Shanzu Journals

Lifetime's dream come true

An October 2004 trip to Shanzu by doonhamer32

Paradise Beach Hotel Photo, Shanzu, Kenya More Photos
Quote: This holiday was to fulfill a lifelong dream of my wife's: to visit Africa and see the animals in the wild. It turned out to be so much more than we could ever have expected or wished for.

Paradise Beach Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Paradise Beach Hotel Photo, Shanzu, Kenya
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The Paradise Beach was in the brochure as part of a four-hotel complex, but following an extensive fire last year, the site is still undergoing refurbishment. Apparently the Paradise Beach and Shanzu Beach were completed during the summer, but the Palm Beach is currently closed, and parts of the Coral Beach were not in use either during our stay. This meant that, although all six pools were still available, there were only three restaurants (plus one á la carte) and four bars available, which still gave us plenty of choice. The room was simply furnished, with three beds (no fold-down beds, thank goodness!), a dressing table, a coffee table and chairs, and a huge built-in wardrobe and cupboard. A...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

Paradise Beach Hotel
Shanzu Beach
Shanzu, Kenya

Le Gourmet

Restaurant

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We visited this restaurant three times during our stay; although part of the hotel complex, it is not included in any packages and is open to non-residents. The food is nicely presented, the house speciality being lobster, although I found the medallions of veal in a Calvados sauce to be exceptional. The wine list, while not extensive, complements the menu, and the Roberts Rock Chardonnay is nicely priced at 21 euros.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

Le Gourmet
Paradise Beach Hotel
Shanzu, Kenya

Fort Jesus

Attraction

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Fort Jesus has a varied history, and the free leaflet you get on entry only covers the bare bones. Fortunately, there are a number of English-speaking guides who will take you around at your own pace, making sure you get the most from your visit; although technically free, it is customary to tip them around Ksh200 or so.

As well as the remains of the fort, there is an ethnological museum charting the growth of civilisation along this part of the coast and a small souvenir shop. We only had an hour or so, and we really could have used longer--on my next visit, I'll allow a good 2 to 3 hours.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

Fort Jesus

Shanzu, Kenya

Heller Park

Attraction

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Heller Park is an ecological park, rescued from what was an old quarry and used by the next-door cement company. The whole park is ecologically sound, with one part of the microcosm benefitting another, e.g. millipedes brought in to break down the excess tannin in the ecosystem from the tree leaves. There are a number of animals to be seen, including a family of giraffes who cannot be returned to the wild; it is possible, if you time your visit right (2pm), to feed the two older ones by hand, which is fun to do. There are also a couple of giant tortoises, brought to the area by sailors and abandoned here; the park provides a safe haven for them, since they would be unable to survive in ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

Heller Park

Shanzu, Kenya

African Safari Club's African Night

Attraction | "ASC's African Night excursion"

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This is a combination excursion, if you will; the first part is a boat trip upriver towards the setting sun, with turnaround timed for sunset itself. The second and major part is the arrival at African Safari Club's "African Village", near one of their hotels. Here you can partake of as much BBQ meat as you want, as well as an open buffet of salads, vegetables, and fruits. Drinks are extra and ordered from the roving waitresses. The meat on offer is the usual chicken and pork, as well as goat and antelope. During/after the food, you are entertained by a dance troupe performing dances from various regions/tribes of Kenya, followed by a Masai group doing their stuff (with audience participation...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2005

African Safari Club's African Night
Kasr el Kabar
Shanzu, Kenya

elephants Photo, Shanzu, Kenya
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We had booked a short safari of 3 days, as we had our 9-year-old who was just off crutches following a traffic accident, and we didn't want to overtire her. That said, we had a great time on our safari, driving from Mombasa (5:30am start) up to Tsavo West National Park, stopping off to visit a Masai village (yes, I know it’s all staged for tourists, but it was still very interesting and worth the Ksh500 each, 200 for under-12s). As we drove through Tsavo West, we saw large numbers of animals, including lions, giraffes, several different species of antelopes, hippos, and birds beyond count, and arriving at Leopard Lodge in the Kimana Game Sanctuary at about 5pm. Here, thankfully, we showered and...Read More

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doonhamer32

doonhamer32
London , United Kingdom

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