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KENYA BEACH EXTENSIONS:
LAMU ISLAND: Kipungani Explorer – 4 Days /3 Nights
Day 1 - 3: Lamu Island
A ninety minute flight from Nairobi will take you to Manda Island, adjacent to the ancient sleepy Swahili island of Lamu. On landing you will be met with warm island charm before boarding a speedboat and taking a twenty minute journey through a wide channel, fringed with mangroves, to Kipungani.
On arrival you will find an idyllic beach hideaway, perched over a sandy bay, under gently swaying coconut palms. Kipungani is private, secluded and extremely low key. The style is rustic and natural. In the lounge and bar area enormous brightly colored cushions are piled, inviting you to flop and order a cool drink. Sun bleached driftwood furniture and shells decorate the decked terrace, together with hanging "moon beds" with yet more soft, inviting cushions.
Accommodation consists of 15 beach cottages, or "grass villas", well spaced along the beach to ensure privacy. Walls and floors are made from local palm leaf matting, and the coconut thatch roof rises to a steep pitch to make the most of the cool trade winds. Verandahs face the ocean and behind the pretty bedrooms is a dressing area with basin, flush loo and fresh water shower. The water is unheated, which is certainly not a hardship when you return hot and salty from the beach. There are no doors and windows, but there are makuti blinds which let in the fresh air, and there is electricity and a ceiling fan for a cool breeze during the night.
A lot of activities are available to partake during you 3 night stay here: you can swim in the sparkling pool or you may choose to windsurf, sail or go deep sea fishing. A traditional Arab dhow can take you to Lamu, the oldest surviving town on the East African coast where there are no cars and only donkeys for transport. An Omani fort, now a museum, dominates this ancient stone town. Return to Kipungani for the evening. Dining here is a delight. Giant crab claws, great platters of seafood and fish, perfect fresh salads flown in daily, and dewily fresh tropical fruit are cooked and presented exquisitely. Kipungani allows you to feel the sand between your toes. Kipungani Explorer (B,L, D)
Day 4: Depart Lamu Transfer to the airstrip.
LAMU ISLAND: Manda Bay Resort - 4 Days / 3Nights
Day 1 – 3: Manda Bay
Manda Bay It is the last remaining bastion of the Shirazi - the oldest of the cultures at the coast. There are beautiful beaches and a wonderful underwater world along the reefs of the Kiunga Marine National Park.
Manda Bay Resort is a small private lodge on Manda Island in northern Kenya’s Lamu Kiwayu archipelago. Ten spacious cottages line the beach overlooking the calm waters of Manda Bay. Formerly the Blue Safari Club, Manda Bay has been renovated and reopened under new management. Manda Bay Resort is on a secluded peninsular, close to ancient Lamu Town and neighboring Shela but far enough away from the bustle to enjoy total privacy. Surrounded by magnificent coral gardens, empty beaches and indigenous woodland, Manda Bay Resort is a glorious destination for both active and leisurely holidays. It has its own airstrip and there are three scheduled flights daily to Lamu from Nairobi and Mombasa. Modern communications allow email and telephone access to the outside world if you choose to be available. All the buildings are constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering the floors.
The cottages are spacious and comfortable with their own bathrooms; they are specially sited to catch the cooling sea breezes and all have verandas. There are ten cottages with a choice of double or twin beds, surrounded by large flowing mosquito nets and cooled by overhead fans. The informal dining room and sitting rooms are comfortable, open and airy.
Guests will enjoy uninterrupted views of Manda Bay whose ever-changing waters attract birds, small local sailing craft and spectacular marine life. All rooms are furnished in vibrant Kenyan fabrics, specially designed to compliment the environment. All meals are relaxed and casual, served in the dining room, on the beach, or even on Utumaduni, our traditional sailing dhow. The availability of wonderful, fresh seafood and tropical fruit dictates most menus but Manda Bay offers wholesome, nutritious home-cooked menus from all over the world to suit any palate. The Italian trained Swahili chef can easily cater to the demands of children and those on special diets.
Spend the days enjoying the mysteries of the Lamu Old Town. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Depart Transfer to the airstrip.
LAMU ISLAND: Peponi Hotel - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1 – 3: Lamu
Peponi Hotel On arrival at Lamu, a town, an island, an archipelago and a trip back in time. It is the last remaining bastion of the Shirazi - the oldest of the cultures at the coast. There are beautiful beaches and a wonderful underwater world along the reefs of the Kiunga Marine National Park.. Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the very root of Swahili culture, which spread centuries ago down the East African Coast. The move of the Oman Sultan from Lamu to further off shore Zanzibar left Lamu dormant in a time warp for three hundred years. There is only one car on the island and the narrow streets of the old town are very much as they were. Peponi is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and which still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life.
Peponi Hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, and private outside area, indoor plants, and artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are alike. Five of our rooms are built right on the beach, with private verandah areas overlooking the sea, while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.
There is no hurry to dine at Peponi. Breakfast is available in the dining room or on the terrace or even in your room from 7am to 10am. The choice is yours, from our wide selection of luscious tropical fruits to fish cakes and waffles with local honey and freshly squeezed limejuice. Coffee is poured from the traditional brass pots and you can guess what our jam and marmalade is made of. Lunch is available from 12pm to 4pm. You may choose to dine either outside at the grill, under the colorful bougainvillea, where you can dig your feet in fresh white coral sand or on the terrace, overlooking the ocean and the movement of dhows and local fishermen. Should you prefer a light snack and not leave the bar, fresh rock oysters are available or a range of samosas and sandwiches all day. You may even prefer to have them sent to your room with a cold passion juice or a local beer. Dinner is distinguished by a plethora of new ways of celebrating seafood with ginger, lime and garlic. Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties. For something a little more local, a Swahili menu is also available, which can be eaten in the traditional way, on the floor, around a huge brass platter. Peponi also has a fresh water free form Swimming Pool, situated under two Baobab Trees overlooking the ocean. It is the perfect place to relax with a good book, and if you so wish lunch can also be served here. Peponi Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 4: Departure Transfer to the airstrip.
LAMU ISLAND: New Lamu Palace - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1 - 3: Lamu
On arrival at Lamu, a town, an island, an archipelago and a trip back in time. It is the last remaining bastion of the Shirazi - the oldest of the cultures at the coast. There are beautiful beaches and a wonderful underwater world along the reefs of the Kiunga Marine National Park.. Spending time in Lamu is like going back in time. Lamu is still, in essence, an old Arabic dhow port. This is where Swahili culture has its roots. Old stone houses have intricately carved and ornately studded doors - a traditional way of showing wealth and power. Fishermen still fish from dhows with huge triangular sails. Donkeys trot the narrow streets. Lamu has a timeless quality that allows the visitor to be absorbed into the slower pace of life. The Lamu Palace Hotel is a traditional Arabic building. It features Lamu's famous, beautifully carved, wooden furniture, serves wonderful seafood and is right on the sea shore. What more could you ask. • Roof top restaurant • Right on the sea shore • Spacious terrace restaurant • 22 rooms all air conditioned and with private bathroom. New Lamu Palace (B, L, D)
Day 4: Depart Transfer to the airstrip.
MOMBASA ISLAND -NORTH COAST: Serena Beach Hotel – 4 Days /3 Nights
Day 1 – 3: Mombasa
On arrival at Moi Airport you will be met and assisted by To Africa Tours Representative Transfer to your hotel, Serena Mombasa Beach Hotel. Serena Beach Hotel located on Shanzu Beach on the North coast of Mombasa. Shaded by towering palm trees and draped in bougainvillea, the Serena, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is a perfect romantic spot by the Indian Ocean.
The resort combines indigenous Arabic/ Swahili design-style with a high standard of hospitality. The hotel's labyrinth of alleys, shady courtyards and flat-roofed Arabesque houses with hand carved doors have all been inspired by the famous 13th century Arab town of Lamu on the Northern coast of Kenya. Serena's well-appointed rooms all have private balconies with vistas of the Indian Ocean or the courtyards.
The hotel's array of restaurants and bars provide all types of cuisine, from International to classical to seafood. The Jahazi grill is the top spot to head for if you desire excellent seafood while admiring the Indian Ocean. The romantic Mashua Bar serves colorful cocktails while the pianist plays soulful tunes. Spend your days at leisure. A number of activities can be booked locally - scuba diving, wind surfing, deep sea fishing, mini sailing, coral reef snorkeling, beach volleyball, a swimming pool and other water and land sports are available to burn off the calories. In the evenings, floor shows and a discotheque or a live band will keep you entertained and, on one of the days, a Swahili evening is organized to capture the spirit of an Arab-style street fair, complete with music and food. (B, D).
Day 4 – Depart Mombasa Transfer from your hotel to Moi Airport your onward flight.
Note: Minimum 7 nights stay from 20 December to 05 January
LAND ONLY PRICES, PER PERSON, DEPARTS DAILY FROM NAIROBI
MOMBASA ISLAND – SOUTH COAST: Diani Reef Beach Resort – 4 Days /3 Nights
Day 1 – 3: Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa
On arrival at Moi Airport you will be met and assisted by To Africa Tours and Safaris representative. Transfer to your hotel. Spend your days at leisure. Overnight at Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa (B, D).
Day 4: Depart Transfer from your hotel to Moi Airport for your onward flight.
: LAND ONLY PRICES……………………………………………from $350 per person
MOMBASA ISLAND – SOUTH COAST - WATAMU: Hemingways Beach Resort – 4 Days /3 Nights
Day 1:Watamu - Hemingways
Arrival at Mombasa Airport and transfer to your hotel in Watamu. Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight at Hemingways.
Day 2 & 3: Watamu - Hemingways
Days at leisure or take optional excursions. Dinner and overnight at Hemingway’s.
Day 4: Depart
Transfer to the airport for your flight.
LAND ONLY PRICES: ………………………………………from $450 per person
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