If you’re a fan of travelling, Kenya is a definite destination to add to your list. We decided on a whim to go to Nairobi for Christmas; we wanted to go on holiday within Africa on a budget and we have no regrets. For us, travelling means experiencing the people and their culture in all the ways we’re allowed to do. Here are a few things we did that you too can do on holiday in Kenya before/after (or even without) going on the safari.
– Food is a beautiful part of travel so we tried to eat our way through Kenya. We had traditional Kenyan dining with the cultural mixes from Somalia and Ethiopia, at the Kilimanjaro restaurant. We had the pilau rice with arosto the first time and loved it. The second time, we had maini with pancakes and Somali coffee which my husband loved most. My personal favourite, the colourful biryani rice and chicken curry, was overshadowed by the tropical float. I was intrigued to find that the restaurant blended avocados into their smoothies; I was sold.
– Mama Oliech restaurant came quite highly recommended. Mark Zuckerberg ate there after all. The ambience was serene, calm. The only bump in the road was the ugali which we simply could not enjoy-a cross between banku and fufu although more banku than fufu.The samaki (tilapia) it came with was nicely spiced so we could focus on that, fortunately.
– We love a good view. We climbed atop the helipad at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Nairobi central business district for a breathtaking view of the Nairobi skyline. It was a beautiful and windy snippet of joy. On the way down, we stopped to read summaries of Kenyan history and their fight for independence. We found, unsurprisingly, that the British had been at it again; that thing they did with the walking into your country, telling you what is good for you and making you disappear if you disagreed with them? Yeah that. We were disappointed but not surprised.
– The Forest adventure centre is in the Kereita forest in Kimende about an hour outside Nairobi. There, we went ziplining. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is for you. Also if you’re not, this is for you. If you’re scared of heights, this is also for you. What better way to face the fear than while dangling from a rope way above a dense forest in a valley? It is such an exhilarating experience. First,you’ll whimper and consider not doing it then you’ll hold your knees against your chest bracing yourself, then you’ll scream for your mother when you start to move. Then, you’ll start to feel light and excited and you’ll notice trees below you and the clouds above you. It’ll end, then you’ll want more. I would definitely recommend visiting the forest to do any of their other exciting activities (www.theforest.co.ke)
East Africa has lots of unknown beauties and we are only just discovering them. You should definitely go to Kenya*, do things, live and laugh.
*Pack warm clothes if you live in 28-33° weather. Thank me later.