The northern province capital city is located two hours drive from Kigali. The journey up to Musanze passes through some stunning scenery and you will probably stop often to admire the famous thousands hills. And the beautiful postcard’s landscapes continue when you reach the city. On your right you can enjoy the view of the volcanoes. They are all there just outside of the city, seeming close to you. Sometimes they are hidden by the clouds, sometimes they are totally visible and it is just stunning.
Watamu is a lovely town at 2h30 drive from Mombasa. Here you will find one of the most beautiful beach in Africa . We spent 10 days there and it was a blast, we visited the Mangrove forest, the Gedi Ruins but also did snorkeling in this beautiful Indian Ocean. We choose to book through Airbnb, with our daughters it is really our favorite kind of stay. We can follow our own rhythm and during the stay we feel like really living in the city we visit !
Founded by parents, the concept behind Koko Club was to have a space where kids can play together safely, while parent can chill with good and healthy food. The place is awesome and with my family, it is clearly our new Sunday ‘s spot.
I heard about La Locanda few months ago, and it is always with nice comments. So when I decided to visit Musanze, I couldn’t choose an other place to stay. And the rumor were true, La Locanda is a hidden gem where you feel at home and privileged with the care you receive from Alberto, the owner. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and you will really feel good there.
Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, it is located 30 kilometers south of Mombasa. It can be reached directly by plane, but from Kigali it was easy to have a flight to Mombasa , and then using the ferry and road to arrive at this small paradise .
This town was just a fishing place 40 years ago, but in the 70s when tourists wishing to come to Africa found Kenya the ideal place, as there was so much strife and problems in other African countries and it was the beginning of a touristic boom. Hotels were built along the coast road, which was at that time a dusty road. Since then Diani has continued to expend without losing its charm and simple atmosphere. You will not feel that you are in a very touristic area if you avoid the big hotels.
During the last two years, few new international hotels opened in Kigali. Park Inn by Radisson is one of them. Of course, people are generally more focusing on Radisson Blu linked to the Convention Center, but the little brother Park inn should not be ignored. With cheaper rate, it could be your next staycation option !
Brussels is a beautiful city , and if you have the opportunity to visit, let me help you with my favorite food spots! For the cultural or shopping part, you will find lot of information on the internet, I will just recommend you to walk a lot. The beauty of this city is in its streets where you can make a lot of beautiful encounters!
So now let’s talk about food!
Nairobi is definitely a food spot. This city is a mix of different cultures and you can feel it in the food scene . I didn’t have the opportunity to try a lot during my 48H-stay but these 3 places really worth a visit!
The Tin roof café
There is so much things to say about this little place in the suburb of Nairobi. The old fashioned atmosphere is lovely. Metal chairs with floral cushions, comfy couch, old pictures framed on the wall, everything is inviting.
Located in the very residential area of Karen, Boho Eatery will offer you a lovely and serene space for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The place was well recommended and was totally worth the trip. Beautiful setting in a big and luxurious garden, with a lovely patio. You totally understand the name when you arrive there : a lovely bohemian atmosphere is the best way to describe the place.
Nairobi is a beautiful and vibrant city. If you have the possibility to do a citytrip , you definitely should! Even if you are going on safari in Magical Kenya, take some time for Nairobi : you will not regret it!
There is plenty hotels, but I am a airbnb addict. I love the idea to have a place for my own, to enjoy the city as a local for few days and following my rythm.