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foreman
post Jan 20 2010, 01:59 PM
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Never been on a safari and or seen wild animals in their environment.

Dreamed of doing an african safari trip with my family for long time.

Have 5 kids aged 13 to 5 years old.

Want to go this year.....originally thought christmas time, but now thinking possibly august re migration...not too sure - but needs to be either august or christmas time.....any thoughts.

Where.....think Kenya might be best, but maybe also tanzania.

Then is question of which parks.

Want to beach holiday with nice snorkelling etc on nice beach and fiji islands type environment and people, combined with a safari.

Thinking maybe a week of safari time and a week of beach time.

Any thoughts ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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post Feb 16 2010, 06:20 AM
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The migration, while an incredible experience, is hard to time when the river crossing will occur. It varies according to the grazing conditions. With young children, I think that maybe a week long safari might be a bit tough on them. I would also consider that some children may be afraid of camping in the wild. I know of several adults even who have been afraid to sleep with the sound of mating lions not far from the campgrounds. Consider a lodge instead or not staying inside the parks. In regards to the beach holiday, there are many great places for snorkeling and idyllic beaches. The coastal areas in both Kenya and Tanzania are heavily Islamic and August is the start of Ramadan ( think it is sometime around Aug 11?? this year) and lasts for one month. While you can definitely still go on a beach holiday at this time, you will find many restaurants closed during the daytime hours. If you envision just hanging out at a resort, this may not bother you. Considering the young children, I if you plan of flying to the safari and then to the beach, go ahead. If your budget is for driving or bus, I would forgo the Serengeti / Maasai Mara and instead fly into Dar es Salaam, go to Mikumi and Selous maybe consider Saadani (that way you can break it into two shorter safaris)then spend a week in Zanzibar. Either way, you will have an experience of a lifetime. Safari njema
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post Feb 16 2010, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE(kili-kelly @ Feb 16 2010, 06:20 AM) *

The migration, while an incredible experience, is hard to time when the river crossing will occur. It varies according to the grazing conditions. With young children, I think that maybe a week long safari might be a bit tough on them. I would also consider that some children may be afraid of camping in the wild. I know of several adults even who have been afraid to sleep with the sound of mating lions not far from the campgrounds. Consider a lodge instead or not staying inside the parks. In regards to the beach holiday, there are many great places for snorkeling and idyllic beaches. The coastal areas in both Kenya and Tanzania are heavily Islamic and August is the start of Ramadan ( think it is sometime around Aug 11?? this year) and lasts for one month. While you can definitely still go on a beach holiday at this time, you will find many restaurants closed during the daytime hours. If you envision just hanging out at a resort, this may not bother you. Considering the young children, I if you plan of flying to the safari and then to the beach, go ahead. If your budget is for driving or bus, I would forgo the Serengeti / Maasai Mara and instead fly into Dar es Salaam, go to Mikumi and Selous maybe consider Saadani (that way you can break it into two shorter safaris)then spend a week in Zanzibar. Either way, you will have an experience of a lifetime. Safari njema

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QUOTE(foreman @ Jan 20 2010, 01:59 PM) *

Never been on a safari and or seen wild animals in their environment.

Dreamed of doing an african safari trip with my family for long time.

Have 5 kids aged 13 to 5 years old.

Want to go this year.....originally thought christmas time, but now thinking possibly august re migration...not too sure - but needs to be either august or christmas time.....any thoughts.

Where.....think Kenya might be best, but maybe also tanzania.

Then is question of which parks.

Want to beach holiday with nice snorkelling etc on nice beach and fiji islands type environment and people, combined with a safari.

Thinking maybe a week of safari time and a week of beach time.

Any thoughts ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Hello,

I think if the Holiday in Africa has been a dream for you such long time you should take special care of your choice. We lived in Tanzania, Arusha National Park and now we have settled down on Diani Beach in Kenya.

My Name is Martina and my husband is Raul,if you need any help do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you to organize your holiday.

After working 10 years on cruise ships and international tourism we decided to provide the best service ever for all those who do not look for off-the-counter holiday packages but are seeking for tailor made holiday focusing on reliability, professionalism, privacy and comfort.

Unique Tropical Adventures .ltd is proud to introduce itself as your partner for personalized, exclusive experiences in tropical east Africa and based on the breathtaking, white sanded beaches on the southern coast of Kenya.
 
Scuba diving with whale sharks, snorkeling with dolphins, wildlife safaris in Kenya’s famous national parks, kite surfing, flying - over or climbing Africa’s highest mountain;  the Kilimanjaro, are only few of the activities we offer our guests for whom we design only the most exclusive programs available.
 
After many years of experience on this market learning every need from multicultural clients it is our mission to give every customer the unique lifetime experience he is looking for, giving each request full V.I.P. treatment and ensuring absolutely personalized services throughout their stay.
 
From the stunning beach of Diani, where the newly opened, luxurious Sunset Villa lays in within a 20 year old 6 acre – lush tropical garden with huge outdoor pool and jacuzzi, we initiate our visitor’s adventures with endless possibilities to experience east Africa from all its aspects. We are fluent in English, Russian, German, Spanish, Slovak and Check and maintain the privacy of all guests accommodated in no more then 7 rooms to the highest standards.
 
For weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries or simply the adventure experience of your lifetime, contact us under info@sunsetvilla.com or visit our website www.sunsetdianivilla.com, we will reply to your request in no more then 24 hours.
 
Looking forward to create your adventure,
 
Martina Valachova
Raul Dederichs
Tel:  +254 717010670
@: info@sunsetvilla.com
www.sunsetdianivilla.com

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Sunset Villa Introduction

The luxury villa resort is located in absolute privacy right in the middle of a breathtaking 6 acre - lush tropical garden and only a couple of meters from one of the world's most beautiful beaches with white sand caressed by glittering and crystal-turquoise warm water, Diani Beach.

Laying on the coastal area of Kenya with a history stretching back over 1000 years and only a stones throw away from game parks like Shimba Hills National Reserve surrounding of Sunset Villa is home to a diverse array of wildlife. There are four species of diurnal primates, the Angolan black-and-white colobus, yellow baboon,vervet monkey and the sykes monkey as well as two species of nocturnal primate, the thick-tailed bush baby and lasser bush baby.


How to get here

It is one hour drive from Mombasa Airport with
10 daily scheduled services from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta and
Wilson Airports, (Kenya Airways and Air Kenya). Direct
flights from England, Germany, France, Switzerland and
Italy in to Mombasa are also available. Five minutes from
Ukunda Airstrip, for private charters and a daily service to
& from the Maasai Mara. Upon request, for your comfort, we can provide you with a transfer.


Style and Comfort

Sunset Villa consists of the main villa and two garden villas beautifully situated in a 20 years old tropical garden which is home for more then 120 different spices of birds and offers an excellent relaxation with a pleasant breeze in the shade of royal palms.


The main building serves large as main lounge where you will find comfortable relaxation in African and international modern style with a wide collection of some of the finest south African wines. The terrace of the main lounge is used as a dinning room offering a breathtaking view right into the huge garden where we will spoil you with our international cuisine prepared of the best seasonal ingredients of the area and daily fresh seafood brought directly from the Indian Ocean. Up on request private dining can be arranged under the idyllic treetops of our rainforest alike tropical garden or the bright stars and moonlight of the African nocturnal sky with an open fire will offer you a lifetime experience. Next to the main lounge you can enjoy our large swimming pool and jacuzzi and as a additional service to satisfy your hunger at any time, we offer an excellent selection of pizza right from our brick made oven or just simply request for barbeque which will be prepared right in front of you in the garden next to the swimming pool.



The two garden villas feature three bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and big terrace facing into the garden, making them perfectly suitable for families with kids. Our guest many times appreciated the vast space, comfort and safety of their youngsters while playing around. Each villas has been lovingly furnished and decorated in cooperation with local artists for support of small business on Diani Beach.


Our Garden

You will feel endless freedom in our 20 year old and 6 acres big tropical garden consisting of Royal Palms, Fish Tail Palm Trees, Umbrella Palm Trees, Chinese Fan Trees, Traveler's Palm Trees or or you can admire the beauty of Cultural treasure, The Mugumo Fig Tree a special sacred tree known to the Kikuyu community and many others in Kenya. Giving home to many different species of birds and butterflies. With a smooth paper loan it is an ideal place for morning exercises, walks along the artificial river which harbors several species of fish and flows trough the garden over two waterfalls, or just for relax in our Arabic corner, tailor made for your absolute detoxification from the outside demands of the daily life with one of the books from a small, but very informative library.

“The African sun is sinking low when the tops of the Shimba Hills redden and glow.
You know only you have the power, chase the thrust of daily fire. Oh beautiful day, what you have given, what taken away?”


If you look from the Arabic corner over the garden, you will find a cozy cocktail bar where we have prepared for you a broad selection of cocktails, shakes, smoothies, yogurt drinks, ice – coffees and fresh juices. It is a perfect place to share your safari experiences with follow travelers. Upon request Massais will come along to talk about their country, fauna, flora, culture, teach you a little Swahili or Ma, and show you their traditional dance.

Before going to bed, do not forget to make order for a morning call and one of our waiters will wake you up at the time you wish, with a cup of coffee, tee, or hot chocolate and some freshly baked pastries to enjoy the spectacular view from your terrace into the garden while hundreds of birds singing along to welcome the sun before you start a new exiting day in Kenya.


Leisure Time

With one of the world's most beautiful beaches at only a couple moments

Our tailor made itineraries are designed with the independent traveler in mind, allowing you to mix and match safaris as you wish, one destination or several, the length of your safari and special activities. It's really all up to you!

You can choose to travel independently, as a couple, a family or as a group. We will build a tailor-made itinerary to suit your individual requirements and make your visit to Kenya a truly memorable experience.

OTHERS
Snorkeling using a local African boat to the coral reef
Yoga at Shaanti Holistic retreat
Massage
Gym sauna and steam bath located at a near by property
Diving and Diving courses PADI
Kite Surfing
Horse Riding
Jet Sky Dolphin Safari and mangrove bird watching.
Deep-sea fishing (marlin, sailfish, shark, tuna etc.) World record
marlin can be sought in the Pemba Channel some 45 km away.
Safaris can be organized from Sunset Villa. Close proximity to
Tsavo East National Park.
Excursions to the nearby Kisite Marine National Park and to Funzi
Island.
Full day tour to Shimba hills with visit of local family and picnic on the way
Beach buggy adventures.
In the sound of the nature it is a welcome break from the hassle of a large hotels or lodges.
Air safari
Snorkeling with dolphins
Mountain bike safari
Raft and kayak safari
Horseback safari
Motorbike safari
Mountain climbing
Safari skills and bush craft-5day survival course
Gorilla safari – Uganda

GOLF
An 18-hole championship golf course is ideally located less than 10 minutes away from Sunset Villa.
Home to the Diani Beach Masters, this is recognized as one of the most exciting golf courses in East Africa.
Fully irrigated fairways run through Palm, Cashew nut and Casuarinas Pine trees.
The par 72 and 6084-meter course has 85 bunkers and a large lake, which guarantees a challenging and
exciting game of golf. The golf course also plays host to abundant bird-life and several species of monkey.

For more information about activities please see the description on the end of the page.

Climate

Sunset Villa has an excellent climate with little humidity from September to March. There is a
continuous off or onshore breeze. During the period from May to July you could experience showers.

What to bring

Sun protection (hats, sun cream, sunglasses), swimwear, binoculars, cameras and film.
- Long sleeve shirt to protect from cold weather or sun
- Shorts
- T-Shirts
- Cotton pants
- Fleece, lightweight rain jacket or sweater
- Sandals or rubber thongs for showers
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes

- Malaria Pills
- Insect Repellent
- First Aid Kit (with blister kit)

- Camera with with good telephoto lens capability (300 mm or better)
- Binoculars
- If on a camp safari, a towel and sleeping bag.
- Flash light or head lamp
- Zip Lock bags to prevent items from getting wet
- Copies of important documents

What we stand for

Objective of
Sunset Villa is to provide a service that combines leisure with social community and cultural activities for the benefit of the local people and our visitors. Many of our projects involve local initiatives set up to benefit local interests and provide an income or improve the lives of the local communities.
We aim to provide alternative tourism guided by the following commitments:

We only take our guests to areas where the local communities feel comfortable with their presence.

We ask all our guests to treat the local people with respect, observing their
cultures and traditions and avoiding patronizing attitudes.

Our staff are all local there fore being able to help our visitors understand local customs, social practices and traditions.

Our vision as Unique Tropical Adventures is to support community development projects either directly, or indirectly.

We want to Support environmental organizations working in the countries where we operate, encouraging local conservation efforts.

In order to help the local economies we insist on using local suppliers of products and services needed for our trips.

We also aim to employ local people directly wherever possible in our work in Africa like local tour guides, local bus drivers, e.t.c.

We are committed to supporting local tourism initiatives, where available like cultural tourism groups, cultural music and dance troupes e.t.c


Costs for the trips

Exact prices for the trip will be quoted on request but they entirely depend on time of year that you choose to travel.

The charges given do not include international flights, visas, tips, personal purchases, international departure taxes or personal traveler's insurance, local departure taxes, gratuities, telephone calls, or immunization charges.

Looking forward to hear from you
Martina, Raul
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