January 2018 - Magazine 3

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Welcome to Coastal Guide

This Month

Explore the magical coastline of Kenya with a little help from Coastal Guide.


Coastal Guide is a free monthly magazine publication that is

Discover Lamu

available at various outlets along Kenya's coastline.


It is designed as a guidebook, providing useful information

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and services to enhance your stay and make it easier for you to find the things you need. A new issue is released on the 15th of


each new month and can be found in Diani, Mombasa, Kilifi,

Kenya Kite Cup

Watamu, Malindi, and Lamu.


Each issue of Coastal Guide also reports on social and Diani Recycling Initiative

conservation initiatives in Kenya. Any support you can offer these initiatives will go a long way towards retaining the

10. Rebuilding Ocean Reefs 12.

beauty and unique charm that makes Kenya one of the best destinations in the world. Please remember when visiting Kenya's beautiful beaches to

Coastal Flavours

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time."


Fun Facts

We hope you will find this guidebook useful during your stay. Contact us on +254 (0)40 3200 023 | +254 (0)77 505 9069


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Cover Photo Credit: Ralph Winter

Swahili on the go

Photo of the Month Credit: Boris Polo Content Contributors : Joanne Dwyer & Tamara Britten

Distributed in partnership with: diani - kenya MOMBASA

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erhaps it's the absence of cars, or the alleyways that weave through the town, or the Arabic houses with their riveted wooden doors, but walk through Lamu town and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped back to a former time.

The hustle and bustle around the

been spoken for centuries. Lamu Old

port is that of the old trading post it

Town was designated a UNESCO

once was, in the bygone days of the

World Heritage Site in 2001. Stories

trade routes. Still today, you'll see

abound of ships from as far a field as

heavily laden dhows sailing into port,

China and Persia docking here over a

and men unloading them onto the backs of waiting donkeys. Still today you'll see ladies draped in hijab or burqa strolling down the alleys and

thousand years ago, and the beads, porcelain and earthenware found here would seem to confirm this.

shopping in the markets. However, the first written testimony Still today you'll see boys in prayer

of the island dates to 1441, when an

caps and girls in headscarves

Arab traveller met a judge from Lamu

converging on the Madrasa, and hear

in Mecca. Several ruins remain from

them chanting the words that have

that time.

Takwa Ruins, on Mandaisland, was a

fishermen returning to the island with the

Swahili trading town of mosques,

delicacies the sea provides. From the

tombs and houses, all aligned to

seafront Lamu House, visitors can watch the

Mecca. Siyu, on Pate Island, was

dhows docking while sampling what the

once a centre of Islamic scholarship.

fishermen brought in. Shela village, just

Fazawas destroyed by Pate in the

along the coast from Lamutown, is home to

13th Century, and rose again only

whitewashed Arabic houses, boutique shops

to be destroyed by the Portuguese

and the enduring Peponi Hotel at whose bar

in the 16th Century.

punters swig a Tusker or sip its signature cocktail: the Old Pal.

Today's Lamu is calmer. Most of the dhows plying the channel are carrying

Across the channel on Manda Island, visitors

not traders looking for a deal or

can bask in barefoot luxury at Manda Bay,

invaders trying their luck, but tourists

and look out over the pristine seas of

basking in the Lamu sunshine and

Kiunga Marine National Reserve.

Contrary to yesteryear's travails and turbulence, tourists today spend their days strolling along the white sand beaches, windsurfing, water skiing and wallowing in the warm waters. Those who want to go further hop on a dhow and sail down the channel, out to any of the outlying islands, or to snorkelling sites where the range of colours of coral and sea creatures has to be seen to be believed. And of course, those who delight in stepping back in time just have to wander the alleys of Lamu town, or the ancient ruins of Takwa and Pate, with a guide whose tales will transport them through the centuries.

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or non-sporting types, fear not. Kite-surfing is also a spectator's sport. What better way to wile-away a weekend than watching a colourful kite-surfing spectacle on Africa's number 1 beach? A team-building relay race will finish the competition, with supporters invited to place bets on the

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your hair down at a Hawaiian-themed after-party.

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Organised by H2O Extreme, the first kite school on Kenya's south coast, the Kenya Kite Cup is designed to promote the sport, engage new recruits and give back to

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the Diani community. The 2018 Kenya Kite Cup will raise

12pm – 4pm: Opening hours of craft stalls

awareness and funds for precious ocean life through the

1pm: Relay race in teams of 3 people,

Local Ocean Trust. The 2017 event raised over Kes 200,000

auctioneering of teams to raise money

for the Local Ocean Trust. The Kenya Kite Cup is superbly hosted by The Sands at Nomad,

for Local Ocean Trust 3pm: Drawing of raffle tickets

generously sponsored by Base Titanium and further supported by Cocoon Design Studios. Check out the planned schedule for 2018 (all wind dependent):


1 place Men's freestyle - Trophy and Cash Prize

Friday, 26 January 2018 10am: Kiters' Registration (Ksh2,500 registration fees)

1st place Women's freestyle - Trophy and Cash Prize 1st place Relay Race - Trophy

11am: Kiters' Briefing and drawing of the heats 11:30am – 1pm: Set up, warm up of kiters 1pm – 4pm: Heats, women followed by men 12pm – 4pm: Opening hours of craft stalls

Judges at the Kenya Kite Cup 2017 Article Photos by Andras Porffy

All proceeds raised from the 2018 Kenya Kite Cup will go directly to the Local Ocean Trust.

A WASTE COLLECTION & RECYCLING PREPARATION SOCIAL ENTERPRISE lastic waste is corrupting our land and oceans at an alarming rate. In Kwale County, Diani Plastics Plus has launched a pioneering social enterprise to engage with fellow Kenyans and residents to sustainably remove the plastic and waste littering public land, residential areas, roadsides, drains, rivers, beaches and ocean.

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Waste pollution degrades our health and environment. Over-flowing land fills pose health risks and rob people of productive land. Pollution is killing marine life and contaminating food chains. Reducing the impact of a modern menace in a sustainable . manner is a significant challenge requiring high levels of commitment, a well-developed strategy and plenty of determination. Diani Plastics Plus has created a 'closed loop' solution and hopes to inspire others to get involved too.

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Diani Plastics Plus has successfully attracted hoteliers, businesses and other community members to become sponsors of Green Station collection points and a nearby depot. Thanks to generous sponsorship, the enterprise is setting up more than 10 initial Green Stations, from Tiwi to Shimoni. Green Stations will have four large bins, labeled: plastic, glass, paper and metal. Green Team Operators will be on duty to help educate users and ensure collected waste is regularly taken to the depot. At the depot, where sheds and workshops are being constructed, waste will be processed for up-cycling or recycling. With assistance from Base Titanium, the depot has three industrial shredders and two briquette presses. Plastic will be shredded, compacted, baled and stored in readiness for sales to recycling manufacturers. Glass will be up-cycled and crushed for use or sales to manufacturers, along with shredded metal. Paper will be pulped and pressed into briquettes effectively reducing the felling of trees for charcoal.


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Further funding and donations will be used to: Build workshops, washing tubs and storage sheds at the depot Construct walls and fencing at the depot Purchase compressing and baling equipment Purchase & brand vehicles for transporting recyclable material Many on our south coast are already helping to make this going green' initiative a success. Please consider joining Diani Plastic Plus to help build and grow this recycling initiative for the benefit of Kwale County.

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LEADING IN SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION Over the past years The Sands at Nomad, a boutique hotel located on the award winning Diani Beach has been taking steps to reduce and improve it's impact as a hotel on it's natural environment. Visitors will not find plastic bottles or drinking straws, hotel information is all paper free coming in the form of the Sands at Nomad APP, all glass bottles are stored and recycled or up cycled, glass water bottles are refilled by the supplier, drinking glasses are made from up cycled bottles, and the list goes on. In June 2017 The Sands at Nomad took this a step further by initiating another two projects, the first was the creation of a turtle hatchery for relocated nests. This project kicked off after a request by The Diani Turtle Watch for a secure hatchery to be created at the hotel. The reason for this was that by the end of May, all the safe and secure nesting sites along Diani beach were full meaning there was no more space for other nests that were still being laid on the beach below tidal walls where the hatchlings in the eggs were never going to have the chance to survive. Sea turtles are a marine reptile who's numbers worldwide dropped to a 'threatened' status over the past decades due to loss of habitat and nesting sites, over fishing, drowning or injury in fishing nets and health problems linked to the amount of plastics which are ending up in the oceans. On the 21st of June 2017 the first Green sea turtle nest was translocated to the new hatchery at The Sands, one week later a female Green turtle found the hatchery on her own laying over one hundred eggs. After these two, eight more nests were relocated to the hatchery until there were 10 nests all marked, safe and secure above the tidal line. The result of this was that by the end of October 2017 around 1000 baby sea turtles had hatched from the hatchery and made it to the ocean, a huge success for such a new project. The second project was The Sands Marine Center, located a mere five minute walk from the hotel reception and reached along a forest trail through 'corral-rag coastal forest' home to the memorable Angolan Colobus monkeys, Black-and-Rufus elephant shrews and a whole host of other fauna and flora. The Sands at Nomad's marine center was set up to be a centralized location where ocean conservation, turtle conservation and sustainability projects could be based and showcased to interested visitors to raise awareness and attention to sustainable practices and the current state of the oceans. The marine center project began in late 2017 with the renovation of an old boathouse, walls were painted, posters were printed, tables and desks were made, and information was collected until an educational journey was created. One side of the Marine center was set up to draw ones attention to the negative affects we as humans have on sea turtles and the oceans, another was given to the Diani Turtle Watch as a base for their operations, another was set up as a turtle monitoring station where scuba diving guests wanting to get involved can take part in an identification and monitoring program from which the data collected can then be used to locate and monitor individuals and the population of a key environmental indicator species. These two projects, combined with the many other steps towards sustainability and environmental responsibility has lead to The Sands At Nomad recently being awarded a silver certification by the environmental body Eco-Tourism Kenya, a very commendable achievement that not many have reached. The Sands At Nomad, Thinking Green.

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Kenya is generally a safe and friendly country, but as


with any destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings and cautious not to find yourself in an unpleasant or potentially vulnerable situation.

Here are a few basic tips to consider during your stay! Safety & Security: Be vigilant when in public places and even more so when venturing out at night. In case of robbery, report the incident at the nearest police station. Kenya has a Tourist Safety and Communication Center that is always on call. They offer a 24hr tourist helpline +254 (0)20-600 4767 where you can seek assistance if needed

Water: Avoid drinking tap water. It is safer to drink mineral or bottled water

Exchanging money: Make sure that you exchange currency with a reputable hotel, bank, or foreign exchange bureau

Valuables: Be mindful of your valuables, try not to show high-value items in public or busy areas. Do not leave these items unattended in public places such as bars and restaurants

Driving: Always carry your original driving license and either your original passport or a certified copy of your passport

Photographs: It is natural when on holiday to take as many pictures as possible, but before you begin to take pictures of people, ask for their permission. In some cases, you may be required to offer a tip for those pictures

Transport services: When using a Tuk-Tuk, Boda-boda or Taxi ask for the price before embarking on the trip so as to avoid any surprises when you reach your destination

Animals: Never approach a wild animal, even if they appear harmless

Drugs: Be wary of people trying to sell you drugs. Although the coast of Kenya is very relaxed, drugs are illegal in Kenya, and any purchase, use, or possession of drugs could land you in prison

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Swahili on the go! Here are a few basic greetings and phrases you can use to interact with the coastal Swahili people. Kenyan people appreciate it when you try to speak Swahili so please do not be shy, try out some Swahili and have some fun!

Basic greetings… • Hello - Jambo • How are you? - Habari Yako? • I am fine - Niko salama • My name is… - Jina langu ni… • What is your name? - Jina lako nani? • Pleased to meet you - Vyema kukutana • Do you speak English? - Unazungumza Kingereza? • Goodbye - Kwaheri • See you later - Tuonane Baadaye • Have a good journey - Safari njema!

Useful words and phrases… • Excuse me - Samahani (to get attention or say something) • Please – Tafadhali • No – Hapana • Yes - Ndio • No thanks - Hapana asante • Thank you! - Asante! Cow - Ng’ombe Cat - Paka • Where? – Wapi? • Here - Hapa Buffalo - Nyati Dog - Mbwa • When? – Lini? Zebra - Punda Milia Goat - Mbuzi • Now - Sasa • I don’t understand – Sielewi Hippo - Kiboko Elephant - Ndovu • Speak slowly – Ongea pole pole Rhino - Kifaru • Friend - Rafiki Giraffe - Twiga • My friend – Rafiki yangu Wildebees - Nyumbu Lion - Simba • I’m hungry – Nahisi njaa • I’m thirsty – Nahisi Kiu • Where are you going? – Unaenda wapi? • I am going to the hotel - Naenda hotelini • How do you say in Swahili – Unasemaje kwa Kiswahili • Cheers! (While sharing a drink) - Maisha marefu (Meaning long life) • I love you! - Nakupenda! • Help! - Msaada!









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