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.