Forodahni Gardens is a square on the ocean. It is a beautiful location to visit during the day but it really comes alive at night. Every night there are food vendors that set up shop offering every kind of Zanzibar food you can imagine. Zanzibar Pizza, seafood, gyros and so, so much more. They also […]
Megan and I LOVED Stone Town. Arabs have traded on the coast of Zanzibar and Eastern Africa for 1500 years. The result is an amazing blend of culture and architecture. There are the aspects of African culture that you can find in most parts of the continent. Fruit stalls, outdoor markets and souvenir venders. […]
Pineapples growing! Megan and I booked with Eco Spice Tours. Cost: $35 per person with 2 people (varies by number of people). They picked us up near our hotel Our guide – Musa – was incredible – Five stars hands down! Bring extra money to tip the tour guide and the helper at the plantation […]
We couldn’t help but put together these two videos highlighting the incredible Residence Zanzibar. Make sure to hit the gear will and watch it in 1080! The Residence Zanzibar Rooms (Check our post on the rooms at The Residence Zanzibar). The Residence Zanzibar General Video (Check out our post on The Residence Zanzibar). Thanks so […]
Last but not least I want to tell you about the spa by ILA. It started off with a warm cup of ginger lemon tea while we waited in the beautiful sitting area. They had a sauna and steam room that guests could use and the most lavish changing rooms equipped with robes, towels and comfy […]
Residence Zanzibar does a great job of providing everything there guests could want. This post highlights a few special amenities they offer. Just another way Residence takes the vacation experience to the next lever. First off there is the boathouse. If the tide and weather are cooperating they have a list of FREE activities available […]
Zanzibar Bahari Villas – A Review The second night that Megan and I were in Zanzibar we headed north to the northern part of the island. It was around an hour drive from Stone Town to Zanzibar Bahari Villas. The north of the island is known for its snorkeling, diving boating and fishing. Almost […]
During our days we spent in Stone Town in Zanzibar, we knew that we had to end one of our days by eating dinner at the rooftop Tea House Restaurant inside the Emerson Hotel on Hurumzi Street. The restaurant tower is the second highest building in Stone Town. The whole experience of a traditional Omani/Arab/Persian/Zanzibarian […]
If you missed our introduction to The Residence Zanzibar – we highly recommend checking it out! This post is going to highlight the gorgeous villas at The Residence as well as the features, amenities, and charm of our stay! We were blown away when we approached our villa. The gardens surrounding the villa alone […]
The Residence Zanzibar at a glance: Resort Name: The Residence Zanzibar Resort type: Luxury Beaches: Beautiful; the tide goes out half a mile every day Food: The food is delicious, by far the best we have had in all of Africa Price: $700-$1,200 per night depending on the season & room type Stay type: We stayed bed […]
Manyatta Safari Camp Review at a Glance: -Great views of the game park with the outside the game park price -Five minutes drive to front gate of Mara game park -Inexpensive -Authentic –Hot water showers -Nightly bonfires under the stars -Delicious food & well packed lunches for all day game drives -Owned and staffed by Masai […]
This post at a glance: -A quick overview of life as a Masai -Pictures of their life and village One of my favorite parts about safari is joining the Masai for a tour of their village. The Masai are one of the last of the 42 tribes that still maintains their culture, clothing and way […]
Masai Mara Megan and I brought a team to Kenya to spend time at our children’s home in Kakamega, Kenya. We wanted them to get the full Kenya experience and to enjoy the beauty that this country has to offer. So we brought them on Safari with Bongo Safaris. Last time we loved Masai […]
Joe and I are fully settled back into life in Cincinnati where the busyness of work and life can be overwhelming. We are doing our best to remember and savor all the moments from the first half of our year while remaining content being home. We are really happy to be home, but that doesn’t […]
Severin Sea Lodge is located on Bamburi Beach and is a German run Resort started back in 1972, the founder having an establishment on the property since 1965! It is easy to feel the influence of the long standing history and the legacy that has been established through the home-feel and friendliness of the staff. It almost doesn’t seem like a resort, but rather a relaxing getaway with friends that seem somehow familiar. What a testament to the great staff at Severin!
Joe and I decided to end our time in Kenya in Mombasa on the beach, processing the previous months of living in a third world country. Mombasa sits on the Eastern coast of Kenya. I couldn’t be more thankful that we took that time to process having to leave Kenya. There is something about crystal […]
We wrote a blog about our stay at Rondo Retreat, a beautiful lodge in the Kakamega Forest. Students travel to the Kakamega Forest from all over the world to study the unique plants, animals and insects native the forest. This post is just to show a few beautiful photos from the largest rainforest in Eastern Africa! Enjoy!!
The train wasn’t a total bust though. The scenery along the way was absolutely gorgeous. The tracks run through several ecosystems including a red sand area not unlike the South Western United States. The trip also treks through a few national parks. We saw elephants, Zebras and gazelle along the way.
Most Kenyans live on less than $1.20 a day and a good portion of those families make their living from working their own kibanda (kiosk). They sell fresh fruits, vegetables, chips (French fries), cell phone airtime, and usually a collection of other random things. The kiosks are outside their house or in an organized market put together of wood and scrap metal. They are literally everywhere you go in Kenya!
Nestled in the Kakamega forest, the Rondo retreat is an oasis in the Western Province of Kenya. Rondo is located just under two and a half hours from Kisumu. The drive down the dirt road from Kakamega passes by fields of maize, vibrant green tea bushes and sugarcane, soon giving way to the dense foliage of the Kakamega rain forest.