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Day 2 - The Kibwezi Plantation

February 14th 2009

Program:
- Breakfast 8am-9am
- Check out from the hotel and load the bus   9am-10am
- Bus Nairobi-Kibwezi 9:45am-3:30pm
  (lunch at Guenter's Guest House 2pm-2:45pm)
- Visit Kibwezi Mukuyu Farm 3:30pm-4:30pm
- Bus Kibwezi-Tsavo National Park 4:30pm-6pm/7:30pm
  (about an hour from the entrance of the lodge we
   would stay overnight.)

 

Bus Ride Nairobi - Kibwezi

The ride from Nairobi to Kibwezi was the start of a very long journey ahead of us in the days to come. The roads were damaged and in a horrible shape with holes and bumps everywhere. We will never ever complain again about bad Scandinavian roads after experiencing the bad roads in both Kenya and Uganda. Exhaust and dust from old trailer trucks, lorries, minibuses and cars followed us the whole way and the bus swerved to avoid the worst holes.

The poverty was conspicuous and heartbreaking everywhere. In spite of that we saw a lot of happy and smiling people waving at us. Often children were running after the bus waving and screaming in excitement of seeing a busload of white people.

At 12:30pm, we had a mini break at Hunters Lodge before driving on to Guenter’s Guest House where we had lunch at 2 pm. We had a buffet containing of casserole, chicken and rice. Note that the chicken in Kenya mainly consists of bones and skin. Not much of meat there.

Kibwezi Mukuyu Farm

The Better Globe Forestry plantation in Kibwezi is a test and training centre for the local population of the societies Better Globe has/are going to have tree plantations like Kiambere and Sosoma. It is of great importance to create a good neighbourship, so then it will not be that necessary to use guards or bob wire fences to protect the trees in the plantations against theft, grazing etc. Better Globe wants to support these societies by building schools through Child Africa for the children in those areas, by educating the farmers to improve their farms and by giving the micro loans. This is the way Better Globe will improve the standards of living for the people in those areas.

In the agricultural education at Kibwezi we train the farmers about how to grow different kinds of fruit trees, about fodder production, vegetables etc. But first of all we bring knowledge of how to collect, store and use water. We learned how rain water and night dew were collected in large 50,000 litres basins, and how the drip irrigation worked from those basins. We also train the farmers in bee keeping and composting.

With the cooperation of research laboratory in Gent, Belgium, we research on producing seedlings with deep going tap roots. By doing so, trees will be better able to capture water from the nature and will be less dependent of being watered.

After being served with delicious locally produced mangos and papayas, we left in a hurry to reach the Tsavo national Park before 6 pm. We got there just in time! To stay in the park we had to pay a fee of 50 USD per night. While waiting for the paper work to be done we were almost “attacked” by people who wanted to sell different kind of carvings. Rino advised us to wait buying until we reached the Equator, Uganda to avoid the freight and also the prices would be even lower. Our advice is to purchase wherever you are if you find something you like. Many of those carvings were not available elsewhere. The prices were good but remember to bargain – it is possible to get a 20-50 % lower price.

Tsavo National Park

On our way into the park, half hour drive in the twilight, we got our first encounter with the wild animals of Africa! We hadn’t even started our safari when we saw buffalos, zebras and even elephants. It had gotten dark when we arrived at Kilanguni Serena Safari Lodge. The atmosphere there was fantastic! We had to pinch ourselves in the arm when checked in at the wonderful rooms and entered the restaurant for dinner. Straight below this open room was a water hole where we could see a herd of elephants. When they had finished their drinking, a flock of zebras took over. We were in the heart of Africa in close contact with the wild nature.

 

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Special News
By Jean-Paul Deprins

From Dryland to Greenland

Better Globe Forestry Ltd was incorporated in Kenya in 2004 and is part of The Better Globe Group from Norway, which focuses on the need to help fight poverty. The organisation does this through promoting massive tree planting and sustainable agricultural programmes through microfinance schemes, educational programmes and building schools.

The mission of Better Globe Forestry Ltd is to make Kenya a greener and healthier place in which to live by focusing on the development of profitable, commercial tree plantations that will deliver environmental as well as humanitarian benefits.

Better Globe Forestry Ltd is totally committed to extensive commercial tree planting in ASALs as part of its overall environmental and social mission. As such, Better Globe Forestry has developed a whole range of interventions to cooperate with communities and individuals neighbouring its plantations. Better Globe Forestry recognises that a good neighbour policy is the best way to protect its plantations.

As a fundamental business principle, Better Globe Forestry Ltd conducts all its transactions with integrity and in accordance with good business ethics and practices.

Better Globe Forestry Ltd, supported by top experts in agro-forestry, is taking on consultancy, implementation and training services in different fields related to agro-forestry in drylands and has an established forestry and agricultural test and training centre in Kibwezi for that purpose.

Click for larger image The Better Globe Forestry Kibwezi Mukuyu Farm is a model dryland farm, excelling in integrated farming techniques for ASAL with emphasis on tree planting, water management and soil fertility for increased productivity. Water management and the efficient use of water are demonstrated through a variety of techniques including low-pressure drip irrigation for fruits and vegetables.

The whole concept is based on long-term thinking. It involves big investments and a great deal of research. However, taking on the many challenges for the many years to come is the only way to change what has become dryland to "Greenland".

 

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On Our Way to Kibwezi
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Kibwezi Mukuyu Farm
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Tsavo National Park
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