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Masai Mara National is world famous for the annual migration of wildebeest from Serengeti to Masai Mara. The big five can also be seen in the Park. The local Masai Community offer an interesting cultural experience.
The Leisure Lodge Golf Club offers a unique playing experience in peaceful Diani Beach. Players of all skill levels will find the 18-hole course an appealing challenge.
The beautiful course is designed by Tommy Fjastad to harmonise with the natural environments found in Diani. Palm, cashew nut, casuarinas and mango trees line the fairways.
Between teeing off, take time to enjoy the resident wildlife and birds. The Leisure Lodge Golf Club is home to the annual Diani Masters.
Go wild about big teeth, fur and feathers in Mombasa
Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trail, Haller Park is a unique wildlife sanctuary situated on Mombasa's North Coast. This nature park was once a limestone quarry, and now provides an attractive home for a variety of plant, bird and animal species. Popular attractions include the Crocodile Farm, Reptile Park, Palm Garden and Game Sanctuary.
Feed the Rothschild giraffes on the feeding platform at 11:00am and 3pm. Watch Sally, Potty and Cleo, the renowned hippos feed at 4pm daily. Meet the newest celebrities, hippo Owen and his adoptive ‘mother’, a 120-year-old tortoise named Mzee. Don’t miss seeing the inseparable couple being fed at 4:30pm.
Guided educational tours enable visitors to have close up views of the birds and animals. Professional guides conduct these tours in English, French, German, Italian or Swahili.
Up for a romantic forest adventure?
Lace up your walking shoes and take a wild walk on one of the trails through the peaceful, cool, and safe Bamburi Forest.
Founded in 1979, the Giraffe Center in Nairobi has a mission to be the leading wildlife conservation education organization for the youth in Kenya.
Part of this non-profit organization is the highly successful giraffe breeding program. Here on this 120 acre land, giraffes are bred and then released back into the wild once they reach the age of 2 years. Since the beginning of the project, the Giraffe Center has bred over 50 giraffes, with most of them released back in the wild.
The facility also houses the education center, where students and locals are offered free education in the importance of nature conservation and environmental issues.
Visitors are more than welcome to visit the center, interact with giraffes and learn more more about conservation efforts. The center also houses a gift shop and tea room.
Kick back with a cocktail while the waves gently lap your toes. At the Forty Thieves Beach Bar & Bistro you can listen to live music, play bar games, watch water sports, enjoy a delicious lunch or party the night away. You’re always assured a warm welcome and there's a disco under the stars every evening.
The Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative is a nonprofit organization that manufacturers and exports fine woodcarvings, animal sculptures, decorative accessories, and fancy customized goods.
Akamba Handicrafts produce high quality animal woodcarvings on site. Customers can walk into the workshops, meet the friendly artists and witness the creative process. The Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative employs an incredible 10,000 people from the local area.
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Lord Baden-Powell was a writer, founder of the Scout Movement, Chief Scout and lieutenant-general in the British Army. He is buried at St. Paul's Cemetery and his grave is one of Kenya's National Monuments
His gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the centre "ʘ", which is the trail sign for "going home", or "I have gone home". When his wife Olave died, her ashes were sent to Kenya and interred beside her husband.
Tsavo West National Park
Mzima, meaning “alive”, is a beautiful oasis of four natural springs in Tsavo West National Park. The source of the springs is a natural reservoir under the Chyulu Hills.
Mzima Springs is a wonderful place to observe the circle of life. Hippos, crocodiles and turtles congregate in spring-fed pools. Fish-spearing birds in turn eat dung-eating fish. And so one feeds the next in the food chain established by the hippos that consume up to 45 kg of grass every night.
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The impressive Fort Jesus on Mombasa Island is a significant historical landmark in East Africa and a popular attraction for local and international visitors.
It was built in 1593 to guard the entrance of the harbour by order of King Philip I of Portugal, also King Philip II of Spain, joint monarch of the Portuguese and Spanish Kingdoms. The fort was given the name of Jesus, and displays the shape of a man from the air.
In 2011 Fort Jesus was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as one of the most outstanding and well-preserved examples of 16th Century Portuguese military fortifications.
Apart from its status as a major tourist destination, the Fort is an important host for numerous research programs, a Conservation Lab, and Education Department and the Old Town Conservation Office.
Kisite Mpunguti National Marine Park
Kisite Mpunguti National Marine Park’s star attractions include dolphins, coral gardens, fabulous snorkeling, diving and bird watching. The stunning sandy beach is good for environmentally friendly recreational activities.
The ecosystem covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral reef. Kisite Island itself is covered in low grass and herbs while the Mpunguti Islands feature dense coastal equatorial forest.
Significant numbers of rare crab-plovers and roseate terns migrate from Europe to nest here. Tropical reef fish include large schools of pelagic fish, butterfly, parrot, rockcod and angel fish. Manta rays, turtles, dolphins and reef sharks are frequently seen.
Shimba Hills National Reserve is located 33 km south of Mombasa and provides visitors exciting activities such as game viewing, trekking, and overnight camping.
Rich in flora and fauna, the reserve boasts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other species include sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and others. The forest habitat also hosts a variety of bird species, with 111 species recorded to date.
Entrance is done through four gates, and park fees paid in cash only.
Kakamega Forest is situated in Western Province Kenya, north-west of the capital Nairobi, and near to the border with Uganda. It is said to be Kenya's last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent.
Including reserves, the forest encloses about 230 square kilometres, a little less than half of which currently remains as indigenous forest.
There are numerous grassy clearings and glades. Large mammals are rare. Part of the forest also contain unique and rich highland ecosystems, but generally the fauna and flora of the Forest have not been comprehensively studied by science. The climate is very wet with over two metres of rain annually. The rainy seasons are April-to-May and August-to-September. In the north of the Forest is the 4,468 hectares (45 km2; 17 sq mi) Kakamega National Reserve
The local inhabitants are the Luhya people, who rely on the forest to supply most of their needs.
The Uzuri Spa and Fitness Forest is situated in the grounds of the Leopard Beach Resort within six acres of indigenous forest. ‘Uzuri’ – meaning goodness in Swahili – is a sanctuary for those seeking tranquility and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. The spa offers a luxurious combination of original African products and European style treatments.
The extensive menu of treatments for men and women ranges from TheraNaka massage therapies to Theravine anti-ageing facials, hydrotherapy, body wraps and the usual waxing, manicures and pedicures. Uzuri comprises five treatment rooms including two double rooms for couples.
All treatment rooms have an outside courtyard for al-fresco massages, each with showers that complement the hydro baths. Other facilities include Afya Gym – a fully equipped health and fitness gym, a large outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna and steam bath. A health bar is situated next to the pool offering a variety of fresh juices, smoothies and a selection of healthy salads and light meals.
The latest addition is a dedicated yoga and aerobics pavilion. Soothing sounds, intoxicating aromas, tranquil ambience, gracious staff, peace, serenity and pampered indulgence typifies the Uzuri experience.
Galleria Shopping Mall offers 3 floors of shopping, dining, and other lifestyle services. Along with ample parking bays, a Food Zone and a colourful kid's play area; Galleria provides a convenient and entertaining shopping experience.
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Paxtu Cottage was the former home of the Scout Movement founder, Lord Baden-Powell. Today the cottage is integrated into the Outspan Hotel buildings and serves as a small Scouting Museum. Baden-Powell died in 1941 and his grave at St. Paul's Cemetery in Nyeri has been declared a national monument.