Category: Destination

Kiambethu Tea Farm: Kenya’s Oldest Commercial Tea Farm

Located in Limuru, about 40 minutes’ drive from Nairobi is Kiambethu Tea Farm in a lush countryside setting of about 7,000 metres. The drive leading up to the farm is therapeutic as the air is fresh, clean and crisp and the green picturesque landscape of tea plantations is a sight to behold. We finally arrive at one of Kenya’s oldest and most renowned tea farm. Upon arrival tea is served…

Kakamega Forest Reserve: The Living Pleistocene Remnant

Kakamega Forest is the only remnant on Kenya of the once great tropical rainforest that stretched across Central Africa. During the long Pleistocene period great climatic changes occurred throughout the world where dense rain forests stretched from West Africa, across Central Africa and into the highland areas on the west and eastern walls of the Great Rift Valley. In 1923, gold was discovered in parts of the forest and the…

Tanga Day Trip: Amboni Caves, Sigi River and Tanga City Tour

Our local guide Mr. Happiness was set to pick us from Tanga Beach Resort for our day tour. Having arrived in the evening, we would hardly make out where we were staying apart from being close to the ocean. As we drove out of the resort into town the next morning, we noticed that most buildings were painted white as is characterized by most coastal towns. The walls were low…

Tanga Beach Resort

Our hosts from Tanga Beach Resort eagerly awaited our arrival in Mombasa after using the SGR from Nairobi. We crossed the Indian Ocean using the ferry to get to South Coast, after clearance at the Lunga Lunga border point, we were all excited to visit Tanzania and see what Tanga had instore for us. We checked into Tanga Beach Resort that is about one and a half hours drive from…

Olorgesailie Pre-Historic Site: Archaeology, Paleontology, and Birdwatching

The hot dry air engulfed us upon disembarking from the car. I could hear an African mourning dove call in the distant. One of the guides directed us to the entrance to register and make payments. The reception was cool and provided the much needed shade from the scorching sun. Upon payment, our assigned guide narrated more on the murals on the wall. She explained that the site was once…

Glamping at Narumoru: Friends Hangout and Farm Visit

We had planned and waited for this weekend getaway in NaruMoru. We were ecstatic about this secluded getaway and had carried all my guide books, camera, spare battery and warm clothes for the chilly NaruMoru weather. About a kilometer’s drive after Narumoru town, we made a right turn and after missing a turn or two, we finally ended up at our hidden getaway at a friend’s friend’s farm. Two spitz…

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Rusinga Island Lodge: Kenya’s West Coast Romantic Rendezvous

The flight from Nairobi to Kisumu was breathtaking, the aerial views of the Great Rift valley system and lake shores was magical. Upon arrival at the Kisumu International Airport, our guide and taxi drove us to the Luanda Kotieno beach which took about one and a half hours. We waited at the lounge and when the ferry arrived it took us about 45minutes to get to Mbita. One of the…

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Lunch at Acacia Premier Hotel – Kisumu

Situated within the prime leafy suburb of Milimani and straddling the shores of Lake Victoria, the Acacia Premier Hotel offers convenience, serenity and a flair for the spectacular, for all who visit. From the grandeur entrance, we expected everything at the Acacia Premier Hotel to be top-notch and surely the hotel did not disappoint us. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the waiters with a cold glass of soothing orange…

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Green Tourism Summit Africa Declaration on Modelling a Sustainable Future for Africa’s Tourism

As a participant of the Green Tourism Summit Africa, Beads Safaris Collection is delighted to share with you the declaration of the 4th Green Tourism Summit Africa 2018. The declaration is a public statement on modelling a sustainable future Africa’s tourism made by 22 organizations and 70 delegates who participated in the 4th Green Tourism Summit Africa, hosted in Kenya by Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA), in Nyeri, Kenya…

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The Pristine and Sacred Kaya Kinondo Forest

Kaya Kinondo is one of the Mijikenda sacred forests spread out over the coastal stretch of Kenya. The kaya is located in Kinondo location, Msambweni District in Kwale County and is about 30 minutes drive from Ukunda town. Kaya Kinondo forest covers approximately 30 hectares of low-lying coral with varied ecosystem, consisting of about 187 plants and 48 birds and was gazetted as a national monument in 1992. After exchanging…