Dear Travel Diary: Diani Travels

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The Kenyan coastline is one of everybody’s favorite destination. To some the sandy beaches does it, for others it’s the sun, and still for others it’s the lovely coastal people you get to interact with. The coastal foods & the people do it for me. I have been to Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi & Watamu in a period less than a year going back from today. Heck, I’ve been to the coast more times in the past 4 years than I had been in my entire childhood. And it’s been amazing! I wasn’t always a fan of the coast, it’s come to grow on me. The first time I traveled to Coast was when I was 9/10 years old. My mother was too careful with me & so I didn’t enjoy much. On subsequent visits I was either sick or gone for a specific job, having little time to enjoy my time. Not until 2013, coast had never been ‘fun’ to me. Continue reading “Dear Travel Diary: Diani Travels”

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What new destination did you travel to in 2016?

We are almost at that time of the year when you start reminiscing of your travels this year, or get on the road if your savings are just maturing to your targets, and for most people regretting why you did not join that roadtrip plan when you had the chance. For most of us, the end year is time to spend with the family and so any planned travels has to include them. This is the time where you want to cry when you look at those roadtrip photos and wish you could rewind the days to then. So, how well did you travel in 2016?

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African Safaris – 10 Things You Need To Know Before You Go

1Thinking of going on an African safari? You’re not alone! According to a report by Euromonitor International, safari travel has become increasingly popular in recent years and this trend is predicted to continue in the years to come. Interestingly enough, the growth in demand for safaris is no longer restricted to travelers from the western world. More and more tourists across the globe, particularly those from newly advanced economic development such as Russia, China as well as the Middle East, are flocking to Africa to experience its breathtaking wildlife and nature.

As you may expected, before embarking on a safari, there’s much for you to learn and prepare to ensure that your first safari will live up to expectations. Lucky for you, the BookAllSafaris.com team is here to help. On this post, we are dishing out insights and tips that you may find useful in making the most of your African adventure of a lifetime. Here are the 10 things you need to know before you go on a safari: Continue reading “African Safaris – 10 Things You Need To Know Before You Go”

Dear Travel Diary: “Tupatane Archives”

How many times have you used that phrase “tupatane archives”, let’s meet at the Archives? Well, I have used it countless number of times as it was probably the first places I got to know in Nairobi when I came to this city in the sun. I have passed by and stood outside the archives about a hundred dozen times and not once have I ever gone inside. I have always had the notion in my mind that it was one old dark dusty building on the inside, up until recently when a cousin visiting from the diaspora tagged me a long on a little trip around some of the sites in our beautiful city.

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Dear Travel Diary: How High Can You Go?

So the other day we came across an amazing thread on twitter of this adventurer who had done Mt.Kenya a week or so ago. Hiking is not one of the favorites for most of us, but pretty sure it is in all our bucket-lists. If not then, you should see the photos that @AnnitaJoe1 shared on her twitter timeline, those should be enough to change your mind.

Anyway, we asked Annita to come up with a guest post for us to be shared with all our readers…and finally, it is ready!!! We were expecting her to write a few paragraphs and just show us the photos, but she dived into it fully(Warning: You may reconsider your hiking plans after reading through..haha).We thought we had seen it all in our hikes to Ngong Hills & Elephant Hill (and those tusmall hills everyone talks about, no names please), turns out we are not even halfway there. Take a read…20160829_2366-small Continue reading “Dear Travel Diary: How High Can You Go?”

Kenyan Travel Blogs To Read: Part 2

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”

Thank You!

As you may know, or not, we were nominated as one of the best travel blogs in Kenya and made the cut to be on the ballot out of all the amazing travel blogs we read. We were really proud for this having only done this for a year and half or so, and really got serious a year ago. It’s a good feeling when something you start out of passion gets recognized. The #BAKEAwards happened this previous Saturday and we didn’t manage to win. Tough luck!thank-you-note

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Too Many Hashtags? #TembeaKenya

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.dscn7927

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Dear Travel Diary: Matatu Experience, The Coastal Way

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.

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