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Review: Flying Foxes

In earlier posts I wrote about our trip to The Forest and our bad experience mountain biking there with Limitless Outdoors. This post is about the FANTASTIC experience we had with doing the zip lines with Flying Foxes at The Forest. It was so great! Safety first! Flying Foxes has an ambulance at the ready just in case. But, most likely you won’t ever need it. The equipment and lines are top notch. The staff is well trained and really knows their stuff. These are experts. Also, you go through a short training before you get to the line. They make sure you know exactly what you’re doing before you’re allowed to go. They take safety seriously. The main photo shows the training area of the zip line. Now, the fun! The lines take you across beautiful canopies of Kenyan forest. It’s breathtaking. This was my second zip line and it was the biggest one I’ve done. At first I was a bit scared, but after about three seconds, I got over it and enjoyed …

Review: Limitless Outdoors

In prior post, I mentioned that we to The Forest, an adventure park an hour and a half away. We did the zip line (which was fantastic) and we did the mountain biking, run by Limitless Outdoors, which was terrible. Why was it so bad? The best way to describe it is to sum up the four points of failure. Failure Point 1: Unqualified Staff We were very clear with the guy who set us up on the bikes. We told him we are experienced road cyclists but have little to no experience mountain biking. He knew our level of expertise, which was low. We asked about the trails. If we hadn’t asked, he wouldn’t have told us anything. We were able to get the distance for each trail out of him, that’s it. He then sent us off, but not before being wishy washy with the advice on trails. He first said to do blue to orange and then purple. Then he said to do orange first. Then he went back to blue first. …

Review: The Forest

The other week, we took a day off and went up to The Forest. The Forest is an outdoor adventure park that’s about an hour and a half outside Nairobi. (The website says it’s an hour, but from Kitisuru it took longer.) There are numerous activities including archery, zip lining, and mountain biking. We did the zip line (excellent) and the mountain biking (terrible and I strongly advise against it). I’ll review both of those activities later. Entrance to The Forest is free. You only pay for the activities. I recommend reserving ahead of time as things do get booked. Even weekdays are busy as this place is popular for corporate events. Overall, we like The Forest. It’s pretty. The zip line, the main attraction, is safe and well managed. The views are great. The restaurant is fantastic. Here are some pictures of the restaurant area:   I would not give The Forest a 10 out of 10. I’d give it an 8. Why does it lose two points? I will go into detail in …

Review: Ocean Village

For our third trip to Diani (my favorite beach!), we stayed at Ocean Village. The resort recently changed management and was renovated. I have to say, they did a good job. The grounds were lovely. The beach side could have used some umbrellas for shade, but there were enough palm trees for us to manage. The pool area was also nice. There were no lounge chairs by the pool, which I found odd. But, maybe most people are like me and prefer to lounge on the beach anyway. Our room was really nice, with a big comfortable bed. Everything was is good shape. The bathroom was nice. No issues with that. We had a hot water problem (lack of) one day but it was quickly resolved. I liked that they had a hairdryer and that it was placed near a mirror. Sadly, the dryer wasn’t really strong enough. Also, the lighting in the room was a bit dim. It’s hard to see what you’re doing when you put on makeup to go out. Those are …

Review: Forty Thieves

The first two times we went to Diani, we did not make to to Ali Barbour’s Cave or to Forty Thieves. This time we made it. Actually, we went twice. First to watch the World Cup. Second time for lunch after kite surfing. We had initially thought it would be like the Cave, as in set in the cave itself. It’s not. It’s right on the beach and it’s very cute. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. There are screens for watching sports. There are plenty of tables and a nice bar area. The service is typical beach service, but not bad. A little slow but not terribly so. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was decent and the drinks menu was extensive. We initially thought we’d eat at Ali Barbour’s, but we heard from a lot of people that the quality of the food there has gone down. We skipped it this time. Maybe we’ll try it when we inevitably return for a Diani beach holiday. We’ll certainly go back …