What a visitor should know about Mombasa

Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city, and it is a cultural and economic centre, strategically located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Mombasa Island is split from the mainland by Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. Nyali Bridge, Likoni Ferry and Makupa Causeway connect this island to the mainland, in different sides.
Interestingly, there are attractions North and South of this city, which you can visit during your safari.

North Coast of Mombasa

  • Nyali

Nyali is a lavish neighbourhood located north of the island, and connected to it by Nyali Bridge. This posh area has a range of opulent villas and resorts, shopping malls, restaurants and banks. Popular hotels in Nyali are Reef Hotel Mombasa, Prideinn Hotel Nyali and Nyali International Beach Hotel.

Nyali Beach is the most interesting attraction in this area. It is an expansive stretch of unpolluted sand, fringed by mature palm trees.

An elegant superior sea front room at Reef Hotel Mombasa.

  • Bamburi

This town is situated along the Mombasa – Malindi Road. This town has a public beach known as Pirates. Another popular attraction is Haller Park, which is a reclaimed quarry with a variety of animal and plant species.

  • Shanzu

Shanzu Beach is one of the pristine spots to enjoy a beach safari. Shanzu Town is along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway.  Noteworthy hotels in Shanzu Beach include the lavish Serena Beach Resort and Spa, Eden Beach Resort & Spa and The Shaza.

  • Mtwapa

Mtwapa is just 15km north of the town of Mombasa. The town comes alive at night. Mtwapa has a wide range of resorts and cottages such as Jumuia Beach Resort Kanamai, Emrald Flamingo Beach Resort and Coconut Breeze Hotel.

South Coast of Mombasa

This award winning beach has the longest stretch of white sand along the Kenyan coast. Ocean front resorts and villas such as Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa and the Sands at Nomad afford guests uninterrupted beach access.

Enchanting architecture at Swahili Beach Resort.

Things to Do in Mombasa

Wondering what to do in Mombasa?  Explore this coastal city through thrilling adventures like snorkelling, sightseeing, deep sea diving and wind surfing.

The best places to visit in Mombasa are Mombasa Marine National Park, Haller Park, Mamba Village Fort Jesus, and Mombasa Old Town.

How to Get to Mombasa

This coastal city has a good infrastructural network that connects it to Kenya’s main cities like Nairobi. You can fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport.

Alternatively, you can drive for about 8 hours from Nairobi to Mombasa or take the SGR which takes 4 hrs.  With these facts about Mombasa, plan your beach safari, find accommodation, book a flight/bus/SGR, and prepare for an unforgettable experience.

You can email nyahela@gmail.com for assistance in booking or call 0721970554

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Best B&Bs in Kenya

Sometime you just need a cool place to spend the night and have a decent breakfast as you prepare for your travels, 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.

1. Mvuli House

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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 makes 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.

Address: Opp. Nyayo Stadium, Off Lang’ata Road, Muthaiti Avenue, Nairobi| 

2. Flora Place

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Flora Place offers luxurious accommodation and breakfast and it is strategically located adjacent to the Village Market. The guest house offers guests exceptional hospitality. Enjoy superior comfort and delicious food in this guesthouse. Flora house features 14 rooms, fully furnished and well-designed. Each room is features modern amenities including LCD Flat TV, Mini Bar, Safe and bath amenities. The dining area is set adjacent to the garden and the bar area is fully stocked with a selection of drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Address: Limuru Road, adjacent to Village Market

3. Nightingale Apartments

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Nightingale Apartments in Mombasa are fully furnished, serviced apartments that serve as a great bed and breakfast option when in North Coast. The cost per 1 bedroom apartment is inclusive of breakfast as well as use of the amenities like the swimming pool. There’s the option of self-catering since the kitchens are fully equipped, or you can opt to explore Mombasa and have your other meals in nearby hotels. The surrounding area and the apartments are beautiful and Nightingale is a great choice even for corporates. Whether your stay is short or long, Nightingale will ensure that you enjoy every bit of it.

Address: Serena Road, Shanzu, Mombasa

4. Heri Heights Serviced Apartments

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Heri Heights Apartments are located off Aboretum road in Nairobi and they are perfect for business travellers 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’s 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.

Address: Kolobot Drive, Arboretum Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

For bookings and discounts email nyahela@gmail.com

10 Mombasa Restaurants You Should Probably Visit

In no particular order, we present to you the 10 Mombasa restaurants you should probably visit; they will offer a new horizon for your senses. The restaurants have a renowned reputation, thanks to their chefs, delectable food & amazing service. You can book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

1. Pavilions Restaurant at Sarova Whitesands

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Pavilions is a very pleasant restaurant serving outstanding buffet style food. Authentic Kenyan, Asian, Mediterranean and Arabic cuisines are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a wonderful outdoor setting with a high quality service. Delicious desserts will complete your meal, leaving you the best of memories of Mombasa! Enjoy!Location: Sarova Whitesands, Bamburi, Mombasa

2. La Marina Seafront Restaurant

One of Mombasa’s favorite restaurants, La Marina serves delicious seafood right by the water. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Kenyan coastline, while eating pan-fried prawns in garlic or grilled swordfish with vegetables, two of La Marina’s signature dishes. Romantic setting, fresh environment, you can also dine in a dhow, the traditional Arab sailing vessel, and enjoy the wonderful sunset.

Location: Mtwapa, Mombasa

3. Tamarind Mombasa

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Featuring a blend of African, Asian and French cuisines, Tamarind Mombasa is the finest seafood restaurant in Africa. All dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients, while the Chilli Crab and the grilled lobster are two of Tamarind’s signature dishes. Impeccable service in one of Mombasa’s finest spots.

Location: Cement Silo Road, Nyali, Mombasa

4. The Moorings

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One of Mombasa’s oldest restaurants, The Moorings Restaurant floats over the Mtwapa Creek offering a magnificent waterfront setting and a spectacular view. The menu boasts a great selection of fresh seafood, including lobster and crab, served with cooked vegetables as well as deliciously prepared steaks served with fresh pasta. Enjoy delicious food in a serene, colourful setting.

Location: Kwa Chief, Next To Motor Garage, Off Malindi Road, Mtwapa

5. Aqua Bar & Restaurant

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Housed in Nyali International Beach Hotel, the Aqua Bar & Restaurant is a signature restaurant in Mombasa. Serving delicious grilled fish, salads, pizzas, burgers and wraps, the restaurant is a true paradise facing the Indian Ocean. Take off your shoes, sit at a table by the beach and enjoy tasty food while listening to lively music!

Location: Nyali International Beach Hotel, Moyne Drive, Off Beach Road, Nyali, Mombasa

6. Thalassa Restaurant and Lounge

Overlooking Tudor Creek, Thalassa Restaurant and Lounge is renowned for its stunning food and panoramic views. Chef Etienne’s creations will sweep off your feet with the Italian fettuccine, buttery lobster, fine meat, and a wide selection of seasonal plates. A mind-blowing dining experience just five minutes’ drive away from Mombasa downtown. Do not miss it!

Location: Near Nyali Bridge, Along Nyali Highway, Nyali Rd, Mombasa

7. Galaxy Chinese

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For the lovers of authentic, fresh noodles, Galaxy Chinese is the place to be. The restaurant serves traditional Chinese cuisine as well as gourmet dishes in the heart of Mombasa. Chow Mein, black bean beef, garlic chicken and perhaps the crispiest duck you have ever tasted are served in this welcoming restaurant. Perfectly cooked food and awesome ambiance.

Location: Kizingo, Mama Ngina Dr, Mombasa, Kenya

8. Misono Japanese Restaurant

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For authentic Japanese cuisine in the heart of Mombasa, visit Misono. This wonderful, cozy restaurant serves traditional Japanese flavors in a minimal, Kabuki-style setting that urges you to leave your troubles outside and relax by enjoying expertly cooked sushi and fresh seafood. The gong sound in the entrance is the best!

Location: Opposite Nairobi Java House, Nyali, Links Rd, Mombasa

9. Giardino

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Looking for the best Italian food in Mombasa? Giardino serves contemporary Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood and vegetarian dishes. Chef Rodolfo D’Arienzo prepares awesome dishes by combining local Kenyan ingredients with high quality Italian products. Taste the freshest homemade pasta in an Italian setting featuring Kenyan décor!

Location: New Malindi Road – Bamburi – Mombasa

10. Fisherman’s Cave

Specializing on delicious seafood, Fisherman’s Cave is a wonderful restaurant housed in the Bamburi Beach Hotel. Featuring a unique setting, the decor boasts mysterious cave walls with corals and the tables are set in alcoves. The menu is a mix of Asian and Continental dishes with a focus on seafood and you can enjoy the delicious flavours while watching the Indian Ocean.

Location: Bamburi Beach Hotel, Bamburi, Mombasa

Mombasa is the beautiful Kenyan destination with so many places to see and things to do. Amazing food, nighlife, culture, history and its friendly people keep the city lively always! for your bookings call the number below or leave a comment:

0721970554

Romantic East African Destinations to Celebrate Love this Valentine

Love is certainly in the air, and as the special day of celebrating love draws near, most of us are rampaging the internet for ideas of gift to give and places to best express the unspoken language of love. Whether planning to go on your knees on February 14th, a surprise getaway for your loved one or a special activity you have both planned to undertake, here are some of the most romantic destinations in Africa to rekindle the flame of your love

  1. Thompson Falls, Nyahururu – Kenya

Oh love! – An instinctual feeling so magical and tender. This Valentine, express your intense love to your special someone by escaping to one of Kenya’s magical and most romantic destinations. Nyahururu brings earth-shattering experiences that any couple would not miss to solidify their relationship. Romance in the face of the scenic Thompson Falls, as the water thunders 74m onto the Ewaso Ng’iro River. How Romantic! An evening of more romance at the Panari Resort Nyahururu will give a regal ending of a love-filled day. The quiet in the villas with views of the prairies provides the perfect privacy to adorn the romantic night.

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2. Zanzibar – Tanzania

Zanzibar is where you want to be. Famously reputed for its romantic beaches, this Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa, is a classy destination to celebrate love. A hand in hand walk along the seashore as you enjoy the sunset or a beach candle-lit dinner, whatever your idea of romance, Zanzibar works it all out. Furthermore, enjoy massive Valentine’s Day deals as you engage in binding water adventures every step of the romantic way.

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3. Seychelles

The Island of romance, Seychelles is a must Valentine’s Day destination for the quixotic lovers. Go out of the way to give each other that dream romantic getaway in the tropical island. Fulfilling your love’s fantasy is the best Valentine’s gift ever, and how best than barefoot luxury alongside the turquoise seashores?

 4.  Manda Island

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Manda Island is an unspoiled paradise located in Lamu. The island is lined with beautiful architecture and beaches that will take your breath away. Manda Island is inarguably one of the most beautiful islands in Kenya and it’s full of lovers’ spots – places where you can take your girl and impress her with beautiful views before you surprise her with a marriage proposal. You can take her to Manda beach and enjoy picturesque views it offers, make her happy by casually dropping on your knees when she’s not even expecting it. Trust me; proposing on the beach surely makes ladies go all mushy. You can check into The Majlis Resort, an opulent resort with deluxe rooms, sun-doused beaches and fascinating seashores. There are other places with magnificent beauty and glamorous aura in Manda Island, all perfect for popping the life-changing question.

5. Tamarind Dhow

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There is nothing as impressive as a romantic dinner on Tamarind Dhow. Tamarind Dhow is a floating restaurant, located at the Mombasa Tamarind jetty. You can request for a private dinner at Tamarind Dhow and enjoy a romantic evening with your sweetheart. The Dhow offers spectacular and panoramic views of the coast, delicious seafood prepared in Swahili style, glittering lights of Mombasa and the starry skies. Enjoy the meal, fresh ambiance and take out the ring at a suitable time during dinner and ask your sweetheart to marry you.

6. Masai Mara

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Ever wondered how amazing it will be to propose to your sweetheart in the presence of the big 5? Scary right? It is extremely adventurous, especially if your girl loves adventures. Enjoy a romantic safari with your loved one in Mara, a place with abundant wildlife such as giraffe, elephant, baboons and more. There are luxury tented camps in Mara, which symbolize romance at its peak and boast stunning views especially for couples seeking a romantic safari experience. You could cuddle up under the blanket, relive your relationship experiences, express how you feel to her and pop the question, she will definitely feel so special to be your wife and also be eternally grateful for the proposal location.

7. Giraffe Manor

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Giraffe Manor is famous for many things – iconic architecture, the Rothschild giraffe, luxury rooms, scenic garden, and uplifting atmosphere. It is a perfect place to propose to the woman you want to marry. The manor is located in Nairobi. You can surprise your sweetheart with a weekend getaway to this manor, engage in exclusive outdoors activities together, play with the giraffe and maybe propose during a romantic dinner at the manor by bringing out the ring while you get down on one knee. A ‘yes’ is certainly sure!

8. Rolfs Place

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Rolfs Place is an exquisite mansion, which lies on top of a cliff, located on the South east border of Nairobi National park, overlooking a river valley. Rolfs place is a perfect place to propose to your future wife. It offers a life-affirming splendour, charming and serene environment that will make you love-struck. For a romantic dinner, book a table for two, order champagne and slip the ring into a glass while she isn’t looking and propose to her. She will definitely say yes.

9. Watamu Marine National Park

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Do you want to surprise her in a creative way? Grab your wetsuits, take the love of your life with you and head to Watamu Marine National Park, which is located several km north of Mombasa. If you love snorkelling or diving, you should undertake an extraordinary dive experience with your sweetheart. Shock her under the water by proposing to her when she least expect it.

10. Whistling Thorns

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Whistling Thorns is located just one hour from Nairobi and a perfect location for marriage proposal. The peace and serenity of this environment and the amazing views are sheer magic that always inspire the feeling of love. Enjoy the stunning views of this beautiful garden, take a stroll with the queen of your heart for a romantic touch and catch her off guard with a diamond ring.

For bookings contact us on 0721970554

I wonder why…

There are those things that always happen in life that leave you asking yourself more questions than hou can answer.

1. Have you ever wondered why you always yawn whenever someone next to you yawns. Why is it contagious?

2. Why is it that whenever you start having a bath that is the time that you will feel like having a short call. That is why most of the public bathrooms smell.

3. You might be pressed for a long time and through it all you were successful in holding it. But then the closer you get to the toilet the harder it becomes to hild on.

I wonder why…

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Time for a heartbreak…

Its been seven years since i had my first heartbreak. Puppy love is what we had with my ex. Everything was going so well and the love graph line seemed to be going up (atleast that is what i thought). One day everything changed and before i knew it was over and just like that he was with another girl. We all go through such breakups and that is one of the most painful times that needs time to heal.

When he left me i sent him endless messages that he never replied and made several calls hoping that he would ask me to get back with him. At this point nothing mattered and all i wanted was to be with him irrespective of the pain he had cost me.

As days went by i made a decision to love myself more. I started by deleting his number even though i knew it off head, this made me avoid calling and sending him messages. I implemented the no contact rule whereby i avoided him for more than a month. It wasn’t as easy as i thought it would be. The most important is that i accepted the situation and that is when my healing began.

Through this period i learnt that love has the power to make you the happiest or the saddest person alive but it all depends on the choices that we make.

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Dealing with grief

No one is ever ready for death. No matter the case, whether you knew that a loved one would pass on because of a critical condition or whether it was an abrupt death it still hurts you deep within. When death occurs you need to talk about it to someone close, also crying helps a lot.

When my mother passed on I rarely cried and kept telling myself that I was a strong lady. It was so painful that for the three weeks we planned for her funeral I was in denial trying to get on as if nothing had happened. But when time came for us to bury her, thats when reality hit me hard that I would never see her. I cried so much that I fainted. I learnt one great lesson that day when you loose a loved one take the time to morn and do not go into denial you are not a robot, death is mercilessly and painful it can happen to anyone.

The pain never goes away but with each passing day you feel better. One other important thing is the friends and relatives who are there for you through the tough period it helps you put your mind on other things other than the deceased. During the funeral planning emotions easily heighten and people easily get mad. These friends are the people who will help you get through it.

There is no right or wrong way of how to morn but when death occurs take your time to morn.

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