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I will use this space to add news and photos from Kenya. It will be updated regularly so please visit often.

2011-03-29

March 2011

March 2011 News

Jambo

Here is my news for March!

1 day safari with French family from Ndovu [Lookea] and they had a wonderful time.

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I joined as a volunteer to support the village cleaning in Watamu with members of the Watamu Marine Association (W.M.A). They use some of the waste materials to be useful again. The local ladies use the waste papers for making baskets as shown by Jane Spilsbury from the WMA in the pic below. If you go to Watamu please purchase a bag to support the local community. It was a really good day and enjoyed by all.

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I went on a 2 days safari with 3 italian clients from Crystal Bay and 2 american missionaries from Turtle  Bay. We were very luck and spotted lots of animals as you can see in the pics below.

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 That's all for now.

Kwaheri

Raymond

2011-02-28

February 2011

February 2011 News

Jambo

I took one of my friends called Ryan to 1 day safari to Tsavo East and full day dolphin watching, snorkelling where there were many sea creatures to see and Mida creek with the barbeque. 

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Also did a full day deep sea fishing with the Vuma boat and it was wonderful as you can see from the photos below.

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Took a group of 6 Italian friends from Mawe Resort in Watamu, four of them went 2 days safari to Tsavo East and the other 2 went 3 days safari to Tsavo East and Amboseli. We also went for a full day dolphin watching and Mida Creek.

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Also we went to the Orphanage called God Our father Children’s Home in Watamu and distributed some presents to the children and they had a good time.

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Bye for now

Kwaheri

Raymond

2011-01-30

January 2011

January 2011 News

Jambo to you all and Happy New Year!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year as we had with my good friends at my home with my family. The children enjoyed playing with the lollypops and the balloons.

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Took other friends with their own itinerary as they wanted to visit Lake Jipe Safari Camp in Tsavo West for 2 nights and we visited Lake Chala at the boundary of Kenya and Tanzania and we visited the market in Taveta.

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I also went to Tsavo East with 6 people from Poland at Epiya Chapeyu Camp and visited the Lugards Falls.

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Kwaheri

Raymond

 

2010-12-19

December 2010 News

December 2010 News

Hi everyone

I have a very busy few weeks lined up over the Christmas holidays as my good friends from England are coming to stay in Turtle Bay Hotel.

We will be doing many things including a safari so I will have many photos for you to look at.

In the meantime I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and fantastic New Year.

Kwaheri

Raymond

 

2010-11-28

November 2010 News

November 2010 News

Jambo everyone

I went to snorkeling and Mida Creek tour with some tourists from Turtle Bay Hotel and it was brilliant.

I went with some clients to the Turtle Watch Group to see some sick turtles which are being treated and when they recover they take them to the beach of Turtle Bay Hotel for the releasing. Many tourists enjoy it.

The weather is very hot here with a lot of humidity because of some few showers [rains]. As a change of wind direction from north to south a lot of sea weeds have been swept away and buried under thus making the beaches clean with brilliant white sand which makes it to be attracting.

Looking forward to a good Christmas and New Year as I have some good friends coming over from England to visit.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Kwaheri

Raymond

2010-10-31

October 2010 News

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October 2010 News

Jambo everybody!

I had a group of 14 clients this month which kept me busy and made lots of new friends.  8 people went on 2 days safari to Tsavo East National Park and 6 people went on 3 days to the Masai Mara and all had a good time. We also went snorkelling and then did the Mida Creek Tour with a barbecue at Sudi Island. We also had a half day trip to Malindi to the wood carving factory and Vasco Da Gama pillar. 

Vasco Da Gama Pillar

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At the barbecue

I also went 2 days safari to Tsavo East National Park with the Brightly family of 4 adults and 2 children and also went to snorkelling and Mida Creek Tour with the barbecue at Sudi Island.

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I have had a great month as I also took 3 clients from Sun Palms Hotel on a 2 days safari. We also went to Hell's Kitchen Tour to watch the sun set which was very nice. We also went to Mida Creek and had a barbecue at Sudi Island.

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Thank you to everyone that has added nice comments to trip advisor as this helps me very much. 

Asante Sana
Kwaheri
Raymond

2010-09-28

September 2010 News

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September 2010 News

Jambo everyone

We went on safari with Ian, Margaret and their son Conor on the 1st of September and had a good time and saw lots of animals. Unfortunately I lost my camera phone the day before so could not take any photos but my friends have let me use theirs until i can get another. Thank you very much to those of you that have allowed me to use your photos for my blog.

While I was away I had another 3 clients from Turtle Bay Hotel. 2 clients went 2 days safari to Tsavo East National Park with Tomas and 1 client went 3 days safari to Tsavo East and Amboseli National Park with another one of my professional guides. They were lucky enough to spot some lions seated near the road side.

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Wonderful Grant's Gazelles

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The Red Elephant

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The Turtle Bay beach is becoming clean again after having big loads of seaweeds which is now being dragged back to sea for turtle food.

The profits from my safaris have finally paid for my windows in my house, the rooms divided for my children and a cement floor.

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I will be enjoying crops from my land especially bananas very soon. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo but I thought you may like to see our bananas

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Thank you to everybody for promoting Kingi Safaris and my family it is great for us.

Kwaheri

Bye for now

Raymond

 

2010-08-31

August 2010 News

August 2010 Blog

Jambo everyone

I have had a very busy August which has been great as I have met many people who have become freinds. I went with 11 clients from Turtle Bay Hotel to snorkelling and Mida Creek with the barbecue at the Mangroves Island and as you can see the lobster was wonderful. I did share it by the way 

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Mangrove Island

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I went 2 days safari to Tsavo East National Park with 11 clients from Turtle Bay Hotel. We saw many animals today including a cheetah with 3 cubs. We also saw this cheeky monkey taking it easy........

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The lions often stroll across the road in front of excited visitors.
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There was a storm in Watamu 2 weeks ago which did quite a lot of damage both on the beach and in the village. The storm swept away many trees down the beach and did damage at the beach of Turtle Bay.

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This Monday I am going on 3 days safari with some clients of Turtle bay Hotel to Tsavo East and Amboseli National Park so I will try to get some good photos to share with you.

Bye for now

Kwaheri

Raymond

 

2010-07-27

July 2010 News

July 2010 News

Hi everyone

On 26th June I went on 2 days safari  to Tsavo East with 2 clients of Turtle Bay Hotel. We saw a group of lions seated only about 7metres from us.

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On 29th June I went 3 days safari to Tsavo East and Amboseli with a family from Turtle bay Hotel. We saw the Mt Kilimanjaro very clearly and it was very lovely indeed.

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We also went snorkelling in the marine park and then onto Mida Creek with some tourists of Turtle Bay Hotel and had a barbecue which included lobster, octopus soup, chicken, fish and coconut rice.

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With the Watamu Marine Association helped by the school children we volunteer ourselves in making the beaches clean every week. Removing all the plastic materials from the beach thus making our environment clean. This also gives a room for the sea creatures and nesting turtles.

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That's all for now.

Kwaheri

Raymond

2010-06-29

June 2010 News

June 2010 News

Hi everyone

I went on a great safari with 4 clients which was 3 days in Tsavo East and Amboseli. We had a good view of the Kilimanjaro and stayed overnight at Kibo Safari Camp. 

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If you would like to look at the Kibo Safari Camp you can click here.

There have been storms and strong winds in Watamu this month. Below is Turtle bay Hotel view from the beach. They blocked the strong winds by building the wind breakers.

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Below you can see photos of when we visited the Watamu Bio-Ken Snake Farm. This is the Rhinocerous Viper and the Tiger Snake which is non poisonous.

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You can visit the Watamu Bio-Ken Snake Farm here.

Tomorrow I am going to Mida Creek with four clients so I will have more photos for you to enjoy.

That's all for now.

Kwaheri

Raymond


 

2010-05-29

May 2010 News

May 2010 News

Hello everyone

I have had a very exciting May as I was given the opportunity to visit some good friends in Italy for sightseeing, improving my Italian language and promoting Kingi Safaris. So it is like a dream and I see every day here as a beautiful day.

We decided to go to a town called Verona. Really there are beautiful places on earth and its unbelievable....

Me and the Milan cathedral called Duomo

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Tourists love to touch the bronze for good luck

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Me and Scala Theatre, one of the most famous theatres in the world

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Me and the Milan Castle

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I am in a helicopter

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Arena of Verona and behind me there are some gladiators

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 Verona; Me and Juliet without Romeo. Since Romeo was not there I took advantage of the situation and took a picture with a lonely Juliet.

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Under the balcony of Juliet, where she used to kiss with Romeo.

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I am in one of Verona squares and behind me you can see the statue of Dante, one of the most famous and important italian poets.

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Kwaheri from Milan

Back home next month

Raymond

 

2010-04-30

April 2010 News

April 2010 News

Hello Everyone

The Wildman Triathlon organised by the Turtle Bay Hotel entertained many people this month. Many guests and the village people participated and some won some cheques, air tickets to and fro Nairobi and others 3 days buffet in the Turtle Bay Hotel.

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The manager of the Turtle Bay Hotel also participated in the competition which was swimming, cycling and running and did very well.

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The Ocean Sports Hotel was closed from 18th to 28th April. The beach is covered by a lot of sea weeds and the sea is very rough with strong currents and the fishing boats are not going out anymore for fishing. Some boats were docked at Captain Andy’s place at the creek for repairs waiting for the other fishing season.

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Kingi Safaris is now on Facebook if you would like to join us.

Kwaheri

Raymond

 

2010-03-31

March 2010 News

March 2010 News

Jambo everyone

The rainy season is very near so we are clearing our lands ready before the rain starts. We will be planting in the middle of April. We plant maize, cassava and vegetables, banana trees and sugar canes.

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At the moment it is very hot but we have very few tourists. Some of the hotels will be closed for quite a long time like the Bluebay Hotel and others for a short time like Ocean Sports and Turtle Bay Hotel.
That's all for now

Kwaheri

Raymond

2010-02-27

February 2010 News

February 2010 News

Jambo everyone

We are very happy as we have been very busy this month with lots of clients wishing to do very different things and would like to thank you all for supporting us and the local community.

We went to Gede Forest (or Arabuko Sokoke Forest) with two clients of Turtle Bay Hotel, Caroline and her friend. We passed by the swamp to see the elephants but were already gone, so went up the tree house to see if we can spot them. We managed to spot the Golden Elephant Shrew.

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We climbed the boardwalk at Mida Creek.

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And went with a canoe inside the mangrove forest to watch some birds and there were many ibises and flamingoes.

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We went on a 2 nights and 3 days safari to Tsavo East and West with Solo Group of Turtle Bay Hotel. Sarah, Val, David, Alex and others. The landscaping in Tsavo West, the Mzima Spring and the rhino sanctuary makes the Park to be more attracting. We saw the Big Five animals except rhino.

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We went with Roger and Margaret on a 2 days safari to Tsavo East and saw the big five animals. We visited the Masai village which is very interesting.

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We also went with Roger and Margaret to dolphin watching, snorkeling and Mida Creek with barbecue. Later we went to Hells Kitchen for sundown which is spectacular and very special.

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That's all for now.

Kwaheri

Raymond

2010-01-31

January2010

January 2010 News

Jambo everyone and Happy New Year. We had a very busy time over Christmas and New Year with our good friends from England. We had a wonderful time on New Years Day at Thomas's house with lots of food, fun and dancing.

Mr Camel had lots of clients on Christmas Day.

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We went on a 3 days safari with Marianne, Fran, Trisha and Jackie to Tsavo East in the land cruiser.

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We stayed at the Wildlife Lodge and it was fabulous. The hippo and elephants were always entertaining the guests at the waterhole of the Lodge. We climbed the Mdanda Rock which has stairs to the top where there is a good place for spotting cheetahs.

 

We also had a 1 day trip with the same ladies to Mida Creek Tour with barbecue and watched the flamingos with Chris and Lisa also.

They are building a new seating area at Mida Creek.

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On the 15th January just after 8am there was an eclipse of the sun that lasted almost half an hour but unfortunately it was a bit cloudy and not possible to take any good photos.

 

That is all for now

Kwaheri

Ray

 

 

 

2009-12-17

December 2009

December 2009 News

Jambo

The opening of the Watamu Dispensary enabled the people of Watamu to get cheap medication and also gives free HIV counselling and HIV tests. Now the community wants to expand it by contributions so that they can build wards.

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The camel now has been hired part time by the Turtle Bay Hotel and the Blue Bay Hotel in the Christmas Day to take round the children at the beach. So it's funny riding the camel on this great Day. It has special decorations on Christmas Day.


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Kwaheri

Raymond

2009-11-17

November 2009 News

November 2009 News

The releasing of the turtles at the beach of the Turtle Bay Hotel by the Turtle Watch Group attracts many tourists from different hotels. The tourists enjoy watching the releasing.


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The sea is now very calm like a carpet and is a good time for fishing, dolphin watching and sailing. Many tourists enjoy the sailing now.


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The Kalahari Bar and Restaurant attracts many people from all over Watamu village and Malindi. It is allocated near Turtle Bay, Hemmingways and Ocean Sports. Many tourists pass by for a drink.

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The new Corema or Ndovu Hotel was opened two weeks ago and got its first arrival last Sunday. The hotel is very big and a five star Hotel. It has a very beautiful look.
 

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Bye for now

Kwaheri

Ray

2009-10-27

October 2009 News

News from October 2009

Jambo

The fallen trees on the beach of the Turtle Bay Hotel gives a nice view of the beach. Also the beach is very clean compared to last month as the seaweeds have been dragged back out to sea. It is starting to look very beautuful again.
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I went on a 2 day safari with Greg and his family at Tsavo East National Park and they had a great time. They were very happy to spot the Big Five Animals except rhino. The acommodation was at Voi Lodge which is inside the park.

Elephants at Tsavo

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Lions relaxing at Tsavo

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The new bar near Ocean Sports has now opened and is called the Kalahari.

Kwaheri

Raymond

2009-09-26

September 2009 News

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September 2009 News

Jambo

The unsuspected big tide swept all the palm trees down the Turtle Bay Hotel leaving a deep steep ridge. It is a big wonder because it has been a long time since such a thing to happen. That's why the hotel hung red flags down the beach to show tourists that there is danger.

The September rains [showers] makes the weather to be hot with a lot of humidity and also makes the sea water to be calm, to provide a nice season for fishing and dolphin watching.

That's all for now.

Kwaheri

Raymond

2009-08-23

August 2009 News

August 2009 News

Jambo

The building of the small bridge from Aquarius Hotel to the Lily Palm Beach Hotel is to reduce the harrassment of tourists by the boys who have no associations. It was also built for those tourists who want to be in peace. It has a nice appearance.

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Also the building of the new hotel which borders the Mapango restaurant on the beach has a beautiful look.
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The Watamu beaches are now becoming clean because of the strong currents which bury the seaweeds deep in the sand leaving the beaches clean like the beaches of Turtle Bay and Ocean Sports.

Nowadays at the beach of Ocean Sports are some boys who gives out surfing lessons to tourists at good prices. They have their Flag labelled F on the beach and a board showing the prices.

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Kwaheri

Ray

November Blog

Posted by Administrator at 2008-11-23 16:35
Hi Raymond, thanks for the news! I love to hear about what is going on in Watamu and I look forward to your December news. Great website by the way :-)

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Posted by Patricia McCabe at 2008-12-20 15:25
Hello Raymond - we are really looking forward to our visit next week!! Can't wait to see Watamu again and catch up with friends. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday bright and early
Jackie and Trisha

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