Kenya 2010 – Watamu
Kenya is our destination for Christmas 2010. We chose to go to Watamu and not to Malindi or Diani Beach because they say it is very nice.
We surfed the Internet to find the package that suited us and in the end we book with Alpitour World, because it is not expensive but is ok for us.
At last the moment of leaving to Kenya arrived, we boarded on our Blue Panorama plane and… along suffering night started! The aircraft was not so comfortable, the seats were unconfortable and narrow and we couldn’t nearly move. Sleeping in that condition was impossible, so when we got to our destination we were really tired.
But being in Africa again was an incredible sensation that opens your heart: only those who love Africa as much as we do can understand!
We get on a bus with air conditioning (it was rather cold inside) and we start to the resort. The way was rather long and the last part was uncofortable, because it was a dirt road. At last we got to Twiga Beach Ora Resort. It is not very big, but very nice, the welcome is very warm, with a good refreshing drink!
While our luggage is taken to our room, we reached the restaurant. it was more than 3 o’clock p.m., but the management had kept some food for us. There were three couples, we ate above all fresh fruit and talked a lot. Then we met the first of the three persons of the animation staff: Denise! She was very kind and nice, she put a rubber bracelet at our wrists (because we had the all inclusive formula) and invited us to the gala evening at the pool side that evening.
We ran to our room, wore our swimsuit and went to the beach: the tide was very low, so we couldn’t swim but only walk on the beach!
Something we did not like at all were the beach boys. We had already met them in Zanzibar but here the situation is completely different! The ones we met here in Watamu were very stubborn and annoying, and they kept following us trying to sell their goods. We told them we were tired and needed a rest, but it seemed they didn’t want to undesrand. In the end we had to be rather rude, and we left the beach to go to the swimming pool. it was so hot it was a pleasure to swim there.
For the gala evening by the pool side was there was a cocktail party with very nice snacks. Then we had Christmas dinner and the a gospel mass, celebrated in English. And a lot of children singing Christmas carols. It was very nice the party ended with some disco and the promise to meet the day after for the Christmas games.
And the morning after, after a substantial breakfast, we were ready to begin! We met the other members of the animation staff, Cecilia and Max, the latter had just arrived in Kenya and he was rather sunburnt! What we liked of these three persons was that they were able to involve the guest in their activities; but they were never insisting or annoying. Even Gianni, who is a kind of bear, enjoys himself a lot and takes part to all games and activities. The first thing he did in the morning was to look for Max to ask him what the day program was.
As for the trips, one afternoon we went to Malindi, but it is nothing special. We had a walk and found several stalls selling souvenirs and fruit. We bought a couple of pineapples to take back to Italy, we were surprised by a man who made sandals from old tires, we crossed the Arabian district with its dark shops.
And in the end we visited the wood factory, where we saw people working the wood and making statues of any kind and size!
Another day we went to visit Ghede ruins. it is an old Arabian town abandoned without an apparent reason. It is inside a forest and the only inhabitants are monkeys. There is a large colony of vervets, divided into families and they always fight because they are rather aggressive. he leaders of the families have got threatening names like Saddam Hussein or Bin Laden,
We asked our driver to stop on the way to buy some bananas. When we got there we started giving the monkey the food, but we had to be very careful; in fact they stole bananas from our hands.
We visited the reuins, our drivers gave us information about the buildings (or what remains of them), then we went for a trip in Watamu. We didn’t stop for long, because it is very hot and there was a terrible chaos.
The longest trip we did was the Blue Safari, a trip on a boat. They took us by bus to a place where the sea water was very clear; it is called “Sardinia 2” (and this shows how many Italians live in Kenya). From there we took a boat and we saw nice things, for example dolphins, mangroves, flamingoes. And we also did a little snorkeling.
Part of our boat’s bottom was glass, so we could see some fish, it was rather nice. We landed on a small island where we had luncvh: everything was so good, they served us also a whole lobster. Ten Gianni and a lady we had met at the resort went for a short canoying trip, while I and the lady’s husband stayed there to resist the attack of lots of beach boys.
What I regretted was we didn’t have a safari, there was the chance to stay away for one night. The temptation was great, but we didn’t want to leave the resort and miss two days on the beach. (We would come back to Kenya some years later and we would go to visit Tzavo East!)
But the best of the things we did was the one we hadn’t planned! Some guests in the resort wanted to visit the children of an orphanage they had heard about. We decided to join them. We collected some money to buy something for them, for example rice and some biscuits, or other useful things.
There were children of any age, all of them with the same need of love, the youngest ones wanted to be picked up and pampered, the oldest instead made all they could to attract our attention. It was a very good experience…
When we got back it was almost darkness, but it was our last day so we didn’t want to miss a last bath in the swimming pool. We were invited to go to Malindi to the disco, but we refused, so after the show organized by the animation staff we went to bed!
The morning after we got up very early, we were really very sorry to go away, because we liked the place and had had a very good time… but as usual beautiful things always have an end!