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Drags and Run - Superbike Race 2019

The Moto champ drags and run - Superbike race event was held last weekend at Exit 13 - Thika super highway, Kiganjo - Macadamia area in Kenya. The event hosted by Road Warrior motorcycle community is a series of races held in the country annually. It has pulled crowds from different biker communities via its road races closing a section of road to have one on one races to see who is fastest

Superbikes in different categories in terms of capacity from under 400cc, 600cc, 1000cc and over were all featuring. Different riders came to show off their style and racing skills this time round. Also noted were the different bike manufacturers and models represented as well from Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducatti, Honda, KTM, Apaches, Yamaha, BMW et al

The fans did not disappoint as well. They turned up in huge numbers in support of the event in diverse age groups. From the young to the old, they were all there for the adrenaline rush and to see the fast machines. Machoni Mwangu Photography was invited for the event and we managed to show up thanks to Ness Pixels, a fellow petrol head and adrenaline junkie :-) . Below is a series of some images captured on the day

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4 X 4 Challenge Champagne Park, Kipeto

The 4 X 4 Challenge has drawn a lot of interest from the petrol heads, adventure and outdoor lovers in Kenya. Over time, the event has been held in different locations from Kipeto to Lukenya where the roads / tracks are un-surfaced, with mud, gravel, rocks or even riverbeds or water filled pools. This time round it was hosted in Champagne park, Kipeto area and for sure a lot of Kenyan motoring enthusiasts came for the event.

The event usually is held over a weekend with activities from qualifiers to the finals per category. All vehicles are scrutinized and given pass to take part. Despite all that, some get to stall, get stuck but through it all each finds its own strength. Different passions are seen through the teams and their vehicles

From Friday through to Sunday in the evening, there is camping, food and drinks available on purchase through out. A relaxed time out to smell outdoors and see nature, see the new upgrades of 4 X 4, meet friends and rally lovers and have a great time with family as well, a getaway plan. Did i mention the nyama choma / fry is a deli always available? You don’t want to miss it next time

As usual, Machoni Mwangu Photography was around and took some images as below:

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Honda Shadow 750cc Cruiser

The Honda Shadow 750cc cruiser is indeed a beauty with gorgeous pipes and shinny chromes. The bike is based on Honda's venerable liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine. It has an impressive torque in the lower rpm ranges. The engine sports twin-plug, three-valve cylinder heads, with two intakes. At calm speeds along the greens, the bike was easy and noisily picking up speed. Fantastic however, the pillion seat is just miniature. For a long distance, it is sure going to hurt your rear.

The well kept and nicely spruced up Honda shadow cruiser got Kevin and I meet up at the Karirana estates one Sunday afternoon for a shoot. The idea was bring out the chrome on the bike against the back ground of the coffee plantations and the blue sky. The clear road and winding turns brought out some great images ideas as well

See some images captured on this Sunday break out of town

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Feel Fitness Centre

Feel fitness Centre is a gym and fitness facility located along garden estate road, Nairobi. This a space for growing a healthy community through fun, efficient and sustainable fitness solutions. The facility is well equipped and growing targeting memberships from all groups, gender, class and bridging the gap for a healthy working nation.

Feel Fitness centre is also incorporating #Afrobics into their work out programs. This is aerobics incorporating the African drum and song. Led by Cathy Kilonzo, Afrobics is growing big and each step making advances to learning African dance moves while getting the body fit.

Machoni Mwangu photography got the chance to join one of her practice sessions and captured a few moves as below

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Birds in Captivity

A visit to Elsamere Conservancy in December 2018 brought us back to several birds that we had seen in captivity 3 years ago at Naivasha Owls centre. The owner of the centre then was Sarah Higgins who took time to rehabilitate eagles, owls and other injured birds that were brought to the centre. These birds had been brought in by well wishers who found them in unfortunate situations. Some had been electrocuted while perching on electric poles while others had been knocked down by man et al

This lady managed to set up the centre in her home which we found to be quite amazing. Several birds had gone through her hands and on recovery were released back to the wild. Others were not so lucky and even after recovery could not be released out. They either missed a body part or were blind meaning that they could not survive in the wild by themselves if released. others had got imprinted on man as well and were not capable of taking care of themselves if released as well

Unfortunately Sarah passed on and the birds were sent out to different locations and fortunately a few were rehabilitated at Elsamere Conservancy Centre where we got to visit and see them this time again. Elsamere opened a bird rescue centre to assist in what Sarah had been doing earlier which we found to be very good of them to assist these creatures. The birds at Sarah’s were split with some being taken to the rescue centre in Elsamere and the others to the raptors rescue centre in Soysambu conservancy. While there, we got to see the below this time round

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Augur Buzzard.

Augur Buzzard.

Unfortunately the great blue Turacco which Sarah was also rehabilitating had been sent to Soysambu conservancy and we did not manage to see it. It was a great sight to behold with beautiful colours. We plan to visit the raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre in Soysambu in the coming year and hope to support the centre as well. Plan to visit and see how you can assist to save our fallen raptors as well

A Lesson in Tennis

Every great dream starts with a dreamer and a lesson in any game will instill a passion in life that could be a turning point for some. Tennis is a racket sport which can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball into the opponent's court. We chose to showcase a passion in tennis with a friend of mine which produced great images as well.

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Bring up a child about the way he should go and he will not depart from it even in old age. Expose a child to all the things you know to be beneficial to you, with time they will learn their passions and take up what interests them

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Launch of the Jet Air Ambulance by AMREF Flying Doctors

I happened to be available to witness the unveiling of the new jet ambulance aircraft services by the AMREF flying doctors last weekend at their Hangar in Wilson airport, Kenya. This event was graced by several members dignitaries among them the Cabinet Secretary for Defence in Kenya, Ambasador Raychelle Amamo, the AMREF Health Africa group CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi among others

Cabinet Secretary for Defence in Kenya, Ambasador Raychelle Amamo

Cabinet Secretary for Defence in Kenya, Ambasador Raychelle Amamo

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Prior to this Aircraft, AMREF Flying Doctors was relying on its 2 A Pilatus 12 (PC XII) aircraft’s for emergency evacuations since 2016 which are single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft’s. Now with the new Citation XLS which has a remarkable performance efficiency, comfort and ease with space to look after patients on air, AMREF Flying Doctors should be able to take better control of their aero-medical patients transports services while improving their bottom line

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Citation XLS 5Y - FDM

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The cockpit of the new Jet Air Ambulance

The cockpit of the new Jet Air Ambulance

The Red Carpet to the aircraft

The Red Carpet to the aircraft

As MachoniMwangu photography, we take the opportunity to congratulate AMREF Flying doctors on this achievement and wish them well as they endeavor to serve Africa and the world through aero-medical outreach work and charity evacuation programs

See below some images captured during the launch

CEO & Medical Director, AMREF Flying Doctors

CEO & Medical Director, AMREF Flying Doctors

Prize giving with Renee (Capital FM presenter) looking on

Prize giving with Renee (Capital FM presenter) looking on



Speed Bikes in season 2 SuperBike Championships in Kenya

The second season of the super bike championships races in Kenya took place at the TGRV circuit in Mai Mahiu. It was 2 day event with the first day having scheduled trial runs for the men to test their machines on the track and the second day was the big day. A few campers came in day one and majority flocked in for the race day on Sunday. This was going to be a big one

We noted some of the few speed bikes that came in for the show taking part in the races for 1000cc, 600cc and under 250cc.

KTM Duke 1290

KTM Duke 1290

Honda CBR 600RR

Honda CBR 600RR

Suzuki GSR

Suzuki GSR

Honda FireBlade

Honda FireBlade

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Apache leading the pack

Apache leading the pack

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Game Drive in the Nairobi National Park on Eid-al-Adha Day 2018

Public Holidays are usually great days to pack up the family and head out to the park. And so it happened during this holiday of Eid-al-Adha. We decided to head outdoors to our favorite park - Nairobi National Park and view some game.

We were up early and by 0630hrs, we were at the park via the East gate which is through Mombasa road. There were several cars already while checking in and many were anticipating to see the big cats.

I was in hoping to take great pictures as with every drive, there is always amazing scenes and interesting happenings. We made our payments and entered and turned left towards Hippo pools of which we were anticipating a peaceful drive without many people at that time and also game viewing before the rest of the park visitors started storming in. See below some images captured as we slowly drove through the park

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew

Grooming Baboons

Grooming Baboons

Bee Eater

Bee Eater

Male Rufous Sparrow

Male Rufous Sparrow

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

White-Faced Whistling Duck

White-Faced Whistling Duck

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Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

The time spent with family is always memorable and to crown it all with something that we all love, makes it even better. Some days are public days in 2019 will come in handy for such plans with the family. Kenya is very beautiful, travel and see the nation before the parks are out run by encroachments

Offroad riders and Outdoor lovers

The first light at dawn, the calm fresh air, the clean earth that has been washed by the rains, the quiet sight of the gazelles grazing, the tale to tell of the sunbird probing the flowers . . . . Fresh outdoors with only two wheelers, 4X4's and cameras. Thats what i am talking about, thats what i am thinking of today. I just want to go away

The sort of weekend that wakes up at the crack of dawn in a field with flowing waters and rivers. The one time when you will wake up earlier than normal not because you are headed off to work and wont be late, but simply because you do not want to miss a moment with that early bird. 

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No matter what the weather, no matter the career, no matter the religion, no matter the colour; outdoor lovers and adventure riders are just simple people who will not be confined to the four corners of a room. The people who seek the thrill to story tell by the camp fire, listening to crickets and the fire crackers as the tell of the previous adventure. 

Most of the time it is just normal people loving the outdoors, riding for pure fun to even nature trailing simply for pure enjoyment. Heroes are not always professionals who are doing the extra-ordinary but normal people like you and I who do what they love. We just love waking up to different sights and sounds and with that the weekend is made. 

Ducatti Panigale 1199; The drag race winning Bike

The first ever East African drag race was held in Nairobi, Kenya two weekends ago. This saw the coming together of beautiful, fast and very well-tuned super-bikes to Exit 12 of the Thika super highway which was closed for this occasion. Therein saw the magnificence of the Ducatti Panigale 1199R racing in Kenya

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Joyous Celebration Choir in CITAM, Karen in Kenya

The much celebrated South African group of singers, Joyous Celebration choir was in Kenya. The choir had a major performance at the CITAM Church, Karen. Led by Lindelani Mkhize, the choir did some of their greatest songs from Tshala, Hi Hanya Mahala et al. The music was indeed soulful and led many to a powerful time of worship and dance

The event was full of colour, great stage performance and lighting. Machoni Mwangu Photography was at the concert and managed to capture a few images of the show as below

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