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    Safari Inn: Peppersteak in great quality

    by alusru Written Feb 24, 2005

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    The Swiss owner (since 16 months) makes an effort to serve best quality food. European cooking I would describe it, you get Swiss "Rösti", Peppersteak, Calamari deep fried, prawns cocktail, ice cream called "banana split" and so on.
    They provide live music a few nights every week and once a week dancing of the Massai.

    Favorite Dish: Peppersteak ... the pepper sauce excellent, the meat soft and exact done like you ordered it.
    And the prize is amazing: not even 4 Euro!

    Massai Dance
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    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Safari

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Shanzu Nightlife

  • Crazy overcrowded place

    Banhof is located at the Malindi Highway, there where Mtwapa starting. It is overlooking "Causorina" club and you can't miss it, no matter if day or night time. In fact, if night time you can't miss it at all. It is pretty wild sort of club offering kind of dissolutely fun, lots of beer and lots of hot local girls. To me it looks much alike to...

  • Fun in a local way

    There are number of such a bars all over the coastline, situated in between two villages or in the outskirts but sometimes even in the middle of nowhere. Great majority of the white tourists never visiting such a bars, not even if day-time. To my knowledge tourists don't attend such a places because of irrational fear, but mostly because of...

  • The best club in Mtwapa

    Most of the locals will suggest Lambada as the best club in Mtwapa but am strongly oppose it. Lambada is the new built club, on the outskirts of the town, looking pretty good but missing the atmosphere.Causorina is wooden construction with the lots of greenery inside and epecially outside of the club, making the whole ambient more attractive and...


Shanzu Local Customs

  • Shanzu raha

    When you arrive at the hotel, which is normally closed with safety wall, the hotel manager will warn you not to go out from the safety area, and especially never to do it after dark. According to his stories, outside the hotel walls rule lowlife bandits who prey on the unwary "mzungus" (white tourists) with an aim to attack, beat up and rob all...

  • Walking or sitting in the shallows

    In one occasion, while was exploring the coast around hotel, all of sudden I met an armed guard who was observing a group of people who were sitting in the shallows. I was amazed by the fact that he, as a hotel guard, was armed with a deadly Kalashnikov and that he is provided with a real ammunition. The guard told me that has permission to use...

  • Local market

    Local market places in Kenya will tell you the story of the settlement and the people there. When strolling and exploring was always amazed by the fact that even small villages could have big market places. The one at Mtwapa is really big and interesting but I suggest you to be careful if visiting it. I have noticed some bad guys around who...


Shanzu Tourist Traps

  • Camel ride or taking photos

    If you have a small children they will definitely want to mount a camel and ride along the coast, on the soft white sand. I don't remember exactly how much one riding tour cost but certainly not expensive, and the children will enjoy it a lot. This camel on Coral Beach hasn't a significant turnover because foreign tourists usually come with no...

  • Endless shallow water

    My understanding of a good and attractive beach is in complete contrast to what offers coastal area in Kenya. I was born and raised in the city, located in a closed sea (Adriatic) where the band shoal is of just a few meters. Besides, I prefer the rocky and gravel shores where the sea-water is more clear and cleaner than on the sandy...

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Shanzu Off The Beaten Path

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    The State Prison

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 7, 2008

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    I took this picture and soon after was reported to the guard by a lady who was standing there in front of the entrance. Big gloomy guy approached to me asking what am doing and why am taking pictures of an government restricted area. I told him that the colourful "matatu" which passed by was the object of my snaping. He awarned me not to take any other picture otherwise my camera could be confiscated for good. Well, during my previous visits I have learned to take very seriously whatever the Kenyan police officer is telling, otherwise this guys can create alot of problems.
    Anyway, this is one of the biggest prisons in whole of Kenya, accomodating heavy criminals.

    Mtwapa State Prison

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Shanzu Favorites

  • Shanzu - Coral Beach

    Coral Beach is a public beach and everyone is entitled to free access to the sea. Such right is prescribed by international law and in all countries is regulated that free access zone must be seven meters wide. Beyond that lies hotel area, which is fenced, so that local residents are not permitted to enter inside it. Each hotel, which is on the...

  • Mtwapa

    When I visited Mtwapa for the first time, back in 2006., it was dusty and dirthy village worth to be visiting for one reason only, beautiful Mtwapa Creek and the restaurant Moorings. Nowadays, Mtwapa is fast growing town probably one of the faster growing in whole of Kenya. Moorings is still attractive, as it was before, but there are couple of new...

  • 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.

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