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we are off to bamburi beach hotel 1st march.just wondering if there are any restaurants bars and shops nearby and is it safe to wander around them on our own.also is there a reputable agency selling trips and safaris

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Yes, it is safe to go out and about and wander around during the day, and its safe to go to restaurants and bars at night but at night get a taxi door to door.

There are several good restaurants around, Il Covo (Italian and Sushi) is very nice but a little pricey. Yul's does excellent steaks, chops, etc and massive pizzas (cheaper than Il Covo) and is famous for its ice cream. They are both close to your hotel on the beach. Also close by but accessible from the road is the Maharajah Indian, bit of a strange place massive furniture but still manages to feel a bit empty, food is OK (though the naans leave a lot to be desired). several of the other hotels have reataurants on the road, there are a couple more Italians and another Indian. If you turn right when you come out of your hotel onto the beach and walk about 15 - 20 minutes along the public beach you will come to Big Tree with its big makuti (palm leaf) roof. The prawns and other seafood here are usually straight from the sea and excellent, the pasta is homemade, good and relatively cheap as well. If you do go here for lunch walk a bit further and enjoy the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach as well.

A littler further afield are La Marina, a beautiful open air restaurant in a stunning location on Mtwapa Creek, excellent food and service as well. Further up the Creek in almost as stunning a location is the Moorings floating restaurant, food is maybe not quite as good as La Marina but still very good. Its also a great place for a snack, lunch or just a drink. Floating on the water having a drink under the stars is great. Both La Marina and Moorings offer free minibus pick up / drop off service from your hotel. If you don't want to use this get your taxi driver to make a reservation for you, most of the time you don't need reservations but it means he will get a little commission from the restaurant.

In the opposite direction, behind the Nakumatt shoping centre is La Verandah, a very pleasant Italian restaurant in its own compound, with nice front terrace and garden terrace at the back.

As far as bars are concerned, Il Covo has a bar that is open late, mainly popular with ex-pats and tourists. The best bar on this strip at the moment is the Pitcher and Butch at the Kahama Hotel, behind Il Covo, and accesible from the road down the side of the new Somak building. Its a nice modern bar with large terrace area, its mainly locals and has live music from local legends Mombasa Roots on Friday and Sundays, and a Soul DJ on Saturdays.

The next nearest bar is Cheers which used to be very busy but is now really quiet, stil a pleasant place for a drinkl and it does good cheap European food as well.

The other current best bar, is Bob's on the Nyali turn off just past Nakumatt. This is an open air bar, though it has an indoor air conditioned area called Murphy's. has live bands, is popular with locals and gets packed at weekends with locals and visitors from Nairobi.

There are a few clubs, discos as well, Tembo and Black Havana (just before you get to Nakumatt), and Casaurina and Club Lambada in Mtwapa

Please see here for a fuller description of the bars and clubs and where they are (but be aware that the article has recently been edited by someone who seems to have a connection to Tembo Disco, and they have added a lot of detail to it) Personally I think that it is no longer as popular as it used to


The Nakumatt supermarket complex mentioned above has a Nakumatt superstore that sells everything, there are also several other shops, optician, pharmacy, ATMs, cafe, ice cream shop, etc in the complex

BTW at Bamburi Beach you are very close to Haller Park where you can feed giraffes, watch hippos and crocodiles being fed, stroke the giant tortoises and see monkeys, antelopes, snakes etc. It also has Nature Trails and a Butterfly Pavilion.

Edited: 1:09 am, December 28, 2009
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thanks for all the info its just what we needed to know.we cant wait to get out there haller pk seems a great trip out.thanks again for you info

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