Africa cuisine is a voyage of discovery as the foods are an actual reflection of African history and culture. In order to get to know an African country, the best thing to do is to taste your way through the country.

As you travel across the African countries, you will discover that there are regional likenesses in most neighboring countries but each country has an exceptional culinary signature. Here are our 5 must-try foods across Africa:

1. Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice - African Cuisine

Jollof Rice is the traditional West African food and favorite food for Nigerians. The food is an unparalleled delicious food that will tempt your taste bud. It is a gorgeous union of rice and spices, always complemented by fried chicken or beef. Don’t leave West Africa without sampling Jollof Rice, it is a perfect meal for lunch. Nigerians love their jollof rice anytime any day!

2. Ndole

Ndole - African Cuisine

Ndole is our favorite Cameroonian meal, it is made with peanuts, bitter leaves, beef or seafood – fish or prawn. If you attend any party in Cameroon, you will definitely find Ndole present on their menu. Ndole is a thick soup and can be eaten with rice or plantain and sometimes with bobo lo, the local Cameroon staple meal. If you find the time, a visit to Cameroon just to have a taste of Ndole is worth it.

3. Matoke

Matoke - African Cuisine

Matoke is a popular food in Uganda. It is a kind of banana you can’t find anywhere else. Matoke banana is soft and has a neutral taste. The dish is prepared in banana leaves; it is peeled, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. The leaves give it a rich yellow color and makes it taste yummy. It is eaten with meat, fish and vegetable sauces. If you are anywhere in Uganda, you must try Matoke!

4. Braaivleis

Braaivleis

Braaivleis is a popular food in Namibia. It’s a dish where you have different kinds of protein-packed meats, spiked on wooden sticks and then grilled in an open fire. Braaivleis is Barbecue to the Americans, Suya to Nigerians, Nyama Choma to Kenyans. Known to be very flavourful and will fire up your taste bud. The Namibians love their Braaivleis and we have a special place in our heart for Braaivleis!

5. Ugali

Ugali

Ugali (Kenya), Nshima (Zambia), Nsima (Malawi), Sadza (Zimbabwe) and Fufu in some West African countries. The food is a corn flour food. Cooking is done with water to form a dough or porridge. It is a popular staple food in Eastern and Southern Africa. Serving is normally done with stews or sauces. In Kenya, Ugali is served with cabbage or collard green, sometimes with beef and sauce. In Zambia, Nshima is served with ndiwo while Fufu is served with Vegetable soup in Nigeria. So whenever you travel to any of these countries, make sure you have a taste of Ugali or Nshima and you’ll certainly enjoy it. The food is delicious and we always look forward to eating it whenever we visit Zambia or Malawi.

 

African cuisine is unique and diverse. If you have a dish that you think should be in this list, comment and let us know.

A romantic getaway doesn’t always have to be in Rome or Paris. Surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day in Kenya. Have the time of your life at Kenya’s most romantic vacation destinations, from lovable cottages to deluxe beach resorts; and experience the all-inclusive facilities such as unique cuisine, butler service, spa treatment, and infinity pools, candlelit dinner and private beach.

We have selected our favorite places for romantic getaways on Valentine’s Day for you. The surroundings are ideal for a perfect romance, long conversation, coziness, and relaxation.

Romantic Spots For Valentine’s Day in Kenya

1. Leopard Beach Resort

Valentine’s Day: Leopard Beach Resort

This is one of Kenya’s best luxury beach resorts on Diani Beach, Kenya’s South Coast. It is an ideal destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The resort is peaceful and pleasant with all-inclusive facilities including Wi-Fi. For a special getaway vacation package head to Leopard Beach Resort & Spa to discover a place that is naturally fascinating. The beach resort offers a variety of food and drinks, a pool bistro, bars, spa and fitness facilities, outdoor Jacuzzi and other variety of resort activities. Visit: Leopard Beach Resort.

2. Dodo’s Tower at Hippo Point

Valentine’s Day: Dodo's Tower Hippo Point

Dodo’s Tower at Hippo Point is located near Lake Naivasha and it is a romantic getaway for couples. Inside the tower, there are five elegant bedrooms which offer amazing views of the surroundings. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of your surroundings. The bedrooms are furnished luxuriously. The tower is beautifully furnished and decorated with breathtaking Maasai crafts and antiques. You can enjoy a healthy romantic breakfast outside, under the towering yellow fever acacias and an intimate candlelit dinner with your loved one. Visit: Dodo’s Tower at Hippo Point.

3. Saruni Samburu Lodge

Valentine’s Day: Saruni Samburu Lodge

Revel in magnificent luxury at Saruni Samburu, the lodge is regarded as a memorable romantic escape in Kenya. Saruni boasts luxury accommodation that taps into East Africa’s spirit and inspires guests with a range of activities which makes it a perfect getaway for a passionate holiday. You can explore nature and wildlife, enjoy swimming with remarkable views over Samburu land, enjoy game drives inside Samburu National Reserve and enjoy Saruni’s unique cuisine during breakfast or romantic dinner. Saruni offers couples idyllic happiness and complete relaxation. Visit: Saruni Samburu.

4. Medina Palms

Valentine’s Day: Medina Palms

Celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day at Medina Palms in Watamu. Enjoy a classic retreat with special offers on accommodation and intimate dining options at the resort. Set on a white sandy beach on the Indian Ocean, Medina Palms provides the perfect backdrop for couples looking for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. Spend your day by the pool, snuggle with your sweetheart at night, enjoy unparalleled ocean views, wine and dine with your loved one. Visit: Medina Palms.

5. Thai Chi at the Sarova Stanley Hotel

Valentine’s Day: Tai Chi Restaurant

If you think about it, you will discover that there are fewer places as utterly romantic as Thai Chi Restaurant. Take your beloved to this restaurant and surprise her with a romantic dinner. There is nothing as romantic as dining with your loved one in a Thai-style restaurant, sitting together elbow-to-elbow and enjoying Thai cuisine. Visit: Thai Chi Restaurant.

Sometimes you just need a cool place to spend the night and have a decent breakfast. Especially if you are on a budget. That is what Bed and Breakfasts are for, and it helps if they are as cozy and dainty as they can get. Some establishments are in the form of cottages or serviced apartments so that you have more to choose from, but the underlying fact is that accommodation is mainly offered on Bed and breakfast basis. We present to you 4 of the best B&Bs in Kenya that you can take advantage of in your travels around Kenya.

1. Mvuli House

Mvuli House is located in Lang’ata area opposite Nyayo stadium and it offers cozy accommodation with decent amenities. The location and the close proximity to the airports make Mvuli ideal for guests who want to avoid the CBD. Mvuli House is affiliated with Mvuli Suites. Which offers bigger rooms and more amenities at a higher price point for guests who want to stay longer.

2. Purdy Arms

Purdy Arms is found on 61 Marula Lane in Karen, Nairobi. There’s a restaurant and pub on location in case you want to grab a drink, and the rooms, though few, are specialized to suit different guests. They are cozy and homely and the price includes full English breakfast. Be careful about the room you pick especially on nights when the pub is busy and you have an early morning. Still, the tranquillity of the Karen area will make your stay worthwhile.

3. Osteria Bed and Breakfast

Osteria Bed and Breakfast is located in the Malindi area of Kenya’s Coast. The Beachfront location ensures that you experience the best of Malindi beach, and you are sure to get value for your money. There is great service and the food there is delicious as well so you can stay on if you have the option to.

4. Heri Heights Serviced Apartments

Heri Heights Apartments are located off Arboretum road in Nairobi. And they are perfect for business travelers and vacationers alike. The apartments are fully equipped and furnished so you can self-cater. But what’s the fun with that when the breakfast options at the Palm Café are so delicious! The rooms are more spacious and homely, compared to what you would find in a hotel. And there are a gym and pool on site for your morning workout or swim. Heri Heights is the kind of place you can stay for months on bed and breakfast terms especially if you have work assignments in town.

The Kenyan and Jamaican governments will open a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre at Kenyatta University to address challenges that affect their economies.

The disclosure were made Wednesday at Kenyatta University when Jamaican Minister for Tourism Edmund Bartlett held a meeting with top management of the university and Kenyan government representatives.

The project was mooted by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Jamaica earlier this year.

Mr Bartlett said the initiative will play a key role in addressing issues such as terrorism and cyber security threats.

“Globally, tourism has negatively been affected by terrorism and cyber security and this partnership seeks to embrace meaningful collaborations that address some of these challenges,’’ said Mr Bartlett.

Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Paul Wainaina said the project also seeks to deal with calamities that negatively affect Kenya’s economy as well as other disturbances such as climate change.

“The centre will play a key role in positioning Kenya as a hospitality hub globally and at the same time provide practical research findings that offer climate change and security solutions,” said Prof Wainaina.

He said: “Kenyatta University has already identified the space that will be used for this project and we are ready for its official launch by March next year.”

Besides Kenyatta University, the University of the West Indies will also play a key role in the initiative.

The centre will be working closely with the Ministry of Tourism led by Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala who is spearheading the initiative by soliciting for the funds from different partners.

Information gathered by the centre is expected to help Kenya’s intelligence agencies to proactively deal with security threats such as terrorism and cyber security.

Kenya is a well-known tourism destination centre but terrorism incidents has seen European countries such as US and United Kingdom issues travel bans whenever they feel their citizens are endangered.

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Yes! December is here and now we can really let loose.

But wait, through those past 11 months, there has been a thought gnawing at the back of your mind. Something you really wanted to do but never really got around to doing it. What could it be?

As luck would have it, you forgot to plan your Christmas Holiday. You didn’t make any ‘early bird’ bookings; you didn’t reserve any flights, heck, you don’t even know what to do with your holiday this Christmas (that’s how busy of a year it’s been).

Spice, Ruins and White Sandy Beaches in Zanzibar

For most of us, there is no Christmas without white sandy beaches, cool ocean breeze, whiskey and a coastal nightlife that will have you sweating through the holidays.

While most people would be headed down to Mombasa and Diani, why not take your family a little further out to the island of Zanzibar? Only an hour and fifteen minutes flight time from Nairobi to the island, Zanzibar is by far one of the most exotically appealing last-minute Christmas destinations.

This gorgeous spice island is famous for being a commercial hub that still has that old, Arabic – Sultan look and feel. From ancient Islamic ruins to breathtaking Arabic houses and miles upon miles of palm-tree riddled white sandy beaches, there is nothing quite like exploring an island during your holidays.

There is a tonne of things to do in Zanzibar:

  • Go snorkeling and diving off the beautiful reefs
  • Experience deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean
  • Visit the spice plantations
  • Walkthrough the central market and haggle for unique carvings by local artisans

Head North to Turkana County

Up until recently, Turkana has been a well-kept secret; far from the marauding traffic of holidaymakers who either head down to the Coast or a little inland to Naivasha. Although it has kind of blown up in recent times: thanks to the discovery of ‘Turkana Boy’ (a skeleton of a 7 – 18 yr. old boy believed to be 1.5 million years old) and the fact that Turkana also has sandy beaches, this arid slice of paradise is now a ‘HOT’ attraction for vacationers. Pardon the pun.

About a 2 hour flight from Nairobi, Turkana has some of the best, almost uninhabited beaches in the country. There are several tented camps along the shores of the lake such as ‘Lobolo Tented Camp’ that will simply blow your mind.

Apart from sunbathing and fishing on Lake Turkana, you could head out further into the lake to visit the three most beautiful islands you will ever see within any landlocked region (Central, South and North Island) Shaped almost like a love-heart, these islands are not only sublime, but they are also serene and quite picturesque.

Fish in style and luxury at Rusinga Island Lodge, Rusinga

If your idea of a Christmas holiday is serene and secluded luxury then maybe you should head out to Rusinga Island in Rusinga, Kisumu. There is a lodge there that will absolutely mess with your sense of luxury. Rusinga Island Lodge is like nothing you have seen before on your travels. For the most part, it has everything you would expect from a luxurious lodge: great service, awe-inspiring decor, and plush romantic rooms. But the key attraction here isn’t the lodge itself, it’s the island and what comes with it.

  • Are you someone who likes to spend some quiet time fishing out on a lake or a jetty?
  • Do you think that trolling for massive Nile Perch along the shores of Lake Victoria would bring some sanity back into your life?
  • Maybe you just want to sit back, relax and let the well-trained staff wait on you throughout the holiday as the kids zip around in Jet skis in the lake?

There is just too much to do and see here. Before you know it, your holiday will be over and you will be back at it again. But at least you will have made precious memories of thrilling experiences throughout the country.

Most of these places you can drive up to, except maybe Turkana and Rusinga Island. There are, however, last-minute flights available if you know where to look. Just because you haven’t yet planned for your Christmas holidays doesn’t mean that this one can’t be the best one yet!

There are places on this planet that are just built for relaxation. Kenya, thankfully, is about 80% made up of those kinds of destinations. Think about it; what’s your idea of the perfect getaway location? For most people, the options are simple. The list goes something like this:

  • a large water body nearby
  • great sunny weather
  • wholesome activities for the family
  • You should be able to get there without spending a lifetime on the road

Naivasha has all this and more. About just 80KM from Nairobi, Naivasha is one of the most attractive and popular towns in the Rift Valley. Almost an hour and a half by car from Nairobi, this gorgeous destination is a favorite for many Kenyan’s looking to spend some quality time with the family. Here are 5 wholesome family activities for a weekend getaway in Naivasha.

Take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to Crescent Island

Absolutely one of the biggest attractions within this region, Lake Naivasha is not only the necessary large water body presence in this region, but it is also the gateway to a wonderful wildlife viewing experience. Taking a boat ride with the family will give you a chance to see:

  • Hippos
  • Flamingoes
  • Fish eagles and host of other birds

Bring your cameras and a sense of adventure as you ride off towards Crescent Island where there is a game sanctuary well-populated with giraffes, Zebras, Thomson’s Gazelles and a host of other large wildlife worth writing home about every time. The trip lasts about an hour, but as corny as it might sound, the memories will last a lifetime.

Why not scale an extinct volcano?

Mountaineering is exhilarating. There are very few things quite as rewarding as scaling…no, ‘conquering’ an Earthbound giant such as a mountain. Mt. Longonot, an extinct volcanic giant standing tall on the floor of the Rift Valley, gives you an excellent opportunity to do just that and more. As the centerpiece of Mt. Longonot National Park, your ascent will be cherry-topped by thrilling sightings of giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, buffaloes, and some rather strange birds. Plus, it will give you guys a chance to get some valuable exercise. Yes, your bones and muscles will ache for a little while, but it will be worth it. Remember to carry your own meals and water.

Go camping and sleep under the stars

If there is one thing that Naivasha has an abundance of it is camping space. Indeed, it is one of the main reasons why many Kenyans drive down to this destination: it’s an opportunity to spend time and the night under the stars. Most camping sites in Naivasha are next to major resorts like:

  • Burch’s Resort
  • Lake Naivasha Resort
  • Triple Eden Naivasha Hotel
  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
  • Fish Eagle Inn
  • Naivasha Kongoni Lodge

Of course, there are those establishments that are for camping. Many of these have wonderful activities such as bonfire games, excellent cuisine, boat riding, horseback riding and game watching. Options include:

  • Crater Lake Camp
  • Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp
  • Camp Carnelley’s
  • Crayfish Camp

Crater Lake Camp, in particular, is a must-visit destination for those looking for memorable camping experiences in Naivasha. Set on the backdrop of a beautiful volcanic crater lake, this location is scenically fringed with acacia trees, has about 150 species of birds for bird watchers and a trail that meanders along the steep yet diminutive rim of the crater.

Turn off your cellphones and leave the laptops at home as you enjoy nature in all its splendor at any one of the gorgeous camps found in Naivasha.

Walkthrough Hell’s Gate

Named after a narrow break in the cliffs, Hell’s Gate was once a tributary of a prehistoric lake in the Rift Valley. Hell’s Gate National Park is home to spectacular scenery including water gorges, towering cliffs, rock towers, plumes of geothermal steam. What was once thought to be the gateway to the abyss is now one of the most exciting locations in Kenya. Here are some reasons why you should visit Hell’s Gate at your earliest convenience:

  • You can hire a bike and ride it through the wilderness
  • There is a multitude of walking safaris that will bring you up close and personal with most of what Kenya has to offer in terms of scenery, wildlife, and sunny weather. These walking safaris are a wonderful opportunity for families to bond and share something special together.
  • You can spend the night under the dazzling stars as the park has safe and secure camping facilities.
  • Enjoy a bit of rock climbing. From Fischer’s Tower to the Central Tower and even the park’s gorge, you have a chance to test your climbing skills as you come up against some interesting and enticing rock faces.
  • Take a quick dip at the therapeutic waters of the Ol Karia geothermal spa

In addition to all this, you get to see the resident buffaloes, elands, zebras baboons, Thomson’s gazelles, hartebeests, and colorful birds as you enjoy your day trip and picnic down at the gorge.

Go back in time at Kariandusi Museum

Identifying itself as the cradle of mankind, Kariandusi is an interesting location that has some ancient artifacts within its borders. The stone age site dates back to over a million years ago. And is rumored to be a prehistoric stone factory for hunting tools that were then used all over the continent.

A visit to the Kariandusi Museum would be an extremely informative trip for both the kids and the adults. Not only will you get to learn about Kariandusi and all the stories (myth or otherwise) that surround it, but you will also learn a lot more about other historically significant sites that can be found nearby.

 

As mentioned earlier, Naivasha has all the right attributes that an attractive family destination requires. From large water bodies to wildlife conservancies, historical sites and large expansive spaces for a wide variety of family activities, Naivasha is not only scenic, but it is near Nairobi and quite affordable to boot. So load up the car and drive the family down to Naivasha for a good old time.

What is it about adventure sports that gets people so excited? Could it be that executing seemingly superhuman moves such as gliding through the air at death-defying speeds makes us feel invincible or could it be that as a species we cannot help but push our limits? Maybe it’s the fact that many of these activities take us way out of our comfort zones and remind us that there are forces out there much bigger and stronger than we are? Or could it boil down to a simple primal philosophy that ‘the nearer to death you are the more alive you feel’?

Adventure sports in Kenya

As one of the world’s leading travel destinations, Kenya has a lot more to offer than just spectacular Safaris riddled with sightings of the Big Five, breathtaking scenery and outstanding lodging facilities. If you know the right people who know the right places to go, there are activities that will get your heart pumping through the roof and send you back home with a sense of achievement that only conquering your own fears can accord. Here are some exciting adventure sports options in Kenya:

1. Go Skydiving off the Coast of Diani

The country’s leading Skydiving outfit is in Diani. ‘Skydive Diani’ is operated by professional skydivers who offer their visitors a bird’s eye view of the Kenyan coast from a vantage point that will not only show you it’s breathtaking beauty but will also take that breath away from you in a literal sense.

They say until you have gone skydiving and are hurtling towards the Earth at unbelievable speeds then you do not know what a real adrenaline rush feels like. Whether that is true or not depends on the alternative activities to which you compare skydiving. What is a fact is that this is one of the most exciting adventure undertaking in the country and if you have thrill issues then you should fly down to Diani, get back up in the air and voluntarily jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane with one of the experienced instructors.

2. Zipline through a forest or over a river

When it comes to flying through the air untethered to bothersome safe transportation apparatus like airplanes, the list goes a little something like this:

  • Skydiving
  • Base jumping
  • Bungee jumping
  • Ziplining

Kenya offers you every single one of these except maybe base jumping. There are several ziplining destinations in the country. The longest line in East Africa, if not Africa (the jury is still out on that) is at ‘The Forest’ in Kereita – about 45 minutes from Nairobi. This destination offers you about 2.4KM of tethered flight over the lush Kereita forest with crisp mountain air blowing in your face and the blood pumping through your veins as the speeds get more intense halfway through the line.

There are other outfits that offer zip lining in Kenya. Savage Wilderness sends you screaming over the Tana River every day of the week except when it is raining. You could also just follow ‘Zipline Kenya‘ a company that set’s up to mobile ziplines in different exciting locations throughout the year.

3. Battle the white water rapids on River Tana

Savage Wilderness is an organization that specializes in adventure tourism in the country. On the River Tana, in Sagana, you can get beginner lessons on river rafting and kayaking. If your idea of a good time is getting drenched as you battle a fast-moving river that has rapids, mini-waterfalls and some of the best scenery in the country, then head out to Sagana and jump in.

4. Climb rocks or conquer mountains

When it comes to mountains, there is only one major player in the country: Mt. Kenya (the second-highest mountain in Africa). This giant, however, is in a country where it shares the borders with a host of other demi-giants (Mt. Elgon, Mt. Longonot, Ol Donyo Sabuk, and the likes). This makes mountain climbing one of the most exciting and readily available adventure activities for anyone not afraid of a little muscle soreness.

If, however, touching the skies is not your thing but you’d still like to dust off your climbing skills then there are a host of indoor rock climbing facilities you could visit. Climb Bluesky is an outfit in Nairobi that has excellent indoor and outdoor rock climbing towers that will drop that fear of heights right off your back.

You could also join the Mountain Club of Kenya and practice your rock climbing skills on the main wall at Hell’s Gate or Elephant Rock at Tsavo National Park.

5. Bungee jump into the abyss

This is a staple for adrenaline junkies. In Sagana, at Rapid Falls, there is a structure, 60m tall, from which you can bungee jump while attached to an elastic code. The thrill is not only in the jump itself but also in the workup towards the jump, the rebounds and the sight of all your friends trying really hard not to cry for their mommies when their turn comes around.

If you are not all about death-defying feats but would still like to feel a rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins, then you could try:

  • Go Karting in Lang’ata
  • Feeding the crocodiles at Mamba Village
  • Scuba diving in Mombasa
  • Diving off the highest platform at the Kasarani Swimming Pool
  • Walking across the bridge at Rolf’s Place
  • Playing a round of paintball in Rongai

All these activities are not only exciting, but they also are wholesome and give you an everlasting sense of achievement. Plus, they are kind of fun and will uplift your ‘street cred’ among any friends who chicken out!

Ardent golfers say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Thankfully, Kenya is mostly about excellent weather and even better Golf Courses. Seems as though the match between these two was made in Safari heaven.

Where to go on a Kenyan golfing safari as a local and a tourist

Here is a list of where to go on a Kenyan Golfing Safari.

1. Royal Golf Club, Nairobi

This list would be remised if it didn’t start with the oldest golf course in the country. The Royal Golf Club on Ngong Road has seen more years than Kenya has enjoyed independence. Founded in 1906 as a 9-Hole golf course and clubhouse with panoramic views of the evergreen Ngong Hills. The Royal Golf Club was expanded to 429 acres and 18-Holes of pure lush in 1927.

Apart from the Royal Golf Club, you can take the time to experience the other challenging courses the city has on offer. Think about:

  • The Windsor Golf and Country Club: 200 acres of breathtakingly landscaped sand bunkers and 5 579 yards for the ladies par and a 6 407 yard par for the gentlemen.
  • Karen Gold and Country Club: Lauded as the only natural green golf course in the country.
  • Kenya Railways Golf Club: 9-Holes, 18 tees, and 10 greens.
  • Muthaiga Golf Club: This is pedigree redefined. As one of the oldest golf courses in the country, you simply must try out this 18-Hole course at the edge of Karura forest.

2. Great Rift Valley Golf Club

Regarded in some circles as the ‘Leading Golf Resort’ in the country. The Great Rift Valley Golf Club is undoubtedly stunning. The fact that it is located in Naivasha, one of Kenya’s top Safari and party destinations for locals, makes it that much more attractive to golfers.

The club comes with 18-Holes of technically challenging layout, breathtaking views of the Rift Valley and it is a really mighty stone throw away from Lake Naivasha where you can cool off after your first round. The lodge itself offers accommodation fit for Kings and the drive down will give you a small taste of why Kenya is a travel photographer’s paradise.

3. Nyali Golf & Country Club

If you are not entirely opposed to some spectators of the wildlife variety while putting then you might want to head down to Nyali Golf & Country Club. As the only 18-hole course on the North Coast of Kenya, golfers at the Nyali Golf & Country Club are occasionally joined by unique visitors from the wild. The ‘vervet monkey’, which is prominently featured on the clubs logo, tends to stroll in to see just how well players can handle the rough. With 160 acres of wind-chocked fairways and greens, playing in this course is a little bit more challenging than enjoying the beautiful coastal weather and nightlife that comes with it.

4. Mount Kenya Safari Club (Fairmont)

If you are going to go on a Golfing Safari of Kenya, you want to head out towards Mt. Kenya. It is the second-highest mountain in Africa; it is the icon after which the country is named and it is surrounded by Nanyuki. Here is why that last part is important: Nanyuki is part of wildlife conservancy; part tourist attraction and an all-around beautiful place to be (you’ll understand when you get there).

Teeing off at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s golf course is the perfect excuse to visit this breathtaking region. As the only course divided into two by the Equator in all of Africa. This 9-Hole piece of green, sandbanks and ponds is not only well-manicured. But it is also unique in that it gives you sweeping views of Mt. Kenya. Did we mention that it is the only golf course bisected by the Equator in Africa?!

5. Nyanza Club

Finally, why not drive across the country and head out to the West for a round of golf? This 9-Hole golf course will have you playing this beautiful game in the scorching heat.

Here is the deal, this county has so much more to offer than just game drives and white sandy beaches. Once you know where to go for a golfing safari in Kenya; you will quickly learn that there are so many other golf courses that you should try out; every single one of the more beautiful and challenging than the last. Whether you are looking to Tee Off in the sun or you would prefer a little bit of a chill along your fairways, Kenya has you covered. Try out any one of the courses mentioned here. We guarantee that you will like it.

Stop us when this starts sounding familiar: you have worked all year round saving for that wonderful Kenyan vacation that you so deserve. You are going to the Maasai Mara…you tell your friends. You are going to go at the end of June so you can catch the Great Wildebeest Migration. It is, after all, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

Maybe after that, you will even head down to Lamu! You hear there is a Fort down there that you simply must see…and the islands…oh the islands are just heavenly. You simply cannot wait.

So you work, you plan and you book everything in advance. Now all you have to do is pass the time as you dream about that white sandy beach underneath that gorgeous Kenyan sun. You picture yourself lying on a hammock while being served glasses of colourful drinks with little umbrellas in them. Then it occurs to you, what if:

  • Your flight on the day gets cancelled?
  • You lose your luggage at the airport? It won’t be the first time you and your suitcases end up on different continents!
  • You fall ill when on Safari?
  • You need to be airlifted out?
  • Your Visa gets cancelled?
  • You lose your travel documents or heaven’s forbid…your precious phone?

These are all things that could, unfortunately, go wrong when you travel. They have happened in the past and they could always happen again. What is one to do? You wonder!

Get travel insurance!

Although to many, Travel Insurance might sound like yet another unnecessary expense, to those who have ever had the misfortune of losing their luggage or falling sick in a foreign country will tell you that it can be a real money saver…if not a life saver.

At Travelstart, we have one of the most comprehensive travel insurance policies known to man! However, before we even think about telling you about it or asking you to look at what we offer, you need to know why we offer it at all in the first place! We are travel experts with extensive experience in both local and international travel. Meaning…we know how good things can be and we also know how wrong they can go!

Reasons why you definitely should get travel insurance

Travel insurance…well, good travel insurance, is akin to having a highly trustworthy and resourceful friend looking after your interests wherever you go. You know, that friend who will always come to your rescue every time you call? Yeah…that one!

Here are some excellent reasons why you should always get travel insurance when out gallivanting with the best of them:

You will be covered should you get injured or sick on your trip

Have you been thinking of trekking through Peru and going up the ancient and breathtaking Inca city of Machu Picchu? What about taking a balloon ride over bits of the Sahara? Maybe take a boat ride out to Central Island on Lake Turkana in Kenya? All these things sound and are exciting but they are also fraught with potential danger. You could:

  • Get injured
  • Get sick from the water
  • Get heat stroke
  • Drink too much beer/whisky or vodka

In short, instead of having a beautiful day out exploring this wonderful world, you wake up with a splitting headache or a severe stomach pain and suddenly you have to get emergency medical care. What do you do then?

With the right kind of travel insurance, you will have all the emergency medical care you need at your disposal and in your language! You won’t have to pay for it through your nose either!

You will have emergency medical evacuation

This is one of the most important aspects or options to have on your travel insurance especially if you are the daredevil kind who insists on living on the wild side. Should you get stranded up Mt. Kenya with altitude sickness, you will need immediate airlifting to a medical facility. If you do not have emergency medical evacuation this kind of assistance will almost be impossible to come by or would cost way too much to be a viable option.

What if your travel agent files for bankruptcy?

We do not like to think about, maybe because it doesn’t happen all that often but travel agents could very well high tail it with your money. Think about it: one of the best ways to get the best rates on your safaris is to book and pay your packages well in advance. Say you pay for a 6 day, 7 nights Amboseli tour package in January that is to be redeemed in October. What if your travel agent goes bankrupt within those ten months? How will you get your money back?

If you have a cover that ensures against trip financial defaults, then you do not have to worry. You will get your money back…maybe not in time for the trip but at least you will get it back!

The nightmare that is losing your passport

While it might not be such a big deal if you lost your passport in a country where your home consulate has a good relationship with the local government, you simply will not believe the kind of nightmare you would go through if that wasn’t the case. Should you travel to a country with which your home nation does not have a good diplomatic relationship, losing your passport is about as bad as it can get for you.

With the ‘coverage for lost passports‘ option, you will have a much easier time having all this resolved. Your insurance company will handle the entire process and even expedite it for your convenience.

If your flight gets cancelled, delayed or you lose your luggage

Imagine having your flight cancelled on the day? What about losing your luggage? Your suitcase had everything in it including your expensive Nikon D850 DSLR camera and laptop! The headache that comes with the inconvenience first and then the thought of having to wipe out your savings just to replace everything is enough to ruin a perfectly beautiful trip.

However, with the right kind of coverage, you would be reimbursed for all these and even more as your comfort will be taken into consideration!

Yes, dealing with insurance companies can be a headache in itself but believe it when we say that you are much better off being covered and not needing it than needing it and not being covered. Whoever said ‘better safe than sorry’ must have lost his/her passport in a foreign country at some point in their life.

Kenya remains a top tourist destination in Africa and arguably the world. In the last 4 years, it has the World’s Leading Safari Destination according to the World Travel Awards. As a country, it offers a lot when it comes to adventure, animals, and history. For each region within Kenya, there is always a back story that is intriguing. And in this blog post, we shall look at some hidden gems in Kenya. Places that are often under the radar.

1. Gedi Ruins

First and foremost are the Gedi Ruins, set in an idyllic location on the Indian Ocean. One of the most culturally rich places on our list, Gedi offers both haunting beauty and eerie aura.  The puzzle surrounding this abandoned town adds to its haunting beauty that captivates and scares locals and travellers alike to this day. The ruins of Gedi today bear witness to the lives and cultures of the Africans of the 13th century. It provides an insight into ancient African civilizations’ economy, architecture, life patterns, social structure and other aspects. The Gedi Ruins are not just important for the cultural history but also a natural treasure house within their boundaries at least 50 indigenous plant species.

2. Coral Gardens, Wasini Island

In Wasini Island, about 100 km south of Mombasa, you will find Wasini Coral Gardens. The garden, with a beautiful landscape and stunning views, is surrounded by mangrove forests. It offers various activities that give you a unique experience like boat touring, watching dolphins, snorkelling and diving. Mangrove forest makes every photo heavenly.

3. Lord Egerton Castle

Would you like to hear a heartbroken love story from the 1950’s? Lord Egerton built a castle 14 kilometres from the city of Nakuru, for his to-be-wed fiancée. According to the sayings; the Lady came from Great Britain to see this expansive castle and then left after 2 hours. Since this incident, Lord Egerton developed a loathing for all women which caused to not allow woman inside till the 2000s. The castle’s splendid architecture rises imposingly from the landscape with swelling hills and rolling shrubland in the background. You can have a paid tour to see how the rich people of the time used to live!

4. Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is situated on the Nguu Tatu hills 4 km from Lafarge Bamburi Cement, where many species live. Nguuni is home to giraffes, oryxes, waterbucks, bushes and many kinds of birds. In the grassland are dispersed large palm crowned by leopard orchids. On the sunset, giraffes make their way to a picnic area. After a refreshing walk, you can experience feeding the giraffes without gates or barriers – a great experience only in Nguuni. It offers a beautiful setting to enjoy the sunset, also offers holidays and weddings, camps and barbecues.

5. Arabuko-Sokoke National Park

Do you want to get a few new friends? This is the perfect place to meet different species! On the coast of Kenya, 110 kilometres north of Mombasa, the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is a national forest reserve. The National Park Arabuko Sokoke is only a small part of the Forest Reserve of Arabuko Sokoke. 270 bird species, 261 butterfly species, 79 amphibian species, 52 mammalian species and 600 plant species exist on this place.

 

Aren’t you one of those, who always would love to discover something new at every step you take? If yes, you should visit all these 11 places. Feeding giraffes, seeing a Sitatunga antelope, hearing African history and seeing some mysterious places is just a few of these experiences.