Karen Little Paradise

Just outside Nairobi towards Ngong Hills on the Ngong road between Karen and Ngong is the small agricultural farm "Karen Little Paradise" with fresh vegetables, fruits, cows, goats and small animals.

In a quiet location, you can enjoy the view over the fertile forest to the Ngong Hills, as Karen Blixen lived. With us you can enjoy the delicious food, prepared traditional or internationally with a unique ambiance, maybe at sunset. All meals are from our own garden - even the meat. So "Little Paradise"!

Spend the night in roundhouse, standard - or deluxe apartment with Makutti roof (thatched roof), with hot / cold water, veranda, every comfort and amenity and friendly service to the home. Cast your next safari with a drink at the gazebo (separately roundhouse) with like-minded in a romantic setting.

Karibu ! (welcome)

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White sand beaches, fringed with palms, casuarinas, oleanders and brilliant bougainvillea, washed by the incredible blue waters of the Indian Ocean, refreshed by gentle monsoon breezes, and the enchantment of Kenya's wildlife sanctuaries, only a few miles away. This is the Kenya coast - one of the most idyllic resort areas anywhere in the world.

The tropical coastline of East Africa has been recognized by historians for a thousand years. Ptolemy mentioned Mombasa in the 2nd Century A.D. The Turks and Arabs, infact all the seafaring nations of the East, came and went until the 16th Century when Mombasa fell to the Portuguese. They stayed for over a century and built Fort Jesus, eventually being starved out by the Arabs. It was not until 1888, that the sultan of Zanzibar was persuaded to cede the Kenya Coast to the British, and trade began to flourish. Up and down the coast modern discoverers will find fascinating relics of these ancient cultures.

Mombasa

This old but vibrant gateway to Kenya is a mystical mixture of ancient and modern, with a cosmopolitan population blending Africa, Arabia and Asia. Not everyone realizes that this picturesque port is an island, with two deep water harbours. Evocative of the east, graceful sailing dhows unchanged throughout the centuries, arrive on the monsoon winds, while  ocean liners berth just around the headland . Fringing the dhow harbour is the old town, a maze of narrow streets, quaint shuttered houses and open fronted shops. Nearby is the traditional open market with dazzling displays of local fabrics and prints, curios and intricate baskets. The ancient Portuguese fort fort, named Jesus, stands sentinel against long forgotten invasions from the sea and is now a fine museum of antiquities.

Sport Fishing

 The waters of the Indian Ocean, off the Kenya coast, offer unlimited opportunities for the serious sport fisherman, or enthusiastic first timer, whether fishing for marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo or barracuda. The season runs from August to the end of March and good boats with well trained crews, are available everywhere. They range from luxury twin screw sport fishing cruisers, down through a wide range of small craft. The main centres are at Malindi and Watamu in the North, a magnificent offshore fishing ground for record billfish and Shimoni, off the Pemba Channel, noted for striped marlin, large yellowfin tuna and shark.

The South Coast

A vast uninterrupted stretch of white sand lapped by an opal ocean, with hotels nestling in cleared beach front areas of the Jadini forest, the haunt of colobus monkey and brilliant forest birds. Served by a fine paved road from Likoni, the Mombasa ferry terminal, to Shimoni almost on the Tanzania border, this is a well established resort area, with  fine hotels and a very wide variety of water sports and activities. The Kisite / Mpunguti marine Park, an intriguing underwater world, can be reached from Shimoni or Wasini Island a lovely trip by dhow or motor boat.

The North Coast

The coast area between Nyali Bridge and Kilifi (70 km/ 45 miles) to the north is another paradise of sand and bright blue sea. Nyali lies closest to Mombasa and on its shoreline overlooking beaches, silver-white and shimmering in the sun, stand some of Kenya's finest beach hotels.Other notable areas are Mtwapa Creek an idyllic place for water sports with its calm unruffled water. Further north Kilifi Creek is crossed to reach Malindi by another motor  ferry. here far upstream hidden in the mangrove swamps seasonally roosts thousands of Carmine Bee-eaters, a riot of exotic color and most unusual sight.

Malindi and Watamu

The 'lost city' of Gedi whose inhabitants inexplicably vanished over three hundred years ago. Two Marine National Parks, with wonderful underwater coral gardens and thousands of tropical fish. Curved beaches which defy description, secluded bays full of enticing tiny coral islands and Malindi itself, an ancient town whose history goes back a thousand years. All this combines to make this an exotic and fascinating part of the coast of Kenya.

Lamu and other Islands

Lamu is a town, an island and an archipelago. The last remaining bastion of the Shirazi, the oldest of the cultures on this coast, the town is a delightful anachronism carrying on its daily life as it has for centuries, with its ancient architecture, intricate carved plaster work, mosques and a very fine museum. This is not by any means all this area has to offer, though often it is all the visitor wants or needs. There are beautiful beaches, a wonderful underwater world along the reefs in the Kiunga Marine National Park and two remote hideaways on Kiwayu and Manda are for those who dream of deserted tropical islands in the sun.

Rugged and remote, these wildlife reserves (298km/115m) lie just within the fascinating semi-desert Northern Frontier District in Kenya. With a magnificent background of jagged purple mountains, they provide some of the best and most colorful game viewing in the country. The tranquil Uaso Nyiro River flowing through the park, provides a natural habitat for crocodile. Long necked gerenuk, Gevy's Zebra and graceful reticulated giraffe are species not found in the less arid areas to the south.

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Elephants seek solace and contentment in the shallow waters of this river, which together with Buffalo Springs, supports a large variety of African mammals, cheetah and leopard being particularly well represented. A most impressive sight beside the pools and streams are great flocks of sandgrouse, which come to drink every morning around 8.00 a.m as regularly as clockwork. Doves and guinea-fowl abound  and the giant Martial eagle perched on some high vantage point.

DISTANCE: Nanyuki 125km/80 miles - Nyeri 185 km/ 115 miles - Isiolo 50km / 30 miles


 

 

Lake Nakuru National Park.

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Lake Nakuru, the world famous haunt of flamingos, is a beautiful shallow alkaline lake, just south of Nakuru township. Surrounded by acacia woodland and rich Savannah, this park (364km / 142M)  is a superb example of conservation at work in the wild. Originally and still considered one of the finest ornithological sights in the world it is now with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund, providing sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, rhino and leopard. The edge of the lake is frequently a crimson ribbon of Greater and Lesser flamingos, while pelicans and other water birds swim and fish in majestic flotilla formation

Naivasha 70Km / 45Miles


Lake Naivasha

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Few Lakes have a more commanding or lovely setting than Lake Naivasha, the highest and purest of the Rift Valley lakes. Mt. Longonot (2,777 m/ 9109ft) in the distance, shades the lake in misty blues and and purples. At Hell's Gate gorge with its steam jets, and Fischer's Tower a pinnacle of soaring rock, game abounds and the rarest of Kenya's birds of prey, the Lammergeyer nests.

 Nairobi 85km  / 55 miles

Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria

Lake Baringo lies in the solitude of the northern Rift Valley only one hour from the township of Nakuru. This is a peaceful place of quite outstanding beauty, a breeding ground for fresh water fowl of some significance and the home of the Njemps, smaller cousins of the great Masai, who have abandoned the nomadic way of life for fishing in fragile craft made of reeds.

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Visits to Lake Bogoria are arranged from this area. A place of great scenic beauty hidden in formidable hills, its exciting steam jets, boiling geysers and fumaroles are convincing evidence of the origins of the rift valley. The rare Greater Kudu is found here and at times it is the haunt of hundreds of thousands of flamingos.

 Nakuru 125km  / 80 miles

Lake Turkana

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Appropriately called "The Jade Sea" because of its  remarkable coloring in the harsh surrounding purple and black volcanic rock, this is undoubtedly the least hospitable, but most interesting of all of Kenya's lakes. For in the Sibiloi National Park, a rich fossil region has revealed fascinating clues to the origins of mankind and his predecessors, dating back almost three million years. This far northern area is surprisingly in its wildlife and the lake also supports a large colony of crocodiles. Central Island is the nesting area of big colonies of fascinating water birds.

 

 

Masai Mara (Maasai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves.


It’s about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. There is a section from Narok town to Sekenani Gate that is dirt road but fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is not good at all and very bumpy.

Everything is big in the Mara (1,812km/700 m). Masai Mara is a stunning destination to visit. It is a reserve of breathless vistas, a panorama of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves, well watered by the lovely Mara River . This is lion and elephant country, with buffalo lurking in the forest and a super abundance of plains game game, but all this richness is secondary to the Mara's main attraction - the annual migration, which takes place between July and September. Over a million wildebeest, thousands of zebra with their attendant predators cross the Mara River and spread across the plains in a seemingly endless procession. Secretary birds and Crowned cranes stalk sedately over the plains and the effortless Bateleur is almost always in the sky. A journey into the Mara by air is scenically magnificent with stunning views right across the Rift Valley and of two extinct volcanoes standing out in the bluegrey haze.

The recommended Number of Days to stay in Masai Mara due the amount to be seen in the reserve we feel a THREE to FOUR day safari is suitable for just the Masai Mara. If you are interested in photography the longer you stay the more chance of getting the ultimate photo.

The best time to visit Masai Mara With the wildebeest migration in JULYOCTOBER, this is the best time to see this incredible movement of animals. Although it is not guaranteed that

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the wildebeest get to Masai Mara , it has yet to let us down. Also, December to February are great times as it is dryer and good for the Big Cats.


 

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