Teleki vulkán

Teleki’s Volcano

Sámuel Teleki started his first expedition in February 1887, with which he was the first to explore the Greater Fissile Valley and reached the snowy border of Kilimanjaro. On the same expedition, he was the first to conquer Mount Kenya.

During this expedition, he reached the Teleki volcano named after him, which, according to the discoverer, was still in operation when the expedition discovered the place. The mapping of the volcano named after the researcher was long attributed to a German research team, as Teleki did not disclose his scientific findings in prominent places, so these discoveries were mostly kept in the records. Count Sámuel Teleki was born in 1845 into a noble family.

From an early age, he showed great interest in geography, geology, and astronomy. He had already been thinking of an African voyage with promising and longer hunting trip and safari, according to the traditions of the time. Under the influence of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf, he decided to lead expeditions to Africa instead of safaris in order to reach a mythical lake, which legends have told us.

The expedition from Pangani finally reached the shores of the legendary lake, which Samuel Teleki named after the heir to the throne, Rudolf Lake. The lake was renamed Lake Turkana in 1975 from local tribes, and since 1997 it has been a World Heritage Site. After the discovery of the lake, the expedition turned south, where Teleki discovered what has since been called the Teleki Volcano. Teleki was the first explorer to lead an expedition to unexplored parts of Africa.

I have a brick in Kenya

Kenya is still one of the poorest countries in the world. The ‘I have a brick in Kenya’ initiative, founded by Hungarian youngsters, is operating on Rusinga Island. Balázs Halmen spent 4 months as a volunteer on the island, back in 2010, when he was confronted with problems that made life difficult for the locals. After returning home from Kenya, Balázs told several acquaintances about the situation in the African country, so he came up with the idea of somehow helping the country.

Their projects are carried out under the circumstances of the responsible tourism phenomenon, which is aimed at minimizing the negative social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism, providing greater economic benefits to local people and improving the well-being of the host communities. With this in mindset, every year they organize trips to Kenya, climbing mountains, visiting local families on Rusinga Island, developing friendships.

For as little as € 15 a month, supporters can help local children with quality education. This includes 2 meals a day, study materials, clothing, teachers’ salaries. In addition, a $ 1 per person donation between 2011 and 2013 was used to build a school for local children on the island.