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Mombasa - SANDIES TROPICAL VILLAGE - 7 Nights
Web Ref#: HF312
    Destination
    Mombasa - Malindi
    When can I go?
    7 January 2013 - 28 February 2013
    Description
    Explore the wonders of Kenya's coast from the vibey Tropical Village
    What’s included in the deal?
    • Return flights to Mombasa via Nairobi
    • Return resort transfers
    • 7 nights accommodation in a Superior Room
    • Breakfast; lunch; dinner and selected beverages daily
    Terms & Conditions
    • Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
    • Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
    • Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
    • Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
    • All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
    • Standard terms and conditions apply.
    Pricing from Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 10 485 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 00 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 10 485 p.p.s
    Pricing from Cape Town
    Base Price: ZAR 12 365 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 00 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 12 365 p.p.s
    Pricing from Durban
    Base Price: ZAR 11 755 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 00 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 11 755 p.p.s
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    SANDIES TROPICAL VILLAGE
    Why we like it
    Sandies Tropical Village offers an exclusive launch pad to the wonders of Kenya. Paper-white buildings with palm-thatched roofs watch over the resort’s animated garden in the form of a Masai Manyatta Village. Here you will find towering Neem trees, lazy Bougainvilleas and peeking monitor lizards.
    Description
    LOCATION
    Located along the silver sand beach of Malindi about 2 hours drive from Mombasa International Airport.

    CURRENCY
    Kenyan Schillings (Ksh)

    ACCOMMODATION
    109 garden rooms built on two levels with private balconies on the second floor and terraces at ground floor level. All rooms are designed in Lamu or English style and have large bathroom with walk-in shower.

    Categories include 36 superior garden, 49 deluxe garden and 24 garden junior suites. Evening turn down service, free laundry and breakfast room service are available on request.

    Facilities in the room include:
    • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
    • Personal in room safe box
    • Mini fridge
    • Hairdryer
    • Shaver plug point
    • Electricity 220V 50 Hz
    • Dining

    DINING
    Tropical Restaurant - The main restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in a fusion of International and Italian cuisine.

    Savannah a’ la carte Restaurant - Serves a selection of delicious seafood and fish dishes.
    Reservations required and meals are at charge.

    Tropical Jahazi Bar: - Open from 10 am till midnight serving soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee, snacks and pastries during the day. Spirits and cocktails are available after 6 pm. Premium and import liquors are available at charge.

    Tropical Beach Bar - Located on the beach serving wine, beer, soft drinks and fruit juices from 10 am to 5 pm.

    Disco Bar - Opens at night between 10 pm and 12 pm serving soft and alcoholic drinks. Premium and import liquors are available at charge.

    WATER SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES (some at a charge)
    Water sports centre:
    • Catamaran
    • Windsurfing
    • Canoe
    • Sailing and windsurfing courses

    PADI dive centre:
    • PADI diving courses
    • Dive trips

    Daily and evening entertainment program:
    • Morning stretching and water gym
    • Beach volley
    • Beach soccer
    • Table tennis
    • Billiards
    • Archery
    • Evening entertainment with seasonal shows

    SPA
    •Mvua African Rain Spa - Located at the nearby Diamonds Dream of Africa, Offering
    spectacular views over the ocean. The spa has two swimming pools. Immersed in a relaxing atmosphere and enveloped by the fragrance of local spices, here guests will find relief and welfare thanks to a rich program of massage and treatments.

    WI-FI
    Internet Cafè, with wireless connection
    Facilities
    WiFi
    Diving
    Kids Club
    Snorkeling
    Great Beach
    Beach hotel
    Water Sports
    All Inclusive

    The coastal city of Mombasa is one of Africa's major tourist destinations, with some of the best beaches in the world, diverse marine life, world class hotels and warm hospitality. This is a haven for those seeking a quiet, relaxing holiday whilst water sports and fishing and scuba diving enthusiasts have more than enough to fill their days. Besides the magnificent beaches Mombasa offers visitors historical and cultural attractions from centuries ago. Other attractions showcase the diversity of flora and fauna in the region and nature parks are an appealing destination for many visitors.


    Beaches

    There are four main resort areas along the coast. The North Coast starts at Nyali, which is just a few kilometers from Mombasa centre, and stretches through Bamburi, Shanzu and Mtwapa, and up north to Kikambala beach. Watamu and Malindi beaches are further north, off which are two spectacular marine parks with some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs rated as spectacular as Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. Deep sea fishing is just as popular along Watamu, Malindi and Diani. Near to Watamu Beach are the ruins of a 15th century town called Gedi which was built entirely of limestone and coral - remnants include a great mosque, a few smaller ones, the sultan's palace, several houses and tombs. The nearby Arabuko-Sokoke Forest harbors several rare endemic birds and mammals. Mombasa beaches benefit from the barrier reef that lies off the East African coast. It is the world's second longest barrier reef from Somalia, along Kenya and all the way south to Tanzania.


    Diving

    A fringing reef system and the establishing of effective Marine park reserves have made Kenya an excellent dive location.The Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Parkis about 75 miles south of Mombasa. The diving here is not as seasonal as it is further up the coast and local conditions are excellent for much of the year. In Kisite Marine Park and Mpunguti Marine Reserves some 250 varieties of marine fish have been spotted, and over 40 varieties of coral species, including large numbers of pelagic fish, butterfly, parrot, rock cod, angelmanta ray. Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks are also seen. Corals like brain, stag horn, lilac-blue, mushroom, and lavender.


    Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve– The Park is 10 km2 while the reserve is 200 km2. Both the park and reserve are the most highly utilized among marine protected areas. The Popular resort area of Bamburi Beach lies within this area - a popular snorkelling and diving location in Kenya.


    Malindi – Watamu Marine ReserveOver 100 species of hard coral have been identified but there are relatively few soft corals due to a combination of wave action and turbulence in the shallow water. Most easily recognizable are the Mushroom corals (Porites) which occur up to 4 meters in diameter. These are often heavily grazed by Parrotfish which can be seen by scratches on the coral surface. Surgeonfish, Snappers, Parrotfish, Angelfish, Puffer fish, Butterfly fish, Triggerfish and many, many others offer an unbelievable display of variety and colour. Several types for Ray and occasionally young (and harmless!) sharks can also be seen.


    Wasini Island -Located off the shores of Mombasa, on the Kenya- Tanzania border, it is a marine life lover's heaven, and a perfect example of the harmony between man and nature. The Kisite Marine Park and Mupunguti Nature Reserve near Wasini are the jewels in any visit to the island. The park covers 39 sq km on the southern part of the Kenyan coastline and is managed and protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service. It is a complex of several small islands, coral reefs and channels with more than seven fantastic snorkelling and diving locations in, near or around it. The area offers unique opportunities for spotting dolphins, turtles, hard and soft corals and tropical fish. Three kinds of dolphins inhabit the area, and visitors have an 80% chance of spotting one at any time.


    Best Time to dive– The best time of year to dive most places is November before the short rains until March before the long rains begin. From November through to March diving near Malindi is not great as it is affected by the Galana river and the water literally turns brown and is not diveable on the usual reefs,around July or August is the best timeto dive in Malindi.


    Must Do's

    Old Town is the part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, and especially in the architecture and language. The Old Town is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs and curio shops selling antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. Old Town is best seen when explored by foot with an experienced guide, as the streets are too narrow to accommodate a large number of vehicles. The town's inhabitants are mostly of Arab origin who's forefathers once roamed the same streets of the town. Fort Jesus is located just a few steps away from where the town "starts”, thus a complete tour of the fort and the "Old Town” can be done in a single day.


    Hindu temples are one of the many symbols of Mombasa's cultural diversity. Temples are a popular tourist spot and a tour can usually be taken inside the temple, with a historical background of the particular temple given by one of the temple gurus. Extravagant idols and stone carvings of the various religious beliefs are typically displayed within the temple and on its walls.


    Fort Jesus is Mombasa's most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapons such as canons, which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the fort.


    The Mombasa "Tusks” are symbolic representations of entrance into the heart of the town. The tusks were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the town in 1952, as they lay directly on the path from the port to the town. Ivory was considered to be an exquisite commodity during the time, and in essence the tusks were meant to embrace the Queen and the British Empire into the town and within its social structure. Coincidentally the tusks also spell the letter "M” for Mombasa.


    On the North coast of Mombasa towards the town of Malindi lies one the most historic ruins found in Mombasa, the Gedi Ruins. Gedi was a small town built entirely from rocks and stones, which was inhabited by a few thousand Swahili people and ruled by a very rich Sultan. These ruins date back from the 15th century, and through careful preservation most of the original foundations can still be seen today. A well-informed and educated guide gives a tour of the ruins. The ruins are designated as a National Museum by law, and their preservation are a direct reflection of the commitment of the Government to uphold the country's cultural and historical background.


    Climate

    Mombasa has a warm, tropical climate. The amount of rainfall depends essentially on season. The rainiest months are April and May, while in January to February the rainfall is minimal.


    Currency

    The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling. Major credit cards are accepted at our resorts, but when haggling in the markets cash is imperative.


    Visa requirements

    SA passport do not require a visa when visiting Kenya. For other passport holders, please check with the Kenyan Authorities.


    Health

    Yellow fever is a compulsory when travelling to Mombasa.


    What to pack

    Take along your beach and casual wear, sunglasses and suntan lotion. The dress for dinner is smart casual and gents are required to wear long trousers.

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