Tired of Crowded Mombasa Vacations? Here are Best Alternatives for a Fun Holiday

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    Individuals enjoying themselves Takawiri island
  • Have you ever asked yourself where else you can go for holiday when your favorite spot is packed? Have you ever wondered where else offers fun and frolic? Well, If you are looking for something off the beaten track in Kenya these are some of the underrated destinations that make for excellent alternative fun holidays. 

    Rusinga Island Lodge 
    Embalmed in an atmosphere of serene tranquility, Rusinga provides a wonderful, exquisite, and invigorating relaxing experience away from the hustle and bustle of daily activities.
    It offers a wide range of activities including boat riding and fishing that will keep you entertained.

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    Fine image of Rusinga Island
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    Here, you also enjoy the sight of multiple bird species surrounded by exotic trees.

    The area has spacious grounds for children to play as well making it ideal for family getaways.

    Accommodation rates within Rusinga Island range between Kh 6,000 and Ksh 15,000 per night depending on the resort.

    Samatian Island in Lake Baringo

    The small island set on a private island is a whole oasis of calm blended with elegance and luxury.

    It has breathtaking views showcasing the Laikipia escarpment, where you can  enjoy indescribably beautiful sunsets.

    View of Samatian Island
    View of Samatian Island
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    There is a dazzling array of bird life to watch as well, cultural visits to the local Njemps tribe trips to the giraffe island which is home to six endangered Rothschild giraffe, ostrich, warthogs, impalas, and hyrax. The facility charges a conservation fee of Ksh500 per person.

    The calm pristine waters provide room for canoeing and fishing activities with friends and family.

    Accommodation prices at the island are Ksh 6,000 per night.

    Takawiri island in Mfangano 

    The island is surrounded by white sand beaches with towing coconut trees and pristine waters, that offer alluring underwater scenery for snorkellers.

    There are several activities for you to enjoy such as boat riding across the island ,fishing , snorkelling and surfing.The island also has a magical view of birds under rich sunset that you can sightsee.

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    Fine image of Takawiri Island
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    You can also sample excellent cuisines offered by resorts within the area.

    For visitors, the facility charges entrance fee of Ksh 500.

    Saasab Fly Camping 
    Take a trip to the stunning luxurious tented camp which has a unique blend of Swahili and Moroccan designs. The camp offers rich cultural heritage from the Samburu community.

    Additionally, the area has an astounding number of wild animals such as elephants, cheetahs, and wild dogs 

    Saasab Fly Camping
    Sasaab fly camping
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    You can also get to hop on thrilling game drives to sightsee species unique to the area such as the Beisa oryx, Gerenuk antelope, Grevy's zebra, and the Somali ostrich.

    Take part in exploring the wilderness on foot, camel riding among other activities the area has to offer. 

    There are luxury tented camps that offer exceptional customer services and mouth savouring dishes to choose from.
     

    Solio Lodge 
    Located in the scenic valley between the peaks of the Aberdare mountains and the slopes of Mount Kenya, the lodge has five luxury cottages that provide private decks where you can enjoy scenic views of hills and Mount Kenya.

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    Fine image of Solio Lodge
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    The hotels also offer outdoor dinners where you can enjoy spectacular views of waterbucks, zebras, and impalas grazing.

    You can also enjoy exemplary spa services from the professional service providers in the resorts. There are helicopter rides as well for you to enjoy, excursions to Mt Kenya, and sundowning.

    Moreover, there are cool evenings with bonfire dinners, low light candles, and candlelit tables that offer a unique blend of luxury.

    One thing you should have in mind is that Solio Lodge is about the charges. For park and conservation fees you will pay Ksh 4,000 for adults whereas children pay half the price. Accommodation prices range between Ksh 10,000 and Ksh 63,000 depending on the resort.

    Chalbi Desert 
    There are amazing dunes where you can sandboard and ride camels.

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    Individuals riding camels at chalbi Desert
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    Viewpoint Iten
    Standing on the cliff the area has panoramic views which are excellent on many accounts. Here you can, indulge in a photoshoot session, scenic views of spectacular natural landmarks including the valley, Lake Kamnarock, Kerio River which hosts crocodiles, Turgen and Cherangani hills. You will also enjoy meals from exquisite restaurants that serve finger-licking cuisines as you enjoy the landscape view.

    View point Iten
    View point Iten
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    Some cozy hotels and resorts offer exemplary customer services 

    Lord Egerton Castle
    Located in Nakuru off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, the area shouts unique beauty surrounded by magnificent and expansive gardens and lawns.

    Lord Egerton Castle
    A fine image of Lord Egerton Castle
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    The castle has 53 rooms for touring. It also offers several outdoor activities such as ball games, rope skipping, hide and seek among others.
    For a guided tour you will part with Kh 150 for adults and Ksh 75 for children 

    Kitengela Glass Art
    Kitengela Glass Art offers amazing activities such as camel riding, swimming, glass mosaic classes which involve using recycled glass, tiles, and pottery to create a design on a board. It will cost you Ksh 2,000 per person for the activity.
    You can also participate in bead-making and felting.

    Fine image of a glass pool at the Kitengela glass art
    Fine image of a glass pool at the Kitengela glass art
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    For water lovers you will swim in a pool full of art and enjoy the view over the gorge. The pool charges Ksh 500 per person for two hours whereas for people under the age of 16 pay half the price. Children under the age of five are not allowed at the pool.
    There are camel riding activities which cost Ksh 300 per person.

    Renovated Bus in Quiet Paradise
    Renovated Bus in Quiet Paradise
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    Renovated Bus in Quiet Paradise
    The unique bus vacation rental tucked away in the suburbs of Karen offers one of the most unique vacation ideas for a family. You will enjoy amazing accommodation services with exemplary customer service, an outdoor fire, amazing mouth-savoring dishes, and amazing outdoor views. This is the ideal place to escape into, especially after long busy days.

    The charges for the bus are Ksh 8,000 per night. However the prices vary on weekends and with the number of guests.

    Sitatunga Antelopes at Saiwa Swamp National Park
    Sitatunga Antelopes at Saiwa Swamp National Park
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    Saiwa Swamp National Park
    Located in Kitale, the area is home to the rarest Sitatunga antelope, there are vast bird species and a spectacular view of the swamp from the watchtowers.

    It is also home to blue vervet, crowned cranes, fluffy black, and white colobus  and the Brazza's monkeys.

    The facility charges Ksh 2,200 for adults whereas children pay Ksh 1,300. The park operates from 6 am to 6 pm.

    maasai lodge in Rongai
    Fine image of Maasai Lodge in Rongai
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    Maasai Lodge in Rongai
    The beautiful unique lodge situated at the banks of the Mbagathi River provides breathtaking views of Nairobi National Park, Ngong Hills, and the Nairobi skyline.

    You can indulge in swimming at the pools as you enjoy scenic views of the lush green vegetation surrounding the area.

    The accommodation staff provide exceptional customer services and a variety of local and international cuisine with mouth-savoring meals you can indulge in.

    The accommodation fee starts from Ksh 7,000 per night.