26 April 2017

 

Amazing things to do in
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Half Day Mombasa Tour
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Half Day Mombasa Tour

Morning tour around Mombasa town. The town dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrived from Arabia blown across on the Trade Winds. Visit the historic old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, with its ancient mosques and narrow bustling streets, the old dhow harbour, central market, and including a visit to the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity to see the carvers at work and buy souvenirs. Return to your hotel in time for a late lunch.

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Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo
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Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo

After breakfast, pickup from your hotel and drive south to the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest. Kaya Kinondo is a 30 hectare forest, one of the sacred Mijikenda forests and a proposed heritage site by UNESCO, located in the Diani Beach area south of Mombasa. The local Digo community has formed Kaya Kinondo Ecotourism project that offers controlled access into this pristine and untouched forest. The forest is still used for rituals and sacrificial offering by the local Digo tribe.

A walk through the forest, which forms a rich ecosystem with 187 species of plants, some of which are rare and a few, endemic to the area. There are also animals, mostly primates (monkeys), dik-diks and Elephants. You will also have the opportunity to visit Kinondo Village and interact with members of the local community including the medicine man.

Kaya Kinondo ecotourism project is an initiative by the community in promoting conservation and sustainable development. The project was founded in 2001 with the initial support from WWF and NMK and the community has seen better protection of the Kaya which has realized socio economic benefits of their commitment to forest conservation. Return to your hotel in time for lunch.

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Mombasa Shopping Trip
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Mombasa Shopping Trip

The town dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrived from Arabia. Visit the historic old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, with its ancient mosques and narrow bustling streets. Visit the craft shop, souvenir shops dotted along the narrow streets of the Old Town and including a visit to the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity to see the carvers at work and make some purchases. Return to your hotels in time for lunch.

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Nairobi Shopping Expedition
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Nairobi Shopping Expedition

Go hunting for a bargain

Fond memories of your time in Africa might last you a lifetime but friends and family are going to expect more when you return home. East Africa has exceptional artists that carve a variety of items ranging from animals to Maasai warriors. And beautiful gemstones that are mined in Kenya and Tanzania can be bought at great bargain prices while staying in Nairobi.

You will be doing your bargain hunting in style because on this Nairobi shopping expedition you will be picked up from your hotel by a driver and guide who will take you to all the best places and help you find those perfect gifts. You can have a really fun day haggling over prices and deals with the good humoured shop owners and after you are driven back to your hotel with all those lovely souvenirs.

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Bomas of Kenya
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Bomas of Kenya

Bomas is a real bonus

Bomas is a series of homesteads just seven miles from the city centre that reflects Kenya's cocktail of cultures. It was started by the government in 1971 to preserve, maintain and promote the rich diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups. Acting as a tourist attraction centre, Bomas of Kenya is expected to preserve the authenticity of the country's cultural values and portray them in the purest form.

You will be treated to a rich traditional music and dance show at this cultural centre that offers you a first hand experience of the lifestyle of many of Kenya's tribal groups. See handicrafts displayed at the centre and tour some of the many homesteads which have been faithfully re-created for visitors to see traditional village life. All the dancing, music and folklore tales are performed in a splendid arena.

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Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip
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Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip

Keep a beady eye on shops

Utamaduni, meaning culture, tradition and folklore, is situated close to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, the Nairobi National Park and Kazuri Beads. It encompasses the best of African crafts and is dedicated to supporting craftsmen and women from all over Kenya as well as various charities including the Street Boys, who have their own shop in the centre.

There is a small restaurant at Utamaduni where you can stop for a quick bite before your visit to the Kazuri bead factory, which also produces top quality handmade and hand painted ceramic jewellery and pottery. The workshop has been set up to empower women in need by employing them and teaching them a skill. This excursion is a perfect add on for anyone arriving at midday from their safari.

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Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
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Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Jumbo treat in store

The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, around a 45 minute drive from the city and makes a wonderful visit while staying in Kenya's capital city. The Sanctuary is run by Daphne Sheldrick herself and is set in the grounds of her house making the whole operation a real family affair and this is one experience you won't forget.

Here you will see the orphaned animals and meet the people who handle and care for them. It’s an interesting excursion and the dedicated team who run the orphanage are always willing to spend time answering any questions guests have to ask. Have your picture taken with the elephants and learn all about how they are cared for before being returned to the wild.

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Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant
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Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant

Meat up for dinner

The Carnivore Restaurant is one of Africa’s greatest eating experiences, which is famous for its succulent steaks, barbecue dishes and great African hospitality. A visit to this Nairobi eating establishment is an excellent complement to any holiday and this is the perfect spot for you to enjoy welcome or farewell meals when holidaying in Kenya.

As the name would suggest, the Carnivore Restaurant specialises in meat dishes of all kinds and the generous portions make this a real meal to remember. Delicious barbequed and skewered vegetarian meals are also available so there's no need to miss out on the experience if you are not a great meat eater. A visit to this fun restaurant is ideal for all the family.

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Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel
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Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel

Dinner with a difference

Essentially Kenyan in both atmosphere and cuisine, the Nyama Choma Ranch offers a stunning selection of roasted barbecued meats - sizzling hot - presented on skewers and carved at your table, accompanied by jacket potatoes, crispy salads and tasty dips. Choose from prime Kenyan steak, succulent chicken, traditionally roasted mutton… and there are also plenty of vegetarian options too.

The Nyama Choma Ranch also features one of the most evocative stage shows in Africa. See a compelling kaleidoscope of beat, colour, costume, culture, acrobatics and raw excitement as the sleek and sensual Safari Cats perform dances with a difference. With its own stage, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, the ranch plays host to Nairobi’s premiere cabaret and makes for a great night out.

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Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm
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Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm

Everyone's cup of tea

Kiambethu, one of Kenya's oldest tea farms, is situated 25 miles from Nairobi and dates back to 1910. The present house, set amid colourful gardens, has been home to four generations and at this real, family-run business, you get to enjoy a 'tea luncheon' with the owners, Marcus and Fiona Mitchell, who will tell you all about their lives on the farm.

A visit to Kiambethu farm makes a memorable half day excursion and includes the superb buffet. During your visit you will get a great insight into the growing and making of tea. Accompanied by the resident guide, you can also take a walk into the indigenous forest to learn about the plants and how they are used and watch the Colobus monkeys and birds or just enjoy the sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills.

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Mombasa City Tour
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Mombasa City Tour

A visit to old town reveals the rich culture and architectural heritage of Mombasa. Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century: narrow streets, ancient mosques and picturesque residential houses evoke the islands medieval past. You will see the old dhow harbour, visit the bazaar, and the market. Then drive through the Elephant Tusks on Moi Avenue and call in at the Akamba woodcarvers, where you can see the carvers at work and buy souvenirs.
Lunch at the Tamarind Restaurant or Dhow. In the afternoon, visit Dr. Rene Haller's Nature Park (Haller Park), former quarries now reforested and home to many animals.

Minimum of 2 guests to operate the tour. A single guest will pay double the per person rate.
Note the Dhow requires Minimum 15 Guests on board in order to provide lunch on the Dhow, for less than 15 guests lunch will be provided at the Tamarind restaurant.

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La Marina Sunset Cruise
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La Marina Sunset Cruise

Arrive at the La Marina jetty to board the Dhows by approximately 1730hrs. The evening begins with a leisurely sail into the inland waterways of Mtwapa Creek on a traditional Arab Dhow to experience the sun going down over the African wilderness. The cooking fires of the local villages scent the air with giant Baobab trees making superb sunset photograph opportunities.
Relax to soothing entertainment and take in the breath taking tropical scenery. As night approaches, the stars begin to shine, the torches are lit and the beat of cow hide drums set the scene for a spectacular Limbo and Acrobatic display followed by an authentic African fashion show. With the night now set in, Masai warriors bearing flaming torches line the shore chanting their welcome ritual for the arrival back at La Marina Restaurant. As the guests make their way ashore into the candlelit, open air palm tree terrace, the lights come on and a choice of any of the following menus begins:

THE EXOTIC BBQ DINNER
Tomato Soup
Grilled Sailfish (Suli Suli),
Chicken Tika
An endless supply of delicately marinated sizzling Kebabs
Spicy Salad & Roast Potatoes
Tropical Fruit Salad, Tea & Coffee.

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A continues selection of the oceans tastiest morsels cooked in a variety of exotic spices & sauces, served on your table at your leisure, aside a traditional Greek feta salad & garlic bread.
Smoked sailfish,
Fish in pink sauce, Prawn satay,
Octopus aliole, Calamari allegro,
Crab spring rolls, Tuna fish sushi,
Prawn and crab nuggets, Smoked prawns,
Baked oysters in garlic,
King prawns in piri piri sauce,
Grilled octopus in garlic sauce,
Sherry prawns
Grilled lobster,
Fresh lemon sorbet
Tea and coffee

Minimum of 2 guests required. Note the Dhow requires Minimum 08 Guests on board to operate and therefore reserves the right to amend the date/day of operation. Any changes will be advised to clients by the rep on the ground.


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Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip
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Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip

This excursion conjures up a romantic evening on board an Arab dhow. Departs the quay side whilst guests sip sundowners and enjoy nibbling appetisers as they sail to Tudor creek. The evening on-board the Arab dhow includes a delightful meal prepared by the chefs from the Tamarind Restaurant and a live band, playing popular tunes for dancing under the canopy of stars. Return to the hotel around midnight.

Minimum of 2 guests required.
Note the Dhow requires Minimum 15 Guests on board to operate and therefore reserves the right to amend the date/day of operation. Any changes will be advised to clients by the rep on the ground.)

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Wasini Dhow Excursion
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Wasini Dhow Excursion

A full day excursion which offers the widest variety of experiences, this is an exclusive Pollmans excursion. Cruise on board a beautiful, Arabian Style dhow, all equipment is provided including, masks, snorkels, fins & diving equipment for divers. Traditionally dressed crew & captain welcome you on board. Dolphin spotting, sailing & snorkelling/diving depending on tides. Guided snorkelling in protected waters – guides safely showing the many varied fish & coral. Assistance is given with additional use of life-rings & life jackets if required. The accompanying dinghy carries glass bottomed viewers for any non snorkelers. Scuba diving is available (at a small supplement cost) for qualified & non-qualified. Fruits, water and juices are available on the Dhow. Lunch is served in a private restaurant on Wasini Island. Choices of seafood, non-seafood and vegetarian dishes served with traditional coconut rice, chappatis & spicy Swahili sauce: Followed by tropical fruit platter, Arabic coffee & traditional simsim sweets.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy relaxing around the lazy lagoon pool, hewn from nature; or visit the island community project run by the ladies of the island & explore deep into the mangroves, returning to your hotels in the evening.

Minimum of 2 guests required.
Note the Dhow requires Minimum 08 Guests on board to operate and therefore reserves the right to amend the date/day of operation. Any changes will be advised to clients by the rep on the ground.

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Nairobi National Park Safari
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Nairobi National Park Safari

Go on safari

One must thing to do when on holiday in Kenya is to take at least one safari. And you won't have to travel far out of Nairobi to experience the fun and excitement of a game drive seeing so much of the wonderful wildlife. For just eight miles out of the city centre is Nairobi National Park, which is the country's oldest park and one that is small enough for you to guarantee lots of animal encounters.

Established around 1946, it’s a real contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. With more than 500 varieties of birds recorded and more than 100 mammal species, it makes for a great early morning or afternoon’s game drive. Common sightings include zebra, giraffe, buffalo, ostrich, gazelle, eland, hippo, vulture and lion. This is also a great place to see the rare black rhino.

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Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore
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Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore

A lot to pack in

Situated 150 miles south of the equator, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and boasts one of the finest climates in the world. On this tour you'll pass by modern day landmarks including the law courts, parliament buildings and the uniquely shaped Kenyatta International Conference Centre and perhaps pick up a few bargains at the colourful city market.

Nairobi has three excellent museums offering an insight into the fauna, culture and history of Kenya and the Snake Park has a wide variety of reptiles to see. Then you are taken to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch before heading out of town to the suburb of Karen, with the Ngong Hills as a backdrop. Here at the Karen Blixen Museum, you will feel as if you have been swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa. Then visit a giraffe centre before returning to your hotel.

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Home Host Dinner with Sonia Ryrie
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Home Host Dinner with Sonia Ryrie

Super supper with Sonia

This evening of “imperial nostalgia” theatre, as it is jokingly described by the indefatigable Sonia Ryrie, is a truly memorable experience. Over the years this Victorian farmhouse has been used in gripping true-life as well as scripted dramas on upper-class life in the city. This elegant celebrity house, with its handsome white pillared veranda, saw its last significant role in the film The Constant Gardener .

Your visit starts with a pick up from your Nairobi hotel. You are then driven to Muthaiga where this famous house is located. Then meet Sonia Ryrie, who will tell you tales of the olden dates and give a short tour of the house. Dinner with drinks included is then served in the dining room and later you will have time to talk to Sonia to learn more about the house and its secrets.


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