Kenya

Kenya

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Kenya

Kenya is the jewel of East Africa, revered as the "cradle of humanity", Kenya is a land with amazing landscapes: sand beaches, emerald water, and coral reefs in the coast; desert areas in the north, memorable mountainscapes such as the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya (the second highest peak in Africa). There are also many brilliant lakes, including lake Victoria and Lake Naivasha.

In Kenya you will enjoy a wide range of activities such as safaris, bird watching, mountaineering, climbing and many more. A safari in its more than 40 national parks and reserves is a unique opportunity to explore the most magnificent wildlife in Africa. just like Ernest Hemingway did some time ago.     


Kenya also has a fascinating cultural diversity with around 40 different ethnic groups, the major tribes include the Kikuyu farmers, the Turkana fishermen and the Samburu warriors, of them all, however, the most famous are the red-clad Maasai.

If you want an adventurous travel, Kenya is your ideal destination

Kericho

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Kenya

Kericho and its surrounding region can be considered as the emerald of Kenya, it is a clean and beautiful town in the wet highlands of western Rift Valley. Kericho was named after a Maasai chief, Ole Kericho, who died there during a battle with the Gusii People in the 18th century. The town has a urban population of 30.000 and total population of 85.000

Kenya is the world's third largest producer of tea after India and Sri Lanka, and Kericho, located in southwestern Kenya, is the center of Kenya's tea market, the area is dominated by tea plantations, tea farms surround Kericho for many kilometers, the climate in Kericho is perfect for tea, with a high altitude and virtually daily rains.

Its town square has shady trees and flowering bushes, even is known as the Chai Square (Chai is the word for tea in East Africa). Other tourist attractions include the Holy Trinity Church, which has a small assembly of deceased planters; a war memorial and the streets with its oriental feel.

The highlands of Kericho are home of the Kipsigis (a pastoralist ethnic group), who are a part of the Kalenjin people, they practices farming and are known for growing tea. You will have breath-taking views of the vast tea plantations that cover the rolling hills.

Kericho is home to Africa's largest Gurdwara ("the doorway to the Guru", a Sikh place of worship), it is a monument dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest Sikh saints: "Baba Puran Singh Ji of Kericho", also called "Kericho wala Babaji", "Bapuji" or "Kericho wala". He is the founding father of the international charitable organization Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, which promotes the spirit and practice of selfless service (‘nishkam sewa’) in representation of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the father of the Sikh faith. It is a place of spiritual significance.

Some comfortable and cheap places to stay, with nice rooms and good food, in Kericho town are: the Garden Lodge on Moi Highway, the Mwalimu Hotel on Moi Road and the Fish Resort, about 20 minutes walk around the town. The best hotel in Kericho is the Tea Hotel, located on the way to Nakuru, built in 1950's by Brooke Bond Tea Company; the hotel organizes tours of tea plantations and fishing sports. Mid-West Hotel, located on Kericho Road is another choice, but is overpriced.

There are many bars and discos in Kericho: on weekend nights, open the disco at the Mid-West hotel; behind Mid-West is the Urwa Inn with a pool table and Nyama Choma, here the entry is free, the beers are cheap and the atmosphere is nice, the Mwalimu Bar at the Mwalimu Hotel is also a great point.

Unilever Kenya is owner of the largest tea factory, it produces the popular Ketepa brand, and much of this tea is for export.

Malindi

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Kenya

The landscape in Malindi is predominantly plain, the climate is generally hot and humid throughout the year. The daily temperature is around 22º Celsius minimum and 30, 5º Celsius maximum. There are short rains from October to November and long rains from April to July. The vegetation extent from mangroves and swamps to tropical monsoon forest, lowland dry forests in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest to Savannah and bush land in the backwoods.

Malindi, located on the East Coast of Kenya, is a popular tourist town with scenic beauty, clean white beaches and a lot of history.Kenya has abundance of protected coral reefs and beaches, the white sandy beach to the south of Malindi town is called Silversands. Sport fishing in another attraction, Malindi is where Ernest Hemingway came in the 1930s in search of marlin, sailfish and Wahoo. There are excellent and relatively inexpensive facilities for fishing. There are an international bill fish contest during January and an annual sea festival with fishing competitions between October and November.

The renowned Malindi Marine National Park is a protected coastal area south of Malindi. Malindi Marine National Park has fine white-sandy beaches, emerald water and colorful fish (All fishing within the Park is forbidden). You can see Technicolor fish of impossible shapes and various sizes such as flute mouths, halfbeaks, hawk fishes, lizardfishs, parrot-fish, porcupine fish, puffers, thorn heads, trigger fishes, zebra fishes and hundreds of others. There are also fascinating coral reefs that allow for diving and snorkeling opportunities.

On the northwest of Malindi, near Marafa Depression exists an eroded wasteland of sandstone cliffs and precipices, locally known as Nyari or Hell's Kitchen, exists also a small Arabian town called Mambrui, and beyond that a small village and harbor called Ngomeni. The entire coastline from Mambrui to Lamu has minimal development, in terms of tourism, although wonderful beaches, coves and seascapes exist in plenty.

The nearby Watamu ("sweet people" in Swahili) resort and the lost town of Gede (abandoned for no known reason in the 16th century), are located south of Malindi.

The Arabuko Sokoke National Park hide a world of wonders such as rare endemic birds and mammals, you'll see impressive herds of Elephant.The Malindi Museum is housed in the former home of an Indian trader, built in 1891. Exhibit includes early photographs of Mombasa, wooden grave posts of the Gohu people, information about Vasco Da Gama among other interesting information.

Mombassa

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Kenya

Mombasa is one of the most exotic ports around the world, the city has a tropical climate, very hot and humid, April and May are the most rainy months, the rainfall is minimal from January to February.

Mombasa has a major port where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows. The port links Kenya to the Indian Ocean. Traditional Dhows and ferries transport tourist and residents from Mombasa to the nearby mainland harbor. The port also serves countries like Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Mombasa is also home to the Moi International Airport, the second most important airport in Kenya; Moi is situated ten kilometers North West of the city.

Mombasa is a major tourist destination in Kenya, there are many interesting places to visit in Mombasa, including:Fort Jesus, built in 1593 by the Portuguese, stands as a testament of the tumultuous past of Mombasa. Today it is a historical monument and serves as a museum, where visitors can see the torture rooms and prison cells.

The Old Town, where you will find many examples of Islamic architecture, and learn about Swahili culture, meeting the local folks, buying antiques and tasting the Swahili food.

Pirates Beach is a public beach, where you can meet all kind of people and have fun.Biashara Street, located on the old part of the city, is where you can find kikoi, kanga or sandals being sold in small authentic shops.

Gedi Ruins, which are the remains of the ancient town of Gedi, built of rocks and stones.The Hindu Temple where one can check out magnificent carvings and ancient sculptures.

The crocodile farm at Mamba Village is another major attraction.Mombasa, lying on the Indian Ocean, is the gateway to the coast of Kenya, the city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry, and here you can find some of the most beautiful beaches and reefs in the world, where you can take a relaxing break. Beaches are just an hour or two from the city; you'll enjoy excellent snorkeling and scuba-diving, particularly in the offshore marine national parks.

Shopping in Mombasa is extremely recommended, you will find many markets, especially along the Moi Avenue and in Biashara Street, selling traditional wooden carvings, African crafts, textiles and other souvenirs, and most credit cards are accepted. Visitors should buy a kanga or kikoy, the kanga is the traditional dress for the Swahili women and other ethnic groups. Men wear a kikoi, which is a type of sarong.

Nairobi

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Kenya

Nairobi is a young city, founded in 1899, Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, it is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi meaning "the place of cool waters". Nairobi is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" or "City of Flowers".

The city is the financial and business center of East Africa, is an often frantic mix of businessmen, diplomats, tourists and locals. Nairobi hosts important international conferences and is the home for many embassies, businesses and international organizations, some of them are General Electric, Google, Coca-Cola, Good Year, General Motors, Toyota and others.

Situated at an elevation of about 1660 meters and with over three million inhabitants and growing speedily, Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa; Nairobi is the fourth largest city in Africa and the UN's fourth "World Center".

The city's population is cosmopolitan, the city is a mix of local ethnic tribes, Asians, Arabs and Europeans cultures, and most Nairobians speak more than one language. The main languages spoken are Swahili and English.

Even though Nairobi has modern technology facilities, the city has not lost its sense of past. Nairobi has become one of Africa's most interesting cities. The city is constantly alive, especially at night, Nairobi never seems to sleep. Visitors can find a wide array of excellent theatres, interesting museums, exclusive restaurants, pubs, clubs, discos, casinos, shops and markets. There is plenty on offer for the tourist.

Some of the interesting places in Nairobi are Kenyatta Avenue; Nairobi National Park, where visitors can see lions, giraffes, impalas, and more wild animals living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town; Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa); Bomas of Kenya, a terrific cultural center; Giraffe Center, where the Rothschild giraffe was saved from extinction; the spectacular 27 meter deep 'Fourteen Falls' waterfalls at Thika; Kenya Railway Museum, where tourist can appreciate the history of the city's birth; Safari Park; City Market; National Museum; the Arboretum; Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park; Snake Park; Uhuru Park and others.

Nairobi is home to prestigious universities. University of Nairobi is the oldest University in Kenya. It was established in 1956. Other important universities in Nairobi are Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, United States International University - Nairobi (a branch of the United States International University), Daystar University and Africa Nazarene University. Nairobi is the safari capital of Africa; from here excursions and safaris can be arranged to any reserve or national park in the country.Nairobi is also the start point for people looking for volunteer africa opportunities, mostly students and people.

* Note: Room prices change constantly. You should check the latest availability as in many cases the room price can be even lower than the listed price on the LastBeds website.