NDARACA YA NGAI

The Bridge is of age because it was a hide away joint for more than fifty maumau men and women during the colonial times. The British never discovered the scene and so it was a safe haven! It is a breath taking imagery of which nobody has a clear answer on how it came into existence, a remarkable image only in the County of Kirinyaga! A drive away from the Nairobi-Embu highway, hidden amidst the scenic view of Mt. Kenya lays a natural bridge known as Ndaraca ya Ngai (God’s Bridge).

 

CANOE KAYAK

“Canoe kayak is a tourist sport based in Sagana, Kirinyaga County – one of the counties facilitating white water adventure sports due to availability of the natural resources.”

CYCLING

Cycle around the slopes of Mt. Kenya

 

ELEPHANTS AT CASTLE FOREST LODGE

On a good day you can spot an elephant at castle forest lodge in the county of Kirinyaga The herd is led by the oldest and often largest female in the herd, called a matriarch. Herds consist of 8-100 individuals depending on terrain and family size. When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the whole matriarchal herd.

Males leave the family unit between the ages of 12-15 and may lead solitary lives or live temporarily with other males. Elephants mate during the rainy season and their gestation period is 22months Elephants are among the big five, an elephants’ diet include; Grass, leaves, bamboo, bark, and roots. Elephants are also known to eat crops like bananas and sugarcane which are grown by farmers. Adult elephants eat 300-400 lbs of food per day. Elephants form deep family bonds and live in tight matriarchal family groups of related females called a herd. “Elephants can communicate over long distances by producing a sub-sonic rumble that can travel the ground faster than sound through air.”

 

Facts about elephants

The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg) with a height of 13 feet (3.96 m).

The elephant has such sensitive skin that it can feel a fly landing on it.

The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg) with a height of 13 feet (3.96 m).

Elephants can hear one another's trumpeting calls up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.

An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kg) of food in one day.

The average lifespan of an elephant in the wild is 60 to 70 years.

 

BUFFALOS

BUFFALO FACT FILE

  • Swahili Name: Nyati
  • Scientific Name: Syncerus caffer
  • Weight: 1,500 pounds
  • Lifespan: 20 years
  • Size: About 65inches at the shoulder
  • Habitat: Dense forest to open plains
  • Diet: Herbivorous/grazer
  • Gestation: Between 11 and 12 months
  • Predators: Humans and lions

There is only one genus and one species of buffalo in Africa, but this single species has two different types: the large savanna buffalo and the much smaller dwarf forest buffalo. Savanna buffaloes are large, heavy cow like animals.

They vary greatly not only in size, but in the shapes of their horns and color. Adults are usually dark gray or black (or even look red or white if they have been wallowing in mud of that color) and the young are often reddish-brown. The smaller forest buffalo maintains the red color even as an adult, although in western Uganda, many savanna buffaloes are also red or pale orange instead of black. Adults lose hair as they age.

Both male and female buffaloes have heavy, ridged horns that grow straight out from the head or curve downward and then up. The horns are formidable weapons against predators and for jostling for space within the herd; males use the horns in fights for dominance.

BIRDS BRONZE SUNBIRD

A large and distinctive sunbird with elongated central tail feathers which looks black from a distance.Close up it shows bronze reflections on the head and back as well as some copper colouring elsewhere.theis species mates for life and is generally seen in pairs. Its food primarily nectar and also hawks for insects and picks them from leaf surfaces. Its range overlaps with the similar Taccaze sunbird and the two species can be confused at a distance or in poor light. However the Bronze sunbird lacks the Tacazze purple reflections on the back and wing.

Fun facts about birds

There are around 10000 different species of birds worldwide.

The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. It also lays the largest eggs and has the fastest maximum running speed (97 kph)

Some bird species are intelligent enough to create and use tools.

Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest living bird in the world, with a length of just 5 cm

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