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Lord Maurice Egerton and Castle Without a Princess

Posted by Travel Adventurist On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 17 comments


This is the story of lord  Maurice Egerton tatton,the life and passion of Maurice, the fourth and last Baron Egerton of Tatton (1874 – 1958).the last son of Alan de Tatton and Lady Anna Louisia Taylor.
(Maurice liked to wear a pilot's cap)

A pioneer aviator, photographer and filmmaker, he was an early motorist and prodigious traveller.he was 4th and last Baron Egerton of Tatton

collections of extraordinary items from around the world by egerton including this musical instruments from Africa probably kenya many of which are now on display in u.k visit tattonpark.org.uk
musical instrumentscollections from kenya


Castle Without a Princess 
Lord Egerton Castle is a splendid architectural masterpiece
Egerton built between 1930 and 1940 and still stands conspicuously like a pendant in the beautiful countryside, a 12 kilometers from Nakuru town
Maurice was one of the early aviators, this is one of the photos from Tattonpark  
a welcoming and relaxing stunning mansion ,200kms east of nairobi and 10 minute ride from nakuru town  It has expansive green lawns ,splendid colorful garden on all its side

Since arriving in Kenya in 1927, Egerton had lived in a six bed-roomed house next to the castle.
Egerton castle in Nakuru Kenya
Built for a lady to whom Baron Egerton wished to become engaged, the house is something of an anachronism.

Lord Egerton deeply fell in love with Austrian woman in early 1920’s, shortly after he had moved to Britain’s African colony to occupy and farm his 26,000 acres of land. He brought his fiancé to the small home he had built on the property. she came to his house and laughed at him. She told egerton that  she was of “royalty” back home and that she would never live in the “chicken coop” of a house he had built. She fled back to as soon as possible 

Sure  to impress her, Lord Egerton constructed the castle on a scale that would surely impress her and make her change her mind. He conceived of a castle that would have no comparison in England or any other country for that matter
well chopped stones and zinc tiles for the roof were shipped from Europe, the builders from Europe and Asia. The outcome in 1938, was a stupendous four-storey edifice fitted with some of the most up-to-date mechanical and electrical gadgets at the time, including an escalator!

However even after building a majestic castle for Lady Victoria she still rejects him in the presence of his friends.As it happened,not once but twice, and Egerton's heart was broken,even after building the castle, especially for her ,This leads to Lord Egerton changing and dedicating his life to farming, hunting and development of education. This gives birth to Egerton University founded on the basis of Agriculture but which has transformed into a diverse institution offering many courses apart from Agriculture.
before that He furnished and ran the castle as if the family he had envisaged actually existed. Nobody but the house servants was ever allowed in, According to the current caretaker Robert

Lord Maurice banned all women from the 52-room castle and its 100-acre grounds.He hated chicken and dogs because the woman who spurned his proposal said the six-bed roomed house the Lord lived in before completion of the castle was small as a chicken hut or a dogs kennel

He banned women from ever setting foot in the 100-acre ground in which the castle stood, spent the rest of his life alone until his death on January 30, 1958. The woman associated with the baron’s irrational behaviour has never been named in all accounts about his life
“He pinned notices on trees warning that the grounds were out of bounds for women and that any woman who disobeyed the notice risked being shot,when he planned to visit the quarters where his African staff lived, he would issue a two-week notice so that all women could be vacated." recalled  78-year- old Robert Onyiego the current caretaker,(former employee of Lord Egerton),

it is rather ironic that numerous weddings are now hosted on the castle ,a favourite attraction for lovers tying the knot and a picnik site
to his generosity Lord Egerton, bequeathed his land to the government.
lord maurice egerton died with no heir 



**Egerton Castle is worth visiting but pretty hard to find,i got to know of it while on visit to Nakuru national park ,thanks to #tembeakenya crew on twitter

Lake Nakuru National Park

Posted by Travel Adventurist On Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2 comments

Lake Nakuru National Park 
 
A Rhino Sanctuary and and home to the many wild-game like the Lion, Waterbucks, Buffalo etc, and is one of the rare  places where you can spot Rothschild's giraffes.Rhinos are a common sight as well as Flamingos, baboons and leopards, its Birders paradise, the views are spectacular , The world renowned ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson once defined it as "the greatest bird spectacle on earth”. also referred as the Pink Lake for its great masses of pink flamingos. The Park has more than 56 species of mammals,picturesque  Baboon Cliffs as well as numerous waterfalls throughout.

DAY1, We left from Merica hotel located in the heart of Nakuru ,just four kilometers down Nakuru Town,to the lake's main entrance ,thousands of yellow barked acacia interspersed with grasslands.fantastic view to this unique game-viewing venue, with 188 square kilometers of land and  great ecological diversity - from lake water, woodland, bush grassland, to rocky ridges.

 we begin with Baboon Cliff the best vantage point to track the lake shore and watch huge flocks of fish eating pelicans ,We had a great one night stay here At sarova lion hill,Food was excellent and the range was amazing. Staff were helpful and friendly. The view from the patio to the lake was so peaceful, If you were in the park, this is one place you should never miss
Best of home!

Day2 we were lucky enough to see black and white rhinos! We rolled slowly  on to the track in search of more animals. Every now and then great big pelicans soared above our head towards the lake,but the most fab sight i came across was this rhino and its tiny kid 
Baby Rhinoceros!

We spotted a family of zebras on the way out; loads of them in and amongst the acacia trees.

Lake Nakuru is one of the world's premier wildlife destinations.
Amazing trip you ought to be here someday!

Cape Town

Posted by Travel Adventurist On Saturday, September 03, 2011 1 comment

Cape Town ...Beautiful cape
 
Cape Town is surely in the top of the world's best  cities, famous for its natural and scenic beauty
a top tourist destinations in the world

History
Cape Town was originally home to the Khoi and San, nomads
who made a living on hunting and gathering.
the majestic Table Mountain was a haven where seafarers could seek shelter and take aboard fresh supplies of water and meat bartered from the local inhabitants.mostly Portuguese who later named it 'cape of hope'
cape was originally named by Bartolomeu Dias as the Cape of Storms. This was because of the terrible storms he had to endure on the East Coast of Cape Town. It was later renamed as the Cape of Good Hope, to please the king of Portugal.

Facts about Cape
  • Surfing is a popular sport in Cape Town and it organizes a Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition every year.
  • The Port of Cape Town is deemed to be one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world.
  • Its the only city in the world situated on the Indian and Atlantic Oceans
  • Rich architectural heritage, housing a high density of Cape Dutch style buildings.
  • December is best time to hit the place as it is the heart of summer

Amazing...
There was a time when the whole of Cape Town's main road, Adderley Street, was made out of wooden blocks or tiles later covered,the wooden tiles can still be found in the cultural historic museums
Must do in Cape
If you have to do one thing, do this. You will not be disappointed ,
  • Hit the magnificent Table Mountain cable-way and enjoying the city from the top, Mountain’s cable cars are a popular way to see some panoramic views
  • Dive to picturesque beaches, well laid white sandy beaches of Camps Bay or Clifton
  • Skydiving or parachuting is a must-do for adrenaline junkies and Cape Town has one of the world's most scenic Drop Zones.there are many museums and historic places outlining cities history and cultures
  • With plenty of places to shop its on  every shoppers wish list
My friend Anne(right) and Stella , wicked awesome cape!
Robben Island
Cruise to robben islands in style (MUST)..“A place to comprehend the resilience of the human spirit and the enormity of forgiveness.”—Sheryl Ozinsky,was quoted former island prison, now a United Nations World Heritage Site.

6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
The two-and-a-half-hour tour of the flat, bleak island is led by former prisoners and includes a stop at Mandela’s cell, the lime quarry where prisoners toiled, and the rocky headlands .
Don't forget to look out for penguins while you stroll about here





Cant just make the the whole of cape in such a single post..Just hit there and experience the Magical and mystical , tell me something about it...


Wicked Aawesome!!


Rihanna getting dirty at the Carnival in Barbados

Posted by Travel Adventurist On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1 comment



 R Rated singer dressed in a cut away bra top and a pair of tiny red 


pants celebrated Kadooment Day with the Barbadians Yet another excellent reason to go to Barbados is to see and experience 
historic carnival 'crop over' 


Barbados is an island country situated in the western area of the North 
Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and 
the Caribbean Sea The largest carnival-like cultural event which takes 
place on the island is the Crop Over festival,The festival includes 
musical competitions and other traditional activities. The male and 
female Barbadian that harvested the most sugarcane are also crowned as 
the King and Queen of the crop.It gets under way from the beginning of 
July, and ends with the costumed parade on Kadooment Day,The grand 
finale of the Crop Over celebration, this public holiday is a summer 
street carnival held on the first Monday of August.


 Tourist join locals and visitors in the "jump-up", a joyous 
celebration and dance through the streets to calypso music .Kadooment Day 
symbolizes and marks the end of the sugar cane harvest.the party 
continues with more fantastic music, lots of food and drink and, for 
some, a quick swim at the nearby beach.Kadooment Day is celebrated with 
costume bands filling up the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms 
and fireworks that ignite the sky.


Rihanna was certainly the star of the show and showed little inhibition 
as she played up to the crowds on the stage flaunting her fabulous 
figure as she danced down with the fans


Ri-Ri was also seen blowing kisses to the crowd, supping on a drink and 
chatted with friends as she partied the day away. she
steamed up the stage with sexy dance moves that showed her
gyrating and giving lap dances in front of her screaming fans.




ooh She's  such a cutie pie!!


When you visit Barbados, you will find it mostly a flat coral island 
with excellent beaches,but here lies your ultimate dream vacation in 
the  great Caribbean island


aspire to infuse abit of romance  and adventure!

Meet The African Biker

Posted by Travel Adventurist On Sunday, March 27, 2011 3 comments

wheelers of Lagos
How we Roll in Africa..
There is nothing like feeling of freedom you get from riding a motorcycle.  Two wheels you and the Road.It is a passion, Freedom of the wind in your hair and the road at your feet. It is just a way to get out of the real-life basically and it is real pleasure, If you love the open road more than your grandaddy, chances are you’re part of africa’s growing Biker Culture,

Motorcycling, as a sport, is not very popular in Africa primarily because of the potential dangers involved. Many motorists do not obey traffic laws and potholes in the middle of the road can be fatal
but the leather clad kind culture  is here

Bike families in Africa
Biker Culture is hotter than ever right now thanks to a variety of festivals, bars and events this are group of riders that have crossed paths on social ride outs and realized that we had one thing in common
our beloved Diversions. From this came an idea that it just might be a good idea to get a formal type of club
Bikers are a breed unto themselves.  Their lifestyle is clearly defined by their clothing, the way they relate to each other, and their love of the open road; not to mention their motorcycles.It's how they relate best--the joy of experiencing together "the beauty of love in the wind."

Uganda bikers Association
The Uganda Bikers (UB) 'The Ambassadors of Hope',is a non-profit organization primarily involved in three main areas, HIV/AIDS Awareness, providing school fees for Orphans effected by HIV and thirdly the promotion of road safety in Africa and more specifically in their country of Uganda on February 13th 2010 - Uganda Bikers managed to hand over 15 Million UShs in support of the children affected or infected by HIV
Few members of Uganda bikes association 

Uganda Bikers on Tour from Kigali to Kibuye in Rwanda, beautiful ride!.

  The Uganda Bikers Association was founded to promote the enjoyment of owning and riding motorcycles. their current mission is to raise funds for a local grassroots charity providing services such as healthcare and education to AIDs orphans. At the same time they promote awareness of road safety while exploring the many scenic roads of Uganda and other African destinations
More information contact
 uba "@"ugandabikers.com
UBA

Inside Africa hits the open road and cruise alongside the motorcycle enthusiasts of Uganda.

Kenyan Bikers Club
Online community bringing all  riders together. Offering help and advice plus organised meets and rideouts.
The group's leader is Kevin Oduor-Noah. He's the founder of Ancient Exclusives, a company that imports and sells motorcycles.his company encourages Kenyans to take up biking ,he wants Kenya to become the biking hub of East Africa, offering bike tourism and races.
  Another significant member in the network of Kenyans who are embracing the biking culture. is Kimani Gathu ,Gathu has owned 23 bikes since 1969,He has a machine like no other in Kenya, The self-dubbed "fastest grandfather in Kenya" with his Kawasaki ZX 1400 (1400cc) valued it at kSh2 million, the machine is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 kph in 2.5 seconds, and achieving top speeds of over 300 kph,one that draws attention and admiration wherever he goes
Kimani Gathu revved up his first bike in 1958.  he has made significant appearance to Africa concours d elegance , ,he was dubbed Granpa who rides the world’s fastest super bike at Concours d’Elegance 09 



In Nigeria ,Superbikes are commonly called “Powerbikes”to distinguish them from the “Okada”. 
the ordinary Motorcycles (small bikes with an engine capacity of 100cc to 150 200cc)
Wheelers Motorcycle Club is Nigeria's premiere motorcycle club, established in Lagos in 2002 to provide enthusiastic riders with a platform to get together. 
"Biking is the ultimate sport,","It's a school, an experience, a heart trip, an adrenaline pump, a drug, Biking is like a hundred things wrapped into one. One hour of riding will rejuvenate me faster than a trip to the UK for three weeks." member of the wheeler club Lagos 
The club's has over 50 members cuts across all levels of society and professions.its a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds who all share the same passion for motorcycles.you'l find  lawyers, accountants, engineers, entrepreneurs and all kinds of other professionals


Lagos wheelers

Bikers in Jos - Plateau State - Nigeria

  1. More other clubs across Africa
  • Easy Riders Motorcycle Club  Nigeria
  • Abuja 09 Club                                      Nigeria
  • Bikers of South Africa  
plus more  i'l mention on my next blog .

Fastest bike standings 2011

1. Dodge Tomahawk: 350 mph (560 km/h)
2. Suzuki Hayabusa: 248 mph (397 km/h)
3. MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K: 227 mph (365 km/h)
4. Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird: 190 mph (310 km/h)
5. Yamaha YZF R1: 186 mph (297 km/h)
5. Yamaha YZF R1: 186 mph (297 km/h)
7. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11/ZZ-R1100: 176 mph (283 km/h)
8. Aprilia RSV 1000R Mille: 175 mph (278 km/h)
9. BMW K 1200 S: 174 mph (278 km/h)
10. Ducati 1098s: 169 mph (271 km/h)

Just pay them respect they deserve!

If this growth and trend across Africa continues at its current pace, it could certainly provide new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs But being part of the African motorcycle clubs takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best find
we Ride because we love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath you. But most of all, ride to better understand ourself, our machines, the lands in which we ride, and to seek out and know other bikers like myself.
 
my word 
Get yourself the real thing, not those plastics helmets but a real helmet no matter the price it is worth it,watch the speed bro, i know it's tempting ,we ride because it is fun. we ride because we enjoy the freedom we feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding
a cautious biker would put on appropriate biking gear, including helmet, gloves and riding boots and would ride at a comfortable speed.

More details to follow ...

 Ride safe!..