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It's easy to be misinformed about Sub-Saharan Africa by charity-led images of destitute natives fronting pleas for spare change. Now, financially restrained parts of the continent may be, but many places possess a wealth of qualities that money can't buy.
"Jambo, Jambo Bwana, Habari gani, Mzuri sana. Wageni mwakaribishwa, Kenya yetu Hakuna …
... makes them. They are deep fried dough balls which taste pretty much like a Tim Hortons old fashioned donut. I've had one that looked like an elephant ear but was devoid any sugar (and wasn't very good). Deliciously, these can be served for breakfast!
A common treat here is sugar cane. The people selling it on the street carry the long shoots in a wheel barrow. Sometimes they have baggies ready for you but other times they take a machete to the outside of the stalk ...
today we woke up early again. we got in the vehicle and headed out. today is mostly a driving day. we had to back track to Nairobi then onto the treetops place. not much has happened today. I slept in the truck a bit. I will update after tonight. I hope everyone is well. thinking of you all!
... Beach Camp. The next day was to be a long drive up to Arusha so we all headed to bed fairly early in order to get some sleep before our 5am wake up call. The drive the next day went fairly smoothly and that evening we found ourselves at a campsite just outside the city of Arusha called Snake Park. True to its name, it really is a snake park and after a delicious dinner cooked by the owners, we took a look around some of the tanks. It probably wasn't the best idea to be looking at ...
... a little bit concerned about the streetboys (gang?) behind us, so we kept walking. Aggriey's cousin was walking with us, and on the way out of Lindi I listened to his stories about being a security guard in the Nairobi area of Westlands. It really sounded like a job of the desperate: the pay was bad, and he would guard with no weapon. In body shape and strength, we weren't all that different. Being a Kenyan, he had the common look of being agile, but by Melbourne standards, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Flamingo Beach Hotel Shanzu
I have recently returned from a two week holiday at the Flamingo Hotel.
Stayed for a few nights prior to a msroyalstar cruise. Am really neutral about this hotel, its ok, nice grounds and pool area. Rooms are dated and need a good overall, bathroom a shocker, no hairdryer, shampoo, soap, hot water, etc. They had no clean pillowcases so the poor houseman said he would go to another hotel if we really required them. They ran out of teaspoons and milk jugs at breakfast so the waiter took ours (without asking) and gave them to the next table...without to have been cleaned. The food is so so. Drinks at the bar were short measured....and dont dare ask for ice from bottled water.....they will tell you they have to walk to Mombasa for it...just silly little things really that make me give this hotel a 2 rating. The day after to have left this hotel half the cruisers went down with GI, the doctor on the ship said it was due to the hotel washing food in tap water and not using bottled water for the coffee/tea. The beach is not the best, seaweed, murky water and the beachboys become a pest.
I do not see how the other posters could post such nonsense! The hotel was a NIGHTMARE! Night one: The electricity went out! All of the people were STUCK in the dining room. Older people (me and my wife are in our 40's) were told to not take the candles to their rooms! They had to HIRE flash light carrying staff to take them to their room!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just got back from Flamingo Beach yesterday and quite frankly this was the very best package type holiday I have ever been on during my 50 years on this planet.
I am giving this a neutral rating because the hotel is rated as the ASC's flagship hotel and with that title you expect something a little more special.
Thanks to everyone for their reviews before are trip to Kenya. very helpful.
Fantastic Cruise and Stay
We stayed at the superb Flamingo Beach Hotel for the first two nights of our stay before cruising on the MS ROYAL STAR through ---
An amazing experience at such a low cost - many of our fellow passengers had paid much more. We had a wonderful holiday.
WE WILL RETURN!
We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Flamingo Beach Hotel, this is visually a good hotel, every thing looks great, the room we were in had a dripping tap in the room which had been leaking for so long it had stained the sink, and the shower worked when it wanted to. All these things are really petty and did not affect the overall pleasure of our holiday, it is also worth mentioning that the staff, ie waiters, room cleaners,reception etc, were great and went out of there way to make our stay great. The Kenyan people in general must be among the most friendly people you could meet they make you feel that you have honoured them by choosing to visit there country, and if you make an effert to learn a few words of Swahili it pays dividends. We really enjoyed bartering with them for the wooden figures etc.
We've just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Flamingo Beach Hotel and we quite liked it although there are some things about it that caused us not to want to return. It is quite tired looking in places and they do try to rip you off in some regards. Basically if you stay here you should buy all your water outside the hotel as you'll pay about 20% of what they charge inside!
Just returned from two weeks at the Flamingo Hotel with the African Safari Club. The combination of the beach hotel and the safari made this a wonderful experience. The Flamingo is in a park-like setting with a multitude of palm trees. The large, open air lobby, lounge and dining areas overlook the lower-level pool which is the size of a small football field complete with island, bridges and waterfall. Through the palm trees is Shanzu Beach, about a mile long with white sand. The standard rooms, while not luxurious, are air-conditioned, large, clean and functional, each with a private balcony overlooking the resort. Breakfast and lunch are from a large buffet with a specialty cook and dinner is selected from a three-course menu. Pictures can't capture the beauty of this resort and the African Safari Club has their act together.