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Stilts Holidays !
in Diani Beach!

What to do and
see

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Go SNORKELING IN A DHOW

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In Diani Beach, 300 metres walking from Stilts, just
next to 40 Thieves Bar and Restaurant, ask for
information in Diani Marine Center and also along
the beach, you'll find many people offering this nice
experience to you. !

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A DHOW is the genuine and typical Kenyan boat,
handmade with a MANGO TREE at least 40 years old.!
You can also go snorkeling with the GLASS BOTTOM
BOAT or by KAYAK.!
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You will find and spot easily many different species of
beatiful colorful fishes, starfishes, seashells and coral
snorkeling in Diani Beach.!
When the tide is low, a little island appears in the middle of

the ocean, and you can reach it by dhow, so you can walk
around it and you'll find beautiful STARFISHES of many
different colours. You can also watch, and even feed and
touch, the big but friendly moreys, and the colourful fishes!

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which love to be fed with the sea urchins. And you will be
delighted watching the little clown fishes living in perfect
harmony and symbiosis along with the sea anemones, the
amazing scorpion fishes...!
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EXPERIENCE SAILING IN A TRADITIONAL
DHOW!
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by the afternoon and feel the freedom with the ocean breeze
and the sound of the waves; you will arrive at Robinson
Island, where many boats stop for snorkeling...!

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If you like, you can buy some octopus and fishes from the
fishermen who are always around, and have a FRESH
OCTOPUS AND FISH BBQ. You can ask the fishermen to
cook the barbacue for you on the beach. They will also provide

several trunks as seats and a table made with palm tree
leaves and will buy the drinks in the supermarket for you.!

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It's lovely to see the fishermen with the sunset...!

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CONGO RIVER!
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A visit to the CONGO

RIVER

is really worth it, and

It's only 15 minutes from Stilts Backpackers.There, you'll
see a FOREST of 200 years old BAOBABS and the river
reaching the Indian Ocean.!

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To get there, from the main road, you must take the matatu
which stops at Nakumat Supermarket; then instead of
turning on the left, ask the driver to stop and take another
matatu in direction north, ask driver to stop at congo river.
At the crossroad with Nakumat, there are always!
TUK TUKs , you can bargain the price for a lift to the Congo
River.Once you get there, you can rent a typical sunbed .!

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Next to the Mosque, you can ask for a trip in the boat and go
along the river Congo, watching the sunset...!

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The Congo River is also a nice place for BIRDWATCHING ,
you can easily watch several species of birds.!
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There's a lovely SWIMMING POOL in a hotel on the beach,
very near the river, where even if you are not a resident, you
can pay and have a swim. There's a budget fee for both
renting a sunbed and the access to the pool.!

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The Congo River is a beautiful place where to HAVE A PICNIC
or WATCH THE SUNSET , and if you like to stay there
until late in the evening, you can ask for a taxi and bargain
the price with the taxi driver for your trip back to Stilts.!

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Visit to

WASINI ISLAND: you can

organise it by yourself!

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From Stilts, It takes about 50 minutes by matatu to get to
the Shimoni Harbour where you take the boat to Wasini .!
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You must take a matatu to ukunda , then a matatu to
shimoni junction and another matatu or motorbike to
shimoni harbour , then ask some fisherman to give you a lift
to the island for a small price.!

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Enjoy the 15 km from the junction until Shimoni Harbour,
as you watch the Shimoni village in both sides of the road,
lots of native cottages.!
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Wasini Island has no cars, no roads, no electricity and no
ground water, and its inhabitants have to entirely rely on
rainwater collected in communal cisterns.!
There's a bed and breakfast called Blue Monkey Beach
Cottages if you wish to overnight.!

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Guided Tour to Wasini Island and snorkle
in

Kisite Marine Park!

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The bus picks you up in Stilts at about 7:30 , then you go to
Shimoni Harbour where the marine park entrance fee is paid
by your guide and where you take the boat to Kisite Marine
Park; on the way by boat, and with a bit of good luck a school
of resident Humpback DOLPHINS can be spotted playing
around with their friends, the bottlenose dolphins.!

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Then you stop for snorkeling in the CORAL REEF for about
1 hour and a half. Then the boat takes you to Wasini Island
for a typical lunch. On the way to Wasini, you appreciate the
baobabs forest and the mangrove trees that grow in this

island. After lunch, you visit the Wasini village, where
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about 3,000 people are living at present, without cars, roads
and electricity; you will see the ARAB GRAVES and the
CORAL GARDEN AND MANGROVE FOREST, you must
pay the entrance fee which is 200 Ksh, in the old times it was
a coral reef which now has become a beautiful fossilised coral
reef, with mangroves growing around and big crabs.!

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Women groups on the island have established a nature walk
in the beautiful coral gardens on the Western end. Proceeds
help needy Wasini students and other Wasini benefactors.
On the northern end there is a well established, but
rudimentary orphanage. These indigenous Non Government
Organisations and self-help groups supplement an activity
across the water at Shimoni whereby visitors frequent the
"Shimoni Slave Caves" - a community based project. !

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After the visit to Wasini Island, you take the boat again to
Shimoni Harbour and take the bus which drops you off in
Stilts at about 6:00 pm. !

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The best moment for a cold Tusker beer in STILTS!!!

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A visit to the COLOBUS MONKEY
CONSERVATION CENTRE!
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it's only 5 minutes far away from Stilts by matatu. To get
there, you must take a matatu, direction south.!

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The visit consists of a guided eco-tour (approx 1 hour)
through the coastal forest trail, where you will watch the
monkeys living in their natural habitat.!

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You will learn more about the colobus monkey, the sykes, the
vervets, the yellow baboons and, of course, the BUSH BABIES
-which you can see and feed at Stilts, at about 6:45 pm,
every day.!

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All the proceeds from your visit go directly to protect the
Colobus and other primates of Diani. !

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It opens from Monday to Saturday 8 am-1pm and 2
pm-4:30 pm.!

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Stroll the beach... on a CAMEL !

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Spend the day KITESURFING!!, Diani
Beach is a perfect spot!!

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Watch the WILDLIFE in STILTS!

The blue butterly !

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the Colobus monkey!

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The Suni, a tiny antelope!

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The millipides!

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The Green-Headed Sunbird!

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Feeding the Bush Babies in Stilts, everyday at 6:45 pm!
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Visit to MWAMANGA
VILLAGE: A BUSH TOUR!
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Enjoy spending about a couple of hours admiring the traditional
Kenyan life in a small hamlet in the middle of the forest, where people
live a kind of self-sufficiency in a peaceful, quiet, relaxed and easy going
way of life. Admire also their native cottages and huts, the way adults
and children spend the time, how they grow vegetables, make the fire
for cooking, the typical shops...!
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To get there, you can take a matatu to Ukunda and then a taxi, but the
best option is going by motorbike from Stilts, as the pathway to
Mwamanga is across a forest, you must bargain for a good return trip.!

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Visit the Snake Park!

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and of course, it is more than welcome if you bring some sweets for the
children ...How to get Mwamanga: after the Second petrol station in
Ukunda, turn right, follow the path towards the bush.!

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The tradicional swahili dancing!

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Cooking the dinner!

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VISIT TO MOMBASA TOWN !
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A day visit to Mombasa begins taking a matatu to Ukunda, then another

matatu to Mombasa ferry, then you take the Likoni ferry ( it's free for people,
only vehicles pay for it) to cross the Indian Ocean.!

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Visit the Spice Market and the busy narrow streets around it with its local
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shops and stalls.!

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OLD TOWN

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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 (swahili has a lot of phrases derived from

various Arabic dialects). It is well known for its ancient buildings, dating
from the 16th century which combine African, Arabic and European
influences, some of them with beautifully carved doors as well as elegantly
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styled balconies. You will also find some extravagant art designs and curio
shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. Next to the harbour is
the Fish Market.!
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Visiting the Leven House is highly recommended, where currently a Swahili
budget restaurant is run with a very nice view to the bay. This house is a
National Monument and took its name from the British ship which visited
Mombasa in 1824 to conduct anti- slavery operations.!

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Old Town is best seen when explored by foot so you can enjoy its narrow

streets. Fort Jesus (entrance fee 800 Ksh) is located just a few steps away from

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where the town “starts”, thus a complete tour of the fort and the “Old Town” can
be done in 3 hours.!

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SPEND A MORNING OR AFTERNOON IN ROBINSON ISLAND ...!

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SAFARI TO

SIMBA HILLS,

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just 30 km far away!




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