Bamburi Beach, North Coast of Kenya
The Sai Rock Hotel stands on Bamburi beach, just north of Mombasa. Newly constructed it offers 63 rooms, a range of restaurants and bars and two swimming pools. The Swahili coast, a glorious ribbon of silver and sapphire, crashing surf and bright coral, is steeped in a turbulent history pre-dating Da Gama. The Swahili culture, a fabulous fusion of Arab, African, and Portuguese has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine and a mosaic of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.
Beach vacation facts
The Kenyan coast is roughly divided into ‘North and ‘South' of the island city of Mombasa. To reach the south coast, it is necessary to cross from the island of Mombasa via the Likoni Ferry (10 minutes) to the start of the south coast beaches. The link to the north coast is via the Nyali Bridge, which leads from the island (via the suburb of Nyali) to the north coast.
The north coast features:
• Nyali Beach
• Kenyatta and Bamburi Beaches
• Shanzu beach
Beach facts: Hottest time is between November and March, rainy season is May and June (hotel closed 01 May to 15 June); sea weed on beach and strong winds May /August. September to November is cool and pleasant.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. It has a major port and an international airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. The original Arabic name is Manbasa; in Swahili it is called Kisiwa Cha Mvita (or Mvita for short), which means "Island of War", due to the many changes in its ownership. The town is also the headquarters of Mombasa District which, like most other districts in Kenya, is named after its chief town.
The city has a population of 727,842 and is located on Mombasa Island, which is separated from the mainland by two creeks; Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. The island is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and to the west by the Makupa Causeway, alongside which runs the Uganda Railway. The port serves both Kenya and countries of the interior, linking them to the Ocean. The town is served by Moi International Airport.
Kenya's stunning coastline (485 km from Nairobi) runs 700 km between the Tanzanian and Somali borders and is renowned for its silken white sandy beaches, coconut palms, sheltered lagoons, pellucid blue waters, remote islands, uncharted mangrove swamps and mysterious Arab and Swahili ruins, many of which date back to the 8th Century AD. An idyllic climate cooled by the monsoon, the Swahili coast offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kusi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kaskazi which blows from November to March.
There are 63 rooms (telephones, fans, Wifi, TV, AC, fridges, hairdryers, tea-and-coffee-making facilities) divided into 35 standard, 25 executive and 4 suites.
Dining and bars
The main restaurant offers a broad range of buffet choices while an a la carte menu is also available. Snacks are also served poolside. There are two bars and live bands play nightly.
The hotel is very child friendly offering family rooms, children's club, children's pool, animation teams and children's dining.
What to see and do
The hotel offers two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and a gymnasium.
• Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
• The Baobab Adventure
• Haller Park - a magnificent example of land reclamation by the Bamburi Cement Company named in order of Rene Haller who instigated the project over the past 30 years. Leafy oasis, game sanctuary, nature trail commercial fish farm - antelope, hippo, giant tortoise and Rothschild's giraffe, crocodile, snake park and palmetium. Bamburi Forest rails - picnicking BBQ Butterfly Pavilion,
• Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary , 5km from Haller Park reclaimed park Masai ostrich eland and oryx and bird life (260 species).
• Mamba Village - crocodile farm with 10, 00 crocodiles, camel rides and horse riding.
• Ngomongo villages - representation of ten of Kenya tribes illustrating traditional homesteads, dress and activities.
• Jumba la Mtwana (Mansion of the Slave)
2km north of Mtwapa Creek (10 minutes from the Serena Beach Hotel) this national monument contains the remains of a 15th century Swahili slaving settlement and three ruined mosques.
Location: The site is sign-posted 1 km north of Mtwapa Bridge
Jumba la Mtwana is open daily 8am to 6pm and fees are payable upon entry
• Mnarani Ruins
Just south of Kilifi creek the remains of a 15th century Swahili settlement including a magnificent pillar tomb and Friday mosque.
Bombolulu is a crafts training school and manufacturing centre that employs over 260 disabled people, mostly polio victims. It features five handicraft workshops, all of which you can visit and the most famous of which is the jewellery workshop offering a wide variety of designs in metal and local materials such as old coins and seeds. There is also a cultural centre displaying six traditional homesteads, a central restaurant and dance floor where traditional crafts, cooking and farming are demonstrated.
Location: Bombolulu is 3km north of Nyali Bridge.
The Bombolulu workshops are open Monday to Friday 8am to 12.45pm and 2-5pm. Entry is free. There is also a cultural centre and craft showrooms. For further information contact PO Box 83988 Mombasa. Tel +254 (0)11 473571
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