….most likely. You may have been to one or two of the places, but I doubt you’ve been to three. You have to be a really good traveler to have made it to all. I know the assumptions in your mind right now is that these places have to be really expensive or in far away land for them to warrant that title, while in reality two of them are even free, the other three very affordable.
I sat down with my mates the other day discussing our planned trips of 2017 and somebody challenged us to mention places we have been to that we were sure the other guys had never been to. Sagana Rapids, Lamu, Rusinga Island are some of the places that came up. And most of us had never trully been to these places. But then we agreed on another thing, the costs needed to visit these places were not pocket-friendly as they say. And they are pretty far places, not your ideal weekend getaway.
I then had this idea to write a blogpost on that, places people have probably never been to, but then consider places that should be affordable and can be done over the weekend. The result was as below.
I have been to Watamu, as probably a good number of you. But then you’ve not experienced the best of Watamu’s sunset if you did not visit The Crabshack. Oh, and their cocktails. Run by Mida Creek Conservation Community, it is the ideal place for a romantic meal, a meal with friends and family, or just come to sit and enjoy drink whilst watching the sun set over the Creek.
Situated at Mida Creek, not far from Dabaso village, the restaurant is a discreet, community run low impact wooden construction standing at the edge of the mangrove forest with panoramic views of the Creek.
The Boardwalk and Crab Shack was built by Mida Creek Conservation Community, to promote eco activities, protect the mangrove forests and provide education for the poor Mida Creek fishing communities. Access to the restaurant is via a 200 metre boardwalk, which gives guests a unique opportunity to absorb the beauty and magical atmosphere of the mangrove forest and Creek channels. The restaurant looks out to stunning views of Kirepwe Island and also provides a good spot for bird watching. The Shack provides lunch and dinner. Those guests arriving for dinner are recommended to come early and enjoy a drink as the sun dips spectacularly over the Creek.
The local special menu includes delicious fresh fish, prawns and crab dinner. Or sample a selection of snacks, including the Shack’s signature crab samosas. Soft drinks and beers are also available, bring your own wine and spirits and pay corkage.
The crabs are sustainably farmed as part of another MCCC eco initiative and the fish are caught by local Creek fishermen. Eating out here really does support the local community and all profits go towards MCCC conservation and education activities! Guests can also pay a small fee for a guided tour of the boardwalk without having a meal.
ARTICLE: Business Daily | Seafood feast and beautiful sunset at Dabaso Crab Shack
The falls’ site is 15-20 minutes drive away Webuye town via a dirt road. Not one of those jaw-dropping falls you will see, definitely not Karuru Falls level. However, if you are around the area or using the Eldoret-Bungoma(A105) highway and have time to spare, I really recommend a stop.
The falls are also called Broderick Falls or Nabuyole Falls(Local name).
ARTICLE: County Guardian | Nabuyole Falls, The Untapped Tourism Site
Any hiking fans? Or those just interested in a stretch of your limbs? This is no child’s play hike. Located on the Southern end of the Aberdare Ranges, about 90KM from Nairobi, it is an ideal location for a day hike.
ARTICLE: jambonairobi.co.ke | Elephant Hill, Aberdares
Lake Magadi is an amazing unique and serene destination for nature lovers, bird lovers and adventure camping tourists. Endowed with a wide variety of bird species, the lake’s spectacular geographical landscape to the northern part serves as the main attraction to many visitors in search of pristine camping grounds in vast wilderness.
Lake Magadi is well known for its wading birds, including flamingos and Pelicans. A number of wildlife is also found around the lake; this includes giraffes, antelopes, ostriches, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, and a few lion families are only seen very early in the morning or at night when the temperatures are low. Elephants and buffalos can be seen at the conservancy to the south of the lake.
The Lake occupies the lowest level of the vast rift valley depression, approximately 100 square kilometers and its bed consists almost entirely of solid or semisolid soda; crispy caked crust, dyeing the waters vivid pink. This is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake Natron. During the dry season, the lake is mainly covered by soda (sodium carbonate). A single species of fish, a cichlid Alcolapia grahami, inhabits the hot, highly alkaline waters of this lake basin and is commonly seen in some of the hot spring pools around the shoreline, where the water temperature is less than 45°C. An amazing view of the lake that fascinates many travellers is on top of a hill next to the bird rock where many bird species gather for warmth in the early and late hours of the day.
- Nairobi National Park
A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
So, have you been to any of the places?