Tumetia Sahihi kuwa Watamu Ni tamu– We acknowledge Watamu is Nice..Read Through to know why..

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Recently our Tourism Association was Invited to Visit Malindi By Jacaranda beach Resort Watamu it was one of those impromptu invites you have to honor given that they were willing to give members discounted rates. As usual we don’t recommend places we haven’t experienced ourselves and given that Easter was first approaching sounded great to visit before including it into our packages. I love road trips coz of detours and chit chats with locals but on this particular day I opted to fly simply because I had not flown  with the new baby in town Silverstone Air  and they had a good bargain to MYD.

Well the plane was comfortable by all means I am just not sure about the noise about the noise from one of the engine it was kind of disturbing from where I was seated you just couldn’t ignore it  anyway we landed safely and crew was super awesome. Jacaranda beach Picked us up on arrival and we were welcomed with a cold juice and towel very much appreciated as it was hooot.

The name Watamu is Swahili for ‘nice or sweet people’. Among the natives of Watamu, the destination is known as the ‘lovers’ paradise’. Its blessed by long, white sand beaches that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. The sands are collected from all over the world by the Indian Ocean and deposited on this quiet lagoon and this protected natural reserves is home to unique species both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, from coral reefs to coastal creeks to forests alive with birds..

Image courtesy of Wonders of watamu

How lucky were we to be hosted by a resort that is idyllically set just in the heart of the enchanting Marine Reserve of Watamu, it is surrounded by a compelling beach of fine white sand. When there are low tides, it is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and fascinating coral atolls. The coral atolls that surround Jacaranda can be easily reached on foot when there are low tides. There are quite a number of activities one can choose from organized to entertain guests and perhaps one staff you would never forget when you leave is a hilarious sweet annoying laughter of one of the animators lol!

The resort has quite a number of rooms to choose from and I loved my suite. One thing to note is carry power cables that are two pin friendly as the three pin Sockets are only available in the balcony. The resorts host a lot of Italian visitors so 80% their menu works around Italian cuisine however they do have theme nights with local cuisines. The management has set in various amenities that will make the local market feel embraced and appreciated.

During our stay the Resort Organized various Packages and on our second day we visited Marafa Depression.

Marafa Depression /Hells kitchen /Nyari is One of the more intriguing sights inland from Kenyas North coast About 30km northeast of Malindi, it’s an eroded sandstone gorge where jungle, red rock and cliffs heave themselves into a single stunning Mars-like landscape. 
The depression is currently managed as a local tourism concern by Marafa village, with the steep admission costs going into village programs. A guide will walk you around the lip of the gorge and into its heart of sandstone spikes and melted-candle-like formations, and tell the story of Hell’s Kitchen. Which goes like so: a rich family was so careless with their wealth that they bathed themselves in the valuable milk of their cows. God became angry with this excess and sank the family homestead into the earth. The white and red walls of the depression mark the milk and blood of the family painted over the gorge walls. The more mundane explanation? The depression is a chunk of sandstone that’s geologically distinct from the surrounding rock and more susceptible to wind and rain erosion.

It’s such a breathtaking view worth visiting while in the coast region.

we have a lot to tell about Watamu and this is just the beginning… of our five days tour..

Trip fully sponsored by Jacaranda Beach Resort. Best regards to the management of this wonderful resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madaraka Day Special Zanzibar Flying Package from Nairobi.

 

Madaraka Day Special

29th May – 08th June 2017

Incredible Flying Package to Zanzibar

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USD777 Per Person sharing, Child USD444

                             Stay 4, Pay 3 Nights on Full board basis, Based on Superior rooms at Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa.

Includes return flights NBO/ZNZ/NBO, 3 Nights on Full board basis  and return airport transfers in Zanzibar.

 

Valid for NEW BOOKINGS ONLY
Via Email; venture.omania@gmail.com
Call/Text/Whatsapp; 0722838338, 0734730699

Check this Exclusive lodge in a private island you will book it right away…

If you have ever harboured the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself,

Mnemba Island is just the place for you! Discover sheer, unpretentious paradise on this private island, where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come. Relax and unwind in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest.

There is soo much to do here From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking, to massages on the beach, to doing nothing at all, Mnemba has something for everyone.

If you would wish to book your stay in this Island; write to venture.omania@gmail.com, call us or whatsapp on +254722838338, +254736365886

There is alot of conservation work in this island

GREEN TURTLE CONSERVATION; The Island is one of only two protected nesting sites for the endangered green turtle in Zanzibar. With statistics measured since 1998, an average of 34 turtles nest on the island per year, with more than a hundred hatchlings born per nest. An estimated 60 000 green turtles have been born on the island in the 17 years since the lodge team began keeping records. Mnemba is one of the top three sites for green turtle laying in Tanzania and is deemed very important to Sea Sense, a non-governmental Tanzanian organisation and the NGO that Mnemba collaborates with on data sharing and training.

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COCONUT CRAB CONSERVATION; The biggest land crab in the world, so little is known about the coconut crab that they do not even have a conservation status with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), being listed as ‘data deficient’. Mnemba Island has a small but stable population of these crabs and recently hosted two researchers from Gothenburg University in Sweden, who conducted a study of the coconut crabs at Mnemba and nearby Chumbe Island. This was the first study of its kind conducted in Africa, as any previous research has taken place in the Asia-Pacific region. The initial output of the research shows evidence of breeding behaviour among the crabs. &Beyond Mnemba Island is one of two island lodges in the company’s stable and is one of its smallest in terms of guest numbers. By contrast, the benefits of their conservation measures and successes are substantial and far reaching.

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ADER’S DUIKER CONSERVATION; The rarest antelope species in Africa, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) estimates that there are between 300 and 600 Ader’s duiker remaining in the wild. In 2005 five of these antelope were introduced to Mnemba Island and have since tripled their number, with a population of 15 now living on the island. Mnemba Island is believed to be the only place in the world where these little animals can be spotted in the wild. Working with WCS, &Beyond has collected information on the duikers’ diet and behaviour and we hope that this will allow us to improve the breeding programme, leading to a further increase in the numbers of the species.

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SUNI ANTELOPE CONSERVATION; Zanzibari suni were introduced to Mnemba Island from Jozani Forest with the aim of diversifying and increasing their population. On Mnemba, where they have no natural predators, they have been breeding twice, rather than once, every year. Over the years, more than 250 suni have been moved to 13 sites throughout Zanzibar. Suni numbers remain carefully monitored and 15 new individuals were recently introduced onto the island to dilute the gene pool.

Community

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SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AT LOCAL VILLAGES

Mnemba Island has no resident community but works closely with the villages of Matemwe and Kigini, situated on the main Zanzibar island. In addition to supporting schools and helping to develop vegetable gardens, Mnemba has erected a windmill and sponsors beach clean-ups. Financial support and housing for MIMCA staff has been provided and ways are explored to prevent over-utilisation of reef fishes.

FUN CONSERVATION LESSONS; In order to protect and preserve the rich and fragile ecosystem of the Zanzibar Archipelago surrounding &Beyond‘s beautiful Mnemba Island, the lodge has embarked on an ongoing campaign to inform and inspire the youth from the nearest community through interactive and exciting Conservation Lessons.