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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 07:57

Tis the season to be Merry

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Yesterday we shared with you two of some of our exciting day trips and today we continue to share with you some of the other packages all lined up to make this festive season a season of fun and discovery top on our list is Dhow Adventure an excursion that takes a whole day and has plenty of fun involved. The excursion starts with pick up from your hotel /accommodation and you arrive at 8.30am you have an option of either the dry or wet option the wet option features sailing with the dhow to snorkel and have some fun in the Marine park while the dry option involves visiting Jumba Ruins and a cultural tour which is then followed by a Barbeque Lunch at the La Marina Restaurant in Mtwapa followed by sailing the dhow on Mtwapa Creek as you take in the beautiful mangrove laden creek , villages meanwhile on board the dhow you will enjoy a fashion show, Acrobatic show and tricks that the crew have in store for you this is definitely a fun trip that ends in the early evening hours.  The trip is available daily and the cost per person is ksh 5000

Our Next trip which is very exciting is the Sound and Light Show an evening excursion it’s begin with a sun downer trip on a dhow along Tudor creek afterwards you sail to the Mombasa Old Port for a guided tour of Mombasa Old Town at Night followed by Portuguese dressed fire bearing soldiers welcome to the Old Port and enjoy a sound and light show depicting the fight for Fort Jesus which features prominently in the history of Mombasa. Take a tour of the Old port and check out the “look outs” then enjoy an ala'carte diner at the For Jesus Grounds….this is an evening full of memories and definitely one you will enjoy. The price per person is 5000 ksh per person the trip is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays only.

 

Still more to come! Have we whetted your appetite...we will feature more everyday so watch this space. Book Early avoid missing a place email us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Call us at 0704300002

 

 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:31

Christmas Season is here with us!

Written by Duara Safaris

 

 

“Tis the season to be jolly tralala la la la la la la la” just another 6 days and Christmas will be here with us. Bring the presents, prepare the Turkey, prepare the Goat and best of all get he “Ingoho” (Chicken) ready…..  We will be taking a break from our normal blog and sharing with you some of the things that you can do to make your Christmas even merrier and Fun! And what neat things do we have prepared for you we think that this Christmas and New Year is one that you shall never forget….

So what are we talking about! Excursions ( Daytrips ) after arrival at the Coast and settling in you have the  pleasure of planning what to do during your stay and we are here  to make it easier starting today we shall highlight to day trips that we think you should book so that your holiday is richer for participating in one of them. Today we’d like to highlight two of our special to begin with is the Snorkeling Safari. Ever wondered if there is anything that leaves in the Ocean and whether there is any Flora and Fauna that abound well this is the trip that helps you discover just that! A 2 hour trip of discovery for both water lovers and non-water lovers as it involves a Glass bottom boat so those afraid of water can see the sea life without having to enter the sea. The ones who love water can get on their snorkels, flippers and jump in and enjoy the marine life at close quarters it is an amazing experience one that a family can enjoy, Kenya has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world thus an amazing sight. The cost is ksh 2300 per person.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas day we have special Christmas Carol Dhow Cruise that will be sailing from La Marina in Mtwapa Creek the cruise which starts at 5.30pm is one that you will definitely enjoy starting with a sun downer cruise while joining a lovely Choir singing Christmas Carols this will be followed by Acrobatic show, Fashion show and henna painting if you so desire. You will then sail to La Marina to the welcome of a Masai ensemble and diner afterwards.  A wonderful evening singing Christmas Carols the cost per person is ksh 5500

 

These are just but some of the few things you can plan for...we will feature more everyday so watch this space. Book Early avoid missing a place email us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Call us at 0704300002

 

Monday, 17 December 2012 07:06

Discover Elmenteita

Written by Duara Safaris

 

 

 

Elmenteita is derived from the Maasai word muteita, meaning "dust place", a reference to the dry and dusty quality of the area, especially between January and March. The town of Gilgil is located near the lake. In the south-to-north sequence of Rift Valley lakes, Elmenteita is located between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. The major Nairobi-Nakuru highway runs along the nearby escarpment affording motorists a spectacular vista towards the lake.

At the southern end of the lake lies the "Kekopey" hot springs, in which the Tilapia grahami breed is very popular for bathing, the local Maasai claim that it can cure AIDS. The reed beds nearby are fishing grounds for night herons and pelicans.

Lake Elmenteita area saw its first white settlement when Lord Delamere (1879-1931) established Soysambu, a 48,000-acre (190 km2) ranch, on the western side of the lake. Delamere gifted the land on the other side of the lake to his brother-in-law, the Honorable Galbraith Lowry Egerton Cole (1881-1929), part of whose "Kekopey Ranch", where he is buried, is preserved today as the Lake Elementaita Lodge.

Soysambu ranch is still occupied by Lord Delamere's descendants, including the controversial Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley who has been instrumental in setting up the Soysambu conservancy. The conservancy covers 2/3 of the shoreline and is home to over 12000 wild animals. Lake Elmenteita has been a Ramsar site since 2005. (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat)

 

There is so much to see and do around Elmenteita take a journey with us as we discover more of this and just how much fun you can have by visiting this lovely lake. And as always we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friday, 14 December 2012 12:32

How to Get to Nairobi Central Business District

Written by Duara Safaris

 

 

Getting to Nairobi CBD by Road

 

Nairobi is accessible from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport there are Taxi’s and Public transport available at the Airport. If one is travelling from the other main towns there are Bus coaches or Trains to Nairobi and you can access public transport or taxis at the Railway Terminus or Bus Terminus.

 

Getting Around Nairobi CBD

Matatu’s (14-18 seater minibuses) and shuttles (6-seater cars) are convenient, inexpensive (and often the only) modes of public transport connecting Nairobi to towns and tourist destinations in the Rift Valley and Central Highlands such as Naivasha, Nyeri, Nanyuki, Isiolo, and Thika. Matatu’s can be obtained from the River Road area.

By foot

Walking around Nairobi is fairly easy since the city is small and places are easy to get to. However, there are some areas within the city where you should not go; minimize walking around at night. Exercise caution and common sense avoid dark streets and dark corners also do not carry or wear valuables as you might attract thieves.

 

Getting To Nairobi CBD by Air

 

Nairobi is served by Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport both have regular flights to and from Nairobi JKIA serving both international and local while Wilson serves local flights and charters.

 

Getting To Nairobi National Park

 

The Park is easily accessible and has 7 gates. 2 gates being for KWS service use only. The gates are:-

Main gate: KWS headquarters Langata road

Cheetah Gate

Langata Gate

Maasai Gate

Mbagathi Gate(service gate)

Banda Gate(service gate)

 

 

Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:47

Places to see in Nairobi Central District

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Nairobi city has plenty of places to see top of our list is the following!

Nairobi National Park

A visit to Nairobi National Park, a few kilometers from the city centre, is a great way to fill in a few hours before you catch a plane. There's plentiful wildlife, including most of the plains animals (except elephants), against the backdrop of Nairobi skyscrapers.

Kenyatta Conference Centre

Towering over City Square, Nairobi's signature building the Kenyatta Conference Centre was designed as a fusion of modern and traditional African styles, though the distinctive saucer tower looks a little dated next to some of the city's flashier glass edifices.

Staff will accompany you up to the viewing platform and helipad on the roof for wonderful views over Nairobi. The sightline goes all the way to the suburbs, and on clear days you can see aircraft coming in to land over the Nairobi National Park. You're allowed to take photographs from the viewing level but not elsewhere in the building. Access may be restricted during events and conferences

National Museum

Kenya's National Museum is an imposing building amid lush leafy grounds just outside the city centre. It has a good range of cultural, geological and natural-history exhibits. Volunteer guides offer tours in English, Dutch and French. The 1st floor contains excellent contemporary East African art; as all the items are for sale the displays change regularly.

Railway Museum

This interesting little museum displays relics from the East African Railway. There are train and ship models, photographs, tableware and oddities from the history of the railway. One such is the Engine Seat that allowed visiting dignitaries like Theodore Roosevelt to take pot shots at unsuspecting wildlife from the front of the train.

In the grounds are dozens of fading locomotives in various states of disrepair, dating from the steam days to independence, including the steam train used in the movie “Out of Africa”.

National Archives

The National Archives live in the former Bank of India building right in the bustling heart of Nairobi. It is a vast collection of documents and reference material. The ground-floor atrium and gallery display an eclectic selection of contemporary art, historical photos of Nairobi, cultural artifacts, furniture and tribal objects.

Parliament House

If you would like to look at how democracy works in Kenya, it's possible to obtain a permit for a seat in the public gallery at Parliament House - just remember, applause is strictly forbidden! If parliament is out of session, you can tour the buildings by arrangement with the sergeant-at-arms.

Go- Down Arts Centre

The Go-Down Arts Centre, a converted warehouse in the Industrial Area, contains ten separate art studios and is rapidly becoming a hub for Nairobi's burgeoning arts scene, bringing together visual and performing arts with regular exhibitions, shows, workshops and open cultural nights.

 

 

 

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