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RECIPES

An unusual version of squid stew

A tasty dish of squid, tapioca and sweet potatoes

26-09-2021 di redazione

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, tapioca (cassava) and sweet potato are used as side dishes for stews with tomato sauce. In inland regions, these dishes are based on ox or...

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NATURE

Electric safari for even more emotions

Kenyan-Swedish company converts off-road vehicles

22-09-2021 di redazione

Electric' safaris in the Maasai Mara reserve, the world's number one paradise for wilderness lovers.
But electricity is not just about strong emotions that reach the heart with...

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NATURE

Khadzonzo or Sokoke, the forest cat

Increasingly rare and now mixed

17-09-2021 di redazione

The Mijikenda tribes call it 'Khadzonzo', a word that refers to their mottled coat, and it is the true indigenous cat of the Kenyan coast.
Originally from the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, it is known as...

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RECIPES

Mkate wa sinia, the coconut rice cake of the Kenyan coast

A traditional Swahili gluten-free cake

14-09-2021 di redazione

This delicious rice cake is known on the Kenyan coast as mkate wa sinia or mkate wa kumimina, which literally means flat bread.
It is an absolute must try and is also...

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NATURE

A precious ecosystem to safeguard, the Sabaki River estuary

Extraordinary spectacle with thousands of flamingos

10-09-2021 di redazione

It is one of the most precious assets of Malindi, Watamu and the entire Kenyan coast, and certainly one of the most undervalued because of its ecosystem and its potential for nature conservation.

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PLANTS OF KENYA

Food, lips and nails owe their beauty to this plant

Bixa Orellana and the annatto

06-09-2021 di redazione

The Bixa Orellana, locally known as 'mrangi', is a shrub belonging to the Bixaceae family.
Native to South America, this small tree was transported by...

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NATURE

A Kenyan environment and health initiative

Lake Victoria hyacinth produces biogas

03-09-2021 di redazione

Freeing lakes from a weed that restricts fish reproduction and at the same time creating biofuel to limit the use of charcoal in rural kitchens.
This is a Kenyan initiative that simultaneously safeguards the environment, trade and the health of families.

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STORIES

The Kenyan myth of Finch Hatton, hunting, nature and women

The life of Blixen's dandy

31-08-2021 di redazione

Ninety years ago, the most famous dandy in the history of British Africa died in Kenya when his plane crashed with his faithful servant Kamau. His name was Denys Finch Hatton and, made famous by...

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NATURE

Cherangani Hills, green heart of Africa

Virgin forests and ecosystem to protect

27-08-2021 di redazione

The green heart of Africa, where every nook and cranny is a metaphor for the continent's wild and fabulous eternity: springs, forest, sudden precipices and escarpments, gentle hills...

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HISTORY

The story of the doctor riding a zebra who saved Nairobi

A century before the pandemic, the plague arrived in Kenya

23-08-2021 di redazione

The story we are telling you today happened in Kenya one hundred years ago.
A century before the pandemic that many now call the "plague of the third millennium", knowing full well..

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NATURE

The beauty and drama of the great migration

Tanzania and Kenya the scene of the spectacular event of nature and migration

20-08-2021 di redazione

Once again this year it is migration time in East Africa for tens of thousands of wildebeest and even a few zebras and antelopes.
Every year the spectacle of the great migration of the animals from Kenya to Tanzania is an attraction for thousands of nature lovers, animal lovers and photographers from all over the world.

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RECIPES

Mukimo, the traditional kikuyu mash.

A special side dish now also popular on the coast

16-08-2021 di redazione

Mukimo is a dish of central Kenyan traction and is a classic accompaniment to barbecued meat, the famous nyama choma.
It is a mashed potato, pumpkin leaves, maize kernels...

EVENTS

Three days of exceptional events at the 7 Islands Festival

A programme of music, art and environmental protection

13-08-2021 di redazione

Watamu's "7 Island Festival", now in its third edition, is deliberately transformed into a "Boutique Event Initiative" which, with the indispensable key of fun and the fantastic location of Paparemo Beach, will involve participants from today to 15 August...

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PARKS

The last refuge of the Roana antelope and the blue swallow

An island of wild nature to be protected

10-08-2021 di redazione

Ruma National Park is located in western Kenya, near the shores of Lake Victoria in one of Kenya's most productive and populous regions, and is one of the country's most fascinating but lesser known parks.

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TOURISM

Smart Working in Kenya, why not?

New tourism to which other destinations already aspire

03-08-2021 di redazione

Smart Working in Kenya, why not?
It would be a great way to attract a new type of residential tourism (because we are still talking about tourists, in practice) that could prove to be an important resource in the future.

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NATURE

Watamu, the whale migration show

The cetaceans have arrived on the Kenyan coast

29-07-2021 di redazione

As it happens every year between the months of July and August, in Watamu have been sighted the first whales migrating in this season from Madagascar, through the coasts of Mozambique and Tanzania, towards east.

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PLANTS OF KENYA

Msufi, the majestic tree with multiple virtues

The world's lightest fibre is made from its fruit.

26-07-2021 di redazione

Rhodognaphalon Schumannianum or East African Bombax or Wild Kapok, is an indigenous species of flowering plant in the Malvaceae family found in the coastal strip of East Africa, from south-eastern...

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FLIGHTS

Turkish Airlines, from August two direct flights a week to Mombasa

In addition to Nairobi, connections to the coast are also starting up again.

22-07-2021 di redazione

A confirmation of the desire to restart on the coastal destination of Kenya also comes from Turkish Airlines, which after having resumed in recent weeks the route Istanbul, is ready to restart with...

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PLACES

Lake Logipi, a hidden gem in northern Kenya

Flamingo paradise after Lake Turkana and Lake Bogoria

15-07-2021 di redazione

Lake Logipi is a minor lake in the northern Rift Valley, at the northern end of the arid Suguta Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, nicknamed 'The Valley of Death'...

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PRODUCTS

Agave plants and resources

Processing of the plant helps the economy especially on the Coast

13-07-2021 di redazione

Agave is a plant belonging to the Agavaceae family; there are more than 300 species, all native to Central America. The most common and spread species in Kenya is...

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PRODUCTS

The nutritional benefits of managu or mnavu

One of Kenya's many leafy vegetables

08-07-2021 di redazione

Mnavu or managu is a green leafy vegetable very common throughout Kenya and East African countries.
At certain times of the year, bunches of this highly nutritious and protein-rich vegetable can be...

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HISTORY

Tom Mboya, the Kenyan Kennedy

The anniversary of his assassination is coming up.

03-07-2021 di redazione

On 5 July 1969, Kenya tragically and violently lost one of the country's brightest and youngest political minds, a symbol of intertribalism and democratic ideas. Thomas Jospeh Odhiambo Mboya, better known as Tom Mboya...

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PLACES

Shimoni, the site of the slave caves

A cavern reminiscent of the tyranny over Africans

29-06-2021 di redazione

Shimoni in the Swahili language literally means 'place of the cave'.
Often, villages in Kenya are named after the reasons why they were formed or came into being on the edges of roads that began to be trade routes, especially maritime ones.

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PRODUCTS

Omena, sardines from Lake Victoria

The small freshwater fish tasty and rich in nutritional values.

25-06-2021 di redazione

The silver cyprinid is a small freshwater fish with a silvery colour and lustre that can grow to a maximum length of 9 cm.
Also known as the Lake Victoria sardine, in Kenya it is called...

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LIFE IN KENYA

How much does it cost to live in Malindi and Watamu: five examples

From Africanised to Italian nabob, monthly costs on the Kenyan coast

21-06-2021 di redazione

How much does it really cost to live in Malindi and Watamu without working?
How much can a pensioner or someone who has an income live on while savouring the dolce far niente?
Considering the overwhelming return of the desire to "change life" and...

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FLIGHTS

From next October, a new direct KLM flight to Mombasa

The Dutch airline is also betting on Kenya

16-06-2021 di redazione

From next autumn, another major scheduled flight will land in Mombasa, a sign that Kenya and its coastline are "pulling" in view of the reopening of international borders.
The Dutch national airline KLM will launch the...

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PEOPLE

Michael Soi, the Kenyan artist in love with Italy

Interview with the famous illustrator and creative

13-06-2021 di redazione

His name is Michael Soi, he is 49 years old and for over twenty years has been considered one of Kenya's most innovative, brilliant and irreverent artists.
A painter, illustrator and creative pop-art artist with a strong satirical streak, Soi is...

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PARKS

Kora National Park, Elsa's home

Wild and unspoilt nature

07-06-2021 di redazione

Kora National Park is one of the national parks in the coastal region of Kenya. It covers an area of 1,7800sq km along the banks of the Tana River, 125km east of Mount Kenya.

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ART AND CULTURE

The art and creativity of the Kenyan waste artist

The genial upcycling artwork and their message

31-05-2021 di redazione

Among the various activities and disciplines to protect the environment and raise public awareness of the need to reverse the trend that has all too badly affected our natural habitat, art occupies a prominent place...

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BOOKS

"E l'Africa mi richiamò " an italian book to read in one breath

The life of Esmeralda Lovatelli between Naivasha, Italy and Watamu

28-05-2021 di redazione

Discovering Africa as a young woman for love, living its dreams and contradictions with the enthusiasm of someone exploring her own emotional sphere.
Becoming a wife and mother amidst the boundless views of the...

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RECIPES

Bhajia, vegetable pancakes kneaded in chickpea flour

A snack that is also suitable for people with celiac disease

24-05-2021 di redazione

Kenya, thanks to past trade relations with Arabs, Indians and Persians, is a mix of cultures and traditions, of stories and food.
Among the most common street food...

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PLANTS OF KENYA

The Flamboyant, one of the most beautiful flowering trees in the world

The plant that lights up and flames out

17-05-2021 di redazione

Delonix Regia, native to the forests of northern Madagascar, is one of the most beautiful flowering tree species belonging to the Fabaceae family, also known as Leguminosae. It is known by many as...

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MUSIC

The true story of the love song 'Stellah'

After almost 30 years she is still the most voted for, because of her human story

14-05-2021 di redazione

Kenyans have voted 'Stellah' the most beautiful love song ever in Kenya.
It has nothing to do, either musically or poetically, with the eternal Malaika (which, to tell the truth, we still don't know whether it is a traditional Tanzanian song or was actually written by ..

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TOURISM

Destination Kenya: among the most dreamed of post-pandemic destinations

Top places for booking portals and trade magazines

10-05-2021 di redazione

Kenya has been voted among the top 20 destinations in the world where tourists would like to go when the pandemic is no longer a global emergency.
The global travel industry, leading travel and package holiday booking sites based on unique experiences..

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STORIES

Tsavorite, the green gold of Kenya

The history of the famous Tsavo stone, increasingly rare and precious

05-05-2021 di redazione

Tsavorite, the green stone named after the Tsavo National Park, was discovered in 1967 by the Scottish geologist Campbell Bridges.
Since then it is more and more famous abroad than in Kenya and Tanzania, the only countries where it is found.

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NATURE

Low tourism and the Kenyan ocean repopulates

Starfish survive, without the silly selfie fad

30-04-2021 di redazione

With all the problems caused by the lack of tourism in Kenya over the past year, due to the well-known causes of force majeure, there is some small relief that concerns Nature and the animal world.

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HISTORY

The story of the first Chinese who arrives in Kenya

Zeng He lived in Kenya in 1417 and brought a giraffe to his Emperor.

26-04-2021 di redazione

The story of the first Chinese to land on the shores of the Indian Ocean is six hundred years old.
According to Beijing scholars who recently published a book on the voyages of the great oriental navigators, it was in fact 1417 when Zeng He arrived in Malindi with...

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NEWS

Updates for those returning from Kenya

Quarantine down to 10 days and more

22-04-2021 di redazione

The renewal of the DPCM by Prime Minister Draghi last March did not change anything in fact regarding travel beyond Europe, i.e. the so-called 'Schengen area'. Thus, travel for tourism remains officially prohibited

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ENVIRONMENT

Exponential increase in crows, a plan to eradicate them

Donations to reintroduce Starlicide to reduce and control them

19-04-2021 di redazione

Crows are increasing dramatically on the coast and residents are again organising themselves, as they did some 20 years ago, to restore the right biological balance by controlling their reproduction.
The Indian House Crow, known as the Indian House Crow, likes...

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PARKS

Kakamega Forest National Reserve, where time has stopped

Last remnant of the ancient rainforest

13-04-2021 di redazione

Kakamega Forest is the last corner in Kenya of the great tropical rainforest that stretched across central Africa.
Located in north-western Kenya, 35 km from Lake Victoria, the Kakamega Forest stretches along an undulating terrain between the Yala and Isiukhu rivers at an altitude of about 1600 metres

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OPINION

First big rains

Italians in Kenya recounted by a compatriot

10-04-2021 di redazione

I don't think that Kenyans know the nursery rhyme that my grandmother used to sing to me when I was a child: "it's raining, it's raining, the cat doesn't move, we light the candle, we say good evening..." also because here candles are expensive and wear out quickly, better the paraffin lantern (hoping that some eco-fuel will arrive soon, and not only to the rich of the West).

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NEWS

Green gold business spreads in Kenya

Many foreigners are attracted by easy earnings prospects

06-04-2021 di redazione

The business of so-called 'green gold' has also arrived on the Kenyan coast.
We are talking about bamboo and its cultivation for commercial purposes.
Two years ago in Europe there was a boom in the cultivation of giant bamboo, which until then had been...

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IRONY

Italians in Kenya and languages: "Hooray, we speak Italian here!"

HOW TO GET BY IN WATAMU DESPITE OUR EPIC IGNORANCE OF EVERY FOREIGN IDIOM

02-04-2021 di redazione

The allergy of Italians to foreign languages is well known.
When they go abroad, their ignorance is often backed up by very valid alibis ("the teacher hated me at school", "during a trip to England I caught chicken pox") and some venial lies...

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INFO

Covid test to leake Kenya, why you have to do it

Increased controls at Mombasa airport

29-03-2021 di redazione

We have been recommending this for months now, despite the fact that several compatriots continue to bring their testimonies, especially through social media, on the fact that they managed to leave anyway: it is advisable to take the PCR swab even when leaving Kenya, and to do so in one of the...

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PEOPLE

Lyduska, the Gorizia countess who married Kenya

A BOOK TELLS THE STORY OF A ROMANTIC AND TENACIOUS ITALIAN WOMAN

24-03-2021 di redazione

A biographical book recounts the adventurous life between Kenya and Italy of Lyduska de Nordis, who died in Nairobi in 2006 at the age of 85.
"Lyduska, the life between two worlds of the Countess of Salcano", written by the Friulian journalist Anna Cecchini and published by Mgs Press.

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PLANTS OF KENYA

The tree of life: the Moringa

The 'magic' plant with multiple properties

19-03-2021 di redazione

Moringa: the tree of life, the miracle tree or even the immortal plant.
It is a member of the Moringaceae family, of which at least 13 species are known, ranging from...

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LEGENDS

The legend of Gor Mahia, the Luo wizard

Healer and clearvoyant, gives name to the best kenyan football team

15-03-2021 di redazione

Modern Kenya still lives on legends and revered characters from the past, including sorcerers, traditional healers and seers.
One of the most important and well-known was called Gor Mahia and, although he lived in the nineteenth century, his name is ...

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EVENTS

7 Islands Festival

A weekend of music and fun

11-03-2021 di redazione

At a time when the tourism crisis linked to the pandemic has led to drops in attendance of up to 75%, coastal hoteliers are trying to revitalise the sector with events and improved services.

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PARKS

Ngare Ndare, a little-known unspoilt paradise

A virgin forest, waterfalls and elephants

08-03-2021 di redazione

They call it 'Tarzan's Paradise'.
The azure pools formed by the waterfalls of the Ngare Ndare forest, amidst liana rocks and wild animals are unquestionably one of Kenya's wonders to...

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HISTORY

Kenya's first Christian destination, Malindi

In 1498, the Portuguese brought Christianity in a friendly manner

04-03-2021 di redazione

Many who know Kenya's history are convinced that Christianity was brought here by German missionaries who opened the first Catholic mission in...

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PARKS

Sibiloi National Park, for lovers of adventure and anthropology

A journey back in time to the cradle of mankind

01-03-2021 di redazione

In 1972, the Kenyan Government declared the area east of Lake Turkana, between the Tulor Bor River to the north and Allia Bay to the south, a national park under the name Sibiloi.

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AFRICAN WORDS

10 phrases about Africa

Sentiment on this continent from writers, poets and artists

25-02-2021 di redazione

We have selected ten sentences that express a feeling dedicated to Africa, understood more as a spiritual and moral, historical and social entity than as a geographical reality. The selected words are all taken from published...

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PARKS

The islands of Lake Turkana

The Island of Mystery and the Gem of the Lake

22-02-2021 di redazione

Lake Turkana, also called the Jade Sea because of the remarkable, almost incandescent colour of its waters, which appear surprisingly blue and...

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MUSIC

Who was Ayub Ogada

The only man to have taken Kenyan musical culture to new heights

18-02-2021 di redazione

Job Seda aka Ayub Ogada, born in Mombasa in 1956 but originally from the Lake Victoria region bordering Uganda and who passed away in...

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CINEMA

The places of 'The Lion King"

Impossible not to link it to our savannah

15-02-2021 di redazione

The Lion King, a photorealistic computer-generated animation film, released in cinemas in 2019 has earned the number seven position among the highest-grossing films in cinema history.

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DISCOVERIES

Simbakubwa, the huge hyena-lion discovered in Kenya

Lived in Africa 22 million years ago, here are the details

11-02-2021 di redazione

They called it 'Simbakubwa', the big lion in Kiswahili, but in fact the huge carnivorous mammal that lived on earth 22 million years ago and whose remains were found in Kenya, is in fact the oldest...

PLACES

Aberdare National Park

Between imposing peaks, endless valleys and picturesque waterfalls

08-02-2021 di redazione

Aberdare National Park is located in the central-western region of Kenya, about 150 km north of Nairobi.
The park takes its name from the surrounding Aberdare Range, the third largest in Kenya, and covers an area of just under 700 square kilometres in the...

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PRODUCTS

Cassava time in Kenya

5 reasons to prefer it to potatoes and flour

04-02-2021 di redazione

In the markets and on the edges of many roads of Kenya you can see the sellers of this tuber (already, usually they are women, the real productive and commercial engine of this continent).

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NATURE

Lake Kamnarok, working to save crocodile oasis

HUMAN ACTIVITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE THREATEN KENYA'S PARADISE

01-02-2021 di redazione

The small and beautiful Lake Kamnarok is at risk of drying out and crocodiles are the first to suffer. Now a European project is trying to save it and restore it to its former glory.

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BOOKS

Wildlife Wars - Richard Leakey

My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures

27-01-2021 di redazione

"My fight to save Africa's natural treasures'. 
This is the eloquent subtitle of an autobiography co-written with journalist Virginia Morell.
The life of the founder of the Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya's staunchest defender of wild animals. 

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PLACES

Watamu, a place for those who can see beyond

Not only beaches and nature, a unique location

25-01-2021 di redazione

Watamu may seem at first glance to be one of the many villages on the African coast, consisting simply of a small cluster of hotels, a strip of private houses on the beach, a cluttered and poor village shaded by...

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PARKS

Amboseli National Park, the elephant park

Between endless plains and swamps in the shadow of Kilimanjaro

20-01-2021 di redazione

Amboseli National Park is undoubtedly one of Kenya's most popular parks, and we can agree that the reason for its fame is Mount Kilimajaro, which stands out as a stunning backdrop, visible from every point in the park.
Covering an area of 392 square kilometres, Amboseli is a rather small park within...

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PLACES

From A to Z, rememberin' Kenya

The alphabet of an unique, wonderful Nation

18-01-2021 di redazione

One entry for each letter of the alphabet is certainly not enough to contain all the wonders and peculiarities of a unique and varied country like Kenya.
Cradle of humanity, a place that more than any other personifies the so-called...

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IMAGES

Watamu places

Low tide

16-01-2021 di redazione

The wonder of one of the corner of Watamu

PLACES

Mambrui and its golden beach

Arabian elegance and an enchanting stretch of coastline for a wild day out

14-01-2021 di redazione

Twelve kilometres north of Malindi and about thirty kilometres from Watamu, after the bridge over the mouth of the Sabaki River, where flamingos and hippos can be seen and where the vegetation is particularly luxuriant, lies the village of Mambrui.

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NEWS

The homely discovery of Watamu destination

Encouraging numbers from domestic tourism

11-01-2021 di redazione

Until a few years ago Watamu was an unknown destination for many Kenyans from the north and inland.
In recent months, and in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, those who wanted to spend their holidays outside the big cities and in seaside resorts were...

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RECIPES

Okra soup, a revisited traditional dish

Here is the recipe for preparing it with prawns

07-01-2021 di redazione

One of the traditional dishes of Sub-Saharan Africa is okra soup.
In Arabic, 'okra' is the name given to the tasty little courgettes with grooves found at every market stall, which the English call 'Lady's fingers', while in...

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IMAGES

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays

25-12-2020 di redazione

Watamukenya.net wishes everyone a happy holiday season.... see you in 2021!!!!

PLANTS OF KENYA

The elegance of the Desert Rose

The plant of true and lasting love

21-12-2020 di redazione

At first glance it looks like a miniature baobab, with the base of the trunk being very bulky and swollen, formed by both the roots and the stem, and the ...

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IMAGES

Magic corners in Watamu

A splendid gift from Mother Nature

19-12-2020 di redazione

The light, the colours ... the magic of sunset over Mida Creek.

BOOKS

17-12-2020 di redazione

PLACES

Splendours and mysteries of Tsunza

Coves and islands just outside Mombasa

14-12-2020 di redazione

Just inside the many inlets of Mombasa Island, on the Kwale County side, the Tsunza Peninsula is one of the most accessible and least known natural paradises on the Kenyan coast.

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IMAGES

Watamu places

Images that tell the beauty of Watamu

12-12-2020 di redazione

Experience a day immersed in the pristine and enchanting nature of this marine protected reserve, the Mida Creek.

RECIPES

Green bananas in sweet coconut cream and cardamom

A simple but extremely tasty recipe

10-12-2020 di redazione

We have already talked about and proposed a classic recipe of matoke or green banana, but today we want to propose you a sweet, unpublished version: matoke in coconut cream and cardamom.
This fruit is very similar to the banana, but only in...

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TOURISM

Typical restaurants and Swahili cuisine: food tourism in Kenya

People attracted by the experience of local gastronomy

07-12-2020 di redazione

In recent years gastronomic tourism has grown considerably all over the world.
This is due to the popularity of certain programmes and also to the media coverage of dishes and restaurants, especially in social networks.

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IMAGES

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BOOKS

I Dreamed of Africa

Kuki Gallman

03-12-2020 di redazione

Kuki Gallmann had "a story to tell".
This novel is his story.

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TOURISM

Dhow, the traditional Swahili boat also fascinates local tourism

Here are the "magnificent 7" of the coast for suggestive excursions

30-11-2020 di redazione

One of the symbols of the Kenyan coast is undoubtedly the dhow, the typical Swahili boat.
Once only sailing, today also with the support of the engine, the dhow from...

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IMAGES

Watamu places

Images that tell the beauty of Watamu

28-11-2020 di redazione

Fishermen with their traditional creels used for shellfish fishing

PRODUCTS

Halwa: a sweet with the fragrance of oriental spices and rosewater

An ancient recipe handed down over time

26-11-2020 di redazione

If you are a sweet tooth, you cannot miss the ecstasy of tasting Halwa.
Its name derives from the Arabic word "helw" which literally means sweet, it is a really delicious dessert that is widespread throughout the Middle East, Asia and some African countries.

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NATURE

Snakes in Kenya: 10 precautions

KWS's Decalogue of Warnings

23-11-2020 di redazione

The torrid heat that is continuing in these days on the Kenyan coast could favour the presence of snakes, particularly green and black mamba and more rarely cobras. 
Here is a decalogue of precautions reported by KWS.

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IMAGES

Kite Lovers

A special natural environment for all types of kiters

21-11-2020 di redazione

The low tide creates perfect conditions for both beginners and experienced freestyle enthusiasts.

FILM

Breathe, 2017

Paralyzed by polio in Nairobi in 1958, he travelled the world with his wife.

19-11-2020 di redazione

The incredible story of Robin Cavendish told in this film released in 2017, whose original title is "Breathe".
It is a Hollywood production starring the young Andrew Garfield (Spider Man, The social network) who plays the protagonist of a true story of the last century from Kenya.

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PLACES

Daily sightseeing in the neighbouring Malindi: the Portuguese chapel

What remains of Francesco Xavier's visit to the coast

16-11-2020 di redazione

The Portuguese presence in Malindi began with the arrival of Vasco de Gama in 1498. It is known that the chapel was built at the end of the 15th century. It is rather surprising that the authorities of an ancient Islamic city authorised the construction of a Christian church.

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BOOKS

A magical moment on the coast of Kenya

From light to darkness less than an hour, and everything seems to pay homage to Africa

14-11-2020 di Freddie del Curatolo

Giuseppe Ungaretti, who was born in Africa, called it "the hour that clouds and dismisses".
Karen Blixen distinguished it from dawn for that extra hint of melancholy, of the annunciation of the mysterious and treacherous night.
In Kenya, along the line of the Equator and particularly on the coast, the brief moment from...

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BOOKS

12-11-2020 di redazione

Karen Dinesen Blixen lived in Kenya from 1914 to 1931.
She came there from the icy Denmark with her husband, baron Von Blixen, to buy a plot on the hills Ngong, near Nairobi, and build then a farm. 
Rather being a farmer, the baron was actually more interested in the big game hunting and the young masai women.
It was his fault that Karen was infected by syphilis and had to come back to Denmark to follow treatments. 
At that moment, she realized she was a writer and learned what is mal d'Afrique.

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KENYA COAST

The history of the symbol of Mombasa, the tusks

Giant replicas of elephant tusks form two arches above Moi Ave, welcoming visitors to the city

08-11-2020 di redazione

Mombasa is certainly the oldest city in Kenya and one of the historical ports of East Africa. The other landings mentioned as early as the tenth century AD by early navigators, are now ruins of cities (such as Kilwa in Tanzania or Sofala in Mozambique) or have remained minor settlements.

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Sweet potatoes are fairly easy to grow in Kenya

New agricultural resource, also changing habits in the kitchen

06-11-2020 di redazione

Climate change, the difficulty of having two maize harvests a year and problems with pest control products are convincing many farmers to focus on the tuber, which can also be processed into flour.

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03-11-2020 di Claudia Peli

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Macadamia, the new brown gold

National business of nut and oil is growing

26-10-2020 di redazione

The macadamia of Kenya is increasingly coveted and in addition to having many uses, it is becoming a business for those who grow its plant in the Rift Valley.
 

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RECIPES

Kombucha, the special drink with beneficial effects

Ally to strengthen the immune system

21-10-2020 di redazione

Beyond the uncertain origins of this drink, one thing is certain: kombucha has always been considered an elixir of life.
One of the many stories tells that a Korean doctor named Kombu used this

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IMAGES

19-10-2020 di redazione

MAL D'AFRIQUE

My Mal d'Afrique is dedicated to...

Those who do not understand should only remain silent

15-10-2020 di Leon Mufasa

My mal d'Afrique is dedicated to those who have never been in Africa.

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CULTURE

Kiswahili is the most widely spoken African language in the world.

With more than 120 million native speakers confirms its importance

13-10-2020 di redazione

The Kiswahili language, originally from the coast of the same name that goes from the north of Mozambique to the Horn of Africa and later adopted also by the rest of East Africa, particularly by...

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PICTURES

Watamu, apotheosis of green and sea colors

Palms, fig trees, green islands and many shades of blue

11-10-2020 di redazione

Beautiful view of one of the Watamu bay

PLACES

Watamu is back to repopulating with monkeys

The climate pushes colobus and baboons towards the tides

06-10-2020 di redazione

Bad news does not always bring as much bad news, sometimes it rains in the dry and not in the wet...

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NATURE

In Kenya there are also the "Big 5" of the Indian Ocean

The rich fauna that populates the Kenyan coast

03-10-2020 di redazione

The Indian Ocean also has its "Big 5". It is not only the savannah of Kenya that

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Watamu, a paradise to discover

The beaches, nature, history and welcoming people

21-09-2020 di redazione

The beauty of nature around Watamu is the first calling card of this wonderful resort in Kenya.
Twenty kilometres before Malindi, arriving from Mombasa and Kilifi, after the...

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RECIPES

Mango fish morsels, a recipe by Watamu

"Mchuzi wa samaki na maembe", the secrets of a tasty unique Kenyan dish

17-09-2020 di redazione

Fish morsels in mango sauce.
This is a Swahili recipe particularly used in Malindi and Watamu and on the coast of Kenya, where the plants of this delicious tropical fruit abound.
Here is for you the recipe of watamukenya.net

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PRODUCTS

Watamu spices: cinnamon

Coming from Tanzania and Madagascar, a must!

15-09-2020 di redazione

Cinnamon or cinnamon is an evergreen tree of the Lauracee family, originally from Sri Lanka but widely spread throughout the East.
Today it is also cultivated in Tanzania and partly in Kenya...

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PLACES

Tree House, not only a yoga paradise

A suite resort in Watamu between well-being and adventure

13-09-2020 di redazione

Put a magnificent structure that looks like a tower designed by Gaudi in the middle of the virgin forest of Watamu, about a hundred meters from the ocean and the white long beach between Turtle Bay and Garoda.
 

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IRONY

Cianni Pino, holidays in Watamu

The return of a tourist more than Italian

11-09-2020 di redazione

I didn't want to go back to Kenya.
Not that I didn't like it, I liked it more!
I had enjoyed myself in profusion.

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RECIPES

Swahili sweet recipes: the Vikokoto

A sweet recipe with Indian origins

09-09-2020 di redazione

Visheti or Vikokoto are sweet, crunchy, sugar-coated fried dough morsels, one of the many specialities of the coastal area from Mombasa to Lamu, Kenya. They are very similar to...

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MAL D'AFRIQUE

Mal d'Afrique

Not a philosophic essay, but notes of a cronic sickness

07-09-2020 di Giorgio Ferro

Watamukenya.net remembers one of the Italians who best told about the love for this country and its contradictions

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RECIPES

Kachumbari, the Kenyan mixed salad

A few "poor" ingredients for a tasty fresh side dish

05-09-2020 di redazione

Kachumbari is a fresh and light salad very popular in East Africa, particularly in Kenya, but also in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. It is the perfect accompaniment to dishes, not only to meat or fish, but also to pilau rice or ugali...

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PEOPLE

Andrew Mc Naughton, the Watamu artist of recycling

He creates artworks, sculptures and design, cleaning the beach from flipflops and plastic

02-09-2020 di redazione

We live in a historical period where art, in addition to the intrinsic and historical value as bearer of beauty and stimulator of the mind, assumes an important social role; it fights for the protection of the environment and community between peoples.
Viewed this way...

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RECIPES

Sweet dumplings in coconut cream

Un dolce delicato e profumato

31-08-2020 di redazione

The Swahili cuisine has an infinity of delicious sweet dishes that, especially during the Ramadan period, you can discover and taste and then propose them on our tables.
The vipopoo or...

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PRODUCTS

The fantastic properties of Curcuma

The "pixie dust" that one should not do without

28-08-2020 di redazione

It is a spice native to the Indian sub-continent, present on the African coasts of the Indian Ocean already in 1300 and brought to Europe by the English in the past centuries. Its name is..

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NATURE

The 10 amazing things we can do with elephant poop

From the analgesic to a fine coffee, to the building industry, a bio-useful element of the future.

25-08-2020 di redazione

The elephant, as well as a species to be protected for its precious tusks, can increasingly prove to be a friend of man and Nature.
Certainly the biggest, but also the most useful in things you would not expect. A study by the American Lifesaving has found that even...

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RECIPES

Ugali, the king of the Kenyan table

Polenta with meat, fish or vegetables

23-08-2020 di redazione

The ugali, composed of posho or sima, i.e. cornmeal and a side dish that can be meat, fish or vegetables, is the unique dish typical of Kenya and especially of the coast.

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NATURE

Sea, monkeys, cottages and tranquility

Anche a Watamu una delle oasi della Ngo "Arocha"

21-08-2020 di redazione

That's about 20 in the world, one per country.
In the Black Continent only in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa. And the Kenyan one is in Watamu

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NATURE

Tuna pass in Watamu's waters

The Indian Ocean of the Kenyan coast is populated by fish

19-08-2020 di redazione

As every year, at this time of year, we find ourselves commenting and marveling at an effect of marine nature, which, thanks to the currents and water temperature, favours the migration of yellow fin tuna, which pass between

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PLACES

Bio Ken, the snake farm in Watamu

Not only reptiles, but also a study center and antidotes

17-08-2020 di redazione

The Bio Ken Snake farm in Watamu is definitely one of the most interesting and useful places to visit in the tourist town.
The structure that houses the largest collection of snakes in..

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SPICES

Cumin, digestive and purifying spice

Healthy benefits for body and mind

15-08-2020 di redazione

Cumin is one of the most popular spices in the world and grows on all continents.
It comes from a herbaceous plant (Cuminum cyminum) with leaves as long as 10 cm and arranged in a comb, which has very ancient origins.
The seeds of cumin are practically similar to those of fennel or aniseed.

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HISTORY

Watamu history

Vilage of sweet people and that irish family...

13-08-2020 di redazione

From ancient Arabic writings, we know that the Arabuko forest stretched from just outside Malindi almost to Kilifi and was populated by wild beasts, poisonous snakes (cobra especially) and elephants, who often came down to unexplored beaches and bays protected by barrier Reef.
There were no docks for ships, but dangerous "dry" so to Kilifi was good habit for travelers, surf off the coast until he glimpsed the Bay of Malindi.
Around 1300, the Arab community of Gede town, of which the ruins still remain today, makes a way in the forest in order to reach an outlet to the sea, in the Watamu Bay.
From there he developed a fishing village and the Arabs now established on the coast mingled with the local Giriama, creating a Bajun community that began flourishing boat trade with Lamu and Takaungu.

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RECIPES

The fish cutlets, Swahili potato croquettes with tuna

Katlesi za tuna, a special recipe for those who do not like meat

11-08-2020 di redazione

Cutlets, snacks similar to our potato croquettes, are very popular on the Kenyan coast to be eaten on the street or in the many local restaurants.
Usually they are filled with meat, but we offer a tuna version, easy and quick to prepare at home with few ingredients.

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PLACES

Discovering Watamu

The white beaches with bays, caves and coves and the "sweet people".

08-08-2020 di redazione

The beauty of nature around Watamu is the first calling card of this wonderful Kenyan resort.
Twenty kilometers before Malindi, arriving from Mombasa and Kilifi, after the villages of Chumani and Matsangoni, you meet...

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PRODUCTS

Ginger, the energetic and stimulating spice

Properties and uses of "natural cortisone''

06-08-2020 di redazione

Richly owned, Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe), also known by the English name Ginger, is a perennial herbaceous plant, about 90cm high and belonging to the Zingiberaceae family...

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PRODUCTS

The invigorating properties of tamarind

The drink is refreshing, the fruit cures rheumatism

31-07-2020 di redazione

Kenya is increasingly the ideal environment for tamarind, present on the Swahili coast since it was brought and planted from India a thousand years ago.
Tamarindus Indica is a majestic, long-lived evergreen belonging to the leguminous family.

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HISTORICAL PLACES

A trip to Gedi Ruins

Ashes of an ancient arab city in the middle of the forest

29-07-2020 di redazione

Gede is located between Malindi and Kilifi, in the coastal region of Kenya, 94 km north of the city of Mombasa.
Its ruins tell of historical un'insediamento, one of the oldest in the coastal area of ​​East Africa which has remained track. The town, which seems would host 3,000 people, was abandoned in the late 1500s the abandonment causes uncertain, but it is likely that it was an attack of the dreaded Somali Galla tribes, driven out of Malindi, destroying a large part of that civilization.

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NATURE

Here come the birds on the Sabaki, Bird Watching Paradise...

With the monsoon, on the river estuary a spectacle of rare beauty

28-07-2020 di redazione

With the change of season and the winter and monsoon "Kuzi" wind, the mouth of the Sabaki River is filled with rare, colourful and beautiful tropical birds.
It is now a custom, but every year...

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STORIES

How to talk about Africa (using all possible clichés)

The semi-serious advice of a great Kenyan writer

26-07-2020 di redazione

Let's pick up a passage we translated, taken from an amusing, ironic and by now unobtainable booklet by the Kenyan journalist and writer Binyavanga Wainaina, who unfortunately left us in May last year, who makes fun of the commonplaces of Western writers who are struggling with the African subject.

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RECIPES

Green papaya spaghetti with coconut, another delicious recipe of Swahili cuisine

Tambi za mapapai, an original and unusual dessert

24-07-2020 di redazione

Although originally from South America, papaya has spread widely in Kenya and is well integrated into Swahili cuisine. An interesting and tasty example is...

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PLACES

Lake Chala, volcanic pool under Kilimanjaro

Fantastic nature, swimming, divided between Kenya and Tanzania

23-07-2020 di redazione

Few people know Lake Chala.
Located half in Kenya and the other half in Tanzania, under Kilimanjaro, between the towns of Taveta and Loitokitok, Chala is a crater four square kilometers in diameter surrounded by greenery.

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PRODUCTS

Guava, the sweet antioxidant of athletes

The fruit that is also good for the skin also abounds in Kenya

21-07-2020 di redazione

It is also easily found in Kenya, the fruit of Guava.
The Psidium guajava is a small evergreen plant that offers different fruits in colour depending on the variety:...

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RECIPES

The Swahili Chapati

Flat bread (italian piadina) of Indian origin

19-07-2020 di redazione

Chapati is a traditional bread brought to Kenya from the Indian tradition, but then evolved throughout the country and today baked in the streets, in poor places as well as in high level establishments as an accompaniment for dishes.
Its simple and quick preparation makes it a tasty and filling dish to pair with beans, vegetables or meat dishes and soups. 
HERE THE RECIPE

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SOCIETY

Pigtails, a fashion that also attracts tourists to Kenya

The attraction of getting your hair "African-style" on the coast always has its followers...

17-07-2020 di redazione

Since there is tourism in Kenya, and particularly in the coastal resorts, there is a fashion among westerners (the so-called mzungu) to braid their hair in African style.

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PLACES

Lake Elmenteita, not only bird watching paradise

The small lake of the Rift Valley is rich in history and landscapes

15-07-2020 di redazione

Located between Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru, however small, Lake Elmenteita (also known as Elemantaita) is one of the most important in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, as it is the breeding and feeding ground for many rare and endangered bird species...

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NATURE

Baobab, its beauty and its properties

The tree of a thousand years and its resources

13-07-2020 di redazione

On the coast of Kenya there are many trees of Baobab (adansonia digitata) and many, in addition to the statuesque beauty that is one of the symbols, almost a "logo" of Africa, have also discovered its wonderful properties.... fake watches

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NATURE

Agama, reptile that changes colour according to mood

In this period it has particularly bright shades

11-07-2020 di redazione

Mood in Kenya is indeed an essential component of life and not only for man, who often finds here the "peace of the senses" or the sense of his earthly path. Science now tells us that some animals can completely change their connotations depending on how they feel inside.
This is the case of... replica watches

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RECIPES

Mshakiki (or Mshikaki)

Spiedini di carne speziati alla brace

10-07-2020 di redazione

The mshakiki are meat skewers, similar in presentation to the traditional roasts of central Italy.
They can be beef, chicken or kid and ideal, before preparation, is the maturation of the meat in the fridge and marinating with oil, salt, pepper and lemon. 

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PRODUCTS

Coconut. The essence of Africa.

Water, oil, milk and pulp

08-07-2020 di redazione

The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, scientific name Cocos nucifera, a plant belonging to the Arecaceae family and native to Indonesia, but thanks to the ability of coconuts to float on seawater and maintain the ability to germinate after 110 days of immersion (a period in which they can travel up to 5000 kilometers) has spread naturally in many places around the globe. 

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PLACES

Galana Conservancy the nearest wildlife

Nightly and off-piste game drives in respect of the territory

06-07-2020 di redazione

The Galana Conservancy is one of the true wildlife treasures of County Kilifi and Kenya.
This 60,000 acre wildlife paradise is located on the eastern border of the Tsavo East National Park, on the northern banks of the Galana River, about 120 km from Malindi and thanks to the new paved road can be reached in less than an hour. The protected area is home to many wonderful species, some unfortunately endangered and threatened.

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BEVERAGE

Beet Juice and Ginger, Swahili Detox

The healthy drink in the bars of Lamu, Malindi and Watamu is popular.

05-07-2020 di redazione

It is one of the most detox drinks you can taste on the Kenyan coast, and particularly in Lamu, in some Swahili bars that offer fresh juices (the unmissable tamarind, the classic passion and many others). We are talking about beet juice and ginger.

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FOOD IN KENYA

From subsistence food to culinary exoticism

How has gastronomy changed in Watamu and the surrounding area?

03-07-2020 di redazione

We are well aware of the history and travails of the African continent: few strains and thousands of tribes scattered over an area of about 30 million square kilometers, who have paid a bitter duty to the evolution of the Western world, suffering equal treatment in every corner of their wild and sunny land.
Like the peoples and nature, the cuisine has suffered from European colonization....

PLACES

The history of Kenya's oldest hotel

The Africa Hotel in Mombasa was built in 1900.

02-07-2020 di redazione

It was 1898, in the port of Mombasa British ships began to arrive from India, loaded with goods and tools to build the famous railway that would connect what was then the first city of Kenya, as well as the most important port in East Africa, with the protectorate of Uganda.
Many of the Queen's subjects had already gone inland and had identified the marshy area that the maasai called Nai'robi (cold water field) as the crossroads of the new railway line.

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PRODUCTS

Alchechengi, the one from Galana is excellent.

A fruit not uncommon in Kenya, natural aspirin

01-07-2020 di redazione

To us at Watamukenya.net lately it happened to see them peeled and eaten by some women around the Galana River, but it is present on Lake Victoria and a little bit in all the green areas of Kenya. 
In Kenyan supermarkets and the most quoted greengrocers it is not easy to find them, if not already in the form of clean and packaged berries. 
We are talking about...

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RECIPES

Meat stew with cassava, traditional Kenyan recipe

Muhogo wa Nyama, a hearty dish for the fresh season

30-06-2020 di redazione

"Muhogo wa Nyama" (meat with cassava) is a typical Kenyan dish. Cassava is a tuber also known as cassava, it is used to make flour or like potatoes, both fried and stewed. Its taste is a bit reminiscent of chestnuts. In this case it can be an alternative to potatoes or green bananas for meat stew.
RECIPE:

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STORIES

That's why the Kenyan Tusker beer is called like that

Few people know the story from which the name and the elephant, one of Kenya's symbolic logos

28-06-2020 di redazione

Many famous labels of spirits and distillates in the world hide, behind their sometimes curious names, sometimes resounding, curious legends or interesting implications related to their founders or places of production.
This is the case of Kenya's national beer, now a real trademark of the country, not only for thousands of domestic consumers, but for tourists and travellers.

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TRADITIONS

Everything you need to know about Swahili Kanga

The history of the most used garment on the east coast of Africa, the meaning of their writings and colors

26-06-2020 di Ferdinanda Vigliani

East coast of Africa. 
The boundaries of that linguistic and cultural unity known as Swahili culture range from Mogadishu in the north to Cape Delgado in Mozambique. 
A long coastline shared by a single language: the kiswahili, a mixture of Arabic and bantu, whose texts date back to the 12th century. 
But a strong visual element, a fashion system that dominates women's clothing, imposes itself in this area in the eyes of the traveller. 
It is an explosion of colour, a display of shapes and symbolic elements, a touch of elegance that not even the poorest woman could ever give up: kanga. 

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RECIPES

Mango chutney beef rags with coconut rice

A meat recipe from the Swahili cuisine of Kenya

25-06-2020 di redazione

The Swahili cuisine of Kenya, as we know, is a mixture of the cultures and people who have landed on the coast, and the products of the territory they have learned to use. The example is offered by the use of coconut for boiling and stirring rice and mango, which the English culture has also transformed into "chutney" sauce, using onions, spices and chilli pepper.
So here is the recipe for beef with mango chutney, accompanied by coconut rice.

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PRODUCTS

How good is the graviola!

The many qualities of the "sweet medicine" that abounds in Kenya

24-06-2020 di redazione

You can find it in local markets, or watch it bend the branches of the plant on which it grows, the Annona muricata.
It may seem harsh with its spines and huge (a single fruit can weigh up to 2 kg), but not only is it edible, but it is one of the most beneficial fruits found in nature.

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PLACES

HELL’S KITCHEN The magic of Marafa

The hidden canyon

22-06-2020 di redazione

The natives call it “Nyari”, a giriama word that means “the place crumbling naturally by itself”.
Marafa village is in Magarini district, just forty kilometres down Malindi area, less than one hour drive, mostly on a good dirt road studded by baobabs and mangoes.

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PRODUCTS

Kiwano, the moisturizing and revitalizing "cuckold"

It is also found in Kenya and is excellent against the heat, but also dietetic

21-06-2020 di redazione

Perhaps that cucumber aftertaste may leave you bewildered for a moment, but in its bittersweet bouquet you can also taste lime, passion and banana. We're talking about Kiwano, also known as horned melon.
Belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, the Cucumis metuliferus is the fruit of a climbing plant native...

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PRODUCTS

The sweet positive energy of Kenya's pineapple

Famous for its goodness, it is a load of vitamins with few calories

19-06-2020 di redazione

Sweet, fresh and thirst quenching Kenyan pineapple is one of the most loved fruits not only in this country.
A typical fruit of the coast, but also cultivated in the Rift Valley and around Nairobi (Thika's is particularly famous), pineapple (or pineapple, in Italian) belongs to the bromeliad family.

ENVIRONMENT

Many properties of mangrove honey

Even in Mida Creek there's this precious nectar

18-06-2020 di redazione

Watamu's mangroves are a natural paradise that attracts thousands of tourists, environmentalists and nature-loving travelers every year. They are a unique and fantastic natural landscape, with its microclimate and an ecosystem that allows you to observe certain types of birds, amphibians and crustaceans, such as the famous mangrove crab.

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RECIPES

The recipe for real Swahili chicken

Preparation and secrets of the tasty land dish of the Kenyan coast

17-06-2020 di redazione

Chicken cooked "alla swahili" suffers, like many dishes of the Kenyan coast, from ancient mixes and suggestions between India, Middle East and other countries that have frequented the Indian Ocean of Africa.
Here is the original recipe for this tasty earth dish

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STORIES

When Ernest Hemingway discovered Watamu

Two days for marlin fishing and a bath in blue lagoon

16-06-2020 di redazione

The great American writer Ernest Hemingway was almost 35 years old, when he saw Kenya for the first time.
He, a great vivour and passionate of strong emotions, a hunter of women and animals, had long been fond of deep-sea fishing.
From the Florida villa, with the Pilar boat, purchased with the proceeds of the first novels published at home, he decided to carry out an expedition in the heart of Africa where he could match the passion for marlin and shark fishing to big hunting.

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ENVIRONMENT

The spectacular coral reef of Watamu

Ecosystem and best places for snorkeling

15-06-2020 di redazione

The coral reef is one of Watamu's and Kenyan Indian Ocean attractions.
Off the tourist resort, the first barrier is present from the entrance of Mida Creek to Malindi without interruption and has allowed over time and thanks to the tides, the formation of the famous sand atolls off Mayungu.
The first barrier, when the low tide is particularly low, emerges at the water level and is also walking on foot, although their beauty is to be discovered by snorkeling, or swimming deep in mask and fins if Not in "diving" with even oxygen cylinders.

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PLACES

The beauty of the mangroves in Mida Creek

Boat trips and walks in unique landscapes

13-06-2020 di redazione

Among the thousands of possibilities to enjoy Nature that Kenya, and particularly its coast, can boast, there is certainly the sea landscape dominated by mangroves.
These plants, which have their roots in soils which feed on water from the Indian Ocean, form really particular landscapes.

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PRODUCTS

11-06-2020 di redazione

The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, scientific name Cocos nucifera, a plant belonging to the Arecaceae family and native to Indonesia, but thanks to the ability of coconuts to float on seawater and maintain the ability to germinate after 110 days of immersion (a period in which they can travel up to 5000 kilometers) has spread naturally in many places around the globe. 

PRODUCTS

Passion Fruit, a "passion" of Kenya that does well

Beta-carotene and fibres: richness and pleasure with exotic taste

10-06-2020 di redazione

The passion fruit is also called Maracuja and is the fruit of the Passiflora Edulis, a tropical climbing plant belonging to the Passifloraceae family.
One might think that its name evokes aphrodisiac properti

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RECIPES

Matoke (green bananas) with meat, a simple and hearty dish

Recipe of the classic African soup

09-06-2020 di redazione

The "matoke" or "matoki" are green bananas, also known as plane tree, not excessively sweet, which also in Kenya, as in most of Africa, have various utilizations. Besides flour and bread, they are used as potatoes in stews.
HERE IS THE MOST POPULAR RECIPE IN KENYA

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PRODUCTS

08-06-2020 di redazione

RECIPES

Fish curry and coconut stew

A seafood dish of the Swahili tradition of Kenya

06-06-2020 di redazione

"Samaki wa kupaka ya nazi", literally "Coconut fish cubes" is a dish of the Swahili tradition of Kenya, which uses various spices of ancient Indian origin to give it flavor. A very tasty version includes "madras", the most common one being the classic curry.
Here is the recipe.

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RECIPES

Chicken with spices and lime with masala rice

The recipe for a very popular dish on the coast of Kenya

04-06-2020 di redazione

Chicken with spices and lime is a tasty land dish from the Kenyan coast.
The combination of chicken with sweet and sour is a classic in Indo-Eastern cuisine, as is the combination with ginger and turmeric.
It is not uncommon to find this dish accompanied by rice flavored with garam masala in Mombasa, Malindi an Watamu.
HERE IS THE RECIPE OF WATAMUKENYA.NET

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03-06-2020 di redazione

RECIPES

Swahili pilau rice with meat

One of the national dishes cooked in the coastal way

02-06-2020 di redazione

The rice "pilau" is one of the most common unique dishes to be found in restaurants in Kenya, especially those on the coast. The recipe is of Middle Eastern origin, but its Swahili variant is widespread especially in Kenya and Tanzania and...

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PRODUCTS

Star fruit, the Kenyan fruit that saves lives

Super antioxidant, used in post-chemo therapies

01-06-2020 di redazione

Star Fruit, as it is called in English-speaking countries like Kenya, is little known in Italy as Carambola, which comes from its plant, the Averrhoa Carambola. 
On the other hand, the name of the plant itself....

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AFRICAN POEM

Malindi and Watamu, different sister, but so unite

Imagining the two Kenya towns like women

30-05-2020 di Freddie del Curatolo

Watamu the beautiful.
Malindi the magic.
Watamu the young and sparkling.
Ancient Malindi but still interesting.

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RECIPES

Jalebis, a sweet recipe that comes from Persia

29-05-2020 di redazione

In the 13th century recipe book "Kitab al tabeek", the writer Muhammad Bin Hassan Bhagdadi, whose original manuscript is still kept in

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ART AND CULTURE

The 10 most beautiful songs dedicated to Africa

From Miriam Makeba to Toto, a playlist to read, listen and see

27-05-2020 di redazione

"Africa."
How many times have we heard this word, this evocation, in a piece of music?
Hundreds are the pop songs whose title bears the name of the Black Continent, every language and nation has its own song.
Here is the playlist of malindikenya.net with the 10 most beautiful songs for us dedicated to Africa.

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RECIPES

26-05-2020 di redazione

Mixed potatoes with lemon aroma and chili soul are one of the delights of Kenyan coast street food.
They are called "Viazi Karai" and are sold at every street corner, fried on the fly in the wok set up in simple kiosks or outside the local restaurants.
Here is the recipe to prepare them at home.

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RECIPES

Swahili Kebab, le polpette cucinate sulla costa keniana

La ricetta originale delle "meatballs" delle tavole calde da Lamu a Ukunda

25-05-2020 di redazione

Kebab is a word of Arabic origin now known throughout the world.
But every country has its own recipe for these meatballs.
Here is the recipe of the Swahili coast, for this very popular dish that is never missing in the diners from Lamu to Ukunda.

RECIPES

How to make mango chutney at home

A tasty sauce to enrich the dishes of Kenya

22-05-2020 di redazione

Chutney is a typical English sweet and sour sauce made with fruit or green tomatoes. It is excellent as a sauce to flavor meat and fish foods....

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RECIPES

Fruit or vegetables? Avocado is definitely a cure-all.

Energy, protection, good cholesterol. And it makes the salads more Kenyan.

21-05-2020 di redazione

An ancient Swahili legend says that before the arrival of the Portuguese, the natives of the Kenyan coast did not eat avocado but only used oil, because they did not consider it as fruit or vegetables.
When the Portuguese decided that...

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PLACES

Mnarani Ruins, more than an ancient story

107 steps to visit ancient 14th century ruins and enjoy a spectacular view

20-05-2020 di redazione

There’s an ancient story, two hundred metres from the tall bridge over Kilifi creek, along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, on the southern bank of the creek, just where the old ferry landing stage is. 
On the top of the hill you can

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How to cook the Kenyan potatoes

La ricetta del popolare contorno locale "viazi vya rojo"

19-05-2020 di redazione

In Kenya, potatoes are particularly tasty.
The local population loves them fried, so much so that they are the ideal accompaniment to the national dish, the "nyama choma" (grilled meat almost toasted).
But there are many other ways to cook them.
One of the best known recipes for a side dish that can also become a single dish is "Viazi vya rojo" (stewed potatoes).
Here is the preparation according to watamukenya.net

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Papaya, the fruit that protects and purifies

There are many uses for it in Kenya. Eaten in the morning it is laxative and antioxidant.

18-05-2020 di redazione

In Kenya they call it the fruit that protects, but the properties of papaya are many and not only limited to its emollient and anti-burning properties on the body, or to the digestive, purifying and

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Catalan-style lobster with exotic fruit

An elegant suggestion of Indian Ocean and land of Africa

16-05-2020 di redazione

On the African shores of the Indian Ocean, combining fish with fruit is not a gamble, but a pleasant contrast.
On the other hand, if the fish fauna goes so well with lemon, why not also dare with passion fruit, mango, pineapple and papaya?
Here, for example,

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Our Vasco Da Gama Squid Recipe

Guazzetto of Portuguese Africa with fresh Indian Ocean shellfish

14-05-2020 di redazione

The Indian Ocean, among its wonders and fish delicacies, abounds in squid.
The local population, especially the Swahili of the coast, do not particularly love them and are used to cook them on the grill, or together with the octopus in a guazzetto with tomato sauce and coconut milk.
But there is also a recipe of Portuguese origin that we have called "Calamari alla Vasco Da Gama".
Here is the recipe from watamukenya.net:

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Lake Jipe, the mirror of Kilimanjaro

Spectacular water supply for thousands of animal

12-05-2020 di redazione

The Park of Lake Jipe, on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, but also accessible from the asphalt road that leads from you to Taveta, is a fantastic place where you can see....

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The tasty coconut beans

Dish of the mijikenda tradition of the coast of Kenya

11-05-2020 di redazione

Coconut beans (maharagwe za nazi) are a poor but tasty and energetic dish of the tradition of the ethnic mijikenda that populates the Kenyan coast.
Depending on who prepares it, tastes and abundance of beans, it can be cooked as a soup (more brothy) or as a cream (with more coconut milk).
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More and more edible mushrooms in Kenya

Rain and moisture feed them, the farmers now recognize them

10-05-2020 di redazione

Global climate change, which also affects Kenya in part, has both positive and negative effects on the fertile land of the African equator.
One of these, given the ever closer temporal and climatic connection between the great rains, between May and July, and the small rains of October and November, is the presence of the edible fungi on the Kenyan territory.

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Mango and cashew nut sautéed rice

An original and tasty Swahili recipe of Indian origin

09-05-2020 di redazione

Rice sautéed with mango and cashews is a specialty that the Indians who emigrated to Kenya in the last century brought to the cuisine of the coast.
Habit favoured by the abundance of these two ingredients, combined with the great availability of...

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Adrenaline in Kenya: 10 unique and unforgettable experiences

Dalle rapide allo zip-lining sulla foresta, dal kite-surf a quad e moto d'acqua

08-05-2020 di redazione

Kenya is one of the most varied and extraordinarily rich in unique opportunities, emotions for everyone and attractions for every kind of enthusiast or adventure expert. If for many people the African country is above all synonymous with wild nature, relaxation and immersion in a world opposite to the western world, for others it has become more and more a destination for those who want to experience "strong sensations" or devote themselves to extreme sports, as well as enjoy new shows from incredible views.
Here is a list of ten organized adventures that Kenya can offer to tourists and travelers when they return to this beautiful country.

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The sweet and strong energy of mango

A help for diets, blood pressure and asthma

07-05-2020 di redazione

The mango ( scientific name Mangifera indica ) is a tropical plant belonging to the family of the Anacardiaceae.
Native to India, it was spread also in Africa and Latin America thanks to the Portuguese.

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Crab soup with ginger: a traditional Lamu dish

Here the classic recipe rielaborated by watamukenya.net

05-05-2020 di redazione

Crab soup with ginger is a traditional dish of the Lamu archipelago.
The local people, especially on the island of Pate, usually eat this dish with coconut rice or chapati.
Here is the original recipe reworked by watamukenya.net

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A trip into the "white world" of kenyan coast

Ngomeni, 30 km north of Malindi, an unique landscape

04-05-2020 di redazione

The "white world" of the Kenyan coast is about thirty kilometers north of Malindi.
After the golden beach of Che Shale, beyond the Italian base of the San Marco aerospace project, the view of the ocean disappears and miles and miles of...

Cardamom, the natural antidepressant

It also has slimming and digestive properties

03-05-2020 di redazione

Cardamom is a spice known since the times of the Greeks and Romans, who used it to produce perfumes, and is currently known as the third most expensive spice in the world after saffron and vanilla.
The one available on the Kenyan coast ....

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Tamarind Chicken, a swahili tasty dish

An original flavours mixing of Kenya cuisine

02-05-2020 di redazione

The goodness of free-range chicken in Kenya is no mystery. In most cases it is simply cooked on the grill, but there are dishes of Swahili cuisine that contemplate other pleasant encounters of flavors. One of these is tamarind chicken (kuku wa ukwayu).
HERE IS THE RECIPE OF WATAMUKENYA.NET

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Jumba La Mtwana, a "Gede" facing the ocean in Kilifi County

In Mtwapa the interesting ruins of an old town around XII century

01-05-2020 di redazione

It was called "Jumba La Mtwana", where "jumba" in kiswahili means "home".
It was an Arabic citadel built in the 13th century AD on the banks of the Indian Ocean, not far from the cove of today's Mtwapa, about twenty kilometers north of...

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Kaimati, the greedy Kenyan tortelli

How to make typical Swahili sweets

30-04-2020 di redazione

Kaimati are characteristic sweets of Kenya, and particularly of the Swahili coast, similar to our carnival tortelli, not stuffed.
They are often garnished with a caramelized icing and sprinkled with white sugar.
HERE IS THE RECIPE

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The incredible craters of Mount Suswa, in the heart of the Maasai land.

For lovers of trekking and exploration, a unique experience in the world

29-04-2020 di redazione

The real mountain of the Maasai people is Mount Suswa, a former volcano with incredible craters and caves.
Located in the heart of their land, Suswa is certainly the least known but probably the most interesting of the three famous volcanoes of the Great Rift Valley ....

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R.I.P. Royjan Taylor, "Daddy" of Watamu Snakes

The director of Bio-Ken Snake Farm suddenly leaves us.

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Watamu suddenly loses his snake father and founder of one of the most important reptile centres not only in Kenya, but in much of...

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TOURISM

Watamu like an island, safe and attractive

Success of the destination is its uniqueness

01-12-2018 di redazione

The more Watamu is known internationally and promoted locally, the more we realize that the "Indian Ocean Pearl", as it is now called, is a unique, secluded and safe place that has little to do with the issues Linked to the politics and problems of his country.
But if this is a situation that people who talk and talk about Kenya has known for years, the important thing is that Watamu's uniqueness today is of public domain, and that its name begins to circulate like that of a destination in its own right.

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Friday 26th another live concert at Come Back Club Watamu

Afro-jazz night with african guitarist Ray Seme and italian pianist Sbringo

02-02-2018 di redazione

After the beautiful live latin-jazz evening, with guitarist and singer Michel Ongaro, with an incredible baritone voice and surprise guests, Come Back Club di Watamu continues its lucky collection of weekly "live concerts".
Next Friday...

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Simona De Rosa, from New York to Come Back Club

Friday evening live concert with the neapolitan jazz singer

22-01-2018 di redazione

The live evenings at Watamu's Come Back Club embellish themselves with an extraordinary concert this Friday.
On the stage of Watamu club...

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Watamu now is more precious with Maridadi shop

A new boutique in the center of the town, with original items

30-12-2017 di redazione

A new boutique was created in Watamu, right in the town's tourist centre.
On the main street, fifty metres after the supermarket "Mama Lucy", you will find the "Maridadi"shop, opened a few days ago.

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17-12-2017 di redazione

TOURISM

Watamu, twenty huge resorts waiting for tourists

There's no place in kenyan coast with an hospitality like that

06-12-2017 di redazione

Watamu is increasingly devoted to hospitality, like no other tourist resort on the Kenyan coast.
Within a few kilometers of extension, the "pearl of the Indian Ocean" can count as many as...

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Full Moon Dinner with live jazz music on sunday at Paparemo Beach

First of many full moon events in the exclusive Watamu place on the beach

28-11-2017 di redazione

Dining under the fascinating and romantic light of the full moon, with your feet on the white sand and under your eyes the gleam of the Indian Ocean.
Things that seem...

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Kingi and Joho in Watamu, for "sweet things"

Delighted by Nonsologelato paistry and icecreams, disagreeing only on tastes

14-11-2017 di redazione

Put the two most important politicians on the Kenyan coast in front of ice cream and pastries, and the visit to Watamu becomes sweeter than usual.
Far from the headlights of the election campaign and

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09-11-2017 di redazione

TOURISM

Roberto Lenzi: "No problem with elections, season will be great"

Watamu stakeholder in a radio interview: "We are full for Christmas"

04-11-2017 di redazione

The optimism of the Kenyan tourism sector, after the presidential elections and their queues of expectations, anxieties and incidents in the north of the country, is no mystery.
The international media that...

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Mrembo, pretty new beach restaurant in Watamu

Very nice "chiringuito" on the Fortamu bay, with sunbeds, italian and local food

02-11-2017 di redazione

A new, very nice "chiringuito" looks out onto the captivating setting of the Watamu beach meeting points.
In the bay of Fortamu, facing the island of love and just a few meters from

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Watamu, election do not stop tourism

Tour Operators bring guests, domestic tourism is up

27-10-2017 di redazione

Tourism in Watamu is by now a phenomenon in its own right from every possible vicissitude of Kenya.
This is a fact by now well established and the good news is that

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23-10-2017 di redazione

Watamu, emerging destination for eco-tourism and leisure

The new trends of Magical Kenya Travel Expo for "the pearl of Indian Ocean"

09-10-2017 di redazione

Watamu and its tourism industry are strengthened by the recent trade fair in Nairobi.
The "Magical Kenya Travel Expo" has seen hundreds of tour operators and buyers from all

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Laura's boutiques, a world of style in Watamu

An impressive mix of colors and creativity from Kenya to Europe

04-10-2017 di redazione

The colors, innate elegance and ethnic suggestions of Kenyan fashion and accessories are enhanced in the creations of Seven Islands and Crystal Bay Resort boutiques... with so many novelties inspired by Laura Lenzi's creativity, experience and class.
Laura has been...

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An evening between heaven and hell at Come Back

Trip to pleasure, tastes, fun and more in the famous Watamu place

02-10-2017 di Freddie del Curatolo

Kenya is often defined as playing on opposites:"joy and pain","misery and nobility","cross and delight","hell and paradise".
The secret of our splendid Watamu is that, while not escaping from this ineluctable rule of Africa, he takes the best from these contradictory aspects, and makes its total beauty.
And when the evening lights go down...

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From today to sunday Watamu promotion in Nairobi

Three days in a park of CBD with "Watamu Gateway Expo"

29-09-2017 di redazione

From today for three days Watamu is promoting itself in the centre of Nairobi.
An important initiative to show the beauty of the coastal tourist resort to the "domestic" tourism of the Capital, which has shown great interest in the "pearl of the Indian Ocean"for two years, preferring it to other seaside destinations in the country.

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The forthconing wonders of Watamu Hemingways

Total restyiling, there'll be even a bar with Gede Ruins replication

24-09-2017 di redazione

There will also be a bar with the reproduction of Gede's ruins (Gede Coffee Shop) among the wonders of Watamu's new Hemingways.
The luxury beach resort, residence and bar-restaurant has been in restyiling for a year now and is preparing to enter the final phase of the work, which should be completed by next December.

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An Expo in Nairobi to promote Watamu

Still stands for "Watamu Gateway Expo" from 29th september to 1st october

04-09-2017 di redazione

There are still stands available for those who want to promote their own structure or activity of Watamu in the "Watamu Gateway Expo" which was organized by Domain Innovation Marketing in collaboration with the 7th August Memorial Park of Nairobi, a park in the city center (Moi Avenue corner Hailé Selassié) where for three days...

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Today buffet and tomorrow beach party at Papa Remo

Music, dinner, driks and fun for two evenings in Watamu

23-08-2017 di redazione

After the inauguration of Papa Remo's new season last week, they resume the local exclusive on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and meet in front of Watamu's bay of love.
Papa Remo Beach, in its new candida dress, proposes this evening the usual buffet dinner (all over) with the added value of cocktails and sympathy of Mirko's friend. Entrance with dinner KShs. 1500 (drinks excluded).

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Golden moments for Watamu, day and night

Good august with international tourism and young people

17-08-2017 di redazione

By now the title that has long been conferred on him, that of "Indian Ocean Pearl" does not take him any more.
This August is pretty much the Watamu season of consecration.
Despite a not perfect time (but for the Italians, in comparison to the humid and unbearable hot summer of summer, here the sea breeze and the cool in the evening are appreciated), the Kenyan town is filled with people, including beaches and local .

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August 15th dinner and beach party at Papa Remo

The Watamu place on the beach offers fun under the stars

14-08-2017 di redazione

A dinner with menus on fish or meat cards and then all with bare feet on the sand dancing with the beach party.
This is the fascinating program of Papa Remo Beach, the beach restaurant bar organized in one of the most fascinating coves of Watamu, that of the seven islets also known as "bay of love" for the evening of August, Tuesday, 15th.

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The emotion of falling stars in Watamu

Perseids show is magic in Kenya, because of less light

11-08-2017 di redazione

Everyone with their nose up, to watch the falling stars, Saturday and Sunday at Watamu.
Even on vacation in the "Indian Ocean Pearl" the days following the famous night of San Lorenzo can give emotions, especially in many areas of the tourist resort, light pollution is minimal.

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New Mapango, a seaview terrace in Watamu

The beach bar restaurant is completely renewed

10-08-2017 di redazione

Mapango, one of the tourist attractions in Watamu, on one of the most impressive bays in the resort, has completely re-made the trick.
Those who know the restaurant bar inside the Lily Palm Resort but have always had a reputation for being a fancy and friendly international clientele, remembers the large pool and the indoors room that overlooks its glass windows directly on the beach from a panoramic location, and the terrace Outdoors from the private sundeck between sand and palm trees in front of the wetland and the Indian Ocean.

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All people in Watamu for the election days

Kenyans choose their favourite tourist destination

28-07-2017 di redazione

Kenyans chose where to spend the days of the national elections, scheduled for the next Tuesday, August 8th.
The Ministry of Interior and National Security has not advised the population to stay in Nairobi and other northern cities, and yesterday, US observers applauded Kenya as it is organizing anti-racism.
But profiting from coincidence with August vacations and school closures, many families will close their activities and enjoy days of deserved relaxation.

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NATURE

Agama, rettile che cambia colore in base all'umore

In this time on Kenyan coast orange and blue are more bright

24-07-2017 di redazione

Mood in Kenya is really an essential component of life and not just for man, who often finds "sense of peace" or the meaning of his earthly path. Science now tells us that some animals can completely change the features according to how they feel inside.
This is the case of Agama, that particular and wonderful lizard that we are used to to admire even on the Kenyan coast, especially when it starts to be very hot. Its peculiarity is the color. Indeed, in the face of an intense blue (or electric blue) skin from the tail to the front legs, it almost always has an orange head.

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Almost ready the tarmac road of Timboni

After the way to new market, next step is Jacaranda Road

21-07-2017 di redazione

Improving the infrastructure at Watamu.
It is a slow process but its fruits, as it was previously for lighting all the main artery and how it will be for connecting the coastal road with Malindi, via Mayungu.
The Timboni road pavement is now under construction, which will link Gede-Watamu to the new market area, where a new mattoon stand is to be created.

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Re-opening with new look for Papa Remo Beach

Today sunbeds and restaurant, evening buffet

20-07-2017 di redazione

Great restyiling for Papa Remo Beach, Watamu's historic organized beach that reopens on Thursday, July 20th for the season.
What will jump to your eyes now is the leap of quality elegance with white to make it master. White in the structures and finishes that will evoke changing fabrics and the new exterior furnishing, which is enriched with two comfortable cement sofas with colored pillows.

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Now Watamukenya.net is also on Facebook

Videos and reportage will show the beauty of Watamu

16-07-2017 di redazione

From today Watamikenya.net becomes much more than just a tourist information portal.
With the enrichment of the interactive Facebook page, and with the presence of Mirko, a professional barman and passionate videomaker, but especially involved in the tourist growth of the resort in Paparemo Beach, each week there will be video links, services and headlines for To show the beauty of Watamu.

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13-07-2017 di redazione

The summer season of Watamu Lily Palm Resort start out in the best way.
In recent days, the refurbished hotel overlooking one of the scenic bays of the Kenyan tourist resort celebrated a wedding of a couple from the high society of the capital Nairobi.

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Famous coiffeur Virgola loves Kenya and Watamu

Many of his products have swahili names

05-07-2017 di redazione

Virgola is one of the most well-known and important Italian brands in the hairdressing arena and its historical founder and owner Rinaldo Rampon is a love of Kenya.
For years he has watched Watamu and his beaches, but not only.
From its creative "bad of Africa", some hair products, foams, shampoos and protective masks have been born that have names for us.

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Turisanda back to Kenya, at Watamu Sun Palm Resort

Prestigious Tour Operator bets on swahili coast

01-07-2017 di redazione

After a few years, Turisanda returns to wagering on Kenya and chooses Watamu to bring its customers through travel agencies, its website and the huge customer portfolio earned during many years of Tour Operator.
The Turisanda Club Sun Palm Beach Resort (4-star superior) is a structure of only 44 newly renovated rooms to ensure guests the utmost care for every detail. It overlooks one of the beautiful bays with the islets and a white coral reef strip.

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Watamu, why international students love it

Undergraduates come here for stages and fun

23-06-2017 di redazione

Watamu is not only a paradise for tourists and for those who fall in love with Africa and then returns, but also a "field of exploration" for many young people from all over the world.
Especially its ecosystem is of interest to the schools and university groups of Europe and America. In recent months, schools from Belgium, the United States and Austria have joined Kenyan and African schools and British universities in discovering the wonders of nature that the Watamu area boasts of, so diverse but so close to each other.

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A singular catch in Watamu, the Bowhead Guitarfish

A preistorical ray taken by scientists of West Indian Ocean Association

15-06-2017 di redazione

Thanks to the photograph of a marine scientist, Michael Gilbert, on Watamu's beach, it was possible to classify the incredible fish that were finished in the local fishermen network, which are not usual to capture such specimens of the genre.
It's a "Bowhead Guitarfish" of the breed family.
Guitar fish, we could call it. In the Latin classification it is part of the Rhinobatidae family.

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Watamu, not only holidays

With vacation requests, real estate also comes in handy

07-06-2017 di redazione

The sale of Watamu for next season and in general as a holiday home, second home and also possible paradise where to start a new life, moves to Italy. In the Old Continent, negotiations for the purchase of houses, villas and apartments are under way, which, after a noticeable decline in recent years and a slow recovery last year, had a significant rise in the season just ended.

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All crazy for Watamu, already reservation for christmas

50 per cent increase for destination comparing to last year

28-05-2017 di redazione

It's boom for requests to Watamu, the resort is queen of the Kenyan coast for clicks and reservations.
There are already many attestations of interest for December 2017 and January 2018, as well as real reservations for the month of August.
There are also many airline fare requests from Europe on Mombasa.

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Watamu good for indian and japanese tourism

Malindi attracts chinese, Diani still more for british

08-05-2017 di redazione

A research conducted by BMI Pubblication, an agency dealing with a variety of magazines, magazines and online travel and tourism websites, has conducted a search for new marketing for the Kenyan coast and has recently shared with Diani the results with the Kenya Tourism Board, The Kenya Tourist Promotion Office.
From this study it was found that Watamu is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for high-level tourism in India, especially connected with Nairobi.

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7 Islands Resort not closing during low season

Surprises for Paparemo Beach next summer

07-05-2017 di redazione

In contrast to many resorts and resorts that have closed down, especially due to the lack of charter and continuous flights, but also for renovation and seasonal maintenance, the 7 Islands Resort in Watamu will remain open during the low season.
 

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Summer and autumn of movies for Watamu

With the director Malavenda for tv and cinema

03-05-2017 di redazione

It's in preparation a hot summer and a warm autumn of shooting between small and big screen in Watamu.
A promotion that comes from the love for Kenya of director Francesco Malavenda, increasingly committed between Italy, Kenya and the Principality of Monaco, and the availability of the owners of Lily Palm Resort, a tourist structure always very attentive to promotion through the media and television channels and cinematographic.

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SOLIDARITY

All the social projects of Jacaranda Beach Resort

From a nursery to free water and now building two churches

30-04-2017 di redazione

Jacaranda Beach Resort has been a part of this time in Watamu not only synonymous with tourism and hospitality, with the beauty of its sea and the quality of its services, but especially for the local population is becoming more and more Reference to aid, development and social background initiatives.
The Italian management of the resort just outside Watamu and close to small rural and poor realities, such as Mbarakachembe, Kijwetanga, Jikoke, Digirikani, Karaweni can not close its eyes in the face of the situation just outside the structure and that even the Tourists intuit upon arrival and during their excursions.
In addition, many of the resort's employees come from those villages and their families live in that reality.

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SPORTS EVENT

Watamu queen of Triathlon next saturday

April 29th the eight edition of the competition

24-04-2017 di redazione

Watamu confirms even this year's the fixed appointment with the Triathlon.
Sports that brings together three disciplines like racing, cycling and swimming in one competition, reaches this year's eighth edition in the Kenyan resort.
The 2017 edition will take off from the beach on Turtle Bay Beach on Saturday, April 29, and will follow a path that will allow not only sportsmen, but also spectators, to enjoy the most breathtaking views of Watamu, between sea and nature.
For information and subscriptions aida.rajab@hnasports.co.ke Myra 723078291.

NEWS

Kenya in Top 5 of the world ecotourism paradise

Two big american eco-operators suggest the african country in 2017 trips

20-04-2017 di redazione

Kenya was included in the five countries to visit in 2017 for an eco-conscious holiday by two of America's most important industry operators.
G-Adventure and Intrepid Travel have cited Kenya as one of the most interesting and growing countries in eco-sustainability thanks to the reserves of the Masai Mara and Samburu, the National Parks of the Amos and Aberdare and the Watamu and Mida Marine Reserve Creek.

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POLLS

Jacaranda Bay is the best beach in Watamu

Choosen by followers of the two coast portals. Garoda Beach in second place

18-04-2017 di redazione

Jacaranda Bay is the best beach in Watamu: hundreds of fans of Africa, tourists and Italian residents who love the coast of Kenya, say that.
A week of voting, more than four preferences among readers of the two watamukenya.net malindikenya.net and portals, as many of the 5000 followers of our Facebook page and other groups and social network pages, gave the award to the first major survey .
(Read here nominations and view of the beaches gallery)

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EVENTS

17-04-2017 di redazione

Watamu at Easter was the set of an Indian wedding from "a thousand and one nights".
The Lover's Beach, the Island Resort and 7 Paparemo beach, the location chosen by two young scions of Indian society in Nairobi, Sonya and Pranav, to stage a wedding party in Bollywood style lasting three days between ' farewell to celibacy and single, Saturday between pool parties and receptions and Sundays with the ceremony in true respect for the traditions of the country of origin of the two Kenyan families.

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TOURISM

Top beach of Watamu: two for the crown

For our readers Jacaranda Bay and Garoda are the best

12-04-2017 di redazione

Three days of intense voting, nearly five hundred reports to choose the top beach in Watamu, including the five that watamukenya.net included in its nominations.
Voting via our facebook page malindikenya.net, the forum of social groups where it was posted the article and our email info@watamukenya.net, will continue until next Tuesday, April 18 to decree what, according to the readers is the most enchanting paradise of our tourist destination.

APRIL FOOLS JOKE

Here's the tuk tuk choosen by Spielberg

Movie in Watamu, was just an April's fool joke!

01-04-2017 di Beppe Scione

The news of the film that Spielberg would shoot in Malindi was an April Fool's joke of Malindikenya.net, WAC, and Watamukenya.net Kenyaoggi.
All social sites and pages joined in the joke to say that Watamu is beautiful and safe ... even without Spielberg!
It 'an invitation to always read the interesting news of sites and pages that relate Watamu, no need to look for sensational news,
because the wonders that can offer Watamu and its palatability are already good news.
In fact, apart from the date of the first of April, one could easily realize the fish by reading between the lines of the alleged author name from whose book Steven Spielberg would stretch his screenplay: Avril Snapper, Avril as April and Snapper as the Red Snapper, known African Indian ocean fish.

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Easter in Watamu, lot of tourists from Nairobi

Days full of domestic tourism, but even english and a huge wedding

31-03-2017 di redazione

Despite the bad idea of ​​charter flights to bring forward the closure of the Italian tourist season to 31 March, Easter in Watamu we are expected happy, than in previous years.
They are coming in fact, according to bookings, several tourists from Nairobi and also some British presence (after it has been taken away yet another "travel advisory" there was a great revival of interest) and American.

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EVENTS

Last evening parties of Papa Remo Beach

Stasera ultimo buffet, domani sera beach party di arrivederci

29-03-2017 di redazione

The season of the evening parties of Papa Remo Beach closes today and tomorrow with the last "fireworks".
The exclusive venue on the Watamu beach love goodbye to his Wednesday night based cocktails, buffet and music to listen to, and the now historic beach party Thursday night due to which they danced barefoot on sand throughout the season.

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Serena Grandi fell in love with Watamu

The actress of the Oscar "La grande Bellezza" in Papa Remo Beach

23-03-2017 di redazione

Watamu increasingly Very Important Persons, and summer never ends.
Now the resort town of Kenya has taken the place of Malindi and many other destinations once called "exclusive."
Times have changed and today the white beaches and the crystal clear sea Watamu attract both famous and worldly characters, and business people and cultural, as well as youth, sports and nature lovers and ecology.

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On wednesday aperitif and buffet at Papa Remo Beach

On thursday disco in the same beach club of Watamu

21-03-2017 di redazione

With Mirko cocktails at sunset, begins the usual two-day party at Papa Remo Watamu Beach.
The stunning local pied-dans-l'eau in front of the seven islands of love and one of the most beautiful bays on the coast of Africa, becomes a meeting place and entertainment, with the addition of good wine, vibrant music and tasty dishes that tickle the palate. In a magical place like Papa Remo service and atmosphere we can not fail to live up to.

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The "Viperetta" falls in love for Watamu

Stakeholder and owner of Sampdoria Ferrero at Paparemo and Crystal Bay

19-03-2017 di redazione

Even in March, the end of summer African, Watamu continues to attract tourists and to charm celebrities.
On the Sunday of Paparemo Beach, a true classic of beautiful sunny days on one of the cult of the resort beaches in the coastal town of Kenya, also appeared Massimo Ferrero, the Roman businessman and president of Sampdoria nicknamed "Er viperetta".

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NEWS

No water again on the north coast and in Watamu

Electricity bill of Baricho has been cut even this month

15-03-2017 di redazione

It's a ritual that has now been repeated for too long, but they are not served even electoral skirmishes with blows of guilt to stop it.
Like almost every month (only one stop, fortunately, during the holiday season) no water in Kilifi County.
The story is well known: the parastatal entity that supplies water to the coast does not pay electricity bills, or rather does not pay past debts that were prorated and Power & Lightning cuts the current to the water supply of Baricho, including filters for treatment by the Galana River.

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A CD with many friends to help God Our Father of Timboni

Ugo Gangheri and other musicians, the GOF choir to help the Children Center

13-03-2017 di redazione

A laudable musical initiative of the Italian friends of God Our Father Center for Needy Children of Mound, along with the Neapolitan musician Hugh hinges, author of the soundtracks of many shows of comedian Job Covatta, always closely tied to Kenya.
In these days is presented throughout the country the album "A way or tiempo - Timestreet", the same hinges with Nomadia folk group.
 

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NEWS

With tourism increasing, beach boys are more in Watamu

Hoteliers together: "We have to divide the good ones from the rotten apples"

10-03-2017 di redazione

Any positive effect has its downside, especially in Kenya.
This year tourism Watamu resumed marching in the right direction, that of a good number of appearances which lasted up to the present day, with charter companies who are thinking of extending up to Easter weekly flights, planned for now only until 31 March.
But with the return of compatriots on vacation on the white beaches of the most popular tourist locations in the country, the shoreline unfortunately became repopulated by people who have nothing to do with those who work to promote this destination and who knows the rules of a place resort.

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Residents of Arabuko Sokoke protest: "no digging"

To build new roads, they take murram from the forest edge

08-03-2017 di redazione

The residents and communities of the Arabuko Sokoke forest protest against the excavations on its edges.
The largest rainforest of the Kenyan coast, which extends up to Gede Matsangoni Mijomboni and Jilore south and north, is a key lung not only for nature, but also for the climate Watamu area, and has always offered the resources to the poor people that live in a just populates worthy, thanks to the rainfall and the characteristics of its soil.

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Middle of the week, it's Paparemo Beach time

Buffet on wednesday, beach party on thursday in Watamu

03-03-2017 di redazione

The Paparemo season in Watamu Beach goes on.
The beautiful and exclusive venue of the Indian Ocean in the bay of the seven islands (also known as Bay of love) goes to the days on the beach with sun beds on the beach, the elegant restaurant and the chiringuito bar, even the happy hour time of sunset with Mirko mixologist, and two special nights midweek that have become fixed appointments for many residents and vacationers Watamu and Malindi also away.
Wednesday night is the scene the buffet barefoot on the sand and background music (often with some surprise singing) great choice of amenities for a real dinner together under the stars (KES. 1500 drinks not included). Thursday evening is the time instead of the usual beach party, from 22, to dance barefoot on the sand. Kshs input. 500. For information and reservations, Tel. 0412009174

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Vintage evening at Paparemo with a jazz band from Mombasa

On the beach in watamu live music and a special atmosphere

02-03-2017 di redazione

Someone told us that in the sixties, to the Simbad Hotel Malindi, on Saturday night the orchestra came from Mombasa and in the large terrace overlooking the sea danced the American swing, because the owners of the hotel were built in the Moorish Americans.
Wednesday night at the Watamu Beach Paparemo proposed an evening of yesteryear on the beach, which reported in timeless atmosphere patrons of the weekly appointment buffet, giving notes and vintage elegance unusual for nightlife on the coast Kenyan, too often relegated aseptic "bumbum" in nightclubs, which has little to do with the beautiful starry, the whispers of nature and the scent of the ocean in the background.

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NEWS

Italian Ambassador happy to see Watamu full of people

Massoni saw a significant increase of tourists on the coast

22-02-2017 di redazione

"I was really pleased to get back to Watamu after a year and see it blossomed with tourists":
So the Italian Ambassador in Nairobi Mauro Massoni, on the sidelines of the concert violinist Francesco D'Orazio, yesterday in Malindi.
Speaking to watamukenya.net, Massoni reiterated the interest of the Embassy for entrepreneurship of our compatriots in the coastal tourist towns, especially linked to the resort industry.

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Hollywood industry bets on Watamu

An important production wants to shot in Kenya

19-02-2017 di redazione

The news spreads from sources close to the Studios in Los Angeles: a major Hollywood production, which has already put his signature on important films shot in Kenya (from "The Constant Gardener" by Fernando Meirelles that Raquel Weisz earned the Oscar for best Supporting actress), would be ready to make a film with the major scenes to shoot in Watamu.

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NEWS

16-02-2017 di redazione

A season finally happy to Watamu. The tourist destination on the Kenyan coast has once again become one of the most popular destinations, with an international showing to appreciate the wonders of Kenya and its Indian Ocean.
Compared to last year, according to data from the accommodation, from the beginning of the influx of tourists has increased by fifty per cent, but the percentage is set to increase thanks to a much more flattering in February of 2016.
The largest coastal resorts, such as Crystal Bay, 7 and Lily Palm Islands, are working very well, as well as the Jacaranda Resort Bay and a small suite and boutique hotels on the beach.

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TOURISM

New KTB introduce itself in Watamu

Direct flights, security and cleaning are the priorities

09-02-2017 di Freddie del Curatolo

A charming new director, Betty Radier, and a new marketing strategy.
This 2017 edition of the Kenya Tourist Board has presented to the hotelier Watamu meeting yesterday morning at Kobe Suite Resort on initiative and managers Guido Bertoni.
After the meeting held last January in Malindi in collaboration with the advisor of the Ministry of Tourism THR, the Kenya Tourist Board had not responded in the same manner in Watamu and taking into account the diversification of destinations desired by Roger Jones, chief adviser of the Minister Balala , there would be no need.

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APPOINTMENTS

Tomorrow evening Marco Novati presents his book of travels

At Marina Restaurant "Africa Maisha Marefu" with Bice Ferraresi

09-02-2017 di redazione

Tomorrow evening at 20.30 at the Marina Restaurant in Watamu, the traveler, documentary filmmaker and writer Marco Novati presents his travelogue in Eastern Africa entitled "Africa Maisha Marefu" (long life to Africa), supported by the artist Bice Ferraresi, who he edited the preface.
The book, of which we speak at length here is a passionate journey to places and situations that evoke the magic and magnetism ancestral especially Kenya, between the Maasai Mara and Lamu, with surprising encounters and descriptions from "mal d'Afrique".
An evening of stories, evocations and travel anecdotes do not miss.

SOLIDARITY

A Motor Ambulance from Karibuni NGO to Gede Health Center

Good to help people in remote areas

06-02-2017 di redazione

By the Italian NGO Karibuni Onlus, a new motoambulanza for Gede hospital.
The medium is very important in rural communities on the Kenyan coast to reach people in need even in villages that are not directly served by roads practicable to normal ambulance.
The initiative was coordinated in partnership with the local association Ahadi Kenya Trust.

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NEWS

Our portal is renewed to promote better Watamu

Watamukenya.net like Malindikenya.net: different location, same tourist promotion

03-02-2017 di redazione

Even Watamukenya.net is renewed in his look!
And not only!
The Watamu portal now becomes dynamic, can be read more easily on each mobile carrier, will have linkable news individually and give more space to promote tourism.
Recently the marketing of the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya has indicated in Watamu one of the tourist destinations for excellence in the country.

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PROMOTION

A project to make Watamu the pearl of Kenya

Eco-destination with water sports, diving and natural places

26-01-2017 di redazione

As part of the presentation of the "Kenya Beach Destination Strategy," the report on the revitalization of tourism commissioned by the Kenyan government agency Spanish THR, yesterday in Malindi there was also talk of Watamu destination.
"A tourist destination that will be completely decoupled from Malindi and other tourist resorts on the coast - said the rapporteur of the report, Roger Jones - because it has special characteristics, which are also the strengths reported by its entrepreneurs in recent meetings: especially ecology, seaside living for relaxing, diving, water sports and deep sea fishing. a destination that appeals to young people and sports, and international tourists, and a good percentage, increasing, club-goers. "

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PLACES

A restaurant in the Sardinia Two paradise

Relax and comfort on the sunbeds of Alawi

24-01-2017 di redazione

Lunch in one of the most elegant and secluded boutique hotel in Watamu, on the shores of the Bay Jacaranda,
Directly across from the sandy islets of "Sardinia Due" and relax on the beautiful private beach sunbeds?
Or organize an exclusive dinner in the company in a unique setting between the whispering palm trees and the sweet music of the palms?

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WELL BEING

Natural protection of skin Made In Kenya

20-01-2017 di redazione

TOURISM

Kite, deep sea fishing, sun and environment

Four ways to enjoy Watamu during holidays

12-01-2017 di redazione

Young people have chosen it as a favorite destination for the Kite Surfing.
The wind has changed since a week, the first month in the summer kaskazi blows strong and allows the long strip of ocean protected by coral reefs, from Hemingway to the creek Bay Midas, to occur in evolution and enjoy the beauty of the sea doing sports.

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PLACES

Come Back, pleasure garden of food

Watamu restaurant renewed in menu and design

11-01-2017 di redazione

If the Come Back Club is the undisputed meeting point for every night in Watamu, with its increasingly crowded bar and full of joy, with the hospitality of his "deus ex machina" Mario Ciampi and that mixture of Africa and Europe distinguishes our tourist destination, today the local in the town center also adds to the excellent food and the pleasure of dining in a casually elegant garden to its nightly proposal.

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NEWS

In fire the girl section of God Our Father in Timboni

No people injured, now we have to help the children center near Watamu

01-03-2016 di redazione

A fire partially destroyed yesterday the God Our Father Center For Needy Children, one of the largest hosting organizations of children of Watamu area, Mound, also supported by many Italians.
Fortunately there were no harm to children or staff, but the damage is extensive.
The fire seems to have developed due to an external short circuit and having reduced ash good women of the wing structure, fifty beds to 135. The fire spread so fast because of mattresses, however brand new ( just provided by the Time4LIfe).

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