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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:26

The Makuti roof Experience

Written by Duara Safaris

 

At the Coast there is one thing synonymous with all accommodation and it is the Makuti (Palm tree leaves thatched together to make a Makuti thatch) local skill it is also one industry that has been sustained in the coast amid all the new modern buildings that are coming up in recent years.  And what better place to enjoy this than to stay in a place where you can experience it fast hand. You will discover that it is not only unique but perfect for keeping the accommodation cool and also providing for a marvel at how intricate some of the roofs are made. So we start of my showing off some of Mombasa unique and fine accommodation spots that you can enjoy when staying at the North Coast.

Voyager Beach Resort

This is one of the best family hotels at the coast and whilst great for family’s it is also ideal for the couple or single guest. This is mainly due to its expansiveness and amount of facilities that it holds. The Makuti structure is utilized not only at the Accommodation sites but also at the entrance of the hotel and the Lobby features a very high roof with curves and openings that make it a pleasure to look at and also you can feel the coolness immediately on entering the lobby to feel the effect it has on preventing heat. As you move on it I used in the Bars of the Hotel giving it a very homely feel and wherever you go in the resort you will enjoy the feel making the normal stone walls loose the cold feeling that it normal holds and removing the feeling of a concrete jungle.  Apart from this this unique property has a fun cruise ship theme, from its Arabian dhow lobby to its welcoming crew, which caters for all types of holidaymaker. Guests can enjoy superb water sports, fine cuisine and a true taste of African hospitality.

Voyager beach has three restaurants catering for a wide variety of tastes and appetites. The Mashua restaurant offers sumptuous buffets with different themes for dinners. The la’Carte sea food restaurant Smugglers cove; located in a hidden coral cove and specializes in seafood and grilled meat dishes. Minestrone restaurant: serving sandwiches, pizza, light lunches and table d’hôte dinners. The voyager has four bars; Kaskazi bar beside the sports pool, the 24 hour harbor bar, the cocktail mixing sports bar and the panoramic look out bar, with sweeping views over the private bay.

The Resort has 232 spacious cabins, including 68 sea-view cabins, 96 garden- view cabins, 12 superior sea-view cabins, 51 Superior garden-view cabins, and two large studio cabins. For those seeking a little extra luxury, there are three extravagant suites with large living areas. Every cabin is equipped with its own telephone, hairdryer, tea coffee making facilities, air-conditioning unit and electronic safe

Separate children pool, Hotel kids club (supervised). Motorized Water sports, Windsurfing, Sailing, Catamaran sailing, PADI Scuba diving school, Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool, Snorkeling, glass bottom boat trips , Canoe, Water polo. Tennis courts, Table tennis, Volleyball, Darts. Fitness center, Massage. Entertainment programme, TV/Video/games room, live music, Folklore shows, Cabaret.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 07:14

The Swahili dhow experience

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Mombasa is Magical in every word and experience and one of the best destinations to visit in Kenya offering you an array of exciting rich and unique experience and the Swahili Dhow experience is one of the other richer experiences and these are amazing unique tours that take place on the creeks of Mombasa …yes apart from the Ocean we do have Tudor creek and Mtwapa creek and sailing on a Swahili dhow recreates the same feeling as past traders who travelled from as far as Portugal, India, Britain etc. The creeks in Mombasa are amazing and with lovely sceneries dotted with some spectacular houses along and as you sail you will learn some of the fantastic history that is part of the creeks.

The Swahili dhows as we aptly call them were the main transportation system and spices from Zanzibar and other goodies from far off found their way. Arab dhows on the Kenya coast range from the huge Jahazi vessels, with broad hulls and large triangular sails for ocean going duties, to the small kijahazi boats used as local fishing boats and to ferry people and goods ashore. Kenyan Jahazi dhows have large perpendicular bows and Zanzibari Dhows have sloping bows. Swahili Dhows also have wooden ‘eyes’ known as Ito, to allow the boats to see obstacles below the water and protect them from evil spirits.  Today the main centre for the large dhows on the Kenya coast is around the Lamu Islands in the north. A number of Jahazi dhow owners operate luxury lunch and dinner cruises around Mombasa Harbour.

The Old Port of Mombasa which is located at the entry of Tudor creek was the main stay place where Dhows Docked. As time has passed now the Dhows mostly are used for tourism purposes sailing to Zanzibar, dinner cruises and lunch cruises. Today we feature for you the “son et Lumiere show” one of the amazing dhow cruises that kicks off at the Tudor creek in the evening and features sailing on the dhow along the creek and enjoying the sun as it sets while enjoying a drink then sailing and listening to the historical facts while enjoying the famous sights. Then docking at the old port for a tour of the Mombasa Old Town and arriving at Fort Jesus for a light and sound show (son et Lumiere) on the grounds of Fort Jesus as you listen to the history of how the fort was built and recaptured and finally enjoying dinner inside the Fort under the beautiful Mombasa skylight for more information visit this link“Son et Lumiere”. It is a magical experience and we have more for you in the coming days do have a lovely day

Monday, 14 January 2013 08:59

Life’s a Beach-Mombasa

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Mombasa and its North Coast environs are our recommended choice destination this month of January. With history dating back centuries ago Mombasa was the entry point for the Arabs, Portuguese and British as they sought to take control of the East Africa...one can argue that had Mombasa not been so strategically located and served as a Port and trade route for Spices, gold and ivory amongst other items, East Africa as a whole would have not been discovered and would not have been a hub as it is today.  So we can say that Mombasa is the birthplace of East African civilization on a lighter note. The name itself is derived from the word "Nanbasa" an Arabic word translated in Swahili to Kisiwa cha Mvita which means island of war. This off course is due to the fight for its control by the Arab, Portuguese and British.

History is evident in the town and as one tours the island harmony is one of the keys that you see Mombasa city separated in two the Old town being the original civilization, dotted with amazing architectural houses built as far back as the 15th Century, Across the bridge on the Northern side one still encounters history the Kengeleni bell tower located just after the bridge was a warning to the dwellers to hide when slave runners arrived.

Apart from this one can visit Haller Park and experience fauna and flora from a reclaimed quarry; an exciting visit where you have a close encounter with Giraffe's during feeding time. Or a simple walk through Butterfly Park is bound to amaze you as you experience a variety of different flora and see an amazing array of butterflies and bird life that dots the area. The many miles of beaches await you and you will find that life at the beach is the best way to while ours away whether swimming, diving, kite surfing, snorkeling you name it we like to think life in Mombasa is a Beach. The life and culture of Mombasa is a mixture of local and international depending on the area that you go into as Mombasa has a medley of cultures and it shows in the restaurant offer from Local Swahili, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian etc. the night entertainment is also broad from local bars to discotheques one cannot miss to have as much fun as they want. Day time entertainment is varied from Cinema's to visiting the water theme park or simply lounging in the swimming pool of a local hotel and sipping cold cocktails as you while the day away. Shopping has been a recent development with the many malls that have come up in various places. In Mombasa it is all magic and freedom to be is the byword...this city just beckons you to come once and we can't promise that you will not be charmed. So join me as l explore the exciting stuff available to do and offers that are simply unbeatable.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:36

Happy New Year 2013

Written by Duara Safaris

Duara safaris and team would like to wish you a very happy new year full of every success and happiness.  A new year is one that brings the fresh promise of good tidings; hope and joy here at Duara we look forward to helping you travel to new shores, experience new cultures and discover new things. Travel is not only a delightful experience but one that is bound to change your life. So as we begin the new year let us fasten our seat belts , put on our travelling shoes , open our hearts and minds and discover the joys of Travel! Happy New Year!

Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:29

A New Year’s Eve with a Difference

Written by Duara Safaris

 

It’s only another 10 days and will be celebrating the beginning of a new year and as always it is a time when we celebrate and welcome a new year with hope and joy. There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new year and every year plenty of establishments plan exciting activities that involve fireworks, excitement and fun. We love being a part of crossing the new year and this year on the 31st of December we have an exciting day trip/ Excursion that is bound to make sure you enjoy the fun and excitement that you need to have pre-crossing the new year! The Champagne Cruise is our special day trip that will happen courtesy of the tide which allows a sandbank to appear right in the middle of the ocean, Umbrellas are laid out, tables are set biting’s are set, snorkeling equipment is available and the champagne is rolled out.. And a perfect start to the day begins...When you arrive after sailing on a dhow this is the welcome you arrive to lots of fun galore and enjoying the sea sun and sand.

Later you sail to La Marina Restaurant for a sumptuous 15 course sea food together with drinks served alcoholic and non-alcoholic after the sumptuous meal you board the dhow and sail the down Mtwapa creek enjoying the Mangroves and the village setting around the area, you will enjoy an acrobatic show, Fashion show and some of the crews will teach you tricks with rope that only a sailor knows whilst on board you can relax and get a henna tattoo. The trip starts at 10.00am in the morning and ends at 6.30pm preparing you adequately to enjoy the coming of the New Year and ending this one in style.  The space is limited and cost per person is only ksh 7000 for adults and ksh 3500 for children, book early to avoid disappointments. For bookings call 0704300002 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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