Travel Diaries

I have had the privilege of travelling to various places in my country Kenya and it is beautiful and breath taking. My dear mother is very outgoing and she makes a point of making sure we visit new places and have fun as a family. I also try and make a point of having my own kind of adventures with my friends when I’m not so broke. Not even one of the places I’ve been to was in any way not worth it. If you love nature, like me, some of these places are places one would want to go to many times. In addition, any place with good food, good views, big ass beds and no work at all, is a source of joy to my soul. So, I’m going to name a few and point out a few things about them according to where I went, what I know about them and how I felt being there. If any of them please you, a bit more research would do.

  • Maasai Mara

I went there with my family sometime back (maybe in 2014 I’m not sure) for a safari. It was a very long exhausting journey because we used a van but who cares? It was worth it and anyway such places have big ass beds (you get it). If you wanna see The Big 5, that is the place to be. Plus who doesn’t like going on a safari? Moreover, they have nice camps to spend your stay in depending on how long you stay and they are quite affordable; but you know, better to book early before the holidays begin. We all know what happens when the holidays come.

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy

This is East Africa’s largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, with a few white Rhinos as well. It’s found in Nanyuki. It also has other animals like The Big 5 and a chimpanzee sanctuary. If you love seeing animals, pay the Conservancy a visit. It’s pretty cool. Also, be careful when going close to the chimpanzees, if you don’t seem likeable to them, a stone will come through your way. πŸ˜…

  • Amboseli National ReserveKilima Safari Camp Mara

Just like Maasai Mara, this is another place to be. I spent my few days there in the Kilima Safari Camp in 2016 and it is breath taking. The place is so beautiful at night with the yellow lights and everything. The camps and the food are good too. There are other camps/hotels to stay in as well, depending on affordability and ones preference. The view of Mt. Kilimanjaro is pretty clear and it’s more beautiful during sunrise and sunset. Elephants are the most available animals as well as others.

  • Lake Nakuru National Park

I’ve been there several times when I was a kid and if you need some time off with your family/friends, why not go there? It’s mostly known for the flamingoes as well as monkeys, zebras etc. Worth a visit!

  • HallerΒ Park, Mombasa

I went there in 2007 when my Primary School principal decided we as class 8 candidates deserved a treat, to relax our minds so we could perform well in our K.C.P.E. Well, it was quite a trip because I got to face my fears and had a snake on my neck for a few minutes. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be (the harmless ones obviously) but the feeling of it slithering slowly, part by part (of it’s body), on your skin, with it’s very soft skin, is quite something (stop making that face you should try it πŸ˜…). Anyway, it’s a park so it has wild animals, and is pretty green with tall trees. I can’t recall much about the place but it’s worth a visit that’s for sure.

  • Diani Beach, Mombasa

Did you know this beach has been voted the Best Beach in Africa, twice? I was there recently and it was the best beach for sure. I’ve been to other beaches in Mombasa, but Diani was my best. It is so clean and there are some beautiful hotels and restaurants along the beach. It’s best to go when the holidays are not near, when it’s not so crowded, then you can have a view of everything. I’m hoping to go back in future, and so should you.

  • Nairobi National Park

This park boarders Nairobi City and it has quite a number of wild animals. It’s along Lang’ata Road and the entrance fee is affordable. It’s pretty nice for a weekend out with friends/family and you should visit if you’re yet to.

  • Chaka Ranch

This is based in Nyeri and it is a good place for an outting with family and friends. If you like riding quad-bikes, Chaka Ranch is well known for that. If you want a cool ass wedding like Janet Mbugua’s, that is the place to do it.

  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

I loved this place so much despite it being quite expensive. It is in Nyeri County. The surrounding is beautiful, the view of Mt. Kenya is clear, the food is good, there’s a golf course if you like golfing, there’s a maze, the rooms are top notch (hence being very expensive). Just so you know, President Uhuru Kenyatta spends his nights there when he’s around Nyeri in the presidential suite. Yea, it’s that cool! Too cool to not pay a visit even for just a day.

  • Lake Elementaita

ThisΒ is based along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, in Gilgil. If you want a place to just chill, relax and forget about the world πŸ˜ƒ and see some flamingoes in the lake, this is the place to go. There are some few hotels near the Lake so it’s quite convenient for a weekend trip.

  • Crayfish, Naivasha

This is also a nice place to go with friends/family and it’s very close to Lake Naivasha, probably a 10 minute walking distance. Most people tend to go for road trips (like I did) to this particular place as it’s quite known in Naivasha. You can spend your nights there in the hotel rooms or pitch a few tents (I stayed in a tent and it was cool). You can hang around the premises or go to the Lake depending on your preference but it’s a nice place. For the clubbing people, there’s a club there as well.πŸ’ƒ

  • Panari Hotel, Nyahururu

Panari is known to be one of the big hotels in Kenya but I’m going to mention the one in Nyahururu. It may be quite expensive but you know, most of these nice places are never cheap. This is also close to the Thompson Falls which is even better; it’s a double treat.

  • Thompson Falls

I’ve also been there many times than I can count because it’s close to my home. This is based in Nyahururu and what I like about this place is you can go down to where the water falls, and the water is clear. One thing to note though, going down is quite easy, coming back up is so damn exhausting because the paths are muddy and some of the places are too steep. But if you are up for an adventure and a swim below the falls, it’s the go-to place.

  • Mamba Village, Mombasa

This is a crocodile sanctuary in Mombasa and proper for those who love animals. If you also want to have some tasty crocodile meat, that is the village to be πŸ˜…. The meat is not that bad actually especially if it’s made into mshkaki; the other ingredients will make it look presentable and easier to swallow if you are one of those who have a hard time accepting that crocodiles can be eaten by people (like me).

  • Nairobi Museum

I need not explain further on this because it’s a museum, it has old things πŸ˜ƒ. But it’s quite interesting and fun seeing the preserved items in there and it’s very educative.

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I hope you get to experience what I experienced if you get the chance to go to any of the places above. Have fun while you’re at it!

Happy holidays everyone. 🍻🍾🍻

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