The Curious Wanderer: Kevin Wabungo


It’s travel Tuesday and it’s time for The Curious Wanderer where we feature people who love travelling to both local and international destinations. Today’s Curious Wanderer is Photographer Kevin Wabungo. Kevin enjoys the great outdoors and is not fond of being inside confined spaces for long hours. He sees the world through his lens. He just looks at the world from a different point of view – his point of view. He is passionate about travel and honing his skills in photography.

Kevin Wabungo

1. What is your favourite destination?

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The campsites there are on another level. I got attached to Ol Lerai Campsite by the Ewaso Ngiro River. You will spot the odd buffalo across the bank. You may get luck and witness a herd of Elephants walk by. At night is when the wildlife comes alive moans and growls of all sorts of animals you literally sleep on the edge.

2. What places are on your travel bucket list?

  • Wololo The Spice Festival in India. The colours and festival mood that grips you from the photos I have seen on the web torment me every passing day.
  • Kora National Park.
  • I must visit Lake Turkana and Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania is definitely up there on the list.
  • The Singapore Grand Prix and the Tour dé France leave me with very little choice I must check them out one day.
  • Then there is Portugal…I will stop there lest I say every country in the world.

3. What factors do you consider when choosing a destination for your holidays or mini breaks?

Number one for me has to be the experience and a place I have never been before and the cost.

4. What are you travel essentials?

1. My Camera
2. My 2nd Camera
3. Extra batteries like 6 or so
A cap and plenty of water.

5. How do you save for your holidays?

I save in bits and pieces over the months and go on short holidays every quarter

6. Horror story from your travels. What went wrong?

We were doing a race up a coconut tree down at the Coast, in Kikambala and my pal missed a step and glided down. The competition ended there. We rushed him to hospital for treatment after suffering lots of bruises on his stomach and legs.

7. Where are you planning to go for your next mini trip or holiday?

Malindi and the Lamu Tamu aka Malindi-Lamu Mwenjoyoss sometime in November pesa ikipatikana ( watu wa Kwea Milele mnanipata)

8. If you had to choose a country from your travels where you could settle down apart from your home country which country would that be and why?

Brazil…It’s just got a whole lot of places to visit that you can’t get over with.

9. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group?

In a group any day… You get to interact with different personalities and get the a new perspective of the world. I also get to share memories with friends and then there is the tent-mate issue…the crazier the better…

10. How many countries have you been to?

Two…In waiting for an official invitation from the School of Campers and Gatherers

11. What is the most interesting city to visit in your country?

Kisumu is the most interesting there are lots of things to do from enjoying the fried fish at Dunga Beach and visiting the Impala National Park. A boda boda ride around the town is a must for any visitor.

12. What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?

A snake box…you open it up and little snake pops out to bite your finger …hold up it’s made of soap stone…

13. Would you rather visit another country or travel within your own country?

Either is fine…what would me more interesting for me would be a mix of both…

14. What are popular tourist destinations in your country?

The Lamu Festival and the Old Town in Mombasa

Have you been to any of them?

Yes I’ve been to Old Town…I wouldn’t mind going there a few more times.

15. Which would you recommend if you could only recommend one?

The Lamu Festival. The architecture is amazing and the feeling of being old school just gives you a sense of nostalgia

16. What advice would you give a newbie traveller travelling outside the country for the first time?

Be very apprehensive of those offering to help you and know your way about before you get there.

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