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Nine accommodations in Naivasha ideal for travellers on a budget

When looking for a place to stay, different travellers have a different budget in regards to accommodation.

While some would prefer high-end accommodations, travellers on a budget would go for the low-cost, simple accommodations.

To help you get a place to stay without a hustle, SleepOut highlights below nine accommodations in Naivasha that cost less than Ksh7,000 ideal for travellers on a budget.


Lake Naivasha Adventure Camp – Ksh6,901 per night

This is a self-contained luxury tent offering you the comfort of being in a hotel room while still being in close proximity with nature.


The campsites are strategically located in panoramic, picturesque spots within Naivasha with clear view of Lake Naivasha and Mt. Longonot among other attractive sites.

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Triple Eden Naivasha Resort – Ksh4,274 per night

Triple Eden Resort is a Naivasha hotel built within the volcanic rocks of the Rift Valley, 6 km from Naivasha town.

The hotel is close to attraction sites including Lake Naivasha, Crater Lake, Mount Longonot National Park, Hell’s Gate National park and less than an hour drive to Lake Elementaita for Flamingoes viewing.

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Dove Nest Lodge -Ksh6,088

Dove nest lodge is located within the Great Rift Valley, in Gilgil, near Naivasha town.


The lodge has an allure of natural setting infusing the African architecture and modern finishing to give it a modern touch. The use of traditional thatching gives Dove Nest a rustic look, as well as an ecologically friendly environment.

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Lake Naivasha Budget Accommodation – Ksh5,620

Lake Naivasha Budget Accommodation has a sitting room with an open style equipped kitchen and 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with double-decker beds.

The hotel also has a private veranda, an outdoor gym, volleyball pitch, pool table and darts.

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Naivasha Kirima Farm House – Ksh3,372

Naivasha Kirima Farm House is a simple house located 13km from Naivasha on the scenic road that leads to the Aberdares.

Its proximity to the Aberdare National Park (18 km away) makes it a very central place to stay for people touring Naivasha, Mt Longonot and the Aberdares.

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Naivasha Signature House – Ksh5,620

This is a simple house that is conveniently by the highway, just 2 km from Naivasha town. It has a well-manicured garden and is ideal for a family holiday.

Its proximity to public transport makes it convenient for travellers who do not have private means of transport.

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 Olive Resort Naivasha – Ksh6,175

Olive Resort Naivasha is a cosy bed and breakfast which lies in the leafy suburbs of Naivasha town.


It was an old colonial home which was transformed to a gateway while still maintaining its authenticity. The hotel has a restaurant , beautiful lounge with a fireplace, an African themed bar and conference facilities all under one roof.

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Guesthouse Jane – Ksh3,325

Guesthouse Jane is a beautiful spacious apartment near Naivasha town that includes a fully furnished kitchen with a cooker and fridge, and a living room with sofa and dining table.


It also has two bedrooms upstairs either with 2 double beds or with 4 single beds.

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Ole Itiko Cottages – Ksh6,650

Ole Itiko Cottages, formerly known as Ol-Joto is a beautiful accommodation, situated in Kongoni, past Oserian flower farms on the South Lake Road of Naivasha.

Ole Itiko

The cottages are located in a very quiet part of Naivasha and offers lovely walks down to the Lake Naivasha. The camp features cottages, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole and build in the style of a game viewing hide and offers unrivalled wildlife watching.

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Five weekend hangout spots in Nairobi

Do you have a plan for the weekend? How about getting a group of friends or relatives for some time in the wild. SleepOut samples five places you can go and hang out this weekend.


Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost offers a myriad of attractions and activities for the whole family making it idea for a weekend chill out.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Situated about 10km from Nairobi City Centre, Paradise Lost is just what you need after a tiring week with a waterfall, caves estimated to 25 million years and the nearby Gichi river creating just the right ambiance.

While here you can engage in horse riding, camel riding, bird watching, camping, nature walk and picnic near the lake.



Established in 1907, the Arboretum has earned its place in the list of serene places to hangout during the weekend.

Nairobi's Arboretum. [Photo/]

Nairobi’s Arboretum. [Photo/]

The arboretum is located about 3km from the city centre and occupies 30 hectares of land. It has over 350 species of trees and is inhabited by over 100 birds.

It is one of the few remaining greeneries in Nairobi and has shaded walkways, picnic lawns and jogging trails.


Karura Forest Reserve

Karura is an urban forest located on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

Covering an area of 1,000 hectares, the forest reserve tells of successful conservation efforts between Kenya Forest Service and other conservation bodies that prevented the land from being grabbed in 2009.

Waterfall at Karura forest

Waterfall at Karura forest

The forest boasts several attraction sites including a 50-foot waterfall, archaeological sites, an abandoned stone quarry (Lily Lake), caves and indigenous trees that wouldn’t just be found anywhere.


Nairobi National Park

Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park stands as the only park in the world to be situated in the city centre.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

The park was Kenya’s first and is located approximately 7km south of Nairobi city centre.

Nairobi National Park has a variety of wildlife animals including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, rhinoceros, and cheetah among others.


Oloolua Forest

Oloolua forest is located in the suburban area of Karen in Nairobi and stands on a 250 hectare piece of land.

Oloolua Nature Trail

Oloolua Nature Trail

The forest has 5km long nature trail beautified by various indigenous tropical trees and provides an oasis of tranquillity and shade.

Oloolua has a 20-foot waterfall close to its entrance and a wooden tower built decades for viewing a nearly crowned Eagle’s nest for scientists who want to study birds’ behaviour.


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48 Hours in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, formerly known as Mzizima, is a Swahili translation for “the residence of peace”. With just over 4 million Dar es Salaamians, this rapidly modernising metropolis also holds the title as the largest city in East Africa.

Though Dar es Salaam lost its status as Tanzania’s capital to Dodoma in 1974, it has still maintained its hold as an important economic hub and port city not only for Tanzanians but also for the burgeoning East African region.


How to Get There

By Air

If you’re flying in chances you’ll be arriving at Julius Nyerere International Airport which is Dar es Salaam, and by extension, Tanzania’s biggest air transport hub.

The airport is 10km from Dar’s city centre and 20km from the Msasani Peninsula which is popular with expats and the who’s who of Dar.

Dar es Salaam Airport. [Photo/]

Julius Nyerere Airport. [Photo/]

To avoid a couple hours in rush hour traffic be sure to plan your arrival and departure outside of peak hours in the morning and afternoon. Generally however it should not take you longer than 45 minutes to travel from town to the airport.

Several airlines operate this route including Tanzania’s new defacto airline, fastjet, regional airlines such as Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Malawian Airlines, Air Uganda or South Africa Airways; and other local options such as Air Tanzania, Bold Aviation and Precision Air. Major international carriers visiting Dar include Turkish Airlines, KLM and Swiss Air.


By Train

Trains are not only very cool but they’re also a convenient means of getting to Dar es Salaam from other cities like Dodoma and further west to Mwanza or neighbouring Zambia. If you’re not in a rush this can be a very pleasant way to see the country’s beautiful landscapes. Fares are generally quite reasonable but delays are common. It is advisable to book first class cabins and ensure the door and windows are closed when sleeping.

A train in Dar es Salaam. [Photo/]

A train in Dar es Salaam. [Photo/]


By Bus

Bus travel to Dar es Salaam is reliable and relatively comfortable with the right company. You will generally find more modern buses from Arusha or Dodoma to Dar es Salaam as well as good coach services from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and other neighbouring countries.


Where to Sleep

Changani at Changani Beach

Price: $$$

Changani is a beachfront cottage offering luxury and privacy making it a good spot for couples or families.

The cottages are strategically located and have large terraces with magnificent views of pristine beach across the South Coast and can sleep from 2 to 4 people.


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Kijiji Beach Resort

Price: $$$

Kijiji Beach Resort has chalets for 2 to 4 guests in 1 or 2 bedrooms.


The resort also offers spacious cottages, furnished in traditional Zanzibari style with sea-view, king-sized bed, mosquito net and a jacuzzi. Though ideal for couples, the cottages can be fitted with extra beds to comfortably accommodate a family.

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Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort

Price: $$$$

With spacious rooms opening on to a lovely balcony, Kunduchi Beach offers a luxury escape in Dar. The rooms have WIFI, private balconies, spacious bathrooms with a tub and shower, international direct dial phones and cable television.


The resort is built with Afro-Arab design reminiscent of a Sultan’s Palace. The resort is set along a lovely stretch of white sand beach.

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Blue Lagoon Paradise on the Beach

Price: $$$

This is a wonderful getaway just south of Dar es Salaam not far from the city and it’s a great place to just escape and unwind.

Set on a beautiful sandy beach the cottage has has a chef cooking up fresh and healthy meals from the local market. The rooms are comfy and the location and view are unbeatable.

Blue Lagoon

This paradise escape comes with a solar fridge/freezer, extra coolers, 3 BBQ stands, fully stocked kitchen, first aid kit, a personal chef and house help.

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Places to Visit

Village Museum

Located 9 kilometres from Dar es Salaam, the Village Museum is popular for its collection of authentic traditional huts from 16 different Tanzanian ethnic groups.

village museum

The houses are furnished with typical items and surrounded by plots of crops to resemble a traditional way of life. There are also “villagers” at the museum demonstrating traditional skills such as pottery, carving and weaving while dances and songs are performed every afternoon to engage the visitors.


Kunduchi Ruins

Kunduchi ruins

Kunduchi Ruins is where you will find the historical link between Dar es Salaam and its early Arab traders. The ruins include well-preserved Arabic graves and pillar tombs and a mosque built in the 15th Century. There are also fragments of Chinese pottery which highlight how the city was and still is an important trading hub.


Azania Front Lutheran Church

Azania Front Lutheran Church is located along Azikiwe Street and stands as one of the city’s major landmarks.

Azania Front Lutheran Church. [Photo/]

Azania Front Lutheran Church. [Photo/]

The church was built in 1898 by German missionaries and was the centre of the German mission in Tanzania. It is now the cathedral for the diocese and is still in active use for services and choir rehearsals.


National Museum & House of Culture

The National Museum is located along Shabaan Robert Street and houses the famous fossil discoveries of zinjanthropus from Oldupai Gorge among other archaeological artifacts.

National Museum & House of Culture. [Photo/]

National Museum & House of Culture. [Photo/]

Get insights into Tanzania’s past and its mosaic of cultures in the History Room. Here, you will get to see ethnographic collections from the Shiraziu civilisation of Kilwa, the Zanzibar slave trade and the German and British colonial period.


Where to Shop

Mwenge Carvers’ Market

Mwenge Carvers’ Market is located opposite the Village Museum along Sam Numoja Road. The market which is open from 8am to 6pm is packed with over 200 vendors who specialize in Makonde carvings. You can also find other arts and crafts here including Tinga Tinga paintings.




The Slipway Shopping Centre

Known to its regulars as “Slipway” is a waterfront shopping centre located along the Yacht Club Road on the Msasani Peninsula.

Slipway is quickly becoming a tourist and expat institution in Dar featuring upmarket boutique shops such as One Way leisurewear, Kenyan Sandstorm Safari Gear as well as traditional craft market, an ice cream parlour and children’s play area.

Slipway is a great place to find unusual souvenirs with shops such as the Green Room where you will find quality home furnishings, antiques and beautiful art.


Kariakoo Market

Kariakoo Market is Dar es Salaam’s biggest and busiest market located in the Ilala District.

Kariakoo market. [Photo/]

Kariakoo market. [Photo/]

The market occupies several city blocks within the former barracks of the British Carrier Corp and contributes immensely to the city’s food provision and informal economy. The market has virtually everything from food, clothes, carvings and paintings to electronics.


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Kenya tourism stakeholders welcome lifting of travel advisories

Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) has welcomed the lifting of travel advisories against coastal counties of Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.

KTF CEO Agatha Juma and Kenya Association of Hotels and Caterers (KAHC) CEO Mike Macharia in a past event

KTF CEO Agatha Juma and Kenya Association of Hotels and Caterers (KAHC) CEO Mike Macharia in a past event

Addressing the press on Friday, KTF CEO Agatha Juma said the advisories had adversely affected the tourism industry in the country leading to lose of jobs and losses.

Agatha expressed optimism that with the lifting of the advisories the industry will pick though acknowledging that the impact may take months before it is felt. She says the move by the UK signifies confidence in the country’s security system and efforts to improve tourism.

“The lifting of travel advisories against the coastal counties shows that the UK has faith in Kenya’s efforts to restore security,” she said.

Agatha further urged other countries which had issues travel advisories to follow suit and lift the same in order to support the country’s tourism industry.

On his part, Kenya Hotel Keepers and Caterers Association CEO Mike Macharia urged the government to review its tax scheme to eradicate double taxation of employees working in hotels.

The officials also called for a review of taxation on tours and travels services to improve operations and business.


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UK lifts travel advisories against Kenya’s coastal towns

The British government has lifted advisories against coastal towns of Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.

In a statement, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday downgraded the travel warnings saying its citizens can travel to the three counties which had earlier been labelled as “unsafe” for travel.



“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office 9FCO0 no longer advises against all but essential travel to Mombasa,” a statement posted on the FCO website stated.

The British government however warned against travel within 60kilometres of the Kenya-Somali border, the entire Garissa County, Eastleigh in Nairobi, the entire Lamu County and some parts of Tana River County.

The announcement is a relief for players in the tourism industry which has seen a slump in revenue since the travel ban was imposed sometime last year.

The advisories, issued after security threats in some parts of the coast, saw the number of tourist arrivals in Kenya reduce by 20 per cent.

In a statement released in April this year, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie blamed the drop to advisories by Western Countries calling for an urgent review of the advisories.


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South Africa may relax controversial travel rules

South Africa may reconsider earlier rules that required children under 18 years to produce birth certificates.

The regulations designed to protect under-18s from traffickers has caused a stir in the travel industry with several airlines reconsidering their flights to the Southern African country.

OR Tambo Airport, South Africa. [Photo/]

OR Tambo Airport, South Africa. [Photo/]

The rules, introduced on June 1, meant anyone arriving in South Africa in the company of a child had to prove parenthood or guardianship by producing a birth certificate while lone adults flying with their offspring had to show that they had the consent of non-travelling partner.

“Negative effects are being reported by tour operators and airlines which have taken the form of cancellations,” said Derek Hanekom, South Africa’s tourism minister.

In the new regulations, airlines were required to turn away passengers who turn up at the airport without the required documents.

“We are doing everything possible to advise customers that they will require additional documentation if travelling with children under 18,” said a British Airways spokeswoman.

Cape Town, South Africa. [Photo/]

Cape Town, South Africa. [Photo/]

“We will allow customers to change their flights if they are booked between May 31 to June 30 and do not have the required documentation. They will be able to rebook for between May 31 and July 31.”

The Foreign Office provides information on the new rules on its website in order to inform travelling to South Africa.

“If you’re travelling to South Africa or transiting through a South African airport with a child you must be able to produce the child’s full unabridged birth certificate,” reads the statement in part.

“Check with your airline to see whether you need to go through immigration on arrival in South Africa, collect luggage and check in again. If you do go through immigration you’ll need to provide the correct documentation.”

Supporting documents are not required for children passing through transit, only passports.

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Expo Milano 2015

Kenya to use Expo Milano 2015 to market products

Kenya plans to use the ongoing Expo Milano 2015 in Italy to reposition itself as a top tourist destination in Africa and market its tourist products.

According to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, the event provides an ideal platform for Kenya to promote its tourist destinations especially after the recent signing of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between EU and East African Community (EAC) trading bloc.


“We intend to use the six months of participation in the EXPO Milano 2015 to promote mobilisation of export products and strengthen our footprint in the EU Market,” she said in a statement.

The EXPO Milano 2015event is set to attract more than 20 million visitors from over 150 countries from across the world.

Kenya’s participation in the Expo is structured around five thematic areas, each covering one month.

Some of the things that the Kenyan delegation seeks to promote include export products like coffee, tea and horticulture, captivating tourism attractions, rich art and cultural experiences and heritage.

The event began on May 1 and will run until October 31, 2015 under the theme of the EXPO Milano 2015 is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.


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Kenya targets affluent retirees

Kenya targets affluent retirees to boost tourism

Kenya has devised a new strategy, to attract affluent retirees, in an effort to boost the tourism industry.

According to East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phylis Kandie said the country will send a delegation to attend the Milan expo-tourism in Italy to market Malindi and Watamu as retirement destinations for retirees from Europe and America.

Kenya is targetting retired tourists


Kandie said the campaign is informed by the economic situation in European countries where retirees are looking for cheaper destinations due to tightening liquidity.

“Destinations such as Malindi and Watamu in the coast region have long been popular in the Italian market and Italians have contributed heavily to the tourism business in these areas,” she said.

“However, even these iconic destinations have been severely affected by the recent downturn in the sector, especially along the coastal regions.”

By tapping into the industry, Kenya will join countries such as Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Spain, Malta, Colombia, Portugal and Thailand that are ranked top ten for retiree-targeted amenities.

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Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony Heads to Seychelles

The 2015 edition of Africa & Indian Ocean Gala ceremony will be held at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort at Baie Lazare in Seychelles.


The event, set for June 20th 2015 will include a cocktail reception, gala dinner and ceremony and is set to attract hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.

the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions. – See more at:
the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions. – See more at:

Established in 1993, World Travel Awards sets to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Every year the WTA holds a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

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Equatorial Congo Airlines Expands Network to Beirut

Equatorial Congo Airlines, the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, is set to launch Brazzaville-Beirut service on June 2nd.

The service is set to operate bi-weekly departing from Brazzaville on Tuesday and Saturday.



The new service is a response to the growing demand from the Lebanese community as well as merchants and will be run in collaboration with Trans Air Congo.

The third intercontinental route of Equatorial Congo Airlines, after Paris (2013) and Dubai (2014), will be flown on a Boeing 757.

ECAir’s Boeing 757 will take off from Brazzaville at 11:30, arrive in Beirut at 20:20, and take off again from Beirut at 09:30 to land in Brazzaville at 14:30.


“The launch of this third intercontinental route fulfils the promise we made to our passengers: to offer them the ability to connect Central Africa to the Middle East,” explained Fatima Beyina-Moussa, managing director of ECAir.

“Opening up the Beirut destination strengthens relations between the Republic of the Congo and Lebanon. This is good news and a considerable time saver for passengers, particularly business people.”


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