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Taita-Taveta County

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Taita-Taveta county is one of the six counties that make up the Pwani region block of Kenya. It borders kajiado county to the west -makueni , kitui, and tana river counties to the north, kilifi and kwale county to the east, and Tanzania to the south.

Quick facts
Taita-Taveta county is one of the five counties that make up the Pwani region block of Kenya.

Population: 340,671 as of 2019
Capital city: Mwatate
Weather: Tropical with an average of temperatures 32°C
Seasons: Main rainy season between mid-April
Short rains in late May, October, and November

Location

Taita Taveta County is approximately 360 km southeast of Nairobi and 200 km northwest of Mombasa, it’s a port and gateway to the United Republic of Tanzania through Taveta town.

Taita-taveta county consists of four sub-counties:

  • Taveta
  • Wundanyi
  • Mwatate
  • Voi

Climate

The climate in Taita-Taveta is semi-arid, the highest average temperature is 31°C in February and the lowest is 27°C in July. The lower regions receive an average of 440 mm of rain per annum, whereas the highlands receive up to 1900 mm. Altitudes range from 500 metres, above sea level to almost 2300 m at the highest point in the county Vuria Peak.

Attractions In Taita-Taveta County

Even though Taita-Taveta doesn’t have a coastline like all the other counties in the coastal region, it has plenty to offer its visitors. It covers an area of 17084.1km2 with 10,649.9 km2 being within Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the remaining 5,876 km2 consists of small-scale farms, ranches, sisal estates, and water bodies (such as Lakes Chala and Jipe in Taveta and Mzima springs), and the hilltop forests.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions include

  • Lakes: Lake jipe and Lake Chala
  • Mountains: Kisigau Mountain
  • Hills: Taita Hills and Shomoto Hill
  • Aruba Dam
  • Mudanda Rock
  • Yatta plateau
  • Lugard falls
  • Tsavo national reserve
  • Shetani Lava Flow
  • Mzima Springs

Accommodation options in Taita-Taveta County

Ranging from private safari camps to budget friendly camping sites Taita-Taveta county has plenty of options to suit all tastes, budgets, and trip types. Browse through the accommodation section or contact us for your perfect holiday.

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Watamu

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Living up to its name, Watamu (Watamu-“home of the sweet people” in Swahili) is a tiny town off the coast of Kenya that is full of sweetness. The rest of the world could take a lesson from this extremely pleasant place. The people are generally, easy-going, kind, helpful, and generous both to each other and to strangers. It is a multi-cultural mix of the world at large. There are residents from around Africa, Europe, North and South America, Australia, The Middle East, Asia, and even a few from the Polar Regions.

Living up to its name, Watamu (Watamu-“home of the sweet people” in Swahili) is a tiny town off the coast of Kenya that is full of sweetness.

What initially makes Watamu an interesting place for anyone with a sense of curiosity is the biodiversity of plant and animal life. This may be because it is a micro-climate of its own kind. It is not as hot as Malindi or Mombasa both of which are close by and when it hits 25 Degrees Celsius the residents complain it is cold. Even when it is raining, the cold doesn’t smack you in the face as it does in other regions of the country.

This allows for flora and fauna of all sorts to flourish in the town and the marine life is also quite the treat for oceanographers and other adventurers. From whales to eels and dolphins the ocean here is quite a treat. Several currents mix so the water temperature is warm, and the winds are just the right amount to cool one off without having to grab a coconut tree for grounding.

A bird in Watamu kenya

The sand is white and fine only spoilt in a few areas by human interference i.e. garbage. Interestingly, the garbage collected along the shores is mostly not even from Watamu. There have been many instances of garbage from other continents washing up ashore. The cross current in the deep ocean parts tends to pick up this intercontinental trash and sometimes it ends up on the Watamu shore. Luckily for the town, there are numerous environmentalist groups/organizations such as – The Watamu Marine Association that do their best to clean the beach and educate the locals/residents on the importance of cleaning up the beach and recycling.

camel riding by the beach watamu

The mix of people and cultures in this small town means that the food available is a smorgasbord of deliciousness. You will find eateries that serve Italian, English, Indian, Arab, Indigenous, Upcountry, Mexican and African food. The same goes for the drinks too. They come from all over the world, you just have to know which little kibanda to go to and you will find something exotic to try out.

Accommodation is varied both in style and cost. The choices include renting/leasing an entire castle to being simple and making do with AirBnB types of all kinds like tents and little huts. Whatever your budget and style preference you will find it here and it will be totally worth it. On the whole, it is pretty laid back and chilled out and very easy to never want to leave.


The night scene isn’t as active as it once was due to COVID restrictions although it might pick up as the disease starts to wane and no longer be a pandemic. This doesn’t mean that the restaurants and other eating places are shut; it is mostly the nightclubs and such that had to shut down. However as stated, the situation is gradually changing since most of the COVID restrictions in Kenya and abroad have been lifted.

dolphins in watamu

Watamu is fantastic for both the vacationer and the academic. There is so much to see, experience, and study in such a small town. Of course, just like anywhere else except heaven, it has its undesirable qualities such as a very enthusiastic mosquito population and a recent influx of Indian crows. They are seasonal though, and Kilifi County does try its best to control things as best as it can. The good completely outweighs the few bad things so again completely worth it to come and check out Watamu

sunset sailing in paradise

Lastly, it is said that Watamu offers incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This is not an exaggeration. It may in fact be an understatement, the pinks and peaches of the sunrise and sunsets are breathtaking. They make for a great way to start and end the day. It is a wonderful place to visit and to live in. Try it for a few days and see if you don’t tear up as you leave the sweetness of it all. There’s a Swahili saying that goes,”Watamu ni kutamu ukiingia hautoki.” Transliterated this means, “Watamu is a sweet place, once there you never leave.”


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Tana River county

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Named after the longest river in Kenya (Tana River)Tana River county covers an area of 35,375.8 square kilometers and is home to a population of 262,684 according to the 2012 census. The county is divided into three divisions – Bura, Galole, and Garsena ( Hola or Galole is the capital city)
Tana river county borders Kitui County to the West, Garissa County to the North East, Isiolo County to the North, Lamu County to the South East, and Kilifi County to the South.
The main source of income for the residents of Tana river is agriculture and pastoralism.

Attractions

The landscape here comprises several areas of forest, woodland, and grassland. The most notable landmarks are two rivers (The Tana river and the Lagas river) and Bilbil hills. These two rivers are a source of water for irrigation in the county.
The main attraction sites in Tana River are the Kora National Park, Arawale National Reserve, Tana Primate National Reserve. Tana river county is home to several Monkeys, lions, Zebras, Elephants, and Birds.
Other attractions include inselbergs, Grand Falls, wilderness, Sand Dunes, Riverine Forest, Mangrove, Woodland, Kora rapids, and George Adamson’s grave.

Climate

The county lies on a semi-arid area with an average rainfall of less than 600ml per year. The daily temperature ranges between 29.61º to 30ºC.

How To Get To Tana River County

By Road

The county is situated 280km northwest of Nairobi and can be easily accessed via road through Thika, Mwingi road passing through Kyuso village.

By Air

Hola town is home to a small civilian airport (Hola Airport)serving Hola and surrounding communities.

Accommodations In Tana River County

The main accommodation options here include Kipini Tana River Lodge, Tana River Lodge, Delta Dunes Lodge, and Kipini Conservancy House. Browse through our accommodation section for information on the above facilities

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Outdoor seating at tamarind restaurant

Established in70s by Chris Seex the tamarind restaurant was built with high arches and a crenelated roof a throwback to a bygone Arab era with the perfect setting – a starlit terrace perched atop a cliff overlooking the picturesque Mombasa’s old harbour.

The menu is a creative blend of French, Asian and African cuisines. The specialty is seafood, The prawns piri piri, chili crab, and lobster have earned the restaurant worldwide acclaim and rave reviews from international publications such as GourmetThe London Times, and The Herald Tribune

The tamarind restaurant has a seating capacity of 160 pax and attached to the restaurant is the private dining room which can seat up to 25 guests for meetings, dinner, and company celebrations. The lawn outside overlooks the old town and serves some of the best cocktails in Mombasa

Contacts: 

Website: Tamarind Mombasa – Tamarind Group

Location: Cement Silo Road, Nyali

Phone: 0722 205 160, 0725 959 552, 020 513 9327, 020 513 9330

Email: reservations.mombasa@tamarind.co.ke

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Japanese cuisine

Misono Japanese Restaurant is one of the very few restaurants that give the locals and the tourists as well a true Japanese dining experience in Nyali Mombasa. It reflects the creative, simple nature of Japanese cuisine & philosophy, the diseases are both both authentic & localized.

Features;

Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian

Special diets: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Location: Links Rd,Shanzu, Mombasa, Kenya

Phone: 0722 530204

Social Media: Instagram

Hours: Misono Japanese restaurant opens everyday from 12;00 – 21;00

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Xana’s Restaurant and Lounge is a seafront bar and restaurant located at Bamburi beach in Cowrie Shell Beach Apartments. This beautiful outdoor restaurant offers both local and international cuisine with speciality in seafood. They have a stone pizza oven and make one of the best pizzas in town.

They are a family and pet friendly establishment and hold various entertainment events each week including live music by Mombasa roots every Sunday, Karaoke Thursdays and more.

Other features

Sunbed are complementary ( remember to bring your towel)

Mini playground for the kids.

Location: Malindi road bamburi beach

Contact: +254729061000

Social Media: facebook

Hours: Mon – Friday 8;30 – 11;00

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bEACH rESTAURANT in kenya

Situated on one of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches, in Watamu’s seven islands beach Papa Remo is a popular dining spot among both the locals and tourists.

They offer a beautiful location for beach weddings and parties.

Quick Overview

  • Cuisine: International
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Seafood and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway and sunbeds (500 Ksh per bed per day)

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Bar & restaurant, family friendly, DJ, fine dining, good coffee, ocean front, pet friendly

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an italian restaurant in watamu kenya

Hosteria Romana Watamu

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Hosteria is small cozy family run Italian restaurant located along the popular jacaranda street of watamu.

It offers authentic Italian dishes and one of the best coffee in Watamu.

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian, non- vegetarian, Seafood and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway

Other Features

Bar and restaurant, family friendly, fast food, coffee, pet friendly.

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Lobster

The Dhow House

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The Dhow House is a family-friendly hotel located in Nyali, Mombasa. They offer accommodation and an outdoor bar &restaurant where various entertainment events take place during the different days of the week. Some of the most popular events include live music, karaoke nights, and quiz nights.
The Dhow House also holds a Farmer’s market once or twice a month. It has a big garden with lush green grass, large trees, and a treehouse for the kids.
It can be a perfect location for both private and public events.

Quick Overview

  • Cuisine: Local & International
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian, Seafood and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway and a pool

Other Features

Pet Friendly, live music, karaoke, movie, family friendly, kidsfriendly

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kenyan coastlin

Opened in 1952 Ocean sports resort in Watamu is one of the oldest hotels on the kenyan coast. This beach reasort is a family friendly resort best known for it facilities and sea food.

Ocean sports resort’s beach front restaurant offers a wide range of meals including sea food and pizzas. The beach bar rewards it’s visitors with beautiful panoramic views of the Kenyan coastline,

Quick Overview of Ocean Sports Resort

  • Cuisine: Local & International
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian & non- vegetarian
  • Other: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway and water sports facilities
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Sea food in watamu kenya

Crab Shack Dabaso

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Situated along Mida Creek, not far from Dabaso village,the crab-shack restaurant is a discreet, low-impact wooden construction standing at the edge of the mangrove forest offering panoramic views of the Mida Creek.

Access to the restaurant is via a 200-meter boardwalk, which gives guests a unique opportunity to absorb the beauty and magical atmosphere of the mangrove forest and Creek channels.

The restaurant looks out to stunning views of Kirepwe Island and also provides a good spot for bird watching. The Crab Shack Dabaso offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The main dishes available includes delicious fresh fish, prawns, and crab.

The crabs are farmed as part of another MCCC eco initiative and the fish are caught by local Creek fishermen from the creek. Eating out here really does support the local community and all profits go towards MCCC conservation activities!

Guests can also pay a small fee for a guided tour of the boardwalk without having a meal. Crab shack involves the local community in practical conservation, environmental education and awareness, and sustainable management of the natural resources.

The group regularly holds mangrove plantings, beach clean-ups.

Quick Overview

  • Cuisine: seafood
  • Cuisine Styles: Seafood and fast-food
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway
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