The Pressure of Getting it Right!

The Pressure of Getting it Right! An affordable multigenerational beach holiday in Kenya … As someone who’s lived in Kenya all her life, someone who’s worked in the African travel industry for 26 years, who’s company specialises in family travel it’s up to me to book all our holidays …. this time it’s somewhere for my extended family’s summer beach holiday, again … again The Pressure of Getting it Right … is On!

Daily, I see more and more people looking to travel on a teeny, tiny budget, but expecting perfection in return. Trust me, some of my family (you knwo who you are 😉 is absolutely no different, ‘Chania let’s all go somewhere gorgeous on the beach; we have USD1 per night … how lovely, we can’t wait for amazing food and a beautiful place, with a gorgeous swimming pool, on the beach’ ….. seriously😳!

So on a mission I went, again. One of the lovely little Hidden Gems we use for our clients on a tight budget came up trumps! They offered my rather extreme family a wonderful rate … Diani Blue here we come.

The adventure begun before we even reached the airport in Nairobi (to fly on the affordable Silverstone to Ukunda, Diani Beach). My parents reached the airport in good time; my sister, myself and the three kids didn’t. Traffic was in a gridlock and we were about to miss our flight. After calling the incredibly helpful and understanding Silverstone airline on numerous occasions, they informed us they couldn’t wait for us any longer, so we jumped out of the taxi; 2 adults, 3 kids, 100 suitcases, 200 beachbags, swimming noodles, hand boards, surf-boards, cuddly toys, beach hats, flippers and snorkles and we ran, along the main Nairobi road, we ran, we ran .. screaming kids, flipflips breaking, noodles flying away; what a sight it must have been, especially when the gridlock was released and all the traffic drove past us, including our taxi!

Anyhow, stiff from all the intense activity before our flight, we arrived to the caramel-warm air of Diani beach. Our rather characterful taxi met us and off we bumbled, a 5 minute drive to Diani Blue. 1st impression of the Blue is a beautiful forested and ponded area spotted with butterflies, sleeping monkeys, and beautiful tweeting birds skipping from branch to branch… pheow something for the bored and sweaty kids to do whilst we checked in! Then the view!!! The view through the Lamu doors on the most beautiful little swimming pool in the foreground and the aqua-seas in the background … yeay.

Diani Blue is indeed a charmingly small and exclusive (only 6 rooms) place lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean; the love-child of a little boutique hotel and a relaxed barefoot beach-family who run it; the structure is elegance personified, the décor and atmosphere homey, relaxed and welcoming, located bang-on Diani Beach, which was recently voted the ‘Best Beach in Africa’ by the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry: The 21st Annual Travel Awards.

We were shown our lovely little air-conditioned or fanned (the choice is yours) Swahili-style rooms, with lovely en-suite bathrooms (with showers) all overlooking the swimming pool; perfect, absolutely perfect! Kids leaping on the beds whilst you’re trying to find their swimming costumes, sun cream, hats etc. etc. and then we all leap in the pool…. That was it, we were at the beach, heaven!

Our 10 days at Diani Blue were filled properly bonding as a multi-generational family, my parents, my sister, her boy, our kids and me ….. time together, a true luxury.

  • We all sat chilling and chatting, bickering & winging 😉 by the pool whilst the kids screamed around it (sorry!);
  • We spent time walking along the gorgeous beach, making sandcastles, playing beach cricket … trying to provide enough entertainment to stop the youth from bickering;
  • Surfing the crazily huge waves on belly boards; my 78 year old father was in heaven … finally two grandsons to muck around with, not two sissy daughters! Mum got tumbled a few times too .. hilarious memories that will last forever;
  • We went on an Ngalawa, Diani Blue’s traditional dugout canoe, to the sand-reef to find shells and urchins, to snorkel, to play French cricket;
  • We had a little bumpy camel ride up the beach;
  • We went on a Glass Bottom boat with the legendary John, who loves having kids on board, and they love him .. he teaches them all about marine life, starfish, sea urchins etc. etc.;
  • We visited the Colobus Conservation Trust to show the kids what people do, the lengths they go to in order to conserve the wildlife around us; pretty impressive;
  • We went to a back-packer joint to see Bushbaby’s coming in for their evening meal of bananas.

We mainly ate delicious food at Diani Blue, the restaurant is called The Edge … delicious, simple and traditional crab, lobster, fish, fish & more fish, samosas, salads (I suggest the ginger crab, the feta samosas, the self-saucing chocolate pudding … oh and the fish fingers for the kids) .. the menu was amazing, we could eat when we wanted, overlooking the beach and lapping seas and it was so damn reasonable! The only advise I give, is to order an hour before you need to eat, to avoid tears from hungry tummies.  We also went out for some deliciousness:

  • We treated ourselves for my sisters birthday at the Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant – Our personal favourite for a special occasion. Located on the beach front within Almanara Boutique Hotel & Villas, the modernization of the sweeping sails and curving beams create an ambience unparalleled on the east coast of Africa. The waiting staff are professional, kind and friendly, the ambience is friendly. As well as delicious, delumptios and heavenly fresh seafood, a selection of meat, salads and scrumptious treats for those with a sweet tooth… as well as being child friendly!!
  • We went to The Sands at Nomad Beach Bar a few times,  a wonderful beach bar, on the white sands of Diani Beach which wonderful pizzas, great Japanese, other seafood and non-seafood choices and a great ice-cream bar. Super Child friendly with a lovely little natural play area for all ages .. huge Connect 4, huge Tumbledown etc. loved this.
  • We went to Piri Piries Bar & Restaurant – a really lovely little café, restaurant and bar, very popular with Diani expat residents. Their menu is wonderful, serving seafood specialities, delicious meat dishes, vegetarian options, I loved the ploughmans and the huge selection of salads! They also offer amazing coffees and cocktails. Plus they had a great little playground for littlies.
  • We even went to the Colobus Shade – is a proper local restaurant owned by some Diani fisherman… get brave!🐙 There is nothing fancy or chic, but a great experience. It is reasonable and the fish platter or the plain fish, calamari and crab is fresh & delicious!

What a time … what special, precious time. We loved our relaxing stay at Diani Blue, we had a perfect time. The food amazing, the service slow .. but once Coastitus sets in, you don’t notice. 

For value for money, you simply can’t beat it! Even if it may not have been as fun for them as it was us (Zia may have discovered some scissors … and a mosquito net and a bed-sheet and decided to see how they all worked together!!! The guilt to this day is unbearable, especially as they still haven’t sent me a bill! Sorry Diani Blue .. again!! I am waiting.

The guilt is still there, but I do believe Diani Blue & I pulled it off. It’s an awesome little place, a perfect place to bond with your family, it suits all generations and it doesnt empty your bank account. We had amazing food and a beautiful place, with a gorgeous swimming pool, on the beach ….. seriously!

Practicalities:
Diani Blue – Is a personal, relaxed little beach place …. rather more an AirBnB than a lodge, but with the luxury of a beach-side restaurant at your fingertips.
Diani Beach – Recently voted the ‘Best Beach in Africa’ by the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry: The 21st Annual Travel Awards. A flawless, long stretch of white-sand beach hugged by lush forest and kissed by surfable waves, it’s no wonder Diani Beach is so popular. This town/stretch of beach scores points with a diverse crowd: party people, families, honeymooners, backpackers and water-sports enthusiasts. Only one warning here, beware of high, high season as the beach can become a little busy.
For those travelling to Kenya with kids, and grandparents – If you like to spend time with your kids, rather than palming them off onto a kids club; do it, it will be the best bonding experience, you can chill by the pool or do all the fun activities we did .. and they cater for kids perfectly here.
For those who live in East Africa – go as a family or get a couple of families together to fill up the place (6 rooms only) and GO!!! You’ll have an incredible time…. and their resident rates are appealing!
Weather – of course it depends on when you travel, but generally warm days and warm nights with a gorgeous sea-breeze … delicious.
What to Pack? – High SPF sun cream, hats, swimmers and light clothes to go for your excursions (respecting the coastal Arabic society)….. If you can why not squeeze in the odd body board?
Price – Between USD85 and USD115 per person per night, Bed & Breakfast. Contact us to book!
My advise – People go on holiday for very many different reasons, if you are looking to spend quality family time, relaxing but with something rather fun to do each day, please do come here!

Real Culture, Real Wilderness, Real Kenya … & kids love it!

Real Culture, Real Wilderness, Real Kenya … & kids love it! Lentorre is my new favourite cultural find…. shhhhh don’t tell anyone ;o)

I am constantly asked ‘where’s your favourite place in Kenya?’. Honestly I simply can’t choose one .. or two .. or even five; there are so many incredible places suited to every different dynamic of person or group … but my new favourite cultural experience for my little family, is indeed Lentorre.

Receiving an invitation to visit Lentorre, with my family, at the end of a long summer holiday all seemed a little hectic to me, we were shattered and we simply didn’t know what to expect; the website was not completed, they didn’t have professional photos yet and I just didn’t know what to expect … but not wanting to appear rude …. we jumped in the car and went on our merry way, covered with smilie faces.

My travel and tourism career started 25 years ago co-managing the incredible Rusinga Island Camp on Lake Victoria (another incredible experience full of happy memories), but my marketing-tourism career begun at Shompole, just next to Lentorre, so driving here welled up incredible emotions for me of happiness and pride … after 15 years or so, it’s great to be back!

What an incredible drive it is, from Nairobi through the Great Rift Valley, over flamingo-covered Lake Magadi and through the Maasai & cattle dotted lands to the incredible Olkirimatian Conservancy where our incredible experience begun.

We spent two incredible nights here and boy oh boy, what an awesome time we had.

The lodge itself is truly delicious in a hundred different ways. It is indeed attractive in a perfectly Kenyan way, each room enormously spacious, light in colour and a truly wonderful atmosphere. Our bedroom is the same size as my entire home (bigger actually) with our very own baths (yes baths with an s!!), a view of a highly popular watering hole in the foreground and Mt. Shompole in the distance and our very own swimming pool. We had landed in heaven.

The food is unique, healthy and delicious …. coconut and avocado soup, heavenly home-made chocolate ice-cream, yummy home-made juices …. mmmmm, really yummy.

Then it came to the activities … I am so, so excited to tell you about these!! Anyone interested in experiencing real, un-spoilt, un-ruined Maasai culture, this is it! Lentorre is a community lodge, each and every member of staff here comes from the local area, so you simply spend your time here doing what they have been doing all their life …. as well as some wonderful game drives of course; oh and an amazing swimming pool … plus one in each room; and an amazing sundowner (clinking and clanking glasses to celebrate the end of another wonderful day) and a bush breakfast (having a delicious picnic breakfast to celebrate the beginning of another wonderful day), so basically you do everything amazing that you have ever wanted to do on a cultural safari. Over our 36 hours we:

  • went for a glorious walk through the arid lands of Olkirimatian with incredible guides who are simply amazing with kids (another ‘best-ever’ experience!), who kept the kids interested throughout, even if they did have to carry them for much of the way.
  • went fishing for cat-fish in the neighbouring river.
  • cooked the fish we caught, traditionally, on the banks of the river.
  • bow & arrow lessons
  • herded the cattle into their boma for the night
  • milked the cows (or viewed it to be exact)
  • chatted to the wonderful Maasai family members and played with the kids
  • went on the best night drive I have even been on in my 40+ years in Kenya … where, as well as the usual fabulous Kenyan wildlife, roaming free, we also saw all these amazing nocturnal animals – 6 genet, 1 wild cat, 1 spotted hyena, 4 bat-eared foxes, a honey badger, … and a leopard drinking from out waterhole when we got back to our room!!!!!

What an experience for all of us. What surprised me most on this wonderful safari was how I found myself pondering in a Maasai Manyatta (homesteads made from mud) … that rather than feeling pity for this family being ‘less fortunate’ than I, I was wishing I lived their life. They’re happy, truly happy; they live an incredibly happy family-friendly lifestyle, all together, they chat a lot, cook together, milk the cows together, play together; they told me they don’t get stressed or worry about anything, except when there is a drought .. and even now they cant really change anything. I wondered what happened to us ‘educated’ folk. Why have we ruined our wonderful family units?  Why do we have to answer emails within 2 seconds of them being sent? Why do we have to keep up our social media posts? Why do we have to watch the news?  Why do we have to chose the right hue of Farrow & Ball paints for our kitchen? Why? Why? Why?

Practicalities:
Lentorre – Will forever remind me of a truly uplifting cultural experience, kids swimming for hours in our room … and I’m dreaming of their food right now!
Olkirimatian Conservancy – Deep in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, beyond the volcanic lunar landscape surrounding the soda lakes of Magadi and Natron, lies this oasis. Fed by crystal clear springs running off the South Loita and Nguruman escarpments, Lentorre provides the perfect spot to relax and soak in the wonders of a wild and untouched Africa.
For those travelling to Kenya with kids – Do it, it will be the best cultural experience your kids will ever experience .. and they LOVE kids here, they cater for kids perfectly!
For those who live in East Africa – get a couple of families together and GO!!! You’ll have an incredible time…. and their resident rates are appealing!
Weather – warm days and warm nights … delicious … no need to wear jumpers even on night game drives.
What to Pack? – A good camera and binoculars, high SPF sun cream, hats… and clothes for a lovely warm environment (shorts and a t-shirt).
Price – USD860 per person per night which includes it all; all your meals, all your drinks (apart from champers), your game drives, walks, bush meals, amazing guiding etc. you will just need to pay extra for the boma visits … which all goes to the boma. Contact Lilian to book!
My advise – People go on holiday for very many different reasons, if you are looking to experience incredible culture, please do come here!

The Real Thing, A Safari at Offbeat Mara, Kenya

What are you looking for in a safari? I’m looking for The Real Thing! A safari, staying at Offbeat Mara; a real tented camp on an outstandingly beautiful, private conservancy bordering The Masai Mara Reserve, where kids … and adults can be kids. This ticks my boxes!

What do you mean by the ‘Real Thing’ you ask? and what boxes? Do let me explain:

  1. The Place – The Masai Mara reserve in the most incredible wildlife spectacle in the world, which sadly means at some times of the year it’s hotter than Oxford Circus/5th Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. Offbeat Mara is situated within the 74,000 acre Mara North Conservancy which borders the Masai Mara reserve; the scenery, the animals and the culture is all the same; the area is full of wildlife yet open to a few member camps only and has a strict policy on game viewing etiquette… loads of game, no lodges on every corner, no bustling within cars to see animals.  For these reasons you get a properly exclusive wildlife experience that is otherwise becoming impossible to find … for those looking to experience the migration in the heart of the reserve; crack on, you can dip in and out of the circus to your hearts desire.
  2. The Camp – a small, traditional safari camp, with only seven tented rooms, Offbeat Mara is a simple, cosy, private homely feel (in the good way that the English use, not the American version!) in the bush. Each tent is en suite with flush loos and traditional hot safari showers, privately scattered within the beautiful riverine forest encouraging privacy and offering a gorgeous view. The heart of the camp is a simple main ‘mess’ tent, on wooden decking, which has a sitting room , dining room and bar/library area.
  3. The People – well, in my opinion this is exactly what the Masai Mara is all about. The wildlife is here, there and everywhere, the scenery is mind boggling, it’s a great guide that make The Mara a trip of a lifetime or not … and Offbeat have good guides, of yes they do! Kind, caring, thoughtful, amusing and dam they know their stuff!
  4. The Experience – your 1st game drive in Africa makes tears come to your eyes, wild animals living in their natural habitat, happily roaming around the Savannah, the incredible views that await you around every corner, the beautiful Maasai people living at one with nature, striding across the African plains …. you don’t want 3 days of only game drives though, nope you don’t. By then the kids are screaming for their IPads and if you see another lion, you’re going to scream (us humans are weird) …. what you wanna do is:
    1. Walk, get out on that African soil with your own feet, see nature, real nature with your own eyes. Learn about the little stuff, the bugs and beetles, the grasses and what poo belongs to who .. why not?
    2. A surprise bush dinner party, under the stars.
    3. A sundowner. Not a lot beats a Kenyan sundowner; set up under a lone acacia tree, overlooking miles and miles of Bloody Africa with a G&T in hand.
    4. Go and see how the Maasai people live. It’s bright, cheerful, interesting … and quite shocking … it will stop you complaining about how your new Farrow & Ball paint which doesn’t quite match the Racing Car green on your chaise longues .. for a while.
    5. Hell, why not hop on a hot air balloon for the morning … this is how to see the Mara, the peace, quiet of floating above the best wildlife spactacle on earth.

My little family are so very lucky. We stayed at Offbeat Mara, with 3 other families, all with small kids, for a long weekend. I simply cannot express what an incredible time we had. We stayed in an amazing little double tent, a family tent; the camp is indestructible so you’re not on the edge, terrified that your mini-terrorist is about to break the family crystal; the food was absolutely delicious, the G&T’s better; there was always something amazing to do, something amazing for the kids and adults .. walks, sundowners, picnics, nature walks, game drives … we literally couldnt fit in everything; the Offbeat team are out of this world with the adults, and kids .. and the best part is once the kids go to bed, a friendly Maasai guard sits on your tent verandah watching over sleeping beauty … whilst you can have a scream with your friends not far away.

Practicalities:
Offbeat Mara – Will forever remind me of a natural, happy, homely time, spent with family, and friends. A simple tented camp, with everything you should want.
Mara North Conservancy, The Maasai Mara – as I mentioned above, this is literally the best place to stay when visiting the Masai Mara, especially over the annual wildebeest migration, it gets you away from the crowds, but in the action.
For those travelling to Kenya with kids – Do it, stay at Offbeat Mara. It’s simple, comfortable and offers them a ‘real’ safari experience, but with all the comforts you need.
For those who live in East Africa – get a couple of families together and GO!!! You’ll have a scream.
Weather – warm days and a little bit chilly nights.
What to Pack? – A good camera and binoculars. Layers … jeans and a warm jumper / jacket for the evening and early mornings and shorts and a t-shirt for the day. High SPF sun cream, hats.
Price – From USD460 per person per night which includes it all; all your meals, all your drinks (apart from champers), your game drives, walks, bush meals, amazing guiding etc. etc. BUT they have a tonne of amazing special offers for honeymooners, families, groups, early bird bookings etc. you can get this price down by 25%!! Contact Lilian to make the most of these!
My advise – People go on holiday for very many different reasons, if you are looking to experience safari how it always was, but with all the luxuries you need, Offbeat Mara will suit you perfectly.

Safari Entertainment Packs for Kids

Our Advice is to always provide extra entertainment for your kids on safari.

A safari for kids is full of anticipation, excitement and adventure …. but there are quiet moments too, so our sister company, The SAFARI Company now offers these fabulous Kiddy packs for their clients to take on Safari!!

We suggest you do the same thing for your kids … and clients with kids!

16 Great Activities In & Around Nairobi, to Enjoy, with your Kids

16 Great Nairobi Activities for Kids.
Exciting, educational & enthralling outdoor activities for you and your kids to enjoy, together, in Nairobi.

  1. Visit an Art Gallery – Kenya is full of great local artists for kids to enjoy. Try the Nairobi Gallery, Banana Hill Art Galleries, The GoDown Arts Centre or MattBronze (sculpted Bronze) etc.
    Our advise – If you need help, let us know your interests & location, then we will suggest the best for you.
  2. Go up to the Top of The Kenya International Conference Centre (the K.I.C.C Helipad would be best).. The best place to get a 360 degree view of Nairobi in all its sun-bathed splendour. If the fog’s not too heavy you can see all across the outskirts of the city to the National Park.
    Cost – Entry can cost Kshs 200 – 400 (about USD2 – 4) … may take some negotiating!
    Our advise – go out of rush hours .. to prevent serious traffic.
  3. Have lunch or a picnic in Nairobi National Park – A Perfect Kids Activity. Go on a game drive and see the incredible amount of wildlife in this city bordering park and either have a lovely picnic under an Acacia Tree or lunch at Ololo Lodge, where there’s also a great pool.
    Cost – From however much you would like to spend on a picnic or Kshs3,500 / USD 35 per person for lunch excluding drinks at the charming Ololo Lodge.
    Our advise – go with someone who knows, you’ll see a lot more and the day will be more fun! To enquire about a vehicle and or guide, please don’t hesitate to contact The SAFARI Company.
  4. Go and stay in a beautiful farmhouse in Tigoni dating from the 1940s. With an extensive garden, a pond and 24 acres of rolling fields dropping down to indigenous forest, you can stay in this peaceful, farm-fresh house for a night .. or two! Take walking trails through the indigenous forest with Sykes and Colobus monkeys as well as prolific birdlife. Roam around the grounds with the Jersey cows, swim in the pool or sit on the veranda, breathe in the clean air and take in the view of the Ngong Hills.
    Cost – From Kshs6,000 per room (Kshs3,000 per person if a double) including a full English breakfast, Kshs2,500 for an evening meal.
    Our advise – spend 2 nights, relax, walk, talk and make the most of this yummy home-cooked produce!
  5. Visit Karura Forest – 1,000 ha of wonderful forest was recently resurrected to its former beauty by The Friends of Karura Forest. You can escape Nairobi, with your kids and actively visit the caves, waterfalls, rivers and incredible flora and fauna. A perfect place for trail biking, walking, jogging, family fun days out.
    Cost – Kshs100 for a citizen, Kshs200 for a resident, Kshs600 (about USD6) for a non-resident to enter… plus car & picnic fees.
    Our advise – To go for a picnic, you must pre-book.
  6. Visit Kibera Slum & HELP – We highly recommend the fantastic One Horizon who run a community centre in Kibera catering for the needs of 300 children and their parents. Visit for the day or for the night. It’s not about building a classroom, it’s about connecting, playing and helping.  Kibera is a tough place to live and even harder when you are a child but this centre is a refuge,  centre for learning and a ray of light for very underprivileged children in a much challenged community. Come and be part of what will change your life.
    Cost – From USD200pppd for non residents. Please consult us if you are a resident.
    Our advise – Go!!! A life changing experience for adults & children, for those visiting and those in the centre.
  7. Try African Cuisine – Nyama Choma is the typical Kenyan barbeque, usually consisting of goat meat served with other delicious treats such as ugali (maizemeal) and kachumbari (a sort of salsa). Immerse yourself!
    Our advise – We suggest the following places if you want to try a traditional meal:

    1. Le Palanka – The ambiance is great, the food is good and the service is good.
    2. The most authentic is “K’osewe Ronalo Foods”, right in the city center.
    3. There is also one “Amaica” on Ngongo Road and JKIA.
  8. Enjoy a tour & a delicious lunch on a tea farm – This wonderful farm in Limuru provides a tranquil insight into life on a tea farm, a beautiful guided forest walk and a delicious lunch. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest – home to the Colobus monkey and other wildlife.
    Cost – Kshs3,200 per person (about USD32) all inclusive, children under 12 are half price.
    Our advise – Book first (through us if you like) and then arrive at 11am, from then on your day will consist of a little chat about the history of the farm, the process of making tea, see tea in the field, walk in the indigenous forest, lunch prepared with veg from the garden and puddings with cream from their Channel Island cows.
  9. Feed the giraffes at The Giraffe Centre. Truly an experience of a lifetime for both adults and children and you get to learn about these leggy creatures.
    Cost – Kshs1,000 (about USD10) for a non resident adult and Kshs250 for a resident.
    Our advise – Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday including weekends and public holidays. Go early to miss the crowds…. Plus, go on the nature walk, it’s lovely.
  10. Do a Brown’s Cheese Factory & Farm Tour – In the rolling hills of Limuru, it is well worth your while coming here for a 3-course lunch (100% homegrown ingredients) at the Brown’s farm. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample Kenya’s best cheeses. Cows and chickens are also there for all to enjoy plus milking of cows is possible for kids. Brown’s natural cheeses are made using traditional methods and no colorings, coatings, or additives are used, suitable for vegetarians.
    Cost – Kshs 4,000 (about USD40) per person.
    Our advise – Six person minimum or Kshs 24,000 (USD240) minimum cost. Always call to book.
  11. Go on The Nairobi Safari Walk! A conservation-based recreational facility on Langata road, where you can walk along a raised walkway and get a chance to see some of the rarest animals on the planet. These include the white Rhino, the Bongo and even the Albino Zebra. What this walk offers, is a chance to see most of Kenya’s wildlife within a single setting.
    Cost – USD25 for a non resident adult, Kshs250 for a citizen and Kshs350 for a resident.
    Our advise – don’t go at a weekend or if you do, go early to miss the crowds.
  12. Go and see an art performance, a play, a musical, dance and or another production at The Kenya National Theatre, The Phoenix Players or a host of other places.
    Our advise – ask us where the best performance is on at any one time.
  13. Visit The Nairobi National Museum – Four pillars of Kenya’s national heritage – nature, culture, history and contemporary art. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Kenya and the archaeological origins of man, see the animals and birds of Africa in the galleries, appreciate contemporary Kenyan art, and then go for a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re brave, visit the snake park and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s favourite reptiles.
    Costs  – Kshs1,200 / USD12 for non residents / Kshs600 for residents / Kshs200 for citizens
    Our advise – The museum is open 365 days a year, from 8:30 to 15:30, go early to miss the crowds.
  14. Visit the Masai Market – it’s bright, cheerful and lively!!!  You can buy a variety of artefacts, ornaments, home décor and clothes from around Kenya, and Africa.
    Our Advise – Remember to bargain .. and these are the days:

    1. On Tuesdays – Kijabe St Pk next to Nairobi River & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
    2. On Wednesdays – Capital Centre, Mombasa rd.
    3. On Thursdays – The Junction Mall & Ngong rd.
    4. On Fridays – The Village Market, Limuru rd.
    5. On Saturdays – High court parking, City Centre opp. Re-Insurance Plaza & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
    6. On Sundays -Yaya Centre, Valley Rd, Hurlingham.
  15. Spend the night on a double decker bus! – Oh yes, it is a converted bus in the quiet leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen. An incredible adventure for a family, go and stay here, take some supper with you (they have most kitchen equipment) and spend a night on this bus. There are 2 queen beds and 2 single beds.
    Costs – About Kshs11,000 / USD110-120 for the whole thing (you can fit 4/5 family members comfortably).
    Our advise – Wrap up warm and go, the kids will love it!
  16. Last but by no means least, adopt a baby Elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Langata – Play with it, feed and get to know it.
    Cost – USD50 per year fostering fee and you can visit at 4.00pm daily.
    Our advise – adopt an elephant so that you can go when there are no crowds and you can feed your elephant, stroke it, put it to bed. Honestly, for adults and children alike, this is up there.

There is tonnes of other fun to be had in Nairobi, from ice skating to GP Karting, horse racing to rallying, visiting malls to amazing restaurants .. but we have stuck to ‘safari & adventurous’ options.
For these experiences, for a vehicle, a flight, a guide or simply additional advise on travelling in and around Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda, please contact us.

 

Enjoy our beautiful country.
With very kind regards
Chania

Chania Tundo / Founder
Proud winner of:
• Kenya’s Most Influential Woman in Tourism and Leisure 2016
• East Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Tourism and Leisure 2016
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If you’d like to experience Africa whilst staying in magnificent little game lodges, a safari tent, a beach villa or exquisite little farmhouses, rather than the larger hotel chains, The SAFARI Company is right for you. Psst, we have found gorgeous places, even for the budget conscious.