Bamburi Travel Guide

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Bamburi Things to Do

  • Rent ngalawa

    Ngalawa is double outrigger canoe, a traditional boat of the Swahili people from eastern African coastline. It is usually around 6 meters long boat with narrow hull and has hydrodynamical shape and single triangular sail. Ngalawa canoe featuring one or two lateral support floats, known as outrigger, which are fastened to one or both sides of the...

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  • Camel ride

    After I tested riding on a camel, few years ago in the Sahara of Tunisia, such kind of "fun" is out of my interests. But the truth is, the desert terrain is much more demanding and uncomfortable for ride.Anyhow, the one who want it can ride the camel along the beach but only under the guidance of a camel owner. Lovers of adrenaline such riding...

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  • Bamburi

    Actually, Bamburi is a small village situated offshore, north of Malindi highway and close to Cement factory. On the other side, Bamburi Beach is a strip of pale sand backed by palm trees and lipped by shallow turquoise water, kept calm by an long offshore reef. As far as I know, it is the only completely public beach in the complex of...

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Bamburi Hotels

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  • Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort

    Malindi Road, Bamburi, 80100, Kenya

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Severin Sea Lodge

    Bamburi Beach, Malindi Road, Bamburi, 80100, Kenya

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Kenya Bay Beach Hotel

    Mombasa Malindi Road, Bamburi, 00400, Kenya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Bamburi Restaurants

  • Italian pizza, spaghetti & calamari

    The restaurant & pizzeria "La Pergola" (arbor) is one of those simple places where each of us feels relaxed, enjoying in a good and inexpensive food. It looks Kenyan style but the ambient is pure Italian, more like genuine osteria or trattoria one can see all around Italy.It is Fulvio's place, Italian guy from Genova who relocated to Kenya some 16...

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  • Possibly Mombasas Best Pizza

    Fulvio's Pizzeria which used to be situated near Travellers hotel in Bamburi is now to be found in Mtwapa opposite Casuarina. The pizzas are easily the best in Mombasa and there is a real value for money. Of course service can sometimes be slightly slow, and parking tends to be a bit of a hassle at times but the pizza really is very good. Amongst...

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  • Restaurant & Pizzeria

    Yul,s restaurant and pizzeria is probably the most popular place in Bamburi Beach, offering pretty good food, cold drinks and entertainment. The whole restaurant area faces the sea and is therefore very comfortable to sit on the terrace in the evenings when the breeze refreshes better than any air conditioning. Pizza is not bad but it certainly...

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Bamburi Nightlife

  • this place is open 24 hours a day

    Kenyans love dancing and socializing, never missing opportunity to make new contacts if any possible. There are plenty of bars along Malindi road and seashore offering good music in a very relaxing atmosphere. Most of the bars and clubs have simple ambiance, in local Kenyan style, but it makes them even more attractive for the foreign...

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  • comfortable and relaxed

    Drop Inn is located inside of the hotel Fontana, which is situated right along Malindi road and cannot be missed. It is typical and very characteristic traditional Kenyan construction with roof covered by wicker reed. Such buildings were used for tribal gatherings and celebrations.On the other side of the building there is a semicircular terrace...

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Bamburi Transportation

  • Matatu stop

    Matatu is a mini-bus with about 12-14 seats and is the most common means of transportation in Kenya, for both city and intercity destinations. This small miracle vehicle, however, most often looks like a can of sardines which is filled to the greatest extent possible. Do not be surprised if at the depot stop from this little monsters come out at...

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  • Matatu rules

    When I visited Kenya for the first time, back in 2006., I had alot of predjudices regarding matatus like; overcrowded by passengers, not very clean, uncomfortable and dangerous ride. Fact is, riding in matatu isn't that comfortable as it is in a taxi but also, some taxi cars are much more dirthy inside than most of the mataus are. Not to mentioning...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bamburi Shopping

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    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    Few years ago, during my first visit to coastal parts of Kenya, I was in the Serena Beach hotel in Shanzu, which is located next to Bamburi Beach. There is a beach, right in front of the hotel complex, which is partly prohibited area for the locals. To be honest, I didn't like it, because the sea and its beaches are generally good and everyone should have freedom to enjoy in it.
    On the other hand, long Bamburi Beach is a public resort without any prohibited area, not even the one which is situated right in front of the numerous Bamburi hotels. There is much more fun on this beach and it is far more interesting for hanging around.

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Bamburi Local Customs

  • Giriama acrobates

    Performance of acrobatic stunts is demanding and risky job, but these young people simply have no other option for survival. In Kenya there is no system of free education, not even in the elementary schools, and scholarship is extremely high. Tuition for public primary school is paid per semester, approximately 8.000 kes (90 euros) for each...

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  • Acrobates camp site

    This small wild camping area is situated in between two hotels, Kahama and Fontana. I found it only by chance, looking for short-cut from my hotel Kahama to Bamburi Beach. This young group of people belongs to Giriama tribe, which is known for its acrobatic skills. They moved here from their village, fighting every day to survive by earning small...

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  • Giriama acrobats

    I met this youngsters only by chance when exploring the environment of Kahama Hotel. They live in a self made camp, cultivating vegetables in order to survive, but their occupation is acrobats. It is small group, two sisters and two brothers and their a bit older friend, all of Giriama origins. Due to a bad and low season there is no job for them...

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Bamburi Off The Beaten Path

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    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 18, 2015

    These are nests of one small bird, the body is bright yellow and red colored neck. In their own image this bird look like a canary but I have doubts because of the red colored neck, which is not typical for the canary bird. In addition, canaries sing very nice and loud, this I know for sure because when I was a kid had a couple canaries. For the time I spent under the tree with the nests, nor bird have start singing.
    The nests are woven from a blade of grass and look like a very challenging undertaking.

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Bamburi Sports & Outdoors

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    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 17, 2015

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    In their brochures or on the internet, travel agencies advertise that area of Bamburi Beach is ideal for water sports, such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing or surfing, but none of this is true. Within the water zone to offshore reef, the water is very shallow so one cannot even swim and not to mentioning diving. On the other hand, within this zone, the wind rose has insufficient strength for sailing or surfing.
    Real sailing and surfing enthusiasts know it very well, floating on the water is the most boring thing in the world!
    So, as far as sports activities, remains only go-kart runway located between Bamburi and Shanzu area.

    Equipment: Go-kart club is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 4pm to 10pm, closed on Mondays. Besides racing club offers other activities, such as bowling, paintball and buldozing for kids.

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Bamburi Favorites

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    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Actually, Bamburi is name of the village situated north of Mombasa and known for its Bamburi Cement factory. On the other side of the road, called Malindi Highway, arised numeber of hotels in a row alongside several kilometres long sandy beach known as Bamburi Beach Resorts. It is probably the biggest and the most significant tourist area in whole of Kenya. In case you travel to Kenya in your own arangment, as I am usually doing it, Bamburi is the place where to go and search for the accomodation while in Mombasa.

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