Family Christmas Holidays, Bush or Beach?

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The paramount question for this Christmas holidays is where to spend time together as a family. To do a safari or to get a tan? To lounge on the white sandy beaches or to dine under the starry skies? To gaze at the horizon of the turquoise waters or to stare at the endless green savannah plains?

Kenya offers a myriad of choices with lots of stories for your kids to write about in their essays in January. So, bush or beach destination for Christmas holidays?

1.      What to Expect

Whether you choose to be adventurous in Samburu or laze on Watamu beach, you’ll realize how warm the Swahili and the Maa communities are. Relish in the hospitality of the locals by taking part in cultural tours.

What better way to spend Christmas holidays other than eating food that you wouldn’t normally cook? In Coast of Kenya, you’re spoilt for choice; from Biryani to Kuku Paka (Coconut Chicken Curry). Whereas in the reserves, it’s all you can eat meat affair.

Kuku Paka chicken-coconut Chicken Curry

2.      What to Carry

Besides the usual checklist in the infographics, here are a few things you should have in your bags for a smooth Christmas holidays.

Beach Bush
Mobile Payment for the marine parks Cashless payment for the national parks and reserves
Drinking water though you can buy in the supermarkets Drinking water
Water-proof camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses Binoculars, wide lens camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Mosquito repellent creams Mosquito repellent creams
Swimming costume, crocs, and beach thong sandals Clothing that camouflages with nature, safari sandals and hiking boots
Beach toys for kids e.g. bucket, watering can, rake and shovel Board games and colouring books


3.      What to Do & See

If you are a family of early birds, get into your swim wear to go snorkeling. Whether you are staying in Mombasa, Diani, Watamu or Malindi, the marine parks are the perfect place to explore the world of Nimo and sail like Moana to the reef.

Easter holidays family vacation

family vacation

For afternoon activities during Christmas holiday, the Coast is full of old towns, ruins, and museums not to mention the Arabic architecture. Visit Jumba la Mtwana in Mtwapa or the Gede Ruins for a feel of precolonial villages. Shimoni Caves in South Coast for a lesson in slave trade.

The Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli and Samburu Parks are the most popular for the big 5. For the photogenic flamingos, you can tour around the Rift Valley lakes; Lakes Elementaita, Nakuru, and Baringo. The endangered rhino can be found in Ol Pejeta while the endemic mountain elephants around Mt. Kenya National Park.


Game Drive

Safari walks and camping are the best way to get one with the wild nature. Not to worry, there are armed guards are always there to help you maximize on the experience.

4.      Where to Stay

For Christmas holidays in the bush with your family, you can stay in a luxurious tentalow or a bungalow on full board rates.

Christmas holidays in the coast with family is best spent in a beach resort with a well-equipped kids’ club or in a holiday home with a pool, babysitting services, and a chef. Here are a few recommendations:

Get 10% off for your Christmas Holidays by using the voucher code   CHAMP1005.

5.      Where to Party

Every night is party time in the bush depending on your choice of accommodation. Guests are entertained by warriors and their spouses in their traditional attire whose cultural dances are exhilarating. Give a try and see if you can jump as high or shake your neck with equal ease.

Maasai Warrior Dance

If you are a planning on having a beach house party with your siblings, cousins or friends, you can now order drinks on Jumia Party’s website  or using app.

Alternatively, these are the most popular beach parties in the Coast that you could attend:

  • Diani Beach Party from 9th December to 1st January
  • Forty Thieves 24th December to 1st January
  • Kilifi New Year 30th December to 2nd January
  • Ocean Sports Resort New Year’s 31st December to 2nd January

Where will you spend your Christmas holidays? In the bush or at the beach?

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