Kenya’s Architectural Gems

Kenya has a number of iconic buildings dating across the centuries that have been recognized for their distinctive designs. To catch a glimpse of Kenya’s architectural gems, we suggest you tour the following places:

Fort Jesus- Mombasa

This fort built by the Portuguese in the 16th century tops our list due to its significance in Kenyan history. Classified as one of UNESCO’s World’s Heritage Sites, Fort Jesus is a showcase of exceptional and long lasting architectural design.

Now maintained by the National Museums of Kenya, it remains in great condition, the only alteration being the blocking of a labyrinth of underground tunnels that were used to transport goods to the seafront.

Fort-Jesus

A section of Fort Jesus facing the Indian Ocean

Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC)

This impressive landmark along City Hall Way was completed in 1974. Designed by a Norwegian architect Karl Henrik Nostvik, the buildings include a 25 storey dome with a revolving rooftop that currently serves as a restaurant, and an ampi-theater shaped like a Kenyan hut. The building’s air conditioning consists of eco-friendly fins that let in fresh air.

The Iconic KICC building in the heart of Nairobi

The Iconic KICC building in the heart of Nairobi

Kipande House

This Victorian styled architectural gem was constructed in 1913. Special features include the clock-tower design and the imposing arches. It was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical significance. The ‘Kipande’ was an identification card issued to adult locals in colonial Kenya and this building served as the registration center.

Kipande House Nairobi

Kipande House Nairobi

Lamu Old Town

Part of Lamu Island’s charm is its well preserved Swahili Stone buildings. Once East Africa’s main trade town, Lamu’s narrow streets are lined with elaborate structures built from coral stones, timber and coconut thatch rooftops.

Unique features of these buildings include large verandas, courtyards and intricately engraved wooden doors. These over 500-year old collection of buildings make our list of Kenya’s architectural gems as well as the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.

A cross Section of the Old Lamu Town

A cross Section of the Old Lamu Town

All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi

Located along Kenyatta Avenue, this gothic styled Anglican Cathedral was built between 1917 and 1952. With a high ribbed ceiling, central arches and beautiful stained glass windows, All Saints Cathedral exudes a distinctive English charm. This makes it an ideal location for a Victorian themed wedding and a worthy visit for architecture enthusiasts.

All-Saints-Cathedral

Parliament Buildings

The Kenyan National Assembly sits in another of the country’s most captivating architectural installations. Built between 1954 and 1965, the buildings were designed by Thornly Dyer and Amyas D. Connell. Their most unique features are the clock tower that resembles London’s famous Big Ben and the monumental mausoleum where Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta was laid to rest.

Kenya-Parliament-Buildings

Other buildings that exemplify Kenyan architecture include the bell bottomed Co-op House in Nairobi, Sarakasi Dome, Kenya Railways Headquarters and The Sarova Stanley.

The Best Sea food Restaurants in Mombasa

Known for its beautiful coastal scenery and historical landmarks, Mombasa also boasts some of the best sea food restaurants in the world. If you are on holiday in Mombasa and have been indulging in local cuisine, you may also want to try out some of the abundant sea-food delicacies.

Just like the sea-food itself, the number of hotels serving an assortment of sea food cuisines is not in short supply. Here is a brief preview of some of the places you might want to stop by for that delectable bite.

Tamarind Dhow

Tamarind-Dhow

Ever thought of having a meal on a floating Dhow? It might sound too good to be true but with Tamarind Dhow Restaurant, that’s what you get. Housed in a vintage Dhow that used to be a trading vessel between the Kenyan coast and Arab states, this restaurant allows you to wine and dine while cruising on the Indian Ocean.

The Tamarind Dhow has a capacity of 70 guests, with adequate space left for dancing. Their menu mainly consists of prawns, lobsters, steak, rice and nicely cooked soup. A live band is always onboard to entertain the guests while on the cruise.

La Marina Restaurant

La-Marina-Restaurant-

Situated in the northern part of the coastal town of Mombasa on the edges of Mtwapa creek, this restaurant has claimed its spot as one of Mombasa’s finest seafood restaurants. The waterfront setting brings patrons closer to nature and the view is spectacular.

The menu offers a list of luscious delicacies that will leave your taste buds yearning for more. Ranging from fresh seafood to the crispy salads, La marina restaurant has got the best to offer.

Lido seafood restaurant

Lido-Sea-Food-Restaurant

Tucked in between palm trees and overlooking the beach at Bamburi, this hotel provides a perfect setting for a laid back dinner or lunch session. The ambience is cool and quiet to help you enjoy their tasty meals.

The seafood served is top of the range, thanks to their experienced chefs. Their impeccable customer service is also worth mentioning. The tasty grilled prawns, lobsters, and crabs will leave you yearning for more.

Smugglers Cove Seafood Restaurant- Voyager Beach Hotel

Smugglers-Cove-Seafood-Restaurant

Situated in a hidden coral cove in this famous Nyali beach hotel, this restaurant is distinctively unique. The interior provides a cozy setting straight out of a romantic movie. You will find the seafood served here worth every penny you will spend. Their menu comes with a variety of options to choose from, not to mention the highly rated staff. This is one place you must visit while in Mombasa.

Sea Haven Restaurant

Sea-Haven-Restaurant

Mind indulging in some grilled oysters and Red snapper fish rubbed in garlic? Well this and much more is what you can expect at the Sea Haven restaurant. Spanning over two decades, this privately owned spot offers a second home to its customers. The exquisite venue provides a cozy environment inside the restaurant while the services offered are top notch. If you are looking for an intimate location to enjoy some seafood delicacies then Sea Haven is where you need to be.

 

 

 

Nairobi’s Finest Pool Party Hotels

Kenyans don’t just love pool parties, they are obsessed with them. What’s not to love about a festive time with friends; sipping cocktails, enjoying a barbeque and cooling off in a relaxing pool environment? Even in the coldest season of the year, you will still find bikini-filled pool parties in Nairobi.

Nairobi’s finest pool party hotels park in all manner of excitement to guests. The fun is in the detail, the location of the hotel within the city notwithstanding.

Tribe Hotel

Located in Gigiri-one of Nairobi’s high end suburbs- the Tribe Hotel is popular for its serene and elegant atmosphere. It’s right next to the Village Market- the largest shopping mall in East Africa. Pool parties at the Tribe Hotel are much more than just taking a dip in the middle of a hot afternoon. Dancing and barbecuing are part of the fun at all Tribe hotel pool parties.

The-Tribe-Hotel

Sinoni Sports Club and Restaurant

Just a few kilometers from Nairobi’s CBD, en-route to Ongata Rongai, you will find the popular Sinoni Sports Club and Restaurant, where pool parties are characterized by less clothing, non-stop music, lots of food and drinks, and professional workout sessions. This is a club where people get to enjoy their favorite alcoholic drinks without fear of gaining excess belly fat.

Best Western Premier Hotel

Best-Western-Premier-Hotel

Looking for the best way to beat the heat this dry season? If so, a pool party at the Best Western Premier Hotel is what you need. Here you get to enjoy cool drinks, sun bathing, and loud music from a host of popular DJs. It is also the perfect place for a family day out. The hotel is conveniently located on Argwings Kodhek road- a short distance from the CBD.

Kivi Milimani Hotel

Situated in the inspiring up-market suburbs of Milimani in Nairobi, Kivi Milimani Hotel offers serenity within a mature residential estate with a calm ambience for those who want to relax and have fun. Its massive outdoor swimming pool area offers a perfect arena for the most exciting pool parties.

Kivi-Milimani-Hotel-

The Definitive Guide To Exploring Malindi Town

A small town, home to slightly less than 400,000 people, Malindi town is an exclusive tourist town located North East of Mombasa. The town’s rich Swahili cultural heritage dates back to 7 centuries ago; the medieval nature of the town is gracefully captured by the unique architectural structures adorning the town. There is so much to see and marvel at in Malindi, here is a cross section of some of these sites.

Mnarani National Monument

Mnarani National Park

Mnarani National Monument

These ruins date back to the 13th century and comprise of pillars, tombs and mosques, which are inscribed with ancient Arabic scripts. The monument comprises of 104 staircases and on the outside, a huge baobab tree believed to be 800 years old and the oldest in Kenya provides a shade to these ruins.

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Snorkeling at the Kenyan Coast

The Kenyan coast is adorned with beautiful white sandy beaches where snorkeling is a major activity, especially among vacationers. Finding time to enjoy this holiday activity with your family and friends at one of Kenya’s popular beach resorts can turn a rather dreary holiday into a momentous opportunity to relax and learn a thing or two about marine life.

It’s time to experience that adrenaline rush as you come face to face with some of the strangest creatures living in the Indian Ocean. Here are some Kenyan beach resorts at the coast that provide reliable snorkeling opportunities.

Baobab Beach Resort

Located right in the middle of Diani Beach, one of the most romantic beaches in Kenya, Baobab Beach Resort covers over 70 acres plush coral gardens on the shores of Indian Ocean. It’s a sanctuary of peace and tranquility, offering you a perfect opportunity to snorkel in the still waters of the Ocean. Baobab offers attractive all inclusive holiday packages for meals, drinks, entertainment and accommodation.

Baobab-beach-resort

An Ariel view of Baobab Beach Resort

Paradise Beach Resort

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Nairobi’s Most Popular Casinos

Gambling is fast becoming an accepted way of Kenyan life, with popular casinos emerging on every corner of Nairobi. Gambling enthusiasts worldwide are making Nairobi their destination of choice. In order to accommodate the increasing number of gamblers, casinos in Kenya are being designed in line with international standards, with all the necessary modern amenities.

So, international holidaymakers and business travelers are guaranteed to find a place where they can enjoy their favorite casino games in the middle of a breathtaking natural environment. But as you choose Nairobi as your gambling holiday destination, it’s important to have basic information on the available casinos e.g. their location, membership, and games available. Here is a special list of the most popular casinos in Nairobi.

Babylon Casino

Babylon-Casino

Located right in the heart of Nairobi City, Babylon Casino is one of the newest casinos in Nairobi and is open to everyone including beginners, professionals, and foreigners. It’s a perfect gambling spot for international vacationers given that it is within Six Eighty Hotel- a common lodge for tourists and business travelers.

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The Allure of Blankets and Wine

Whether it is your first time in Nairobi or not, you have not had the best of the city unless you have attended Blankets and Wine, a classic Afro styled picnic music festival. The sound of African music rising to embrace the audience seated beneath the clear blue skies is simply amazing. Think of a relaxed cool afternoon, watching your favorite band perform! What better way to spend a weekend?

If you are an art lover, the blend of live music and other performances including poetry will keep you entertained. Come ready to meet and interact with people from all walks of life, and ready to have a time of your life. Here are other notable unique features that stand out for this monthly event.

Picnic Style

This lifestyle event is one of a kind. It not only gives you a chance to enjoy the music that you love, but also an opportunity to enjoy the company of people you hold dear in a great and relaxed environment. Picture yourself seated on that leso or Kikoy sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the music. You can also finally put that picnic chair you bought into use.

Guests having fun at a past event

Guests having fun at a past event

The Live Music          

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5 Best Boot Camps in Kenya

Boot camps provide a creative way to keep fit while enjoying your holidays. As a major travel destination in Africa, Kenya boasts a number of popular boot camps where local and foreign tourists enjoy special fitness retreats.

These camps’ schedules are parked with challenging activities that are meant to transform you both physically and psychologically. We sampled five of the best boot camps in Kenya that guarantee you the most memorable workouts of your holiday.

Baraka House in Watamu

Baraka-House

Located on the northern end of the scenic Watamu beach, Baraka House is a busy fitness hub with professional trainers to guide you. You get to enjoy different fitness activities such as running, volleyball, weight lifting, boxing, swimming and jumping.

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Swahili Dishes You Must Try While On Safari

The Kenyan Coast offers arguably the best cuisine of all the regions you could choose to dine. This is because of the locals’ diversity of culture that has resulted in a rather eclectic mix of recipes. Swahili dishes in particular stand out as the most sought after cuisine by tourists to the Coast, with good reason.

These dishes contain strong Middle Eastern influences, with spicy currents accentuating all the local staples like seafood and sweet confectionery. Here are some of the most popular Swahili dishes that will leave your taste buds begging for more:

Biryani

This is a fried rice dish accompanied by a thick, spicy sauce of tender chicken, mutton or beef. It comes with a fresh salad of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and lettuce with a sprinkle of lemon juice known as kachumbari. If you are a fan of chilli, a red hot pepper and tomato paste completes this irresistible dish.

What makes this dish unique is the preparation of the sauce, which involves infusing the meat with flavors by marinating in blended raw pawpaw, fresh spices and natural yoghurt. The fried rice is also streaked with saffron, providing a dash of color.

Biryani

Grilled Fish in Coconut Sauce (Samaki wa Kupaka)

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The Best Island Fishing Lodges in Lake Victoria

With its fresh waters and rich population of Tilapia and Nile Perch, Lake Victoria is known to be the most rewarding fishing spot in Kenya. And as the number of visitors in the area continues to grow, more lodges are coming up along the shores of Lake Victoria and on the islands, making accommodation affordable and convenient. A number of lodges define the art of fishing in the iconic lake:

Lake-Victoria

Rusinga Island Lodge

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