June 2022 - July2022 Magazine 36

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Issue 36 June - July 2022

C astal Guide CONTENTS Welcome to Coastal Guide Coastal Guide is a bi-monthly magazine publication that is available at various outlets along Kenya’s coastline and Nairobi.


It is designed as a guide book, providing useful


information and services to enhance your stay and make it easier for you find the things you need. Each issue of Coastal guide also reports on social and conservation initiatives in Kenya. Any support you can offer these initiatives will go along way towards retaining the beauty and unique charm that makes Kenya one of the best destinations


in the world.


Please remember when visiting Kenya, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. Contact us on : +254 76 846 8255 Visit our Website : www.coastalguidekenya.com Email : info@coastalguidekenya.com Follow us:

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KILIFI WELLNESS FESTIVAL By Tamara Britten In 2020, four friends met to discuss how they could give a little back in a world that was suffering. All ensconced in the world of wellness, they felt something was missing in the lives of many. In a year when people were going through dark times, they wanted to share love, light and laughter. From this was born the Kilifi Wellness Festival. For the venue of the festival, they chose Kilifi, a place whose natural beauty heals the soul. Kilifi is one of the Kenya coast's gems - and that's saying something! The coast isn't short of stunning beaches, but Kilifi has that little something extra. At the confluence of the craggy creek and gleaming Bofa Beach, Kilifi has a diversity of landscape and seascape that few places have. Take Kilifi's beauty, and add Kenya's first boutique wellness festival, and you have an event that's truly special. The first Kilifi Wellness Festival was held at the start of January 2021. The founders of the festival wanted to give people the chance to start the year with joyfulness and clarity, refreshed and ready to meet the new year headon. The sessions they offered were not only for the wellness of the body, but for the mind and spirit too. The core values of the founders are playfulness, curiosity, community and service. And these came through in the variety of sessions offered. The mix was diverse, including the more well-known yoga styles of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin, and branching out to Laughter Yoga, Hula Hooping and Head-wrapping. You might have done yoga on a mat, but have you tried it on a stand-up paddleboard, or dangling from a tree? Discussion sessions included injury prevention, addiction recovery, stress resilience and Shamanic wisdom. And there was time aplenty between the sessions to meet, mingle and make new friends.


The festival is based at Salty's Kitesurf Village, a magical combo of tropical gardens, lively beach bar, chic rooms and welcoming staff. All sessions were on the palm filled lawns or the seafront platform of Salty's, except SUP Yoga which was on paddle boards on the creek at the excellent 3 Degrees South water sports centre. The second Kilifi Wellness Festival took place in July 2021. Favourite sessions remained, while a few new treats were added. This festival started with a sound bath, and ended with a cacao ceremony. On the night of the full moon, participants took a moonrise dhow cruise along the creek then boarded the Musafir, Kenya's largest dhow, for ecstatic dance. Splits and backbends, and arts and crafts, were amongst the new sessions, and optional healing sessions were added, including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Tarot and Oracle readings. At both festivals, there was a lot of laughter and a few tears. At a time when people are more conscious of their health than ever before, attending a wellness festival is a way to offer yourself some time to reflect, to heal, to smile, and to move on with courage.

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he Gazi Women Mangrove boardwalk

is a 450 meters, 1.5 meters high boardwalk that

stretches through the natural mangrove forest

showcasing verdant greenery off to perfection. The

project which managed by 27 coastal women was establish in the year 2006 with start-up funding from Overijse municipalityBelgium to construct an initial 300 meters nature boardwalk with the aim of promoting sustainable tourism activities that generates benefits for improving community wellbeing and biodiversity conservation. In the year 2019 with the funding from Base Titanium through Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), the refurbishment of the boardwalk started and just about to be completed. The wearing away of the wood by the salty water during tides caused a lot of repairs which necessitated the refurbishment with more durable materials called “plastic pole” made of recycled plastic making it the first one of its kind in Kenya. Upon paying a minimum entry fee of Ksh 400/= (4 USD) for nonresidents visitors, Ksh 300/= for residents and Ksh 200/= for Kenyan citizens, one is guaranteed a life time memorable experience of the walking through the lush vegetation that allows visitors to see, smell and feel the wonder of nature around them. This includes a nature education tour where one learns about the different types of mangroves in Kenya, their adaptations to the salty environment and their uses by the local

The boardwalk meanders through the serene natural mangrove forest, allowing one to take in the sights and sounds of abundant biodiversity and majestic trees while appreciating the tranquility of nature. The boardwalk as view point with a seating space within the loop with one of the breath taking view of the ocean and mangrove interface perfect for pictures, birdwatching and mangrove picnic. Other services offered on the boardwalk include ecoconferencing in a space which can hold up to 70 people at a time, coast dishes buffet, boat rides as well as basketry handmade by the women (wine holders, hats, baskets, table mats and seating mats). The ecotourism is the perfect attraction for families and friends, young and old and even a date. Visit us for a truly unique natural experience.

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Rich Lamu oil prospects fuel Revamping of the Lamu Museum Kenya's economic plans dreams

Meet the Artists of Lamu Space Station

Kenya is just weeks away from announcing

conversations about the future. A place

Lamu Space Station is a space to have

the discovery of new oil resources in the

where these artists are imagining new

Lamu basin, bigger than what was found a

stories for their community; rejecting the

decade ago in Turkana, in what could be a

modern narrative that the human race can

turning point for the country’s dreams of

fly off to Mars once our planet becomes

reaping petrodollars.

inhabitable. Their work, encircled by the

The large fiscal windfall associated with

natural beauty and gentle rhythm of the

new oil resource revenue could help

island, compels us to reflect on an

Kenya boost development and improve the standards of living for citizens through access to key services and amenities such as roads, health, food security and education.

Source: www.theastafrican.com

Kenya launches toolkit to combat illegal wildlife trade Kenya has launched a financial flows toolkit to help track, share information and seize money involved in illegal wildlife trade. the new tool will support financial institutions including our Central bank, and other commercial banks, and Safaricom in tackling illicit money flows associated with illegal wildlife. Through public-private partnerships and international co-operation, the toolkit is expected to establish strong foundations of information sharing to fight crime.

This is the first time the Lamu museum is undergoing a major renovation since its establishment in 1970. The ongoing work involves replacing the corrugated iron-sheet roof, removing sections of the dilapidated plaster walls and reconstructing new ones. Exhibitions of archaeological artefacts are poorly arranged and displayed and will be improved and clearly labelled, for visitors to see, identify and understand them. The rehabilitation of the Lamu Museum is part of a larger plan to expound on Oman's presence in East Africa, which has existed for over five centuries.

ecosystem in all its fragility as the industrial world encroaches upon it. The unique gallery on Kenya's Lamu Island is home to an array of artists who, through their work, are imploring visitors to take better care of the planet.

Source: www.businessdaily.com

Sh10bn marine project flagged Source: www.okayafrica.com off in Lamu Kenya, Netherlands sign deal to export horticulture through SGR

Kenya and the Netherlands signed an a g re e m e n t t o f a c i l i t a t e e x p o r t o f The Sh10 billion Kenya Marine Fisheries and horticulture through the Standard Gauge Socio-Economic development project has Railway (SGR). officially taken off in Lamu county. To make the railway system ready for The project which aligns with Kenya's Blue transporting refrigerated fresh produce, Economy blueprint, is funded by the World Kenya Railways Corporation has embarked Bank in collaboration with the Kenyan on re-modification work to install reefer government, and will be implemented for plug-in points for the containers. Kenya’s five years in the five coastal counties of Lamu, key gateway the port of Mombasa as well Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Tana River. as the SGR stations will be equipped to

Source: www.nationmedia.com

The project aims to improve management of support freight of frozen horticultural priority fisheries and mariculture, as well as products in order to enhance international increase access to complementary livelihood trade. activities in coastal communities. Source: www.theastafrican.com

Source: www.capital.co.ke






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