Friday, 27 December 2019

Mombasa in One Week - Travel Ideas

If you are visiting Mombasa or Diani beach on a one week holiday and are not sure about what to do as a first time visitor to the Kenya coast, here are some suggestions on how to prepare your week activities, taking into account that your first and last day would be spent relaxing at your beach hotel.

3 Days Safari to Tsavo East National Park

When arriving for a short holiday to Mombasa or Diani beach, one of your desires may be to explore the wilderness on a wildlife safari. A 3 day safari to Tsavo East National Park should be on the top of your bucket list as it offers an opportunity to explore different areas of the national park searching for all sorts of Kenyan wildlife.
Tsavo East is well know for its dusty red elephants, giraffe, lions, zebras, different types of antelopes and it has a great variety of bird life. Tsavo East National Park is approximately three hours from Mombasa or four hours from diani beach by road. 

lion in tsavo east
Lion in Tsavo East

1 Day Snorkelling at Kisite Island

After a wildlife safari in Tsavo you may be interested in exploring what the underwater world has to offer as well. Kisite Marine Park is one of the best places to snorkel and scuba dive on the Kenyan coast. Sailing on a large traditional Arabic style motorized dhow, the snorkeling site is about 45 minutes from the local fishing village of Shimoni and is a popular area for bottle nosed dolphins. A 1 day Kisite Island trip will mesmerize you with beautiful coral, thousands of colourful fish and also introduce you exquisite Swahili cuisine at lunch time on Wasini Island.

turtle underwater
Turtle in Kisite Island

1 Day Mombasa City Tour

Among the various Wild Kenya Safaris Day Trips available from Mombasa or Diani Beach, a Mombasa City Tour offers an interesting perspective into its day to day activities. It is unlike anywhere else in the world, it is Kenya's second largest city yet infused with rich culture and Arab influence. Drive by the Mama Ngina waterfront which is a popular weekend hangout for locals overlooking the ocean and pass by the Fort Jesus Museum where you can wander through the Old Town which was the first settlement in Mombasa. Take a moment to visit the Akamba Handicraft where skilled woodcarvers are happy to show you how they turn pieces of wood into artistic carvings.

mombasa wood carver
Akamba Woodcarvers

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Tsavo East Safari In One Day From Mombasa and Diani Beach, Kenya

Giraffe and Gazelle in Tsavo East
Whether you are in Mombasa or Diani Beach for business, a short weekend or perhaps time is a factor to consider when it comes to choosing a longer safari, a One Day Safari to Tsavo East National Park may just be the perfect wildlife safari for you. 
Formed in April 1948 and at a size of over 13,000 square kilometers, Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest and oldest wildlife parks in Kenya. 

Elephants in Tsavo East

Besides being famous for its dust covered elephants, the park is also known for  its maneless lions, zebras, giraffe, gazelles and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the rare rhino, leopard or even cheetah. Besides spotting larger game the park is also a favorite for enthusiastic bird watchers as Tsavo East has on record over 500 different species of birds. 

The driving distance from Mombasa to Tsavo East is about three hours, while from Diani Beach to Tsavo East it is approximately 4 hours, all dependent on traffic conditions of course. 
Since the park is not very far from the Kenya coast, the safari would depart from your hotel very early in the morning between 5:00am and 5:30am, arriving at the park gate around 09:00am where you immediately commence with your first game drive looking for wildlife until lunch time. After a quick lunch and relaxation,  the game drive continues and you begin to make your way towards the park exit to begin the journey back to Mombasa or Diani arriving in the late evening.

The typical 1 day tsavo east itinerary would look like this: One Day Tsavo East Safari

So if you are looking for a suitable day safari trip, Tsavo East would be an ideal choice considering its relatively short driving distance and the variety of wildlife you may get to see.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Safari Photo Tips: Selective Placement

Today's Wildlife Photography Tip:

📷 Use selective placement to try and fill most of the frame with your subject so that the viewers eye cannot miss it.
🐾 Three lion brothers in Masai Mara were seen laying down during our early morning masai mara safari game drive.

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