Watamu Marine National Park – located 90 miles north of Mombasa (along the Kenya’s north coast), this park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles and dugongs. With a species list almost as big as the Great Barrier Reef, Watamu National Park is home to Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Turtles, Angelfish, Lionfish and a multitude of other colorful and fascinating marine animals.
Watamu is considered on to the top beaches in the world and each year sun-worshipping tourists flock here to relax on the soft sandy beaches and soak up the peace and tranquility of their surroundings. Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat tours.
Tsavo National Park – located in the country’s Coast province (between Nairobi and Mombasa, Tsavo is actually made up of two separate parks: Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo East’s features: generally flat terrain, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls;
Tsavo West’s features: imore mountainous and wetter terrain than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s e.g. black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.
The Village Market (Limuri Road, Gigiri district, Nairobi) – in existence since 1995, this shopping center (located in the upscale surburb of Gigiri) has over 150 retailers. This complex, which resembles an open air African market (including backdrops like waterfalls, rivers, plants and gardens), is better-known for the upscale food shopping that’s provided here (in part, since the expat business community that works in Nairobi, shops here).
Sarit Centre (Lower Kabete Road, Westlands) – this is reputed to be Nairobi’s first shopping mall (opening in 1983). It’s currently a six-level shopping center with 70 mostly local & regional stores (along with a Woolworth’s), a Fox Cineplex, and other amenities.
Galleria Mall (Langata Road, Nairobi) – this shopping center has various local and regional retailers, along with a food court (including a KFC eatery), services (such as banks and cell phone providers), and children’s play areas. Like other malls, this one holds a variety of promotional events & concerts as well.
City Mall Nyali (near Guptas Complex, Nyali, Malindi Road, Mombasa) – once known as The Nyali Mall, this is Mombasa’s first modern shopping center. Over 62 retailers are located here (including some international ones like Woolworth’s, Converse, and Levi’s), along with various mall amenities (food courts, entertainment, etc.).
Capital Centre (Mombasa Road, Nairobi) – this is one of Nairobi’s major shopping malls. Over 60 retailers are found here (mostly local & regional stores). Services offered at the shopping mall include a mega-Uchumi supermarket, pharmacy, forex bureau, jewellery, perfumes, cosmetics, household appliances, home decor, computer hardware, optical centre, beauty salon, cinemas, casino, pubs, courier services, book centre, toys etc. The banks at Capital Centre include Diamond Trust Bank & Prime Bank as well as KCB, NIC & Cooperative Bank ATMs.
For coffee lovers, Nairobi Java House is home to Kenya’s finest hand-roasted coffee and freshly prepared homestyle food. Capital Centre hosts the Masai market which takes place every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m., offering authentic Kenyan handmade arts and crafts such as bags, jewellery and a selection of other unique items.
The Exchange Bar (Sarova Stanley Hotel, Kenyatta Avenue & Kimathi Street, Nairobi) – located within one of Nairobi’s prominent hotels, The Exchange Bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman’s club with its décor, while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere that provides a lively meeting place for people from all walks of life. A perfect place to enjoy a single malt and fine cigar or sensational cocktails accompanied with a variety of bar snacks.
The Alchemist (Parklands Road, behind Kwikfit, Westlands, Nairobi) – this is a combination bar, nightclub and art space, which attracts mainly 20-something university students (both those who live in Nairobi, as well as those who are visiting the country). Such a crowd gives this venue a rather “artsy vibe”. There are also “open mic” sessions (comedy, poetry, etc.) held here, as well as events held by various corporations and NGOs (non-government organizations) operating in Nairobi.
Simba Saloon (Carnivore Restaurant, Langata Road, Nairobi) – this venue, which is also a popular BBQ restaurant, offers lively musical entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday evenings, complete with themed nights to cater to fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits.
The Simba Saloon is well known for hosting some of Africa’s best musicians and also many international ones such as Maxi Priest, Yellowman, Sadao Watanabe, Manu Dibango, Salif Keta, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Ismael Lo, Habib Koite, Hugh Masakela just to mention a few. This venue has struck the rare balance of catering to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents whilst becoming a must-see stop off for tourists.