Mombasa, Kenya

The white sandy beaches, friendly people, fantastic coastal food and drink, dare devil water sports and to die for sights and sounds. With a month plus in the best time of the year, the Easter holidays….this was by far the best of my work assignments ever.

Far from common practice, we took accomodation out of town at the Jamboree Beach Resort & Campus Haven next to the Milele Beach Hotel and public beach hotel, Pirates. This was to ensure we secured all evenings at the sandy shores and the beach side as we relaxed from the assignment and the buzz in town.

The Mombasa town had recently had its streets cleaned following an international marathon race held in 2009. Seemingly congested with buzz of activities, Coast is very humid and an air-con is in no way a luxurious commodity but a must have. In the town, I toured one of the largest temples in Kenya, the Jain temple and the Hindu Temple Centre. I worshipped at the Mombasa Pentecostal Church and severally indulged in the different nutritious and tasty foods the Swahili community pride themselves in, including Biriani, Donuts iced with sugar, Kahawa Chungu and the like. The only historical site worth visiting was Fort Jesus.

All the fun is packed in the ouskirts of the town.

North Coast drive included a tour to some of the best hotels in the region incuding Whitesands Hotel, Sun and Sand Beach Hotel, Baobab Resort Hotel, Pancity Hotel, Tembo Beach Hotel (arguably with the largest underground disco in East Africa) and Nyali Beach, Nyali water sports, 3D display cinema at Nyali (watched Avatar), a 30,000 seater church in Bamburi town, JCC Mombasa, a ‘lap of honor’ in hotels and restaurants in the liveliest nightlife town, Mtwapa.

This could not have ended better with dinner at Tamarind Dhow and deep sea diving with the KWS far off in the Indian Ocean.

South Coast, on the other hand was no comparison. Better known for its clean white sandy beaches and its luxurious hotels, our confirmation was made when we crossed over the Mama Ngina drive, and into my first time in a ferry at Likoni, thereby alighting at Ukunda. Our drive continued into the surburbs of Diani, leading us to the Leopard Spa Resort, Diani Beach, Bahari Dhow Hotel and the Southern Palms Hotel.

Pictures to follow soon.

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