Family event at the Forty Thieves in Diani

Forty thieves Beach and Bar and Colobus Conservation is set to hold a second Colobus Beach Golf event aimed at bolstering conservation efforts.

Forty Thieves in Diani

Forty Thieves in Diani

The event, to be held on Saturday 5th September in Diani, will have two sessions with the first one running from 9am to 11am involving the building of 9 sand castles with the best castle winning a prize. Participation is free.

At 12 pm, there will be golf competition with participants paying Sh500 participation fee.

On October 3, 2015 their will an event at Petanque Picnic Party at Diani House. There will be petanque tournament entered in teams of 2 or 3 players with each play3r paying Sh500 participation fee.

You can pre-order a traditional picnic lunch served in a basket for Sh900 per person.

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Reasons why Diani is a go-to place for tourists

Diani is turning into the new haven for tourists, both domestic and international, due to the various attraction sites, accommodations and fun activities that visitors can engage in while here.

SleepOut samples some of the reasons.

 

Diani Beach

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Diani Beach has been named Africa’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards in 2014 and 2015 making it a top attraction spot for tourists.

The beach, located along the Kenyan coast, 30km south of Mombasa, is known for its palm fringed white sandy beaches and calm inviting waters with myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins.

 

Colobus Conservation Centre

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Colobus Conservation Centre was created to protect the Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey, a once-common species now restricted to a few isolated pockets of forest south of Mombasa.

The centre runs excellent tours of its headquarters, where you’ll likely get to see a few orphaned or injured colobus and other monkeys undergoing the process of rehabilitation to the wild.

You can also enjoy forest walks (per person KSh1000) in search of wilder primates and other creatures. Volunteer programmes are also available.

 

Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

Kaya Kinondo

Kaya Kinondo is a sacred forest of the Mijikenda community though it is open to the public. The forest itself is dense but humble with most of its plants said to be of medicinal value to the local communities.

Before you enter the forest, guides will ask you to wrap a black sarong around your clothes, promise to refrain from kissing and leave nothing but footprints.

 

Skydive Diani

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In its two years of existence, Skydive Diani team has sought to create and facilitate sport parachuting in all its facets within Kenya.

The group has taken a lot of people, both Kenyans and tourists, up in the sky to enjoy the ultimate rush of jumping out of an aircraft. The team comprises of experienced skydivers who would readily offer training lessons at a fee.

 

Accommodations

Diani is famed for hosting some of the most prestigious accommodation in the Kenyan coast. The accommodations are in different price range catering for travellers on a budget and those looking for high end hotels, holiday homes and resorts.

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 Watersports

It is nearly impossible to get bored in Diani Beach, not with a variety of water sporting activities to engage in.

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From swimming to snorkelling, diving, boat riding, kitesurfing, kayaking and deep sea fishing, Diani passes for the spot you must just visit for your next holiday.

 

Diani at Night

Diani is known for its vibrant night life with several night clubs offering meticulously brewed Kenya beer, food and music, both local and international, thus appealing to all audiences. Check out Shakatak Disco, Tandoori bar among other joints and enjoy being Kenyan for the night.

 

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Karibishwa Beach House

Perfect weekend at Karibishwa Beach House in Msambweni, Kwale

Karibishwa Beach House is a fully furnished beachfront located at Msambweni in Kwale County, 54km from Mombasa city.

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The house is neatly tucked in an exquisite location, with well-manicured gardens, next to the pristine beach offering scenic vicinity.

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Karibishwa has four bedrooms which can accommodate nine guests and a modern well-equipped kitchen, a luxurious lounge, dining table and a pool.

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While here, you can engage in different watersports including snorkelling, diving and boat riding.

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You can also visit Wasini Island or take a safari to Shimba Hills National Park and watch dolphin at Kisite Marine Park.

Book your stay at Karibishwa Beach House on SleepOut.com.

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Unveiling Diani Place Furnished Apartments in Diani Beach

From a far, Diani Place Furnished Apartments in Diani Beach looks like an architectural model of a yet-to-be-constructed palace with its white-washed walls defying the hot coastal air to stand tall.

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Its general style signifies a blend of modern architectural mastery and old coastal designs with its interior speaking of life and comfort.

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Diani Place has a fully equipped kitchen with a cooker, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, coffee maker, toaster basic cutlery and in-built cupboards. The dining area is well positioned, not too close to the sitting area but also not far from the kitchen.

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The lounger is well-decorated and has beautiful wall hangings and comfy furniture creating room for guests to relax as the browse or watch TV or movies.

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All bedrooms are airy and spacious decked with fresh linen. They are also installed with air conditions and fans to regulate the harsh coastal temperatures and have private balcony that open up to a beautiful view of the garden and swimming pool.

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Housekeeping services and laundry services are available. Conferencing facilities are also available here.

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Book your stay on SleepOut.com.

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Traversing the Kenyan coast on a budget

The most common question lingering in travellers’ minds is, can you traverse the Kenyan coast on a budget? The simple answer is Yes, you can!

With proper organisation and prior planning, you can actually spend time in all the major coastal towns from Lamu to Watamu, Kilifi and Mombasa in North Coast and Diani in South Coast for as low as $40 per day, covering accommodation, meals and transport.

 

Lamu

Begin your holiday at the coastal town of Lamu, a World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved coastal culture.

Though there may be a number of flycatchers gathered at the bus station, getting a contact person will save you the drama. Take a ride in a motorised boat from the mainland to Lamu Island, about 20 minutes away.

Lamu Island. [Photo/Wikipedia.com]

Lamu Island. [Photo/Wikipedia.com]

There are several accommodation options offering ideal places to stay on the island. Check SleepOut.com and pick your option.

A contact person will help you understand Lamu better and faster – the culture, music and dance, and food – making your stay enjoyable.

Take a stroll on the pristine beaches in Lamu, visit Shela – where Jim Morrison is said to have written one of his famous songs back in the 60s – make a dhow cruise to Manda Island and have a glimpse at how life was in the 17th century.

Visit the Museum to connect with the historical attachment here after which you can check into a local restaurant and enjoy sumptuous coastal dishes.

 

Watamu

From Lamu, you can catch a bus to Watamu, about four hour-drive from Lamu mainland.  SleepOut.com offers several accommodation options in Watamu.

Gede Ruins

Gedi Ruins

On arrival, take a visit to Gedi Ruins after which you can watch the last family of flamingos remaining in Kenya at Mida Creek.

A trip to one of the few remaining natural forests, Arabuko Sokoke Nature Reserve, may prove fruitful for conservationists while a visit to Watamu Turtle Watch Rehabilitation Centre may be quite educative.

Check into a local restaurant and enjoy some of the well-cooked Swahili dishes including biryani, pilau, mahamri etc.

 

Kilifi

Kilifi just like an hour-drive from Watamu and a quick stopover can be perfectly slotted into your itinerary.

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A trip here will not be complete without taking photos next to Musafir, a 70 foot dhow built by a bunch of friends interested in traversing the world.

 

Mombasa

Mombasa is merely an hour and a half from Kilifi and stands as one of the biggest cities at the Kenyan coast – both in population and size. Book your accommodation in Mombasa on SleepOut.com.

Ride in a TukTuk to the Old Town and get a better understanding of the way of life of the early Arabs. The rustic buildings standing firm against a changing tide of modern architectural structures, the Swahili accent renting the air and food vendors by the road, are evidences of the unfading ancient Arab influence once exerted in Mombasa.

Mombasa City. [Photo/kappelman.name]

Mombasa City. [Photo/kappelman.name]

Visit Fort Jesus, the ‘Elephant Tusks’ along Moi Avenue, the famous Nyali beach or Pirates beach and spend a few hours at the night at the city’s popular joints as you interact with the friendly locals, sip Kenyan brew and enjoy African music.

 

Diani

Your coastal excursion can be wound up with a trip to Diani, two-hour-drive from Mombasa. To get to Diani, you will first have to cross the Indian Ocean through the Likoni ferry channel then proceed to board a matatu heading to Ukunda.

Diani is not as populous as Mombasa though the rare site of Makuti-thatched mud houses, popular joints selling mnazi - a local brew made from coconut palms – and the heavy Swahili ascent will excite you. Various accommodation options are available on SleepOut.com.

There are very few historical sites here though the beaches are known worldwide as ones to behold. So awesome is Diani Beach, for instance, that it won Africa Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards for two years running – 2004 and 2015.

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Diani Beach

You can enjoy watersports like snorkelling, boat riding, swimming and fishing before winding your trip with a taste of local food and a night out, to party like a ‘Coastarian’!

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Restful stay at PrideInn Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi

Located along Rhapta Road in the lush Westland estate, just 15-minute-drive from Nairobi Central Business District, PrideInn Hotel has exquisite and spacious rooms with intimate décor and perfect lighting.

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Its ideal location ensures easy access to various key points like the city centre, Westlands business area, the United Nations offices in Gigiri and financial institutions.

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The rooms are sparkling and well-lit to create a unique feel. They also have fast wireless internet, coffee marker, TV, DVD player and fully equipped kitchen making them idea for business and leisure travellers.

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The hotel is ideally located in a well-manicured garden, dotted with beautifully-laid grass and a greenery to behold creating a warm breath of fresh air.

Royal Kitchen Restaurant in the hotel offers delicious meals with a mouth-watering a-la-carte menu of up to 400 items to sample from.

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Pride Inn also has conferencing facilities including three meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 300 people, wireless internet connections, gardens suitable for outside functions or training with screens, projectors, flip charts and writing material.

Enjoy exquisite accommodation at PrideInn, Nairobi.

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Exquisite places to stay at Vipigo in Kilifi County

Vipingo in Kilifi County seems to be the new paradise for holidaymakers visiting Kenyan coast. The area is strategically positioned in a suburban setting away from the bustle of town life, approximately 43km from coastal town of Mombasa.

Below are some places to stay while you are in Vipingo.

Mlango Mdogo Wote

Mlango Mdogo Wote is a seven roomed house is located in a pristine location away from the fast-paced city life.

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The house can accommodate 14 people and offers self-catering option with a fully equipped kitchen. A cook can be availed if requested at least seven days in advance.

 

Mlango Mdogo Kuu

Mlango Mdogo Kuu is a quiet holiday home tucked away from the bustling Kilifi town.

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The house has four rooms which can accommodate eight people and offers accommodation on self-catering with a fully equipped kitchen. A cook may be arranged at an additional fee.

 

Clamkara Houses

Sitting on a 4-acre lush garden, Clamkara House stands as an epitome of beauty.

The house has a 16 metre pool and a cosy sitting area under trees opening up to the beach nearby.

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Clamkara Houses can accommodate 6 people in 3 bedrooms – 2 en suite bedrooms with double beds and shower and one room with a twin bed, and a separate bathroom next door with shower.

The houses are rented separately at a discounted rate if rented together, and are well staffed. The position of both houses provides an unrestricted view of the Indian Ocean, across the beautiful white sands and coral reef.

 

Neem Tree House

Neem Tree House is a simple but comfortable settler’s holiday home, built in traditional coastal materials, set in mature gardens overlooking the ocean.

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The house is situated on a cliff at the north end of Kuruwitu Marine Conservancy, offering lovely views of the Indian Ocean.

It has 3 bedrooms that comfortably accommodate 8 guests, all air-conditioned. There is also a gorgeous 12 x 6m infinity pool with a stunning pool house that has a direct beach access at low – mid tide.

 

Vipingo House

With a capacity of up to 10 people, Vipingo House is ideal for both small and large group holidays.

It is slightly set back from the beach and has beautiful gardens spreading out between the beach and the house.

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An en-suite family room on one end of the house sleeps four while at the other end is a twin room with bathroom and shower. Another single is available here in the room attached. Upstairs, there is a large en-suite double bedroom, a living room and another twin en-suite.

 

Shwari House

Shwari House is a four bedroom family beach villa has a lovely infinity pool which overlooks the Indian Ocean and the stunning Kuruwitu beach and Marine conservancy.

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The house accommodates up to 10 guests and comprises four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, dining area, and terrace. The main bedroom contains two double beds and an en-suite with a shower. The second bedroom contains a double bed and leads to the third bedroom which also contains a double bed and an en-suite, while the fourth room contains twin single beds and a bathroom.

 

Maisha Marefu House

Built in Vipingo Beach Estate, Maisha Marefu House offers wonderful views of the turquoise Ocean and assured of maximum security with its electric fence.

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The house has 3 bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Here you can relax, swim in the pool or the sea, go snorkelling or walking on the beach.

 

Matrix Beach House

Set on a 3.2 acre piece of land, Matrix Beach House boosts a natural landscaped garden near the Indian Ocean with its own private terraced gardens.

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The house has a large kitchen and store, sitting room, lounges, dining room, master bedroom en suite and 3 bedrooms (2 in the main house and 1 in the guest house) with 2 single beds in each room. All bedrooms are en suite.

 

Milele House

Situated at the magnificent Vipingo Ridge, Milele House incorporates both local and contemporary designs and is built in an intimate courtyard style.

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The house has 4 elegant bedrooms, an open plan living room and dining area. There is a large open veranda by the pool for lounging with your loved ones; a spacious roof top terrace to sun-bath, enjoy the breeze and watch golf.

While here you can engage in various watersports including deep-sea fishing, water-skiing and windsurfing.

Babylonstoren, Franschoek

Insider tips for your next visit to the Cape Winelands

I work for a wine bottling company in Stellenbosch and I put this together for a friend of mine a few days ago but thought NOMAD readers might also be interested.

On the way through Stellenbosch, I reccommend taking the Helshoogte Paas, and stopping at either Tokara or Thelema (opposite the Del Aire Graaf estate, on the crest of the pass). Both wineries have great wines, however, Tokara boasts a great view while Themela has more soul, and is a little less excessive on the eyes and the pocket)!

There is also Vrede en Lust, which is quite near to Babylonstoren, and is a bit older – the tasting room is warm with huge leather couches, and a fire place! They do also have some great wines!

On your way from Babylonstoren after lunch:

If you have an interest in cars, the biggest private collection of cars in the Southern hemisphere can be viewed at the Franschoek Motor Museum, on the Lormanis Wine Farm and their wine are spectacular too.

Once in Franschoek, they take their French quite seriously, and as Bastille Day is near, it is the Bastille Festival on 11-12 July.

My personal favourite wineries in Franschoek if you would like some great bubbly, Moreson which is near the beginning of the town; or Colmant, out through the town and a little more traditionally French is Colmant. For fantastic red wine try Chamonix.

The Boekenhoutskoof Winery is also a top producer in the area, but I left it off the list as they do not always have their good wines available for tasting.

Enjoy the exploring!!!

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fastjet Tanzania makes maiden flight to Lilongwe, Malawi

Low cost airline fastjet Tanzania has made its first flight from Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe in Malawi marking the sixth international route in Africa.

The flight, FN209, departed Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam at 09:40 on Tuesday with Tanzania’s government officials, local passengers and media on board.

Upon arrival at the Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi at 10:20, the airline hosted an official launch ceremony before making a return to Dar es Salaam on flight FN210 at 10:55 landing at 13:35.

In the initial stage, the new flight will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays using modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft which has a seating capacity of up to 156 passengers.

Tickets for the flight sell from US$50 one-way which includes taxes, though the costs may be lower depending on the time of the booking.

“It has been very expensively to fly between Lilongwe and Dar es Salaam and we believe that our entry to the route will make flying affordable and convenient,” said Jimmy Kibati, fastjet Tanzania general manager for East Africa.

The airline expects to add more capacity to the route to ensure quick and affordable services to travellers.

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White Cliff

Weekend out at White Cliff Villa, Mtwapa

Located in Kikambala near Mtwapa in Kenya’s North Coast, White Cliff Villa is one of those places to spend your holiday in.

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The villa is located 45 minutes’ drive from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport and 10 minutes from Vipingo airstrip.

It has 5 bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 10 people, including two upstairs master bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms and a large sized bedroom on the ground floor.

The master bedrooms open out onto a private deck with a spectacular ocean view and feature large en-suite bathrooms and separate showers, as well as spacious lounge and sitting areas.

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The small bedrooms have double beds and also offer walk-in wardrobes while the fifth bedroom, located on the ground floor, is en suite with a spacious lounge.

All bedrooms have air conditioning units that allow guests to experience coolness inside the villa during the hot months.

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The villa has high speed Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV, laundry services, air conditioning, and mosquito nets.

The house kitchen is fully equipped and there is a cook available at a fee. Housekeeping services, laundry services and chauffeur services are also available.

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While here, you can visit the Curio market on the local beach, visit the villages, o for deep sea fishing in Mtwapa Creek, visit the famous Mamba Village Crocodile Farm in Nyali, or check out Old Town and Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

You can also enjoy water sports like jet skiing, banana boat and camel riding at Bamburi Beach or play golf at Vipingo internationally rated golf course.

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