Safaris, evening lectures, book launches, children’s activities and more…

THE AFFORDABLE ART SHOW, 2018

Mpala Ranch in Laikipia, November 16-18

Mpala Ranch is a 50,000 swath of savanna and woodland habitat in Laikipia. It is unfenced, but defined by the catchment of 2 rivers. It has some of the most spectacular wildlife populations outside the gazetted national parks – over 6,000 elephants, Grevy’s zebra, a large population of wild dogs, eland, and hippo among others.

Mpala Ranch is a biodiversity haven. In 1994 the existing ranch was converted into a Research Centre. It is funded and administered by a Trust in collaboration with Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum, and Kenya Wildlife Service. It deals with conservation and management of wildlife and natural resources in unprotected areas and demonstrates that protecting wildlife does not require the exclusion of humans and the activities of their livelihoods. It hosts visiting research scientists from all over the world.

During our visit, we’ll have a chance to visit the historic caves on the property, do game drives, and hear presentations from resident researchers. The exact topics for the itinerary will be confirmed as we approach the travel date.

Cost: 18,000 Ksh pp sharing

Included: FB and lodging

Not included: Transport.  Please indicate transportation status when signing up: if you will be driving, if can take passengers, or if you need transportation. Van transportation can be arranged if needed.

Other:  indicate if you are a vegetarian or have food allergies when signing up.

This opportunity to visit Mpala Ranch is a special privilege extended to the Kenya Museum Society

Payments: M-PESA Paybill, Business No: 400800, Account: 6571570019

Bookings: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

The KMS Annual Second Hand Book Sale – Fri & Sat, 7 & 8 September 2018,10 am – 4 pm

Friday and Saturday, 7 – 8 September 2018
Nairobi National Museum, Main Courtyard
From 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on both days

It’s that time of the Year again, when you get a chance to revamp your home library!

#BigSaleWithGreatBargains 2018 Edition is here: Books, magazines, kids books, games, DVDs, CD’s…from as low as Ksh 50
Don’t miss out the best deal in town. We are looking forward to seeing you, your family, friends and colleagues there.
Note: We are still accepting donations of books, kids games, DVDs, puzzles, magazines, used computers, printers and other home appliances
You may drop off your donation at the KMS office, open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, or at the KMS Shop, inside the Nairobi National Museum, open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm, otherwise we can organize pickup.

There’s no Entry Fee to the Sale!

Contacts: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

All Proceeds will support various Projects of the National Museums of Kenya.

Day Outing – Tour of Paleontology & Archaeology Sections of NMK – Sat 15 Sept 2018

Saturday 15 September 2018

Behind the scenes visit to Paleontology & Archaeology Sections of the National Museums of Kenya

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Paleontology Section is under the Earth Sciences department, one of the core research departments of the National Museums of Kenya. The Section is mandated to research, conserve and disseminate knowledge about Kenya’s fossil heritage. The Section holds extensive and well curated collections of fossils that include: the most complete record of human origins; a remarkable record of the distant ancestry of dinosaurs, mammals and reptiles; and a rich history of plant evolution and diversification. Kenya’s human fossil record dates back to the last 6 million years, making Kenya indisputably the oldest record holder and truly the Cradle of Mankind. We will get a rare opportunity to view original fossils of extinct carnivores, insects, elephants, hippos, short-necked giraffe and plants, among other fossils as well as replicas of over 7 human ancestral species.  It will also be an opportunity to learn some of the significant similarities and differences between chimps and humans.

Archaeology Section The archaeological collections at NMK were, obtained through professional excavation and the donations of enthusiasts since the 1920s. They consist of stone and bone artefacts, shell, pottery, faunal material as well as rock art reproductions. These collections cover all the important periods of human technological, behavioural and cultural development, from 3.3 million to 300 years ago. Collections from the Early Stone Age include the oldest artefacts in the world and reproduction of the oldest human footprints left more than 1.5 million years ago from the Turkana Basin. We will have a demonstration on how our ancestors made and used the stone tools. The researchers will share some of the major breakthroughs in Archaeology in the last 5 years; Discovery of unique fossil hand bones and of earliest site with modified faunal remains in isolation from stone tools in the Koobi Fora region; discovery of Rock Art sites from various parts of the country including Mt. Elgon area, Mbeere and Nakuru areas and discovery of archaeological in Mt. Kenya region. The collections highlight how our ancestors interacted with and adapted different to environments to emerge with the current different civilizations resent today. This finding not only make Kenya the cradle of humankind but also the cradle of innovation.

We shall visit these two departments, guided by palaeontologists and archaeologists for each section.

KMS Members – Adult Ksh 1,150, Child Ksh 550

Guests – Adult Ksh 1,350, Child Ksh 700

Payment Options; Safaricom: Mpesa paybill, Business No: 400800, Account: 6571570019

Airtel Money: 0780 755 231

RSVP: 0724 255 299,078 755 231, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

Proceeds made will go towards development of the Earth Sciences’ various projects.

Safari: Kilimandege, Soysambu Conservancies, and Lakes Naivasha and Elementaita – 5 – 7 October 2018

Kilimandege and Soysambu Conservancies, Lakes Naivasha and Elementaita

5 – 7 October (2 nights)

This 2- night trip is to the two lakes, Soysambu conservancy and the Naivasha area. We will be staying in the 88 acre Kilimandege Sanctuary. It has plains game and hippo at night. We stay at Joan Root’s old house which is within this sanctuary and with lovely views of Lake Naivasha. It is a charming 1930’s house. The neighbouring house is equally charming and we shall be accommodated in both. All meals are taken together.

 Joan and Alan Root were famous for their nature documentaries.  It may be possible to watch a couple of them.

For a full itinerary of this safari, please contact us through: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

Christmas Safari – Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba Reserves -27 Dec – 1 Jan 2019

Experience the bewitching beauty of the unspoilt wilds of the vast Samburu region . The area is sparsly populated and you see a few colourful Samburu with their herds of goats, sheep and camels. In the wider Samburu area we shall explore Magado crater, Chandler’s Falls, Mt Ololokwe and Wamba.

All three above reserves touch the charming slow-moving Ewaso Nyiro River. You will see a lot of elephants ambling along the river as well as other game. The special animals of the north are oryx, grevy’s zebra, the blue-legged Somali ostrich and gerenuk.

For a full itinerary of this safari, please contact us through: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

NOTE: This is peak holiday season. So please rush and book with a 50% deposit to secure your place, soon.

Call For Artists

Safari: Lake Ol Bolossat & Menengai Crater, 14 – 15 July 2018

Note: Absolute deadline 4 July, for full payment.

This trip is to the interesting and little known area between Gilgil, Nyahuru and Nakuru. We shall go via either Gilgil or Njambini.

On Saturday we visit Lake Ol Bolossat which has good bird life, especially ducks, and hippo. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Hippo pools near Nyahururu and take a short walk to Thompson’s Falls. We then take the very dramatic descent into the Rift Valley through Subukia. Passing through Nakuru we head out to Maili Saba Camp, as the name suggests, 7 miles on the road out of Nakuru! Perched on the edge of Menengai Crater, this is a charming rustic tented camp with the most amazing view of the silent crater below. It has a warm, casual atmosphere, good food and a small swimming pool. Each tent has its own terrace.

On Sunday after breakfast there will be a long walk to the edge of the crater. After that you can just relax. We depart for Nairobi after lunch.

Cost:  11,800 pp sharing. Children below 12 pay 7,100.

Included:  FB at Maili Saba, guided walk at Lake Ol Bolossat.

Not included:  transport, guided walk at Menengai.

Road:  Mostly tarmac.

Carry a picnic lunch for Saturday.

Bookings: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

 

Payment Options;

  1. Safaricom: M-PESA Paybill, Business no – 400800, Account No- 6571570019

Safari: Lakes Magadi and Natron, 27 – 29 July 2018

Escape the cold in Nairobi. Descend into the Rift Valley and explore the incredibly beautiful hellish paradise of these two lakes.

Friday- Arrive in Magadi late morning. A guided walk by the Magadi Soda Co to explain the soda extraction process.Then we proceed to the lake to see the many water birds especially flaming. Picnic lunch at the lake shore.

Back in Magadi check in at the tented camp (the tents are air-conditioned!) In the afternoon you can go swim at the Magadi Soda club or just relax. Dinner at the club.

Saturday-  After breakfast we depart for the Nguruman escarpment and Lake Natron. There will be a charge to pass through Shompole ranch. The best time at Natron is around 4pm when a lot of game arrives to drink water. Picnic lunch. Return to Magadi by 6.30pm. Dinner at club.

Sunday- After a leisurely breakfast return to Nairobi. We may make a short stop at the pre-historic site at Olorgesaille where you can enjoy the remnants of your picnic food.

Cost  14,400 pp sharing. Single room supplement is only 500 per day but depends on availability. Children pay 60% of the total.

Included – 2 days half board at camp, guide fees, guided walk of soda operations

Not included – transport, Shompole conservancy fee (1,500), Lake Natron fee (500)

Transport: Indicate transportation status when signing up: if you will be driving, if can take passengers, or if you need transportation. Van transportation can be arranged if needed.

Day Outing: Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Sat 25 August 2018

Get away from noisy Nairobi for a couple of hours, hiking, birding and game viewing in this serene national park.

The name Ol Donyo Sabuk , in masai , means “ solitary mountain”, this unique mountain

Stands a proud 7,037 feet talll in the predominately flat surroundings of the athi plains. This rugged hump – backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the athi plains, offers from its summit magnificent 360 degree panaromic view s over the athi river,pinapple fields of Thika and the snowcapped views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt kenya on clear days.

Ol donyo Sabuk also homes the grave of famous sir William Northrup Mcmillan.

The park is only 65 km from Nairobi towards central highlands of Thika, and makes for an excellent day trip.

The lush vegetation and cool air of this compact and scenic national park, make trekking easy. The leisurely trek will provide ample opportunity to bird view up close, and also admire various wild grassland game. We will be accompanied by a game ranger as the park boasts of large numbers of buffalo.

Our plan would be to drive northwards to Thika town, via the Chania falls, before proceeding to the fourteen falls, through pineapple plantations. Making stops at all these lovely sites as we drive into the park for a full on day trekking and birding adventure.

Our own Washington Wachira will lead the trip, sharing with us his vast and comprehensive knowledge on birds.

Cost:

KMS Member – Ksh 3,050

Guest – Ksh 3,350

Payment: Safaricom, M-PESA, Paybill, Business No 400800, Account number 6571570019.

Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Bring a hat, drinking water, binoculars and wear good walking shoes.

Suitable for children over 9 years.

We look forward to this exciting day out and hope many of you will join us.

Included   – Transport, guide and rangers fees

Excluded   – Park Fees, Lunch and other personal expenses.