I now understand why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the World to experience a truly unique African adventure in the home of safari and diversity of authentic experience.
We spent eight days seven nights in Nairobi the capital and Mombasa the second biggest city to explore both the flora and fauna diversity of Kenya’s tourism.
As the saying goes in Kenya “You can only keep discovering” so we decided to spend four nights in Nairobi and three nights in Mombasa. People travel for plethora of reasons either for excitement, to learn, discover or just to find yourself a new experience. They say wealth is not about the things you own but the friends you make.
Upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport, we got transferred to our booking.com accommodation, The Grand Gabbles at Rapcha Road near Westlands courtesy my friend Sylvester of Seven By Far travel and tours. The location of our accommodation was very accessible to the city centre but extremely quiet and peaceful.
The Chapchap uber driver was very helpful to find us the best Nyama Choma and Ugali traditional meal along Waiyaki road, Njuguna’s place. The vibe was great at our first night with several bottles of Kenya’s premium Tusker beer.
The tourism sector in Kenya is highly developed with a wide range of tour operators, world class hotel accommodation, lodges, apartments, transport companies, breathtaking beaches, museums and monuments which plays hosts to visitors.
Karibu means Welcome in Swahili and that was the experience in the energetic modern and fascinating city to both wildlife and nightlife.
Wildlife In The City
It is great to get upclose and experience a giraffe tongue. They are amazing but first to the smell.
It was a wonderful experience on day two tours when we visited the Giraffe Center for about $15 dollars admission fee, you can feed the giraffes all day if you’d like. We had a nice nature walk with a beautiful female guide through the reserved park.
Many thanks to Mr. Eric Eomenda, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Kenya Tourist Board, who recommend we visit Stedmak Gardens and Recreation Center.
This is a super fantastic animal sanctuary and amusement park with wide range of small wildlife, snakes, cheetahs, lion, birds, crocodiles and an awesome kids playground with swimming pool.
I was skeptical to put around my neck a huge almost 50 kilogram black African snake python for a picture but the guide kept encouraging me.
Shopping Mall And The Ferris Wheel
In fact, it is impossible to experience variety of tourist attractions in a day. Our next visit was Two Rivers Mall. This is the best mall i have seen so far in East Africa, located in Nairobi.
The place is perfect for families with kids. It has a beautiful ambience with lots of fun activities.
My epitome was the eye of Nairobi when we took the Ferris Wheel, it was so magical.
Flavours of West Africa
It is not common or easy to find your national cuisine in a foreign country.
In Ghana, food is very important to every married man but we realized that Eastern, Southern and Central Africans detest hot and spicy meals contrary to West Africans.
This led us to Mama Ashanti West African restaurant owned by a Ghanaian, Mr. Kwame Boateng.
We were pleasantly surprised at this hidden gem. Good ambience, friendly and helpful staff.
If you are looking for a taste of West African cuisine, this is your go to place.
Godwin and Eric had jollof rice with packed flavours and vegetables. Top of their menu is my favorite banku and okro stew.
Standard Gauge Railway Express to Mombasa
Instead of flying to Mombasa the second biggest city in Kenya, we decided to experience the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which is barely new railway transport in Kenya.
The experience was very positive passing through scanners with sniffer dogs given the tight security, right from the entry point, ticket purchase to the boarding in the beautiful ambience was so welcoming.
The journey which lasted almost 5 hours through the Tsavo National Park was stunning with scenery of free wildlife from elephants zebras, baboons, ostrich and some intriguing villages along the way.
On alighting at Mombasa, we checked out of the station to an orderly parking yard where our driver Demba, picked us for our first night in Mombasa.
Mombasa is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian ocean. The city is known for it’s famous blue ocean and a vibrant nightlife.
Our first stop was at Zero night Club located along the Moi Avenue.
Mombasa The Ancient City
Mombasa is the melting point languages and cultures from all sides of the Indian Ocean.
We visited one of the most iconic attractions, Fort Jesus Museum. The Fort has a museum that displays various artefacts from the era where Mombasa served as transit point to slave trade.
The Fort doesn’t not only symbolises the history of Mombasa but also Architectural prowess of Portugese Europeans who settled at the cost in the 16th Century.
We visited Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort for water sports activities and the guards were so friendly and helpful.
Never in my wildest dream to have had such a wonderful great experience jet-skiing, scuba diving in that blue ocean.
When you are destined for great travelling experiences, your potential haunts you until you are satisfied.
My holiday in Kenya was fun at the coast exploring the magical island and it’s hidden gem.
I would recommend Kenya as a perfect destination for a vacation. The magic lives on.