Savage Wilderness, Sagana

Savage wilderness has been around for over 25 years. I feel a bit ignorant for only discovering it this year, oh well, better late than never.

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This bridge passes over the Tana River, connecting the two sides of Savage

My colleagues and I were recently there for our annual team building weekend (3D/2N for a group of 39 people).

One of my favorite things about Savage wilderness is that transport from Nairobi can be arranged with them and the price be included in the cost per person. If more local destinations had this simple and convenient arrangement, I can imagine it would drastically encourage domestic tourism.

We departed Nairobi on a Friday and arrived at Savage Wilderness about an hour and a half later. The first thing you notice on arrival is the amazing greenery, one gets a true sense of the ‘great outdoors’.

 

It is important to note that this is not a 5 star luxury resort. Savage wilderness deals in adventure tourism, and as such, the accommodation is decent but not luxurious, consider it part of the adventure experience 😉

The Rooms

Our room was basic but enough; toilet, shower, bed, pillow, sheets, mesh on the windows etc..

 

Activities

There are so many activities available. We took part in several ‘team building’ activities and just a handful of adventure activities.

 

Zip Lining

 

Rock Climbing

I am TERRIFIED of heights, a fact that I frequently forget. One of these photos captures the moment that I remembered my fear. Mind over Matter!

Archery

 

Team building

(Everyone needs to get over the wall..I will call it the wall climb)

 

We did a couple of other team building games and activities. We had the opportunity to jump in the river, 6 (out of 39) of us did; 3 men and 3 women. You have to jump in with a life jacket, helmet and your shoes; it is after all an actual river.

 

FOOD- The food is GREAT! It’s unlike any food I have experienced at ‘luxury’ establishments…this food tasted like home food that my mummy could have made. True story 😉

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Dinner I think

 

My experience was incredible and I am soooooooo looking forward to going again VERY SOON with friends. Apart from the activities we did, they also have kayaking, white water rafting, bungee jumping and mountain biking, to name a few.

 

Check out their website would ya- http://www.savagewilderness.org/

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If one is good, two must be better!

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Girlies

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Girlies

 

 

Distant Relatives, Kilifi, Kenya

Every so often, it’s important to just get away from everything and give oneself a chance to reboot. I’ve been feeling that way since the beginning of the year, not having traveled or gotten away from my usual routine in Nairobi. It was time for a girls weekend!! Woop Woop!

We were a group of 5 ladies, in need of some sun and sand. Distant Relatives Backpackers has a pretty strong reputation in Kenya as one of the best, if not the best, backpackers we have. So off we were…ROAD TRIP!!!

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Road Trip!

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to play mother hen, so I volunteered to get snacks, make sandwiches, bake cupcakes and make sure we have enough drinking water. We left Nairobi at about 4:30 am and were in Kilifi by about noon.

 

Shout out to my woman crush of the year (or decade), Maria, who drove a manual vehicle all the way there and back…none of us helped (On purpose of course, as some of us, namely me, would have helped us into all the ditches and trenches nearby). The journey itself isn’t half bad if you have good company, as we did 😉 There are places you can stop along the way, we wanted to reach asap so stopped once for about 10 minutes on the side of the road, and once in Voi for coffee and potty.

 

From the moment we arrived at Distant Relatives, the holiday mood took over. What I didn’t know before we arrived was that it is also an ecolodge, the rooms are evidence of their green practices.

 

The toilet/bathroom area was my favorite part of the room. The whole indoor/outdoor theme going on was rather lovely.

 

The toilet has special instructions for use, its not a very clear photo, but the instructions tell you where to pee and where to poop and how to handle that situation with sawdust. Surprisingly (at least for me) the use of sawdust completely covers the potty smell.

 

After settling into the room, it was time to explore….first indoors..

Outdoors

 

Some of the activities available-

Volleyball

They asked around who was interested…luckily the turnout was pretty good. I am a BIG volleyball  enthusiast, so this was a big pull factor for me.

 

Swimming

We spent soooooooo much time in the pool..

 

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The Beach

The beach is about a 3 minute walk from the backpackers, I would call it a semi-private beach as it isn’t too busy, but there are still other people there.

There is also a public beach about 10 minutes drive from Distant Relatives. We checked that out but the beach is much fuller and there is sooooooo much seaweed. But still pretty and a nice place to relax for a while.

 

Food-

Ha ha, as if anyone would doubt that I would talk about food somewhere 🙂

Firstly, the food at Distant relatives is not particularly cheap or what I would consider backpacker friendly. For example, rice and beans is sold for 400/= ksh. On the other hand, Friday is Pizza night, and Pizzas go for 600. I finished my WHOLE pizza 😉

 

In case you are looking for a getaway but are intimidated by overpriced vacations (As I am), Distant relatives backpackers is definitely an option. Accommodation is affordable and on top of the bandas, they have dorms as well as camping facilities. As for food, we also got some biriani from nearby, because of course a visit to the coast is not complete without biriani.

 

What an amazing girls only weekend! By all means, don’t take my word for it, visit 😉

their website-  http://www.kilifibackpackers.com/

 

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Heading back to Nairobi