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Wasini Island & Kisite Sea Adventure

kisite2-196The day starts early as you head south towards Tanzania. On the drive south you pass through the lush coconut and cashew plantations. Here we have plantations that have thrived since the early days of settlement along the coast. As you drive by look at the coconut trees and you will see foot holds carved into the trunks.

There are some trees as high as 60 feet or more. Imagine how many years these trees have been climbed for their bounty. Soon you will pass through the colorful villages of the Digo Peoples. When you reach you destination of Shimoni “the place of the cave” you will board a motorized dhow to Kisite. Now the best part of the journey begins as you sail through an enchanting seascape of islands set in a pristine sea of unbelievable blue. During this journey it is possible to spot dolphins. Then you arrive at Kisite Marine Park, an underwater park.

taggedcoral3_cg-148It is here that underwater splendors await you. In the shallow warm water that surround Kisite Island the water abounds with marine life. Here you can snorkel and marvel at the incredible variety of marine life. Scuba Divers can explore a number of excellent dive sites in the coral reefs. There is an astounding amount of and variety of marine life at all levels of the reefs.

To top off the trip, sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served at Wasini island restaurant. After lunch when you have had your fill we visit a traditional Muslim village before retuning back to Mombasa in the late afternoon. Do not forget your snorkel and bathing suit, and underwater camera if you have one.

Funzi Island

watamu-kenyaThe pick-up time from your hotel is about 7:00am when you will be driven to the south part of Kenyan coast. Funzi Island is a tropical lost paradise in the middle of nowhere, where the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean lap peacefully on sweeping sandbars.

Our itinerary includes the crocodile canoe where you will explore the meandering estuary of the Ramisi River, a secret world of shadows and shafts of sunlight that is home to crocodiles and rare beautiful birds, e.g. kingfishers, pelicans, ibis etc. Then return across the Funzi Bay where dolphins are frequently sighted.

Anchor off the sandbar for a stroll and a swim or explore the Funzi Village. Languid lazy luxury throughout the day with a delicious seafood lunch. After lunch you will sail in an Arab dhow to the shore of Bodo mainland and taken back to your hotel ariving late in the day. Do not forget your snorkel and bathing suit.

watamu-4Malindi and Watamu Beach in Kenya

The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor a range of world class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Further south, the sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by wide white beaches.

This tranquil haven is home to several well established resorts, and many private guesthouses scattered through the forest along the deserted shore. At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip both for divers and snorkellers alike.

Northwest of Malindi is the spectacular Marafa Depression, locally known as Nyari and popularly known as Hell’s Kitchen. lamu-townAn extensive series of sandstone gorges and sheer gullies, this unique and other worldly landscape has become part of local folklore. The thick jungles of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve hide a world of wonders.

In the cool of the forest winding paths will take you in search of rare endemic birds and mammals, and visiting herds of Elephant. The forest holds another secret, the lost town of Gedi, a deserted trading Swahili town hidden deep in the forests, whose winding passages and crumbling walls tell of a long and mysterious past.

Walk through the Forest, explore the mangroves by boat, dive on the reef or try your hand at big game fishing. At the North coast you have all these choices and more, with the space and freedom to relax, unwind, and soak up the atmosphere.

shella_lamu_island_kenyaLamu Island

It is remote and self contained; Lamu is a place, which offers an unmatched cultural feast and a traditional architectural style. It has successfully retained its traditions and heritage over the centuries. Once a thriving port town, today Lamu is reputed among the tourists as a relaxed destination with a glorious past. Places of interest in Lamu include:

Lamu Museum

The museum is located at a walking distance from the hotel on the Kenyatta Road. On the entrance of the museum are some photographs of Lamu. wahili-house-museumThere is an amazing collection of weapons and costumes dating back to 18th century.

  Swahili House Museum

The Swahili House Museum is a traditional Swahili House restored with all the traditional Swahili furniture. Parts of the museum have the various colors of Swahili culture

Lamu Fort

You pass through the colorful streets of Lamu and watch the people engaged in daily activities. In the past the fort served as both a fort and prison. donkey_hospitalThere is an exhibition on the environment, a shop and a library, and a café overlooking the busy square at the entrance.

Donkey Sanctuary

Located on the northern part of Lamu, close to waterfront, this is one of the most striking places in Lamu. You have a chance to see how well animals are treated.

 

French

Île de Wasini & Aventure en mer au parc marin de Kisité.
 

kisite2-196Le jour commence de bonne heure  et vous vous dirigez plein sud vers la Tanzanie.
Sur la route vous traversez les plantations abondantes de noix de coco et de noix de cajou. Ici nous avons des plantations qui ont prospéré depuis les débuts d’installations le long de la côte.

Plus loin vous verrez dans les cocotiers des racines  découpées au pied des troncs. Il y a quelques arbres hauts de plus de 60 pieds.

Imaginez combien d’années ces arbres ont poussé et prodigué leurs bienfaits.Bientôt vous traverserez les villages colorés des peuples de Digo.

watamu-kenyaVous arrivez à destination de Shimoni « l’endroit de la caverne » et vous monterez à bord d’un Dhaw motorisé vers Kisité.

Maintenant la meilleure partie du voyage commence ; vous naviguez au milieu d’un paysage marin enchanteur d’ensemb le d’îles sur une mer précieuse d’un bleu incroyable.

Pendant cette croisière il est possible de repérer des dauphins. Si le vent est bon le Dhaw hisse la voile. Puis vous arrivez au parc marin de Kisité.

C’est ici que les splendeurs sous-marines vous attendent. Dans les eaux chaudes peu profondes qui entourent l’île de Kisite, la mer est remplie de vie marine.

lamu-townVoici que vous pouvez nager avec palmes et tuba et vous émerveiller de la variété incroyable de la vie aquatique. Les plongeurs autonomes peuvent explorer un certain nombre d’excellents spots de plongée dans les récifs coralliens.

Il y a une quantité étonnante de variétés de  vie marine à tous les niveaux des récifs.

Pour couronner la journée, vous profiterez du somptueux déjeuner Souahéli de fruits de mer et crustacés, servi au restaurant en bord de mer à Wasini.

kisite2-196Après le déjeuner quand vous êtes rassasiés, nous visitons un village musulman traditionnel, le jardin de pierres coralliennes par un ponton dans la mangrove, avant de traverser le bras de mer et retourner à Mombasa en fin d’après-midi.
N’oubliez pas votre tuba masque et maillot de bain, et appareil-photo sous-marin si vous avez un.

 

Prix Inclus

  • WiFi dans le vehicule.
  • Safari a bord d’un vehicule 4×4 Toyota mini bus ou  Jeep au toit ouvrant.
  • Chauffeur/guide francophone experimente.
  • Les  entrees aux parcs.
  • Hebergement dans des lodges et camps en pension complete.
  • L’eau en bouteille pendant les  safari photo.

Prix n’ Inclus pas

  • Les  vols internationaux.
  • Les  boissons aux rapas.
  • Les depense personnelles.
  • Les pourboires pour votre chauffeur/guide.

Mombasa Excursions

mombasa-12Mombasa City Tour

The tour presents some of the best highlights of this colorful old port city.
Your tour will visit the bustling fruit and vegetable market, which has been in operation since colonial days. As you wander the streets of the Old Arab Town, you will see the intricate hand carved doors, and balconies hanging over the narrow streets, unchanged for hundreds of years. Protecting the harbor stands Fort Jesus which was built by the Portuguese over 400 years ago to protect their interest in East Africa against Omani Arabs.

See how it went from a fort to a prison, to a tourist attraction. Walk under the famous elephant tusks on Moi Avenue, which you probably have seen in those old African adventure movies.

mamba1Finally we visit the Akamba wood carvers center. Here you can purchase a fine hand carved African memento. A short excursion full of culture, history and not to be missed.  For the photographer, sights and opportunities for great photos abound.

Mamba Village Afternoon Visit

Mamba Village hosts Africa’s largest Crocodile Farm. Your visit will coincide with feeding time at 5:00pm.This one is great for the kids.
This trip will also include the beautiful botanical in this area. Nature in all her glory with the assistance of man, presents breathtaking views. Great places to take pictures to send back home or just to put on the mantle. castleTake a picture with the flora and fauna as the background. It is just beautiful!

Mombasa by Night & Dinner in the Castle

The enjoyment and romance begins when you are picked up from your hotel at 5:30pm.
The exciting itinerary begins with atmospheric Dhow Sundowner Cruise which offers an outstanding view of the Old Port from the water.
After docking our guide will lead you on walk through the historic Old Town to the 400 year old fortress of Fort Jesus. Built by the Portuguese as a stronghold at the entrance to the harbour. The ancient fort is a stunning fort-jesus-mombasa-kenyaexample of 16th century military architecture that has survived centuries of attack and conquest. Here you will be welcomed by Portuguese and Arab fire-bearers. Thereafter witness a dazzling sound and light show that is followed by a sumptuous dinner served alfresco within the ramparts of the Fort for a truly unforgetable dining experience. After this memorable experience of lifetime you will be taken back to your hotel.

Tamarind Evening Dhow

Spend the evening aboard a traditional Arab Dhow. Music, romance and fine food. dhow_cruise_night-excursionAs the dhow leisurely cruises in old Mombasa harbour past peaceful creeks flowing from the island you will dine on a sumptuous seafood meal. Later you can dance under the stars. The black African night, the stars as you have never seen them, music, and the sound of water against the dhow sets the mood for romance. As you cruise you can almost sense bygone time when life went at a much slower pace. Don’t miss this one; it is the gem in the crown of any safari.

Ngomongo Cultural Tour

For centuries there existed a thriving culture and society in East Africa. This society was a mix of Arab and native peoples cultures. ngomongoThen people from Europe came into this part of the world and put their mark on it. For several centuries their influence only went a short distance inland from the settlements along the coast. During the 19th century (1800’s) the people from Europe came in force and pushed into the heart of Africa, and changed it forever.

Ngomongo Cultural Center is a look back in time in miniature of tribal life and community groundings. Here you are able to get a glimpse of the lifestyle and cultures that existed for centuries before “civilization” came to Africa. Different traditional tribal huts are set up in this themed village, with peoples from the different tribes portraying their ancestors. hallerWatch and even participate in different food preparation, its hard work, and no labor saving devices here.

You are in for a surprise when you sample the local brews. Enjoy, marvel or participate in the various tribal dances, nothing to stop you from having a great time. As a matter of fact they will encourage you to join in, but then as all good things, they all have to come to an end. Hope that you brought along your camera, for the photo opportunities are plentiful. The memories will last a lifetime.

Haller Park

This is an afternoon trip, headed just outside of the city. Here is an example of how a wasteland and Bamburi stone quarry has been reclaimed and made an attraction. An abundance of wildlife and birds resides in and amongst the Casuarina trees. Here you will see eland, buffalo, crocodiles and many reptiles. Majestic crowned cranes inhabit the area, and add beauty and grace to the area. At the end of the trip you will visit the commercial aquaculture in the area. Now that should be something to see and learn.

 

Nairobi Excursions

Nairobi Executions give you a short tour into the Nairobi city, the Nairobi National park, Sheldrick Animal Orphanage and the Bomas of Kenya.

 Nairobi Excursions - Nairobi National Park Nairobi National Park

One of Kenya’s original National Parks established in 1946, features 46 square miles of pristine savannah and yet is only six miles from the city center. Large populations of giraffe, wildebeest, eland and gazelle dominate the plains. Of the big five only the elephant has not been spotted. Prides of lions may appear at the entrance to Mbagathi Gorge. This park also offers the spectacle of a Nairobi silhouette on the near horizon. Bounded by the Athi River to the south with its hippo pools, the park has two animal orphanages.

In the park is the Animal Orphanage where sick, wounded and abandoned animals are cared for and rehabilitated into the park, as well as an Educational Centre featuring a Safari Walk.Nairobi Excursions - David Sheldrick Wildlife Close by is the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where infant elephants and rhinos (orphaned because of poaching activities) are cared for
and eventually returned to the wild in Tsavo National Park. The centre is open every morning and visitors can watch the calves bathing in the mud hole and being bottle fed by their human surrogate mothers.

Nairobi National Park/Sheldrick Animal Orphanage/Bomas – Program

Bomas of KenyaPick from your hotel at 6:30 a.m. and proceed to Nairobi national park for game drives until 10:30 a.m. Proceed for Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage which opens their gates from 11:00 a.m. to noon. At 12:30 p.m. you will be driven for lunch at a place of your choice. Later be taken to Bomas of Kenya for an insight to the cultural lives of the tribes of Kenya.

 

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