Right now, it’s 9:10 AM GMT, and I’m in a safari truck with two fellow guests from my lodge. On my left, a young lady hands me a silver container holding my breakfast – a tasty bacon, egg, and tomato sandwich, along with some yogurt, a banana, an apple, and crackers. Up front, our driver skillfully mixes drinks, a delightful blend of Amarula cream liqueur and hot tea. To my right, a breathtaking scene unfolds: majestic elephants and other wildlife roam freely, with the impressive outline of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. At this moment, I realize that Amboseli, Kenya, is truly special. Here I am, enjoying what might just be the best breakfast experience of my life.

My journey to this incredible place began with my stay at Tawi Lodge, nestled in the heart of Amboseli. Over four days, I embarked on an adventure that left a lasting mark on my soul.

First on my list was the Game Drive, a thrilling adventure into the wild. Our destination was Amboseli National Park, known as the “home of the African elephants.” As we entered the park, the scenery transformed into a vibrant display of natural beauty. It didn’t take long before I came face-to-face with the charming residents of the savannah – elephants, giraffes, ostriches, flamingos, buffalo, Lesser Kudu, hyenas, African eagles, and countless bird species. It was a captivating spectacle, a peek into the complex web of life in the African wilderness.

But the excitement didn’t stop there. Our journey led us to Tawi Conservancy, where nature’s wonders continued to amaze me. Here, I admired the balance of coexisting ecosystems and relished the breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The highlight was breakfast in the heart of the park, a unique experience that allowed me to enjoy my meal surrounded by the natural symphony of Amboseli.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, a new chapter of my adventure unfolded – the Sundowners. This enchanting activity quickly became a favorite. At Tawi Conservancy, just outside the lodge, we gathered in comfy camp chairs, embraced by the warmth of a crackling fire. Chilled drinks and delicious food completed the scene, but the real star was the backdrop – the awe-inspiring presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was a moment of peace, a time for reflection, and a chance to witness the sun bidding farewell in the most magnificent way.

My journey into the heart of Amboseli also allowed me to explore the rich tapestry of Maasai culture. A visit to the local Maasai community introduced me to the welcoming village chief and the fascinating Maasai way of life. Inside one of their homes, we discussed their traditions, and I learned that these homes are crafted by skilled Maasai women. The day became even more memorable as I joined in their traditional dance, a lively celebration of their heritage and unity.

On the way back, I spontaneously decided to visit a local community nursery and primary school. There, I encountered the enthusiastic faces of Maasai children, full of hope. Spending time with them and talking to a teacher offered a moving glimpse into their world. The teacher shared their urgent needs, emphasizing the importance of school supplies and access to clean water. This unplanned visit reminded me of the power of small acts of kindness and inspired me to contribute to community building.

However, the true enchantment of my stay at Tawi Lodge lay in its lodging, staff, and culinary delights. Each morning, I awoke to the majestic presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the gentle sounds of wildlife, a soothing natural symphony. The staff and team at the lodge weren’t just hosts; they became family. Their genuine care and warmth created a sense of belonging, with individuals like Gabriel and Chef Emmanuel leaving a lasting impression.

And then there was the food – a culinary journey of refreshing and flavorful dishes. The dedication of the culinary team was evident in every bite. With a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the lodge ensured that each meal was a delightful experience. Guests could choose from the daily menu in advance, and the chefs would work their magic, ensuring a culinary masterpiece awaited us upon our return from daily activities.

My overall experience at Tawi Lodge in Amboseli was truly exceptional. It was a journey that touched my heart, mind, and soul. From the incredible wildlife encounters to the heartwarming moments with the Maasai community, every day brought a new adventure. The lodging, staff, and food added layers of comfort and joy to this unforgettable trip. Amboseli, with its striking landscapes and incredible wildlife, offers solace to the heart, and Tawi Lodge, with its warm hospitality, becomes a home away from home. On a scale of one to ten, my experience was undoubtedly a resounding ten – and I couldn’t have asked for a better journey.

Exploring Italy: A Journey Through it’s Rich Food Culture

Buongiorno! If you’re anything like me, one of the most exciting parts of traveling is trying out all the delicious food the destination has to offer. And let me tell you, Italy does not disappoint. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Positano, Capri Island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany, and the food in each region was unique and absolutely divine. Here are some highlights from my trip.


My first stop was Positano, a beautiful cliffside town on the Amalfi Coast. The seafood in Positano was some of the freshest and most flavorful I’ve ever tasted. I found myself in a cozy seaside restaurant, with a stunning view of the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. As I looked through menu, I knew I had to try the scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a seafood pasta with a tomato-based sauce that’s bursting with flavor. This is a must-try in Positano and I highly recommend. The pasta was perfectly cooked, with a beautiful texture that held up well to the hearty seafood sauce. The seafood was fresh with a slightly briny flavor that complemented the acidity of the tomato sauce. As I savored each bite, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to experience such a delicious and authentic seafood dish in the heart of Positano.

Capri Island

I took a day trip to visit Capri Island. I arrived at Lo Zodiaco Ristorante, beachside looking at the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As I took in the breathtaking view, I couldn’t help but feel excited about the meal ahead. The menu offered a variety of fresh seafood options, but I knew I had to try the lobster and pasta. The dish arrived at my table, and I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and enticing aromas. The pasta was cooked to perfection, with a satisfying bite and a light tomato sauce that perfectly complemented the tender chunks of lobster meat. The dish was garnished with fresh chopped parsley and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, adding a touch of elegance to the rustic dish. Eating lobster and pasta in Capri is an experience that I will always remember. The dish is a true representation of the island’s luxurious yet rustic cuisine, and the stunning views made the meal even more unforgettable.

Napoli (Naples)

Next, I visited Napoli (Naples), which is known for its pizza. I had to make a stop at the famous Di Matteo to grab a slice on the way to Roma (Rome). And let me tell you, the pizza here in Napoli (Naples) did not disappoint. The Neapolitan-style pizza is made with a thin, chewy crust and topped with fresh ingredients. A must try is the classic Margherita pizza, which is made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil. But for a unique twist on pizza, I recommend trying the pizza fritta, which is a deep-fried pizza pocket filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your choice of toppings. Hands down one of the best pizza you’ll try during your trip in Italy. This is pizza lovers dream come true.

Roma (Rome)

After Napoli (Naples), I headed to Roma (Rome), the eternal city, is a food lover’s paradise. The capital of Italy is known for its history, art, and cuisine. I found myself at Il Pannicolo in the heart of Rome’s historic center. The walls were adorned with vintage photographs and memorabilia, giving the restaurant a timeless feel. The menu featured a variety of classic Roman dishes, but I knew I had to try the Tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu. This was LITERALLY the best pasta dish I’ve ever had. When the dish arrived at my table, I was struck by its hearty aroma. The tonnarelli pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and the sauce was rich and velvety, coating each strand of pasta with its savory goodness.

The skirt steak was cooked to perfection, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that added a depth of flavor to the sauce. The sauce was perfectly balanced, with a rich, meaty flavor that was complemented by the sweetness of the onions and the creaminess of the sauce. The tonnarelli pasta was the right choice for this dish, with its firm texture holding up well to the robust sauce. Another must-try in Rome is the Involtini al sugo, which is beef rolls in tomato sauce. This is a classic dish that’s served all around Rome.

Eating tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu or Involtini al sugo is an experience that every foodie should have. Each dish is a true representation of the simplicity and richness of Italian cuisine, made with quality ingredients and love. Whether you’re enjoying it in a cozy trattoria or a high-end restaurant, you’re sure to be blown away by the flavors and the comfort each dish provides.


Finally the last stop, I visited Tuscany. This region is known for its rolling hills, amazing wine, picturesque vineyards, and hearty, rustic cuisine. One of the signature dishes of Tuscan cuisine is pasta. I found myself tucked away in the beautiful Tuscan hill town at winery for the day.

I decided to start this trip with not one, two but three glasses of wine. (Yes I’m at winery in Tuscany Italy so best believe I will enjoy this experience to the fullest haha). I was told I had to try the pici all’aglione, a traditional Tuscan pasta dish made with thick, hand-rolled noodles and a spicy tomato and garlic sauce. The pici noodles were thick and slightly irregular, giving them a rustic, homemade feel. The sauce was incredibly robust, with just the right amount of garlic, tomatoes and spice to give it a kick. I was amazed by the flavor, subtle sweetness of the fresh tomatoes that paired beautifully with the garlic in the sauce. The pici noodles were slightly chewy and satisfyingly thick, making them the perfect canvas for this flavorful dish.

The End

I hope you all enjoyed this journey. Overall, my trip to Positano, Capri island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany was a culinary adventure I’ll never forget. The food in each region was unique and delicious, and I can’t wait to go back and try more. If you’re a foodie looking for a culinary adventure, Italy should definitely be on your list. Buon appetito!


Lo Zodiaco Ristorante

Di Matteo

Il Pannicolo

Day Trip to Tuscany