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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions | Activities | Safaris | Accommodation Lodges

June 26, 2020

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The Richness Of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

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Lake Manyara National Park Location, Area, Climate
Location

Lake Manyara national park is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 Km from Arusha, about 180 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Area

Lake Manyara National Park occupies and area of 325Km².

History

Lake Manyara National Park is park of Lake Manyara Biosphere set up by UNESCO in 1981. It was established as a game reserve in 1957 and elevated to national park in 1960

Climate

Lake Manyara National Park experiences a modified tropical climate with two rainy seasons. Long rains between March and May; Short rains in November and December. April is the wettest month. June and July are the coldest and driest months with average temperatures of 25°C. January and February are the warmest months with temperatures averaging 30°C.

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions-A Summary

In summary attractions in Lake Manyara comprise of what visitors see (That is attractions or items of eye appeal), what visitors do (activities they undertake at the destination), the destination itself, annual events like the migration and the cultural tourism programs and encounters with the local people at the destination, . Below is a summary list of attractions:-

  • The location or destination Lake Manyara itself
  • What visitors see, attractions or objects of tourist gaze within and without the park like
    • Physical features-mountains/ hills, rivers, valleys, beautiful scenery, forests, lakes,
    • Wildlife-plants, animals, birds, insects
  • What visitors do / Activities they undretake like day/ night game drives, sight seeing. kayaking, sundowners, massage, hiking, cultural tours, bird watching/ bird walks, camping
  • The rich culture of the local people, the Maasai, the Iraqw, the Barabaig and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.
  • Events / festivals, natural phenomenon like the wildebeest migration
  • Cultural tourism programs of Karatu and Mto Wa Mbu towhships

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions And Activities

In summary tourist attractions in Lake Manyara National Park comprise of what people see, objects that attract the eyesight and what visitors do, activities at the destination

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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions

Tree climbing lions and Wildebeest Migration ranks among the top 10 attractions in Lake Manyara National Park which are:

    • Tree Climbing Lions

      Found in lake Manyara National Park are the tree climbing lions. Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks. In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

    • Wildebeest migration

      The wildebeest migration spectacle is the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals in tow passes through Lake Manyara in May on its way to southern Ngorongoro and Serengeti. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

    • Visitor Activities /What to do in Lake Manyara National Park

      Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts visitors to Lake Manyara. These includes Game drives, nature walks, night game drives, cultural tours, mice, sundowners, wining and dining, picnics, bush breakfasts and meals, etc

    • Physical Features
      • Lake Manyara
      • Njoro Hotsprings
      • RiftValley
      • Rivers
      • Underground water evergreen forest
      • Ngorongoro Crater

        Ngorongoro has an impressive animal sighting. The crater is home to 25000 to 30000 big mammals including rare black rhinos, the beautiful scenery, phenomenal photography opportunities and local communities. Cultural visits organized through cultural tourism programs at Karatu. Other attractions include archeological site of

    • Wildlife

Lake Manyara National Park is part of Lake Manyara UNESCO Biosphere Reserve established in 1981. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

      • Mammals

Lake Manyara National Park has an overwhelming presence of mammals in terms of species and numbers. Besides the tree climbing lions other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

      • Profusion Of Birdlife

Over 390 species of birds have been recorded in Lake Manyara National Park is a perfect bird watcher’s paradise. The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores. The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

  • Cultural Tourism Programs

    A another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes. The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas. The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege). Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings. Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

    Open Air Market

    If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

What to do in Lake Manyara National Park?

Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara National Park, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara National Park Activities

The most popular, top 10 activities in Lake Manyara National Park Are:-

  • Game drives. Game drives are best undertaken in the morning and evening. However you can go opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunches
  • Excursions to the hotsprings and lake shores
  • Nature walks. Nature walks are conducted by local guides from your lodges
  • Bird walks/ warching
  • Sundowners/ sunset watch meals and drinks – romantic samptous meals served with sparkling drinks in the most scenic locations as the sun sinks in the horizon is an experience never to be missed. Most of the facilities do offer these on request
  • Picnics
  • Night game drives
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Bush breakfasts/ dinners
  • Camping – camping is available in the public and special campsites. Unlike public campsites, there is nothing special in Special campsites. Special campsites are do it yourself and lack amenities like toilets, showers, kitchens
  • Swimming most of the lodges have fitness centers that feature swimming pools
  • Mice- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibition facilities are available in the lodges
  • Cultural tourism programs to Mto wa Mbu and Karatu
  • Wildebeest migration
  • Campfires are meeting or gatherings open to all guests. At the campfire ground is a big fire to keep the guests warm as they dance, tell stories and jokes, drink and exchange contact. Yes most of the campfires feature campfire bar where guests can order drinks. It is a lovely experience never to be missed
  • Health and spa in massage parlours
  • Wining and dining with numerous avenues and opportunities to sample local cuisine
Wildebeest Migration

Every year, in the months of July August and September, over 1.7 million wildebeests accompanied by about 800,000 gazelles and Zebras migrate from Serengeti into Maasai (Masai) Mara and back. The river crossings are particularly dangerous as large crocodile lie in wait of unsuspecting animals, killing and maiming thousands of them. Besides predation, migrating herds have to contend with flooded rivers and disease outbreaks. The wildebeest mate in Maasai Mara and Calve in Serengeti.

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The annual wildebeest migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including human beings. Picture a never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

Where are the Wildebeest? Maasai (Masai) Mara or Serengeti? The Migration Cycle:-

The migration follows a clockwise direction dictated by the rain patterns in the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The Migration has been going on for as long as our ancestors can remember and where it started is debatable. The best times to view migration in Serengeti is December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August to November. Between December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over half a million calves annually. April and May still in Serengeti the calves matures and gets ready for migration. June is the month of crossing Grumeti River along the Northern Corridor towards Maasai Mara. In July/August, the herds cross the Mara River into Maasai (Masai) Mara, where mating takes place. By November the succulent grass in Mara is finished and the migrating herds heads for Serengeti where curving will take place and the entire cycle starts all over again.

Lake Manyara National Park Getting There

Lake Manyara is accessible to visitors from all over the world. One can drive or fly to Lake Manyara from Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Dodoma.

Lake Manyara National Park Gates

Remember the rule is that you should enter the park through official gates.

Lake Manyara National Park Accommodation/ Lodges/ Tented Camps and Public Campsites:

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There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Serengeti varying from the luxury eco-lodges to basic campsites.-

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC);USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC)

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    USD 161PP HS (01JAN-31MAR/01JUN- 31OCT/16-31DEC; USD 130PP LS (15MAR-31MAY/01NOV- 31DEC .

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

    USD 271 PP HS (01Jan-31Mar/01JUN – 31Oct/16-31Dec; USD 174 PP LS (15Mar-31May/01Nov – 31Dec

  • Migunga Forest Camp

    USD 316 PP Ps (01Jan-28Feb/ 01Jul 31Oct /22-31Dec); USD 251 PP Ps1(01-30JUN); USD 184 PP HS(01MAR-31MAR/JUN/ 01NOV-21DEC);USD 130 PP LS(01APR – 31MAY)

  • Lulimac Lake Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 162 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Octagon Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Eileen’s Trees Inn

    USD PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Flamingo Safari Lodge Karatu

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 230 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Karatu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Burudika Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

Amboseli National Park Attractions And Activities, Reserve Accommodation Stay Lodges, Hotels, Tented Camps, What To See, Do

April 9, 2020

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Kajiando district 238 Km from Nairobi.

Amboseli National Reserve
(Amboseli National Park)
borders Tanzania to the south.The name
Amboseli comes from the
Maasai
place name, Empusel, meaning open plain.
Amboseli National park
is managed by KWS (Kenya Wildlife
service) on behalf of the central government.
The local people
around the park are the nomadic

Maasai.The Maasai way of life is compatible with wildlife
conservation. Most of the conservation areas in Kenya are
located in
Maasai
Reserves. A visit to Amboseli is not complete without
visiting the

Maasai
homesteads.
Area: 392 Km²Established:
Amboseli National
Park was gazetted in 1974
but in 2005 the park management reverted to Okejiando County
council, thus the name changed to once more to
Amboseli National Reserve.
It had been a reserve since 1948. It is the best place to photograph
the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro (5985M). The reserve 11pt”
is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – the
landscape is dominated by MT Kilimanjaro.

Getting to Amboseli National Park/Reserve

Amboseli attracts visitors from all over the world. Amboseli National park
can be accessed by road or air. Though a majority of the visitors are
in organized groups, private individuals can visit the park without any
fear. International visitors mostly arrive at either Nairobi, Mombasa or
Kilimanjaro Airports where they are picked by tour operator or private
cars and driven to the park.It is possible to hire private cars from
Nairobi,
Mombasa or
Kilimanjaro airports and drive into the park. To visit the park you need a car. The road distance from Nairobi varies.
Driving from Nairobi:
Nairobi to Namanga
(240 km tarmac) on the Nairobi – Namanga Road, via Meshanani
Gate (75km).
Nairobito Emali (228 km tarmac) on the
Nairobi – Mombasa Road, via Remito Gate (64 km)

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March 8, 2018

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You ask me the most interesting thing to do in Rwanda. My answer is a simple interacting with Rwandese, dancing their dances, eating their food, listening to their stories, helping in their farms. They are the most humble, happy, welcoming and loving people in the whole world. I won’t tell you Rwanda has the most beautiful ladies in the planet. You will see it for yourself.  Rwandese is are full of laughter and fun. Get talking with Rwandese and you find you have forgotten your troubles. You just want to stay with them. That said I am wondering why you cant take a guide to keep you company and show you around. 

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Everything in Rwanda is interesting. The country is beautifully crafted, hills upon green hills cover the whole county. It’s soo beautiful. It’s the God’s bedroom. Rwandese believe that God spends the day roaming the world but retires to sleep in Rwanda. Driving is a real challenge as roads are series of sharp almost circular beds. Whether you book our car or go with someone else I would love to hear your opinion on Rwanda. 

Kigali (voted the cleanest green city in the world) an interesting artistic modern city  alone has lots of hidden gems to keep you busy. Lots of specialty restaurants featuring international and local  cuisine,   colourful markets cultural centres, curio shops. Top in the list of places to visit in Kigali is the Genocide Memorial of Gisozi where you learn the history of Rwanda from pre colonial to present day with emphasis on the making genocide. For more history in founding of the modern Rwanda visit the Richard Khadt’s Museum and the recently opened Presidential Palace. Even more interesting is the Muslim quarter of Nyamirambo. 

Gorilla Trekking is the undisputed number one attraction in Rwanda. Personally I put Nyungwe Forest as the number one in uniqueness. Here is the source of the River Nile and an encounter with our closest relatives – the chimpanzees. On the way to Nyungwe visit the King’s palace in Nyanza (Huye) and the Museum of Butare. Butare too hosts the National University, a beautiful cathedral and a botanical garden. Here too you find an important handcraft factory. 

Another not to miss in Rwanda are the lakeside resorts of Kibuye and Rubavu (Gisenyi) with boat rides and visits to the islands. 

There are lots of amazing things to see and do in Rwanda. You cannot exhaust them within your 8 days. Volcanoes Park alone offers lots of hiking opportunities. Besides gorilla Trekking you can hike the Volcanoes of Bisoke, Karisimbi or visits the red colobus monkeys. In the vicinity are lakes Burela and Ruhondo with unique cultural tourism program. 

I hope my explanation will help you to make decisions of what to do.

Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

January 12, 2013

Lake Manyara National Park- Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation.

Lake Manyara National Park- Tanzania Safaris, Attractions, Activities, Accommodation

Located in Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit, lake Manyara is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments.    Though receiving less than 800ml of rainfall much of the park is covered by the ever green ground water forest.  The ground water  forest resembles a rain forest with tall large trees, lianas, struggling fig trees and canopy.  The ground ever green forest is home to a variety of wildlife. Primates thriving in the forest include the blue monkeys, baboons and vervet monkey.  Forest birds like the silvery-cheecked horn-bills abound. Also found here are the guinea fowls.

Lake Manyara is also a perfect bird watcher’s paradise with 400 species of birds recorded.  The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores.  The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

Found in lake Manyara are the tree climbing lions.  Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks.  In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

Other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

Another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes.  The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas.  The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege).  Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings.  Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

Activities in Lake Manyara National Park

Besides bird watching and game drives one can enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, micro lifting, night game drives, bush dinners, forest walks, birding. Outside the park one can enjoy the local cultural tourism programs.

Getting To Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is approximately 120 Km from Arusha.  Give it  a 2 hours drive.  The park is best visited from June to September.  A 4×4 car is recommended. 

Accommodation in Lake Manyara

Most of accommodation facilities are outside the park within Mto wa Mbu and the surrounding area. Inside the park accommodation is limited to campsites.

Lodge and Luxury Accommodation

High class accommodation is available at the following lodges and tented camps.  Expect to pay about USD 210 per person per night on full board.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

  • Migunga Forest Camp

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

September 25, 2012

Meru National Park Kenya-Accommodation Lodges, Hotels Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions.

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

Meru National Park is paradise, an adventure destination for wildlife safaris and adventures, sight-seeing, camping and relaxation. The Elsa story is the bait that draws visitors to the park.  It is an adventure fantasy of how two conservationists raised up the lion cabs, weaned them to maturity, the straggle and the suspense that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild.  Described as a complete wilderness,  Meru National Park is a beautiful paradise that has attracted visitor from all the corners of the globe.  Also called Elsa’s Country, Meru National Park is a destination of choice for nature and culture lovers and features a Rhino Rhino Sanctuary.  Leopard Rock LodgeElsa’s Kopje LodgeIkweta Safari Camp ,  Meru Mulika Lodge, Kiina Guest House, Off Beat Campsite, and Meru Rhino River Camp,  provide accommodation in the Park. KWS Bandas include Bwatherongi, Murera and Kinna.  Security has been beefed up security and access roads repaired.

Location:

The Park is located in Meru Country in Kenya’s Eastern Province below the eastern slopes of Nyambene Hills.  The Park lies 85 Km east of Meru town .  It is managed by  Kenya wildlife service on behalf of the Central Government.

The larger Meru conservation area is a cultural melting pot and the success of the Park depends on the generosity of the local communities. To the west of the park on the slopes of Nyambene hills are the agricultural Meru with hectares of Miraa (Catha edulis)   Tea and Coffee .  Other communities bordering the park are Kamba ,the Borana and Orma pastoralists.   A visit to the Park is not only about the big five experience but also a good opportunity to meet and interact with these communities, learn about their culture with long traditions of conservation. Always bear in mind that without their sacrifice, there would be no Meru Park.

Meru can be visited throughout the year.  A visit to the Park is best combined with the nearby attractions.  These include Mt Kenya National Park, Lewa Down, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, Sweet Waters game sanctuary.  Just email us and let us organize a wonderful safari to these places including Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Lake Nakuru Combinations.

 Accommodation Meru National Park:- Meru National Park Lodges

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

Meru National Park is a holiday destination of choice for nature lovers and features a Rhino Sanctuary.  Making it a home away from home are diverse accommodation facilities to cater for different categories of travelers.

Luxury Accommodation In Meru National Park

Rhino River Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge, Elsa’s Kopje Lodge , Meru Mulika Lodge, Off Beat Campsite provide  luxury accommodation in the Park.  Luxury accommodation facilities rates vary between USD 300 per person to USD 600 PP per night. 

Mid Range Accommodation in Meru National Park

Mid range facilities are located outside Meru National Park include Ikweta Safari Camp and Murera River Camp.

Ikweta Safari Camp (USD 150 Double FB)

Ikweta Safari Camp is the only mid range facility providing full board services. Ikweta Safari Camp is located just two kilometres outside of Murera Gate.  Ikweta Safari Camp features Ten (10) spacious tents thatched in makuti and tastefully decorated in Safari-style and with high quality furniture including either twin or double beds. Excellent meals prepared from the freshest local produce. Large swimming pool and other amenities.

KINNA Guesthouse ( High Season- Apr, Aug, Dec USD 300; Rest of the year USD 250 for entire House).  Resident Rates KES 18000 High season; KES 15000).  Built by the First Warden Mr. Peter Jenkins in the1960s, the guesthouse is 20Km from Murera gate and less than a kilometer from Kinna Airstrip. The guest house has total capacityof 10 pax.

Malindi Tourist Attractions, Activities, Things To Do, Safaris, Hotels, Car Hire

September 8, 2012

Malindi Tourist Attractions,  Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Rentals.

Malindi Tourist Attractions | Kenya Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Hire Rentals

Malindi is a popular tourist resort located 120 Km to the North-east of Mombasa.  The resort is accessible by road, air and sea.  Most of the visitors fly in directly by charter flights from Europe.  A flight from Nairobi will take 45 minutes.  Bus travel from Nairobi will take about 10 Hours.  

Malindi A Friendly City– From its humble beginnings in the 14th century, Malindi was noted for its friendly people.  After rebuttal in Mombasa, Malindi offered sanctuary to Vasco da Gama and even offered him a guide to take him across the seas to India.  The Vasco da Gama’s pillar and the little Portuguese Church are a testimony to this friendship.  Earlier, the sultan of Malindi had welcomed Chinese sailors and offered a giraffe as a present to their King.   The giraffe was presented to Yong Le Emperor of China in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty. To this day, the giraffe is the symbol of diplomatic relationship between China and African countries.  Due to its peaceful nature, Malindi continues to attract visitors from different corners of the world.  Notable is the large population of Italians which has earned the town the tag new Milano.

Tourist are attracted to Malindi by what they see and what they do (activities).  Two Marine Parks- Malindi Marine Park(In Malindi) and Watamu Marine Park( In Watamu) have colorful coral gardens with splendid display of marine life.  Visitors in glass bottomed boats flock into the parks for snorkeling and diving expeditions.  In the vicinity are other attractions like

  • Gedi Ruins

  • Kipepeo (butterfly) Project

  • Aqua ventures

  • Bio Ken snake park

  • The falconry

  • Takwa ruins

  • Vasco da gama’s pilar

  • The Portuguese church

  • Sawa Sawa dhow excursions

  • Tsavo East/ West National Parks

Watamu– The small village of Watamu has 8 Kms of pristine sandy beaches which has been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world.  A major plus of staying at Watamu is that you can swim both at low and high tides.  However the beach is clogged with seaweed from June to October.   Besides the beaches other attractions in Watamu are the Watamu Marine Park, the snake farm, Mida Creek and Whale Island.  At Watamu, you can while your day relaxing in the beach or on the various adventures within.  Activities at Watamu include:-

  • Deep sea fishing

  • Fitness and Yoga courses

  • Kite surfing-During the months of July and August and from January through March.

  • Visits to Watamu Snake Park-The snake park has the largest collection of snakes in East Africa with over 200 species.  The adjacent laboratory supplies hospitals with anti venom.

  • Visits to the Marindi and Watamu Marine Parks.

  • Superb snorkeling and bird watching at the Mida Creek

  • Visits to Tsavo East National Park

Getting to Malindi /Flights to Malindi

Several airlines operate daily flights to Malindi from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi), Moi Airport (Mombasa) and Wilson Airport (Nairobi).  Several European Countries operate charter flights from Europe direct to Malindi.

Driving

You can drive from Nairobi or Mombasa to Malindi.  Several up country buses operate daily from Mombasa or Nairobi to Malindi.

Malindi Beach Hotels Resorts and Accommodation

Malindi is one of the premier beach resorts in Kenya.  The town located 120 Km north of Mombasa has witnessed unprecedented growth in the hotels  industry.  Malindi town has numerous high class hotels kissing the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.  Along Malindi’s Casuarina Road are numerous guest houses, resorts, private villas, self catering apartments and cottages all accepting paying guests on full time or temporally. Among the best of Malindi’s Beach Hotels are Ocean Beach Resort And Spar and Kilili  Baharini Resort popular with the creme de la creme of Kenya.  The Plan Hotel/ Sandies resorts include Africa Dream Village, Tropical Village,  Coconut Village and Malindi Beach. Among the memorable of  Malidni hotels are Coral Key, Drift wood, Africa Dream Village and Scorpio Villas.  In Malindi High Season Falls in January-March; July to October.  Mid Season -October to December. Low Season -April May and June. Most of the properties close during the low season.

Malindi Beach Hotels or Beach Resorts can be classified in terms of facilities and even the price range.  Depending on the rates, some properties will fall in the category of deluxe or super luxury. Some properties like Woburn Residence, Ocean Beach Resorts and Coral Key combine hotel services with apartments for long stay.  The apartments at Woburn  and Ocean Paradise are luxurious enjoying spacious grounds and swimming pools.  The Kilili Baharini resort is famous with the creme de la creme of Kenya noveu riche.  Coral Key, Driftwood, Lawford and Seaview Lodge have withstood the test of time and have impeccably served Malindi.  There are numerous budget properties in Malindi charging from KES 1500 (USD 20) to KES 3500 (USD 81) per night on double rooms.  A good example is the slightly hidden Bush Baby Lodge and the African Pearl.

Malindi Car Hire

Malindi Tourist Attractions | Kenya Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Hire Rentals

Our Car hire / rental locations (locations de voitures) in Malindi include-Malindi City Centre Office, Malindi International Airport (MYD) serving the whole of the Kenya Coast.  Other locations in  Kenya are Nairobi City, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) Mombasa, Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA), Kisumu, Nakuru  They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.   In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture)  are Dar Es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport Coded (DAR) , Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO),  Dodoma and Zanzibar (Tanzania) , Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi).

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris

May 4, 2012

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris.

Samburu National Par Insert an Imagek/ Reserve has a variety of accommodation facilities to suit different categories of travelers. Safari lodges, luxury tented camps and public camps caters for luxury, mid range and budget holiday makers.  Luxury safari lodges in Samburu National park include- Samburu Serena Lodge, Samburu Siba Lodge, Samburu Saruni Lodge, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Sopa Lodge. Elephant bedroom is an exclusive tented camp for those interested in elephant and lion tracking.  Other tented camps include Samburu Intrepids, Bedouin Camp and Larsen’s Camp.  One can also stay at Joy’s Camp in the nearby Shaba National Reserve.

Samburu Serena Lodge

Samburu National Park accommodation-lodges, hotels, tented camps, serena lodge

Top on the list of properties found in Samburu is the Samburu Serena Lodge.  A property of Serena Lodges and Hotels, the samburu serena is currently under renovations.

Samburu Simba Lodge

Samburu Simba lodge is overlooks Buffalo springs and the Uaso Nyiro River. Guest rooms have a fantastic views over the plains teaming with elephants, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa orynx and long-necked gerunuk and other animals.  The comprise of Seven villas of ten rooms each – six on the ground floor and four on the first floor of which two rooms are interconnected. Lodge Facilities: 2 swimming pools, Pool side bar, Safes available at the reception, Telephone calls through the operator, Television – satellite TV: CNN, BBC Super Sport at Ibis Pub, Doctor on call, Health Club, Laundry Service

Attractions/ Activities Things to do in Samburu National Park

  • Day and night game drives

  • Visits to local Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads

  • Camel and horse riding in the private ranches

  • Nature walks conducted by local Maasai/ Samburu warriors

  • River rafting when season permits in Ewaso Ng’iro river

  • Nature walks to the Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest conducted by the local guides

  • Aerial safaris in some of the lodges.

  • Events like Lewa safaricom Marathon, Maralal Camel Derby

  • Swimming either in the lodges or numerous private houses.

  • Farm Tours

  • Game viewing on camel/ horse back in the ranches

  • Exploring Il lolokwe, Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains

  • Camping in open skies, bush meals and sundowners in the private/community ranches.

Samburu National Park Safaris:

Safaris can be organized to samburu alone or in combination with other parks.  Some good combination safaris include

Samburu can also be visiting in combination of the nearby ranches in Laikipia.

The vast Laikipia district of Kenya comprises of large community, group and private ranches all with Eco-tourism activities.  The ranches include Borana, Lewa, Ol Ari Nyiro, Lekurruki, Il Ngwsei, Ol Pejeta, Sweet Waters, El Karama,  Ole Lentille, Ol Malo, Loisaba, Mugie  etc.

The Eco-lodges in these ranches  include-Il Ngwesi, Borana and Tassia.  Other facilities include Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa House, Ol Pejeta Ranch House, Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Elephant Watch, Laragai,  Mutamaiyu House, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Sabuk Lodge, Mukutan Retreat, Makena’s Hill, El Karama Bandas, Rutundu Log Cabins, Koija star beds, The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille and many others.


Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, What to do

May 2, 2012

Often referred to as a complete wilderness,  Meru National Park is a perfect holiday retreat for wildlife safaris and adventures,  sight seeing, camping and relaxation. Meru National Park is often referred to as the Elsa’s Country.

Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, Things to do.

Meru National Park Attractions

The Elsa story is the bait that draws visitors to the park.  It is an adventure fantasy of how two conservationist raised up the lion cabs, weaned them to maturity, the struggle and the suspense that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild.  While Adamson insists that Elsa is a tame domestic cat unlikely to survive in the wild, Joy insists that SHE was born free and must be allowed to live free, hence the name born free and living free.  By and by Joy prevails and the cat is released to the wild where she successfully is integrate into the wild prides and is able to bring up her own cabs.  We can positively argue that her descendants form some of the present day prides in Meru Park.  Upon her death, George buried Elsa in Meru National Park.  Her grave a monument not to be missed by any visitor to the park. Besides the lion cabs, Joy also brought up a cheetah cab named Pipa.  Pipa’s grave is also clearly marked attraction in Meru Park.


The tragic end of the two conservationists was an anti climax of sorts. Joy was murdered in Meru Park and her ashes were scattered within the park.  George was also murdered in Kora National Park is buried there. Adam’s home (Kampi Ya Simba) is an attraction on its own.

Wildlife Nirvana

In the earlier days, Meru was world famous for its large number of wildlife attributed to its agreeable climate.  With 14 permanent rivers, the park is a paradise compared to other parks in the region.  Receiving over 760mm of rainfall, the park is ever green and attracts large numbers of resident animals.  However the intensive poaching of late 70’s and early 80’s completely decimated the park’s herds of elephants, rhinos and other big mammals reducing it to a lifeless shell.  The devastation was so intense that lodges closed down.

Restocking and back to glory

The restocking of Meru NP has earned its place in the history of conservation.  It is the largest big mammal trans location in the human history in terms of intensity, the numbers  involved, the species and more so the size of animals.  It was a day and night affair that saw whole families of elephants were trans located from larger Laikipia region to Meru NP.  Besides elephants, rhinos have been re-introduced. Others translocated to the park were grevy Zebras and reticulated giraffes.

Today you are likely to see all the big five in Meru Park.  Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, zebras, giraffe, lions, hippos, reedbucks, hartebeests, gazelles, baboons, impalas.  In the rivers are crocodiles and hippos.  Reptiles are well represented with cobras, pythons.

472 species of bird have been recorded including Somali ostrich, weavers, starlings, mannikins, guinea fowls, rollers,

Another attractions is the beautiful landscape. Mt Kenya is clearly visible from the park.  Also one can go exploring Mt Kilimanjeru.

Things to do in Meru National Park

“Attractions determine what to do in any destination. Meru park  is about exclusivity.  Bird Watching, Picnics, Camping, Wildlife Safaris, Adventure and Cultural safaris can all be organized. Game and bird watching are best undertaken in the morning and evening.  Nature walks, rafting and fishing can be organized along Tana River.  Afternoons are best spent on cultural tours, fishing, rafting or just relaxing at the hotel swimming pools.”

Day break brings relieve to diurnals (day active) for its a privilege to be alive.  At that time you are also likely to see the nocturnal (night actives) going to their dens.  This is the best time to witness hunting.  Night game drives are not available in Meru Park. However these can be enjoyed in nearby private ranch of Sweet Waters.

Bird watching is a big attraction in Meru park. With over 427 species recorded, its a bird watcher’s paradise. Best time to watch is at dawn or at dusk.   Bring your binoculars and field guides.

The former home of the Adamsons-Joy and George and Elsa the lioness is a big crowd puller to the park.  Many visitors also visit the graves of Pipa ( the cheetah) and Elsa. 

Visits to the rhino sanctuary.

Canoeing and fishing in Tana River

Visit to the duo baobabs- the mau mau hideout.

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Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

January 25, 2012

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions.

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

The Park is located in Meru Country in Kenya’s Eastern Province below the eastern slopes of Nyambene Hills.  The Park lies 85 Km east of Meru town .  It is managed by  Kenya wildlife service on behalf of the Central Government.

 

The larger Meru conservation area is a cultural melting pot and the success of the Park depends on the generosity of the local communities. To the west of the park on the slopes of Nyambene hills are the agricultural Meru with hectares of Miraa (Catha edulis)   Tea and Coffee .  Other communities bordering the park are Kamba ,the Borana and Orma pastoralists.   A visit to the Park is not only about the big five experience but also a good opportunity to meet and interact with these communities, learn about their culture with long traditions of conservation. Always bear in mind that without their sacrifice, there would be no Meru Park.

Meru National Park can be visited throughout the year.  A visit to the Park is best combined with the nearby attractions.  These include the national parks of  Mt Kenya National ParkSamburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, Sweet Waters game sanctuary

Meru National Park can easily be combined with the private ranches of Laikipia, including Borana, Lewa, Ol Ari Nyiro, Lekurruki, Il Ngwsei, Ol Pejeta, Sweet Waters, El Karama,  Ole Lentille, Ol Malo, Loisaba, Mugie.    The ranches feature luxury private houses and eco-lodges of international acclaim.  The local community Eco-lodges in these ranches  include –Il Ngwesi, Borana and Tassia.  Other facilities include Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa House, Ol Pejeta Ranch House, Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Elephant Watch, Laragai,  Mutamaiyu House, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Sabuk Lodge, Mukutan Retreat, Makena’s Hill, El Karama Bandas, Rutundu Log Cabins, Koija star beds, The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille and many others.

Malindi Car hire,Car Rental Malindi, Hotels, Self drive, Attractions

January 17, 2012

Malindi Car hire,Car Rental Malindi, Hotels, Self drive, Attractions.

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Our car  Hire  services / Car Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi town, Malindi Airport (MYD) Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.