North Coast of Kenya
One of the larger hotels on Bamburi Beach, which lies north of Mombasa Island, the Severin Sea Lodge is German owned and has a sister property in Tsavo West. Set in extensive grounds, it offers two or three storey rondavels, in which the circular rooms are located. Winding paths lead to the beach and main reception, which features shops, bars and an outdoor dining area. The main restaurant is in the centre of the hotel and there is an a la carte dhow restaurant.
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.
Location and seasons
Severin Sea Lodge is situated directly on the shores of the Indian Ocean on Bamburi Beach, approximately 12 kilometers from Mombasa Town and 20 kilometers from Moi International Airport. Kenya's north coast, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations, offers clear blue sea, marine parks, excellent water sports, coral reefs, monsoon winds, numerous hotels and beach resorts, family vacations, sun n sand, cultural and beach travel and more. Close to Mombasa, it is also within easy reach of Malindi, Lamu, Diani and many other popular Kenya safari resort hotels.
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 features:
Kenyatta and Bamburi Beaches
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 kms 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.
The hotel offers 200 rooms presented in traditional Swahili style all with en-suite bathrooms, twin beds, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, hair dryers, room safes, lounge area. Newer rooms are offered in bungalows, some of which offer king-sized beds and mini bars. Comfort rooms are larger and feature LCD satellite TV and extended bathroom. The Admiral Suite offers separate living area, kitchenette, bar and lounge area.
Dining and bars
The hotel draws its fruit, vegetables and eggs from its own organic farm. Most meals are served in the main Kisima Restaurant, which also features themed buffet suppers. The Kisima Pool Grill offers light lunches and snacks poolside. The Flame Tree Bistro offers pizza and pasta. The Imani Dhow is an a la carte seafood restaurant. The Safari bar and swing bars overlook the grounds and beach. The Johari Roof Terrace offers seasonal events and sundowners. The hotel offers a weekly entertainment program, stylish candlelight & gala dinners with International and African themes, varied after dinner entertainment which includes live music, acrobatic shows, fashion shows, Maasai warriors and traditional dance groups.
The hotel welcomes children and offers: children's meal-times, children's play/TV room, babysitting and additional beds in rooms.
What to see and do
Two swimming pools (one with Jacuzzi), comfortable pool beds with daily fresh towels, massage center in main building and massage parlors at the beach, billiard table, library, table tennis, Barracuda scuba diving & water sports centre, floodlit tennis court and a 18-hole golf course nearby. The hotel offers a weekly entertainment program. Volleyball and sport games, stylish candlelight & gala dinners with International and African themes, varied after dinner entertainment which includes live music, acrobatic shows, fashion shows, Maasai warriors and traditional dance groups.
The hotel lobby features a hospitality desk and is connected to a shopping arcade with souvenir shop, mini supermarket, jeweler, wood carving shop, hair dressing salon and hotel doctor clinic with daily consulting hours (except Sundays and public holidays). Two designated areas of the hotel show satellite television and the Internet Café »Bush Drum« is equipped with W-LAN also offering ice cream and pastries.
Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
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 10,000 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)
2kms 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.
Jumba la Mtwana is open daily 8am to 6pm and fees are payable upon entry.
Location: The site is signposted 1 km north of Mtwapa Bridge.
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.
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.
Location: Bombolulu is 3km north of Nyali Bridge.
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