Kenya, a smiling Country

by Martina Furlan from Italy

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Watamu Beach by Martina Furlan

When we arrived in Kenya, we understood that we should have had to immerse in a new culture totally different from ours, where people are very friendly and the main rule is smiling. Kenya is a land of traditions, beautiful landscapes and a lot of hidden treasures.

From Milano we flew to Nairobi and from there we moved to Watamu, a small village that is situated in South Malindi.

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Uffer fish,Watamu by Martina Furlan

The translation of Watamu is “sweet people”;  indeed  people living in this village are very friendly. The village is characterized by small shops made of metal sheets.They sell handmade objects like wooden statues, beaded bracelets, African shoes and paintings, but in these shops you can pay only with their currency. For this reason you should change money at the airport, at hotels, banks or the casino.

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Starfish by Martina Furlan

Watamu also has a protected sea area called “Watamu Marine National Park”, where we did snorkelling and we saw many different types of colour fishes, starfishes and corals. I recommend taking a canoe and reaching the “Love island” with it: it’s a small island but the view is very beautiful.

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Mida Creek, mangrove forest by Martina Furlan

Before our departure to Kenya, we contacted an agency in Watamu by mail and we decided to do the safari in Tsavo East by jeep. In this park many different species of animals migrate from Tanzania for the rainy season and leave Tsavo Park in October because in Kenya the summer season begins and the land becomes too barren. Our safari lasted two days, we stayed in a lodge with a beautiful view. In front of our room there was a water hole where elephants drank.

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King of Savannah, Tsavo East by Martina Furlan

During the safari our guide told us many ancient legends and stories about Africa, animals and people; He was very good at carrying us in the “African mood”. The most exciting moment was when we saw a lioness hunting an antelope: after a few minutes a lion arrived to eat the prey, it saw us in our jeep and roared!

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Elephants,Tsavo East by Martina Furlan

Safari is an experience that is difficult to describe because it arouses many different emotions.

We decided to do another excursion with our safari guide: we visited the mangrove forest that is situated in “Mida Creek”, a natural sea bay south of Watamu. It has a unique eco-system of its own and it’s a vital part of the marine eco-system in Kenya because the mangrove roots provide a rich source of nutrients for fishes, crabs, shrimps and oysters found in this area. We reached this bay with a boat and during the way we saw a flock of flamingos, it was a beautiful moment.

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Giraffe, Tsavo East by Martina Furlan

When we arrived at Mida Creek, local people cooked for us a good lunch: it consisted of rice cooked with coconut water, a plate of shrimps and fruit, and after the lunch we explored a canal on the water by boat. Other than this special eco-system, we saw the monkeys that live in the forest, a different species than those living in the savannah.

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Entrance of Savannah by Martina Furlan

When we arrived at Mida Creek, local people cooked for us a good lunch: it consisted of rice cooked with coconut water, a plate of shrimps and fruit, and after the lunch we explored a canal on the water by boat. Other than this special eco-system, we saw the monkeys that live in the forest, a different species than those living in the savannah.

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Baobab in Mombasa by Martina Furlan

In Kenya we had an authentic experience that we will alwaysbring in our heart, with gratitude and with our minds full of intense memories. It has been a beautiful trip that we will never forget.

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 Sunset in Savannah by Martina Furlan

To do in Kenya:

  • Safari like Tsavo East, Masai Mara or Amboselli;
  • Safari blue like “Mida Creek” or “Sardegna 2”;
  • Relying on a local agency;
  • eat Kenyan food;
  • reach the “Love island” with a canoe;
  • visit Gede ruins;
  • shopping in Watamu village;
  • dance in “Papa-remo beach” on Wednesdays.

Have a good trip!

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