As part of our article on active safaris, we chatted with Taro Croze, the activities co-ordinator at Loisaba Tented Camp and Starbeds about running and cycling and more about Kenya and Loisaba as a destination.
What do you love most about Kenya?
Kenya has a lot to love about it, but for me it has to be the people. Kenyan people are incredibly welcoming and friendly people, who also have a great sense of humour. Other than the people, my favourite thing about Kenya has to be the variety of stunning landscapes you can find all over the country.
What makes it a special place to run and cycle - and what makes running and cycling in this place so special to you?
The wilderness; cliché, I know, but when you are running here it really feels like you are out in the bush. We have made the track just inside the perimeter of the camp, meaning that you don’t have to be escorted as you are still inside the fence while still having the beautiful view and peace.
As for the cycling, the best thing is the views and again the adrenaline rush from being out in the conservancy. You will see various animals and, although you see the same while on a drive, there is something quite special about being out of the car. We also cater to all abilities, meaning that everyone can experience the cycling.
Tell us the story of how you ended up in Kenya. What drew you there? What has made your passion for these places so enduring?
I didn’t have a choice - I was born here! However, different circumstances brought me to my new home, Loisaba. After being mostly away from Kenya for three years, when I returned, I realised how much I missed it. I thought about what is important in Kenya and what could I do here - and what is more important than contributing to the protection of these beautiful areas, as well as showing people from around the world my home?