Hi. My name is Eve D’Souza…and i’m a travel addict.
My business partner Lucy Mwangi and i created and filmed ‘Travel Diaries Kenya’ for TV back in 2011, strongly believing there was an interest and passion for domestic tourism in Kenya. Compiling my Top 12 spots was so difficult, as over the past 3 seasons of the show, i’ve discovered over 30 incredible holiday spots in the country i absolutely fell in love with. I hope the following will give you some inspiration to explore and discover Kenya with me…
I love beach holidays that include beautiful white sandy beaches that you can actually enjoy! No beach boys harassing you or tons of tourists stealing every shady spot. Its quiet and undiscovered – for now that is! The water sports in the creek were also a major highlight! First time I’ve ever stayed in a house floating on the water! Made me feel like a kid again!
Highlights: Staying at the Floating house, Bofa beach, water ski epic fails, abseiling off a catamaran, Dhow sundowners
Filmed for TV: Kilifi floating house
11. MT NYIRU
It was the first time the Travel Diaries crew got into lots of car trouble. Got stuck in a ditch on the 1st day and had a hole in the petrol tank leaving Baragoi on the way back… plus a puncture an hour and a half from Nairobi! At some point we actually got separated in the middle of Baragoi, as two of us went off by foot to try find help! But what an adventure!! Desert Rose is built on the slopes of Mt Nyiru, and it was the most spiritual experience I’ve ever had in my life
Highlights: Surviving a long tough road trip, driving through Baragoi, amazing view of Mt Nyiru at Desert Rose, enjoying the cultural scenes
Filmed for TV: Desert Rose
If you plan to visit Marlal, I recommend you do during the annual Maralal International Camel Derby. Both competitors and visitors to Maralal join in the 3 day festivities. The atmosphere in town on race day was electric and very carnival style!
Highlights: The Camel derby action, visit of the historic Kenyatta house, taking in the view of Malaso valley
One of my favourite places if you like to laze by the sea during the day and party at night! Watamu is just beautiful. Also the best place for spotting dolphins and turtles (breeding ground)
Highlights: Sand bank when the tide is out, its blinding white sand is stunning! Gorgeous beaches. Snorkeling in the Watamu marine park. Watching the Kite surfers. Partying at “Come back Club”
Filmed for TV: Garoda Resort, Ora Resort, Watamu Treehouse, Medina Palms, Turtle bay resort, Lonno Lodge
8. KAKAMEGA FOREST
I was so sure I’d come face to face with a big angry snake. It was my biggest fear the entire drive to Kakamega. I guess they were more afraid of me, as I didn’t actually see any, but had the most amazing time hiking around the forest.
Highlights: Rich foliage, massive trees and thick undergrowth, waterfall, birds, butterflies, colobus monkeys and other primate species, liana climbers
Pics: KWS, Accommodation KWS Bandas
I watched “Born free” over and over again before going to Shaba. There is definitely the spirit of Elsa and the Adamsons still living strong in Shaba. I got to also stay at exact the spot Joy Adamson lived at for many years (Joys Camp) and learn more about her adventurous life. Its the same place she was later murdered on the 3rd of January 1980, by a worker she had fired.
Highlights: Shaba gorge, crocodiles along Ewaso Nyiro river, history about the work and life of Joy and George Adamson, sundowners
Filmed for TV: Sarova Shaba Game lodge, Joys Camp
6. LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
You couldn’t ask for anything more picture perfect! It was unbelievable! Perfect sunrise, followed by an immediate spotting of cheetahs, black and white rhino as well as lions!
Highlights: Game viewing is spectacular, sight of Mt Kenya in the distance
Filmed for TV: Sirikoi Lodge
I especially enjoyed my one week stay as we were filming the annual Lamu cultural festival at the same time.
Lamu has retained its charm and character built over centuries and is celebrated on the world heritage list as the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa.
Highlights: Cultural festival, cuisine, beaches, sunrises and sunsets are jaw dropping!!
Filmed for TV: Kipungani Explorer, Kijani house, Forodhani house and The Majilis Resort
The first time I ever rode a horse was filming Travel Diaries in laikipia, and it was to go out in the wild for a short safari! There is something very special about Laikipia. I’ve visited 3 times and each time was a very different and unique experience.
Highlights: Climbing Lentille point, quad bike safari, horseback safari, Nature walk at Borana, Ngare Ndare forest
Filmed for TV: Ol lentille, Borana lodge, Loisaba
I cant stress enough how life changing this experience was for me! It took us one and a half days to get there by road from Nairobi and I loved every second! We took the route to Eliye springs Lodge in Turkana (Kitale – Kapenguria – Lodwar – Eliye) Thankfully we experienced no breakdowns on this trip and no issues with security. An incredible beach holiday!
Highlights: The change in landscape, the beach, hike at Central island, visit of Turkana manyatta, scenic shots
Filmed for TV: Eliye Springs Camp and Lodge, Turkana
2. THE MAASAI MARA
I have heard a few people say maasai mara is overrated, and its always people who have never actually been to the mara! Its anything but! Trust me, the maasai mara is all its hyped up to be. The best place in Kenya to see Lions, chances are extremely high. First time I got to see the Big 5 in one game drive!
Highlights: Game drives, Hot air ballon safari, wildebeest migration, visit of maasai villages, The Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo)
Filmed for TV: Entim camp, Ilkeliani camp
There’s something raw and untouched about this place. I feel a sense of inner peace when I’m in Samburu. It’s also astoundingly beautiful! Its the wild beauty of Kenya’s outback. Here I found open spaces, serenity and some of the best opportunities for game safaris as well as other outdoor activities. Look out for the Samburu Special 5 (Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryz and Somali Ostrich)
Highlights: The views staying at Saasab camp and Saruni. Bush breakfast along the Ewaso Nyiro river, the special 5 visit of samburu village
Filmed for TV: Saasab, Saruni Samburu