Christmas vacations in Kenya on a budget: 8 Suggestions

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When planned in advance, vacations and safaris in Kenya may be a cost-effective and enjoyable experience.

With the holidays approaching, The Exchange Africa has created a list of low-cost locations to visit in the coastal region that will provide you and your family with plenty of entertainment when on vacations in Africa.

Haller Park

This “must-see” on your Mombasa beach holiday is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm.

Mamba Village is an eco-friendly crocodile farm that focuses on the husbandry and protection of African crocodiles, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating animals. From Mombasa’s northern coast, the settlement is only a day trip away.

The Christmas vacation in Africa begins with a film about the crocodile’s life cycle and behaviour. The highlight of the day is a stunning scene of bloodthirsty crocodiles vying for food during feeding, which is followed by a comprehensive farm walk.

Along the Mombasa / Malindi highway, south of the Bamburi cement plant sits Haller Park Mombasa (previously Bamburi Nature Trail). Since 1971, the firm has worked to transform a desolate landscape of abandoned limestone quarries into a thriving and diverse ecosystem of woodland, grasslands, and ponds.

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Hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes, as well as lesser creatures and birds, can currently be seen in Haller Park.

For its distinctive, ecologically sound, and effective rehabilitation, Haller Park was the first winner of the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award.

The Cave Restaurant aka Ali Barbours

Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant is 10 metres below ground in a naturally sculpted coral cave open to the sky in Diani Beach, Kenya. They have it covered when it rains, though. What method do you use to inquire? When he presses a button, the roofs begin to move towards each other, and the man in uniform looks like a captain.

This is a spot where you may gaze up at the stars and moon through an open ceiling while sipping fine wine and enjoying a delicious seafood plate. This would make a safari in Kenya eternally memorable.

International cuisine, with a focus on seafood, is served at the restaurant. Ali Barbour will pick you up and drop you off at any of the hotels along Diani Beach.

The Workshop at Bombolulu

Adults who are blind or physically impaired who would otherwise have little opportunity of finding work in the mainstream labour market are provided with employment and a variety of additional services, such as housing, medical assistance, and adult education, through the ten thousand villages program.

Bombolulu was founded in 1969, close to Mombasa.

If you need a keepsake or a gift for you or someone else, the Workshop will not disappoint. You’ll find products for sale including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and much more. Safaris in Africa have so much more to offer than just good memories.

The Hell Kitchen of Marafa

This location is sweltering, just like its name implies. When the sun shines, you absolutely cannot sit on a rock. You are going to catch fire. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen if you plan on visiting this location. In less than 10 minutes, an egg can be cooked in the soil using the heat of the sun. It’s that hot. If you enjoy adventure travel, this should be on your bucket list.

Dirt roads lead to the venue, which is tucked away in the settlement.

According to Bkenya.com, a local tradition claims that God’s wrath on a local family caused the Marafa depression (also known as Hell’s kitchen) many years ago.

The family was so wealthy and lavish that they took baths in their cows’ precious milk. God was so enraged by their misbehavior that he punished them by ripping the ground from beneath them, resulting in the Marafa depression that you can see today. The white and crimson stone (milk and blood) scattered all over this stunning and bizarre environment serve as a warning against the perils of excessive living.

Fort Jesus

Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, this fortress is one of the oldest, most impressive, and well-kept instances of 16th-century Portuguese military fortification and a milestone in the history of this type of structure.

Fort Jesus in Mombasa is a testament to Western civilization’s first successful attempt to manage the Indian Ocean trade lanes, which had previously been under Eastern control. Your stay here will give you a new perspective on the past. You’ll see some of the weapons the Portuguese employed to wrest control of that territory.

It’s like a bistro on the water. In the afternoon or evening, a dhow departs from the Tamarind jetty for dinner. While the dhow glides softly up Tudor Creek to a tranquil place where the Dhow moors, you are fed lunch or dinner.

At 1:00 p.m., the lunchtime cruise departs from the tamarind jetty and travels up Tudor Creek to a hidden mooring location. Lunch consists of a delectable tamarind seafood platter with a variety of Kenya’s delectable seafood or a top Kenyan fillet steak served with a fresh tropical fruit salad and Kenyan coffee and halwa. At 3 p.m., the dhow docks.

As the dhow sails towards Fort Jesus, the dinner cruise starts at 6.30 p.m. with a welcoming “dawa” cocktail. The dazzling lights of Mombasa and the starlit skies create the perfect setting for a delectable seafood feast prepared in Swahili style right in front of the guests on the deck. As the dhow softly glides back to the tamarind jetty about 10.30 pm, the resident DJ onboard plays a wide variety of dancing music, ranging from the latest hits to classic oldies.

Adventures in the Nguni Wildlife Sanctuary

This is barely 4 kilometres from the Bamburi Cement factory, a small wildlife refuge in an “out of Africa” setting.

You will be picked up and taken to your lodging. Please feel free to share your picnic and BBQ requests with us. Everything will be taken care of on the spot; all you have to do now is relax and enjoy yourself! Your guide will lead you on a wonderful 1 to 1.5-hour walk either before or after the picnic/barbeque.

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