Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tranquil Kenya

The East African Coastline is one of my favorite destinations in the world.  I had the pleasure of dipping my toes in the Indian Ocean for the first time back in November.  We had visited Kilifi which is a small fishing village one hour and a half north of Mombasa and one hour south of Malindi.  Simplicity is a way of life along the coast, many of the locals making a living from the sea.  Kilifi very much reminded me of my home town, which once thrived from treasures from the great big ocean.  The warm turquoise waters of Kilifi stay at a temperature of 26 degrees year round.  The water is swimable at both high and low tides. 

Getting around Kilifi is easy with the local taxi service, or my personal favorite way of getting around is in a TukTuk. 

Kilifi Bay is quiet and peaceful destination, take a stroll through the downtown where you can buy African art and enjoy a local dish.  Dhow Cruises are very popular type of boat tour in Kilifi.  A Dhow is a traditional sailing vessel; their long, thin hull is primarily used to carry heavy items such as fruit fresh, merchandise or fresh water along the East African Coast.  Moonlight Dhow Cruises, Full-day Dhow Trips can be arranged from Kilifi.

For those looking for water activities Kilifi is a great choice, you can hire a yacht or tender your own catamaran. Do not leave Kilifi Bay without enjoying lunch at the Kilifi Bay Yacht Club, the seafood is so fresh! We ate there a few times, the crab salad, pasta prawns, calamari and grilled fish are great choices.

During our stay in Kilifi we took a cruise along the creek where the mango trees grow, this was included in our stay at Kilifi Bay Beach Resort.   The resorts boat the “Baobella” departs daily on scenic excursions through Kilifi Creek.

Kilifi Bay Beach Resort is a great choice for accommodations during your stay.  Free daily massages were one of the highlights of my stay, along with kayaking with the dolphin’s right from our beach!  The resort has two pools, offers kayaking, snorkeling and is the only hotel on this beautiful stretch of beach, guests can be sure of total peace and quiet.   Take a look inside the all-inclusive resort, Kilifi Bay Beach Resort.

On March 8th I will be traveling for the first time to the coast of Tanzania.  The spice island of Zanzibar is calling my name. Learning the history and culture of this ancient island will occupy my time for six nights. The first two nights I’ll spend at the Zenji Hotel in Stone Town followed by three nights on the South East Coast in Jambiani at the Red Monkey Beach Lodge.  The last night I’m leaving open and will decide as I go! I am looking forward to visiting the Anglican Cathedral which was built on the site of the former slave market, yoga on the beach and renting a bicycle to travel along the fishing villages and shoreline.  Who knows maybe I’ll even attempt kite surfing!  Keep following along for more stories and adventures along the beautiful East African Coastline. 

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