Sports Tourism involves traveling from one country or town to another with the main purpose of watching a sporting event. While this has not been a popular form of tourism in Kenya, it is the fastest growing sector in the world generating more than $600billion annually according to World Travel Market and World Tourism Organization. There has been an increased interest in sports by most people due to the fact that it offers a different feel to the traditional attractions.
….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. Continue reading “5 Places You Have Never Been to In Kenya”
Happy new year folks! Welcome back to another 12 months of sharing travel stories we experience, especially those we want to forget..hehe! Anyone with a quick getaway experience over the holidays you need to share? Those who saved enough, and the rich kids. Some of us had used all our savings(..in a pretty good way) by the time we got to the holidays we just had to stay in our beds and like your Instagram photos. Several people were down at the coast(as is the norm), good for you. Continue reading “Watamu Bliss”
Today we do things a little different. On the hotseat we do not have just another traveler, but a couple. Many couples only do traveling during their holidays, but we have those that are on the road frequent simply because of their love for travel. Liz and Brian are one of those. We allowed them to say something about themselves before the interview.
“We are Brian and Liz, a couple, madly in love. Brian is in the IT profession while Liz has a passion for crocheting and is an Auditor. We are also upcoming travel bloggers and vloggers too from Kenya. Traipsing around our beautiful country (and the globe soon) inspiring as many people as possible to explore the corners of this rich country. Our aim is to help you travel more and better, with all the information on your fingertips.”
For as long as I can remember my ideal holiday begins and ends with a beach. I’m a modern day water lover and sun worshipper. I never tire of our beautiful coastline-the white sandy beaches that we are so used to speaking of and the warm Indian Ocean. It is unlike no other- with the beach boys heckling, the carts of chilli mango and the various Italian eateries littered around. Mombasa, Malindi and Diani have evolved to form havens for the party-goers, the pleasure seekers and those in search for peace and quiet. So now I ask you, why wouldn’t you want to holiday here too? Continue reading “In Search Of Vitamin Sea”
Did you read the first article sharing the different Kenyan travel bloggers? Well, if you did not, Kenyan Travel Blogs To Read should be a good read too.
The above mentioned post listed all the travel blog I had come across. I knew the list wasn’t done, and the good readers of this blog helped me out by adding the below travel blogs that I should share about. it is a great thing to read on different travel experiences by different individuals and groups and to see locals taking the initiative to share on Kenya’s attractions on their own.
Get to go through these blogs, you’ll learn a few tips about travel or a destination you have never heard of. Continue reading “Kenyan Travel Blogs To Read: Part 2”
The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is quickly turning its attention to the remotest, but well endowed northern tourism circuit to try and save the tourism sector that has been on the downwards trend for a few years now. This has made them advertise the Northern Tourism Circuit more.
Who still keeps tabs on all the hashtags Kenya Tourism Board has created? The keyboard warriors may be assisting in drumming support for the Kenyan tourism industry, but how many do they need? Seriously. I have stuck with #TembeaKenya,the others just do not make sense to me. We may just need to sit down with whoever comes up with these online campaign strategies to fully understand KTB.
So about that story I promised you about Kilifi matatus, here it is. We had travelled to Kilifi very smoothly, arrived safely and spent a good two days emjoying the coastal weather and culture. I was already speaking in that swahili twang you hear our coastal brothers have. Heck, even my skin tone was getting fairer. I was really becoming a coasterian, maybe I would have added a ‘Mwadime’ or ‘Omari’ to my name just to fit the part. However, we had to leave and get back to the 100 degrees celcius Nairobi heat(cues in Daddy Owen’s Mbona ft Denno). We all thought we were in agreement to leave that morning, we were wrong. Our Nissan Serena wasn’t done enjoying the Kilifi weather, it couldn’t start. After allowing mechanics to check on it without bearing any fruits, we decided to take a bus back. We were due to leave that morning but it was now midday and had to get seats in a bus for an overnight trip. It was not an easy job. First all the buses departing from Kilifi and Malindi were full. We thought of flying back but our budget could not allow for such an impromptu expense of that magnitude. So we ended up calling the Tahmeed bus’ Mombasa offices and booking to depart from there. That meant we had to take a matatu from Kilifi to Mombasa.
Kilifi is a resort town on the coast of Kenya , 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast by road of Mombasa. The town lies on the Kilifi Creek and sits on the estuary of the Goshi River. Kilifi is capital of the Kilifi County and has a population of 122,899 (2009 census). It is known for its beach and for the ruins of Mnarani, including mosques and tombs, dating from the 14th to the 17th century.
The town sits on both sides of the estuary and are linked by the Kilifi Bridge which overlooks the estuary. The south side has the Mnarani ruins and Shauri Moyo beach while the north side is the main part of Kilifi Town and Bofa Beach. The weather is generally warm throughout the year (above 25 degrees) with two seasons of moderate rainfall (about 800-1000mm). Long periods of rain start around March and last into July, while the short periods start around October and last until December. The terrain is generally flat with sandy-loamy soils.
The town is somewhat a small and calm town. There are no skyscrapers or traffic hampering your way around. Actually, the main mode of transport is by tuktuks and motorcycles. They are in large numbers. Continue reading “Kilifi: More Than Your Usual Coastal Town”