All posts tagged: Christmas

Christmas at the Coast

This past Christmas was our second Kenyan Beach Christmas and it was a good one. We drove down, which was fine but we wouldn’t do it again. We did a lot of diving with Aqua Ventures, which was great. We stayed at a lovely house, which we would do again. It was really nice to have the space, not to mention the access to the beach and privacy that the house provided. We had a cook, which made things so much easier. We could get up, have breakfast made for us, go diving, and be back for lunch. Then we relaxed the rest of the day. The featured image for this post is from our private, little, shaded beach lookout point. Our cook, David, got whatever we needed (mostly fresh fish and vegetables). We did a little bit of shopping at Blue Marmalade, a local grocery store that has most of what you’d want. (We drove down with our own alcohol.) We ate in mostly but did go out for a couple meals. Christmas Dinner …

Christmas in Lamu

This year, continuing our tradition of spending the holidays local, we went to Lamu. We were on Lamu Island and stayed at the Kizingoni Beach Bandas. I can’t tell you much about Lamu town, Shela, or anything else about the island. We didn’t leave the beach. We were not near either town. We were exhausted. All we wanted to do was hang out on the beach and relax. So, that’s what we did. Here’s that little crab wiggling about: Our one excursion was to go snorkeling. The water was a big rough so visibility was poor. But, I love the ocean and even a bad snorkel is a fun experience for me. It was a much needed break. Rest and relaxation proved to be the best Christmas presents we could give ourselves. So, that’s it. That’s this post. I will have a review of Kizingoni next week, followed by a review of Yapperville, where Oreo spent her Christmas vacation. I hope your Christmas was as peaceful and enjoyable as our and wish you all a …

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays from south of the Equator. I can no longer imagine Christmas without the warm Kenyan sun. We did up country game drives the past two Christmases. This year it’s all about the beach. Oreo is at Yapperville having her own vacation. Next year we hope to return to the Kenyan coast…and maybe with more than one dog! I hope you’re all having a fantastic holiday season however you choose to celebrate.

Holiday Recap

In 2015 we did a Christmas long weekend in Nanyuki. We liked doing that so much that we did a similar long weekend this past Christmas. This time, we decided to go to Nakuru. It was a mostly pleasant three hour drive from Nairobi (the only snag was the traffic as we got close to Nakuru town). We spent three nights at the Mbweha Camp (review to come soon), which was lovely. While there, we spent a day at Nakuru National Park, one morning biking around the Soysambu Conservancy (you really can’t beat riding along with zebras!), and lots of relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. We really love spending Christmas in Kenya and we plan to keep doing so for as long as we live here. It’s become our holiday tradition and I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas. We’re thinking that for Christmas this year we’ll go spend a week in Lamu. I’m curious about other expats. Do you go home? If you don’t, do you miss going …