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Watamu Marine National Park

Parque Nacional Marino Watamu

Parque Nacional Marino Watamu

Watamu Marine National Park – located 90 miles north of Mombasa (along the Kenya’s north coast), this park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles and dugongs. With a species list almost as big as the Great Barrier Reef, Watamu National Park is home to Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Turtles, Angelfish, Lionfish and a multitude of other colorful and fascinating marine animals.

Watamu is considered on to the top beaches in the world and each year sun-worshipping tourists flock here to relax on the soft sandy beaches and soak up the peace and tranquility of their surroundings. Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat tours.

 


Tsavo National Park

Parque nacional de Tsavo

Parque nacional de Tsavo

Tsavo National Park – located in the country’s Coast province (between Nairobi and Mombasa, Tsavo is actually made up of two separate parks: Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo East’s features: generally flat terrain, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls;

Tsavo West’s features: imore mountainous and wetter terrain than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s e.g. black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.

 


Sawa Sawa Dhow Excursions

Sawa Sawa Dhow Excursions

Sawa Sawa Dhow Excursions

Sawa Sawa Dhow Excursions (Malindi) — the beautiful resort of Che Shale, located just 20 minutes north from Malindi in Kenya, offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy one of the top activities in the area; a ride on their traditional Swahili dhow called “Sawa Sawa”. Sawa Sawa was hand built from teak in Mozambique and is an authentic East African dhow. Brought to Malindi in 2011, Sawa Sawa has been carefully equipped with comfortable seating, storage for bags, snorkeling equipment and ample shade. During your time on board visitors can look forward to enjoy excellent snorkeling in the Malindi Marine Park or in the Mayungu Lagoon and sand bar.

Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forest

Bosque Sagrado de Mijikenda Kaya

Bosque Sagrado de Mijikenda Kaya

Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forest – located 7 hours (470 km) southeast of Nairobi, this area consist of 11 separate forest sites. It is yet another 16th century phenomenon with remains of several fortified villages locally known as Kayas (formed by the Mijikenda people). The land occupies 200 km and is famed for bearing a living cultural tradition. The kayas are now regarded as abodes of ancestors, and are revered as sacred sites (for that reason, they are maintained by a local councils of elders).

Royal Nairobi Golf Club

Royal Nairobi Golf Club

Royal Nairobi Golf Club

Royal Nairobi Golf Club (off Ngong Road, along Mucai Road, Nairobi) – this is Kenya’s oldest golf club (starting out as a 9-hole golf course and club house). This club is located in very close proximity to Nairobi city along one of Nairobi’s longest roads: Ngong Road. As one tees off hole number 1 and 2, the Ngong Hills are in clear view and form a stunning backdrop to the two opening holes. The course is well maintained with excellent facilities and there is also a swimming pool adjacent to the club house and a squash court.

The course itself is fairly long compared to most other Kenyan courses. The part of the golf course that is closest to the club house is fairly flat while the part at the back of the course is undulated with a small stream passing through the layout. The Club hosts one of the most important amateur tournaments: The Tanahill Shield which was inaugurated in 1924 popularly known as the Easter Tournament and has since been played during the Easter Holidays. It is arguably the most prestigious amateur golf event in Kenya. For more info on playing here, go to: www.royalnairobigc.com

 

Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site

Sitio prehistórico de Olorgesailie

Sitio prehistórico de Olorgesailie

Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site (near Lake Magadi) – located 70 km outside of Nairobi, this is one of Kenya’s major archaeological sites — an area of intensive habitation and activity by a population of Homo erectus, around 500,000 years ago. The digs here have uncovered plenty of fossils, tools and early artifacts. The site is open to the public and well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Prehistory.

Nairobi National Park

Parque Nacional de Nairobi

Parque Nacional de Nairobi

Nairobi National Park (Langata) – located 10 km, outside of downtown Nairobi, this 117 sq. km. park has a diversity of environments with characteristics of fauna & flora, stretches of bush country, and deep rocky valleys and gorges with long grass. The animals seen here are black and white rhinoceroses, diverse birdlife, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, and hippos.

Mount Kenya National Park & Forest

Parque Nacional y Bosque del Monte Kenia

Parque Nacional y Bosque del Monte Kenia

Mount Kenya National Park & Forest (Kirinyaga)– located in the heart of the country, this is an extinct volcano with a very impressive landscape with four secondary peaks and 12 remnant glaciers. The four secondary peaks sit at the head of the u-shaped glacial valleys. It is the second highest mountain in Africa (at 5,199 meters), and has forested middle slops.

Mombasa Marine Park

Parque marino de Mombasa

Parque marino de Mombasa

Mombasa Marine Park – located off the coast of Mombasa Beach, this offshore marine park lies between the Mtwapa and Tudor Creeks and its blue waters are ideal for wind surfing, water skiing, snorkeling and diving. They also provide a home to a colorful variety of marine species including crabs, starfish, stone fish, cucumbers sea urchins, corals, turtles, sea grasses and interesting migratory birds including crab plovers. For those interested in exploring these waters, diving gear is readily available from water sports desks at the hotels in Mombasa.

Malindi

Malindi

Malindi

Malindi – a two-hour drive from Mombasa, this is perhaps the country’s most popular beach, attracting deep pocketed travelers. The beach strips north of Malindi are open to the ocean (attracting surfers), while the coastal areas to its south include Malindi Marin National Park (a haven for divers). Trendy seaside resorts like Che Shale are found here, along with kite-surfing and other water sport enthusiasts. To the surprise of some foreigners passing through Malindi, upscale international nightspots like “Billionaire Club” can be found here as well.


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