Kenya travel story

Kenya is one of the African states more known to us Italians just for tourism practiced by many people including some quite famous. Aspects that distinguish this status are the presence of many natural parks and the coast on the Indian ocean. The great variety of natural parks, from the smallest to the largest distributed all over the national territory, has always attracted tourists from all over the world that "clash" the savannah with excursions for a few days or "immerse" for many days in large spaces of the parks internal with exclusive contact with wildlife. The coast on the Indian ocean offers long sandy beaches of coral reef, white and fluffy, which undergo the phenomenon of the tides that makes changing so much that it completely changed the coast in a continuous advance and withdraw the sea that has always vivid colors typical of the tropics. Visiting this country cannot avoid contact and comparison with the poverty of these people, plague spread throughout the continent, poverty that becomes apparent and touching because it affects the upper bound face weaker that is children. It is a widespread phenomenon and see it in person, and another thing i hear him tell or see him on television. The multitude of humanitarian initiatives, many are italian, present in the whole area both religious and secular is secular attenuate only part of this tragedy.
For this travel experience, my choice was to have a base in Watamu, one of the more tourist areas and known all along the coast, but also that of the variety and beauty of the coast, half of departure of several excursions. As my practice i have been searching for a cheap accommodation that was not a village but a structure of small dimensions where to be able to live a more direct contact with the local reality. Watamu offers this possibility through different guest house managed by Europeans in which the quality of service and hospitality have not comparisons with a village. I chose the Tata House managed by the Italians, and i was also very lucky in terms of hospitality, freedom and peace.


Who is in Kenya and has never done a safari here you will find many opportunities, from short one (minimum two days) than that of other days with the visit of different parks, a unique experience of contact with the animals in their natural habitat. My choice was to visit the park Tsavo (the closest to Watamu) and the Amboseli totalling three days organized with a beach boys in the confidence of the guest house where i had hosted. This adventure started with the transfer and it did so by crossing a forest, and then all unpaved road, which has allowed me to capture different aspects of the life of these inland areas also passing quickly with our minibus, it suffices to observe with attention.
The first park visited was the Tsavo that is divided into two parts (east and west) as a "cut" from the road that connects Mombasa to Nairobi. The safari was held in the east definitely wide and varied made sections of hilly, rocky and plains. A characteristic of this area, not only of the park, and the presence of red earth, a deep red that colors everything, the river, the trees as the animals so much that elephants have a coloring decidedly red.  This park collects many of the animals and it is easy to meet elephants, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, hippos, etc. while it is more difficult to find lions. The guides of off-road that bring tourists are connected together through CB radio (called by us "baracchini") thanks to which exchange news and sightings with indication of the positions. This allows you to see animals that are not so popular is that not love show as predators (lions and cheetahs).
The Amboseli park is located more to the north, near the border with Tanzania just below the group of Kilimanjaro. It is a park quite small when compared with the other in Kenya but with a considerable advantage to the tourists, a wide savanna grass with low and very few trees mostly relegated all in an area. This greatly facilitates the sightings and in our case, we were lucky, we have had the opportunity to observe a attack of cheetahs to a prey that, luckily for him, and managed to escape in time doing desist the predator. See a scene of the genus live, even if a little from afar, has had a great emotional impact in the whole group.


Known locations in Kenyan reality and a fishing village, which then evolved over time thanks to the presence of tourism in particular to the italian. The fishing village still exists with its simple houses, children playing in the street, the flea market, the small shops called "Ducas", the mosque, etc.  The evening, when they return the fishermen with their boats at the marina of the village, you can watch the weighing of the fish (typically large groupers red) operation that takes place almost on the beach by using a kind of public weighbridge. In a short period of time is consumed a daily ritual very characteristic which attracts many tourists and locals before the fish is brought in the cells of conservation are present in the village (cells which in reality are cooled with ice). The fisherman's village occupies the most extreme of a small promontory which is wedged toward the sea, north and south of it extend the beaches with the villages of which many are italian. To the north we find the one that is called Watamu Bay where the coast has several small rocks (in the shape of a mushroom) and large (as the island of Love with both of vegetation) that with the low tide are joined to each other. On this stretch of coast, the apparently less beautiful, simply move a little to the north to leave the tourist areas, and immerse yourself in the local community where you can meet fishermen, children, women, booths, and scenes of daily life that tell the sea is at the center of life as well as source of income for many people of the place. When the sea withdraws to the low tide, the beach extends and the water leaves the place to stretches of sand, sand mixed with rock and sections covered sections of algae, but there are suggestive lagoons of hot water and crystalline. The coast south of the village are the most popular is studded with many facilities. The first creek from limited dimensions is called Blue Lagoon and is followed by Turtle Bay, a long beach very linear where the phenomenon of the tides and less evident while creating interesting scenarios. The beach continues for several kilometers in a context almost uninhabited until they reach an area called Garoda. Here there is a unique resort in a portion of the most beautiful of the coast. This location you can easily be reached by a road that runs along the coast. Using the tuk tuk, which here abound and at any point or stops along the road, it is easy and convenient to reach this stretch of white beach that offers a nice contrast with some suggestive dark rocks that wedge toward the sea.

The shallow waters, thanks to the low tide, emerge creating evocative languages of white sand that meander in a vast area forming lagoons where the water "trapped" becomes warm and welcoming. The landscape that is very suggestive completed by the presence of a large rock off (not walking distance) that emerges as a great dark rock in a sea always blue. Going further, not on foot, you come to the reserve of Mida Creek a gorgeous cove characterized by a mangrove forest, where observe the numerous bird species that inhabit it. An interesting experience that the Council is to assist the function of the S. Mass at the Catholic church in Watamu. During the ceremony you can to live pleasant moments of singing and dancing very similar to the classic gospel that i accompany various moments of religious function.The involvement and passion that the people express in these moments are considerable and fascinate us westerners that we are not accustomed to these performances.  In the vicinity of Watamu, within walking distance, there are two villages called Timboni and Gede, two realities that it deserves to visit. Despite being near Watamu, these villages suffer only in part of tourism and the economic benefits that this door in which visiting them and you can have a cutout of Kenyan life that simplicity, poverty but also great dignity. Bring something to the many children who have been meeting and almost a duty that is amply offset by the feast and the joy that manifest. In my case i entered with didactic material in a school (three classes), as soon as i saw have interrupted the lesson in progress, and i have flocked meeting jumping and screaming with joy.


Other sites very known by the Italians who have virtually colonized by providing buildings, villas, supermarkets, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. a real local economic system oriented to tourism. The town itself has no special attractions, disorderly, a little chaotic as many other African realities. There are many craft and souvenir shops scattered a little everywhere some seem to be real supermarkets, imagine yourself as the authentic can be .....  Interesting and instead the Turist Market a zone of craftsmen that is located a little detached from the city center on the road toward the sea. Here you can find file of shacks selling everything for tourists, a side-by-side to the other and through means undergo continuous and sometimes nagging invitations to visit each individual shop. In reality, they are then all identical or almost here, however, are looking for carefully, you can find products made from their own. In fact behind these huts and you can see the small workshops where men and women work producing many articles such as bags, necklaces, figurines in soapstone, wood articles, paintings, etc.  The sea in the vicinity of the city is a real disappointment, the closeness of the foci of the Sabaki river are fatal and this not only during the summer season, as many indications of entities or tour operator describe, but in many other periods of the year. The river pours out large amounts of mud and debris and the sea is brown, away from the mouth, the water slowly returns normal but after a few kilometers. Apart from this negative note, Malindi is very frequented by the lovers of deep-sea fishing and for some marine parks very much appreciated by divers.


It is an area of the coast within the Marine Park which is about 7 km north of Watamu. Its white beach extends for several kilometers toward Malindi and the shallow waters ahead create, with the low tide, a great show that languages sinuous sand and lagoons of crystal clear water that reach as far as the eye so that the sea can be seen as soon as. In this area, some atolls more external, called "Sardinia 2 ", are half day trips many of which conveyed by beach boys that is rife in this area as well. In the initial segment of the beach there are a series of villages many Italians. Having passed this first stretch, we immerse ourselves in nature and silence, you can walk comfortably along the beach and to reach the village of Mayungu, a group of huts of fishermen very poor who make their living from fishing and seaweed harvested from the sea.
Those who want to spend some nice days in this area may find Roberto (clearly is not his real name) that manages a bar-grill on the beach in a quiet area and at an appropriate distance from the villages. Its small structure, made of some gazebos overlooking the sea, is called SAFINA. It is possible to stop lying comfortably and enjoy the wonderful beach before, eat good fish freshly prepared and procured by Roberto or purchased directly from the fishermen that you have before the structure just fall from the sea, all at prices very low for us Europeans. Arrive by land to Jacaranda is not an easy undertaking, the paved road from Watamu ends up in a hurry and the longest part is a dirt road terrible, with many potholes, jumps, rocks and so much dust. The most commonly used means are the bike or the tuk tuk.

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