully inclusive index, making it clear and easy to use." Tamara Britten

'Winter Solstice' - 21st December

on Thursday, 13 December 2012. Posted in Climate

Doomsday predictions, the Mayan Calendar, and another significant celestial date.

'Winter Solstice' - 21st December

The 21st of December 2012 is the 'Winter' Solstice, when the Earth's position is tilted to it's extreme and the Tropic of Capricorn is the closest latitide to the sun. 

This is the southern hemisphere's longest, day, and the northern hemisphere's shortest day.

Theories of the end of the world stemming from the Mayan Calendar are widespread. The reality is that the calendar does indeed end a long count period on this day, but not the end of the calendar completely, just as modern day calendars end on the 31st of December.

Ngalawa

on Sunday, 27 May 2012. Posted in Dhows and Traditional Boats, Fishing

Ngalawa

One of the most common boats seen on The Swahili Coast, the Ngalawa is an unmistakable and charming traditional boat.

It’s slim hull approximately 6 metres long is essentially a dugout canoe or Mtumbwi, which is what this vessel most likely evolved from. The raised bow and higher sides to the hull allow for the Ngalawa to reach out into the open seas. A pointed stern holds the rudder.

Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar, 2012

on Friday, 11 May 2012. Posted in Watamu, Events, Environment

10th November 2012 in Watamu

Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar, 2012

Bio-Ken Snake Farm have announced the dates for the 8th Snake-bite Seminar, which will take place at Turtle Bay Beach Club on the 10th November 2012.

An excellent event for medical personnel who experience cases of snakebite, as well as those interested in herpetology. Very useful for safari guides, rangers, and anyone who spends time in areas where an encounter with a venemous snake is possible.

Mtumbwi

on Monday, 30 April 2012. Posted in Dhows and Traditional Boats, Fishing

Simple dugout canoe

Mtumbwi

Mtumbwi is the most basic of traditional boats found along The Swahili Coast. It is a simple dugout canoe, generally carved from a large coastal tree such as a mango tree.
These canoes vary in size generally 2 to 3 metres, and rarely up to 6 metres in length. The smaller dugouts have the Swahili name ‘hori’, and are used to move between shore and larger vessels at anchor.
Mtumbwi are usually propelled by a small wooden paddle (kafi) or punting pole.

Tanzanite Colour and Value

on Wednesday, 01 February 2012. Posted in Lifestyle

A guide to color quality in Tanzanite

Tanzanite Colour and Value

Inland from the Swahili Coast on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro are a number of small mines. These mines are in search of a mineraly one thousand times rarer than diamond and found nowhere else in the world.

Tanzanite bought in East Africa can be great value for money, given there are no additional costs attributed to the transport and sales chain.

Kenya Coast Weather

on Monday, 14 March 2011. Posted in Climate

Rainfall and Temperature patterns on the Kenya Coast

Kenya Coast Weather

The major influence on East African weather is the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). This is an area of the atmosphere above the earth’s surface where two air-streams (the North East and South East Trade Winds) converge.

The zone is characterised by warm rising air and the formation of clouds, and is clearly visible as an equatorial band oscillating north and south across the equator as the earth revolves around the sun on it’s annual orbit along the plane of the ecliptic.

December Solstice

on Monday, 20 December 2010. Posted in Environment

December Solsctice heralds the return of the subsolar point towards the equator.

December Solstice

21 December - the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.

The subsolar point reaches it's southernmost limit - the Tropic of Capricorn (23.4 degrees south). The subsolar point now moves north - reaching the equator on March 21 / 22 - the vernal equinox.

The ITCZ and Rainfall Patterns on the Kenya Coast

on Friday, 29 October 2010. Posted in Climate

Article 3/3: An overview of the Kenya Coast's climatic model

The ITCZ and Rainfall Patterns on the Kenya Coast

As described in the previous article - the earth orbits the sun with it's axis tilted at an angle of about 23.4 degrees in relation to the Plane of the Ecliptic. The resulting effect of the sun's changing position in the sky causing the subsolar point to move between the tropics, and across the equator twice a year causing a change in the season's in the northern and southern hemisphere, and more locally in East Africa, the changing of the monsoon winds, and the alternating wet and dry seasons.

 

This article looks at the Kenya Coast's weather pattern in more detail and outlines a generalised climate model for this region.

 

The equatorial region's weather patterns are dominated by the Hadley Cell, an atmospheric circulation pattern occurring between the tropics that produce the easterly trade winds.

 

In the Hadley cell, air rises near the equator, flows out towards the poles at high altitude, descends back to the Earth's surface at the outer edges of the tropics, and completes the cycle by flowing back towards the equator near the earth's surface.

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