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Eco-Oasis Camp— Nakuru: The Nature Travellers Dream part 2

Oasis picnic grounds(lakeview)

Article and photos by guest writer: Amailuk Joseph

Catering facilities

Holidays are an excuse to break away from all the routine that has settled for our normal. Well, at least that is what some may argue. In that case, you may wish to try out the Oasis cosine. Meals are on order. It is a life away from the hullabaloo of modern lives. Inform them early and you can agree on what you desire.

However, they have a self-catering service. This is a fun-tastic setup, if you ask me. Knowing how long you will be there, purchase all you need upfront. They have gas. You do not have to pay separately for it, bless the Oasis setting. It might be a good idea to carry your own cutlery, assuming you are a sizable group. Otherwise, they have a few handy pans you can use. Disposable where possible would be supper. Just remember not to litter the place. Leave it as clean, better still, even cleaner than you found it.

This why you can have the fun of pouring your heart into your meals. You control what you wish to eat. You are not time bound as in keeping with others eating hours. You are practically a free bird. Is that not the reason you came or want to go to the Oasis in the first place? If you haven’t thought of it, you may want to give it a try. Remember it is rated family…


You could easily pull off hanging out in your cottage/tent the whole day and still feel no loss. Challenge is I am an advocate of “if you have it, then make use of it. Do it! If you find you don’t like it, then so be it. It shall not remain unfulfilled dream. At least this way you are sure you know what you are coming back for.

Now that brings us to the picnic grounds. Another of the wondrous delights that Oasis hosts. It is a wide spacious area that boarders a lake. Sorry, you cannot swim here. Not that kind of waters. The picnic place has some table you could make good off. You may choose to sit on the ground and make the most of change from normal. If you have enough firewood, you are welcome to setting up a bonfire; yeah … Do you still need further poking? Nah, I don’t think so.

There is such grand space the kids would love the place. You can play all sorts of ball games or any other that may call for some space. If that ain’t enough, well, back at the main grounds there is still some extra space. Like I told you, the Oasis, was built a gateway. You are free from the pollution.

Some of us still can’t truly be free of civilizations. Always want to keep a link with the outside world. Hmm. They did think about you. In the dining hall, cum common room, is a television. You can get all the news you need. Its furnishings are all timber furnishings, in line with keeping with nature.

Nature lovers

Talking of nature lovers, at the Oasis (of life), you get to live in the wild. You have the benefits of the wild free from its creatures. Who says it is only the game parks the wild is experienced. The only wild animals you shall come across (if you are lucky) are the Velvet monkeys! Frankly, these creatures keep their distance. They prefer to watch the creeps from planet Zee from the safety of their tree hangings.

There is a hot water spring in the neighbourhood. Should you wish to go view it, remember to hire a guide? A hike to the springs is more like the deal. It is a challenge to find if you are unfamiliar with the territory. Chances are high you may come back disappointed. At least you have been warned. And like I said, see all there is to see. Experience all you can while you are there.

The entire place was set up on an eco-tourist model. Tourism integrated with nature to avoid destabilizing the place with modernity. There are well laid walkways. These were so well developed to allow for orderly people traffic. It is so in tandem with nature you would in a short while imagine them as natural setting of the environments.

You can take a walk in the woods. If you like you may enjoy a jog. If you plan to, don’t forget your running shoes. It is a place where you go to have your privacy and leave with it intact. The staffs are very helpful. All you need to do is ask. If they can help they definitely will. There are a couple of swings, and a slide, to spice up your stay.

Oasis Activities

  • Bike rides are fun. You could talk to management about hiring bikes, or carry your own bicycles.
  • Bonfires
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking (to hot water springs or elsewhere)
  • Nyama choma (roast meat) venture to the main road
  • Camping
  • Try the self-catering

About the author

Amailuk Joseph (aka AJ), is a Life-Coach and freelance writer and happens to be an avid fun loving tourist and travel writer. Never weary of an excuse to travel and go see the world. Seeing is believing, and sharing is the half the fun.You’re presently invited to share in the fun.

Eco Oasis Pictures by Amailuk J and are courtesyof Laetitia, Irene, and Simon-Templar.

Twitter: @amailuk

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The main economic activity in Mombasa is tourism which contributes more than half of the total gross income of the region. It is the most visited place along east Africa and continues to be a magnet for visitors because of its fantastic beaches, rich cultural history and natural sights among others. The following are some of the activities which form the backbone of Mombasa’s economy.


Tourism plays an important role in the economy of Mombasa. It is the main source of income and contributes more than half of the total gross income. The main tourist attraction features in Mombasa include pristine coasts which host several world class beaches, Marine national parks that are rich in aquatic life, historical sights like fort Jesus, Gedi ruins and the famous Vasco Da Gama pillar and lots of culture and history. These fascinating sceneries have vast qualities which make them highly attractive. They are easily accessible as a result of modern infrastructures which have been developed in the area. Tourism has long been viewed as an effective method of development  and indeed is playing an important role in development and growth of of Mombasa’s economy.


As early as 15th century Mombasa was a leading center for long distance trade. Its trade links went as far as India and modern day china. The main items of trade included spices, gold and ivory. Slave trade was also dominant but the main source of income was ivory trade. The strategic location of city was a key node in trading networks across India ,Persia and Yemen. Mombasa today remains trading center where traders from all parts of the world meet to transact business. The presence of a good harbor has also boosted trade in the region which facilitates much of export and import trade. It is also characterized by presence of many markets which offer a bright, fun, and unforgettable shopping experience to many visitors. There are also a large number of vendors in the open air markets who sell hand made crafts, jewelry, carvings and traditional clothing.


Mombasa is also a center for deep sea fishing. It is not commercially practiced activity but plans are underway to make use of this underwater treasure by provision of modern fishing facilities. This will in turn create employment to the locals who can now earn a living from this activity thus improving there living standards. Although fishing is not a new activity in Mombasa, it is yet to take root in this region.


This is another economic activity practiced in Mombasa. It is the third largest economic activity in Mombasa after tourism and trade. The climate along the coastal region is very conducive for agriculture .There are two main rain seasons; during March and October. The main crops which are grown in this area include coconuts, palm trees, cashew nuts and sisal among others. A sisal plantation is a common feature in the area and is the main cash crop which is exported to Canada.

Mombasa has recorded a slight, progressive, Economic growth over the last five years. This can be directly linked to growth in the tourism sector as a result of modern hotels being developed daily in the area and efficient transport system. It is becoming a fascinating and cosmopolitan coastal city.


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Majestic Mombasa as some call, it is one of the oldest cities in east Africa. It is a prolific city situated on the Indian Ocean that has lots of history and culture to offer. Mombasa city is easily accessible having an international airport, a port and a modern road transport system to cater for the large number of visitors who flock the area to experience this diverse cultural history.

Mombasa is a result of a series of invasions by many trading nations who sought to impose their dominance on it and has switched hands several times all through its history. This brought about a significant influence on its culture and religion but the Arab influence has been prominent in the town for a number of years. Its strategic location along the Indian Ocean made it a center of long distance trade .Arab traders could sail around the Kenya coast as early as 13th century and this boosted the trade greatly along the coast. The city today is covered by markets that have been in existence for as many as hundred years back. These markets are very charming attractions sights and give travelers a true taste of Mombasa.

It is also a place widely known among visitors as the ideal place to buy traditional Kenyan crafts like sculptures, handmade wooden furniture and tools. Visitors are also attracted to the unique traditional kanga clothes of coastal residents which are common items in the markets. Kitenges are a colorful clothes designed specifically for women while kikois are for men. These are common in east Africa coast and are worn as a wrap around a garment. They are best suited for beaches where they are used as beach towels. They are traditionally produced from local fabrics and sold cheaply to the market. Jewelry is also common in the markets and is very popular with tourists. The markets are mainly dominated by Indian traders although there are other smaller traders like Arabs. There are also numerous boutique shops which deal with paintings, modern art items and traditional clothing.

Economical Activities in Kakamega


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Kakamega is a town in the then western province; it is now the head quarter of Kakamega County which is the second populous county after Nairobi and the third largest town in Kenya. It is situated in the north of Kisumu city and a port city on Lake Victoria. The term Kakamega comes from a local dialect which means ‘pinch’, which was used to describe the way the European colonists used to eat the staple food of the residence of this town. The local inhabitants of kakamega town are the luhya community. There main economic activity is fishing and farming.

Mumias Sugar Company which is situated in the village of Mumias is the major sector that drives the economy of the town. This is the largest sugar producing firm in Kenya. However, the residence does not entirely depend on the company economically. The agriculture in this town includes; growing of sugarcane which is done both in large scale and small scale, there is also small scale mixed farming of millet, tea, maize, soya beans, dairy products, and sunflower.

Other economic activities include small scale gold mining; it was the scene for major gold rush in the 1930s that was partly fueled by reports of Albert Kitson who was a geologist. Commercial businesses also contribute to the economy of the town. It is a commercial center which is evident by the high number of banks set up in the region such as the National bank, co-operative bank, Kenya commercial bank, Barclays bank, equity bank, and family bank among others. All these thrive in this town because of the high population which translates into high market. Also the transportation sector offers a better employment in the region as the ‘boda boda’ motor cycle is the main transportation the residence use more frequently.

The strategic location of the town enables the residence to participate in trade with there partners in nearby towns such as Bungoma to the north, Trans Nzoia to the north east, Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties to the east, Vihiga county to the south, Siaya county to the south west and finally Busia to the West. These regions are very important to the kakamega town as far as their economy is concerned since all these areas are mainly tropical with wide diurnal range and high rainfall amounts.

In conclusion, Kakamega is a town to be for a holiday or at any time you need to relax. With the wide range of services and goods in the towns market presents you with an opportunity to decide on what you need. When it comes to hotels where tourists can spend, they are at the top of the table with first class and classic places to fit everyone’s needs at all times. The fact that the main economic activity of the residence of Kakamega being agriculture is an assurance that the food security is high and no one can risk being without food due to shortages at any given point.


Kisumu is a city located in western part of Kenya. It is the third largest city in Kenya and hosts various attraction sites which draw visitors from all parts of the world. Some of these sights include;

The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

This is a tourist attraction site located a few kilometers from Kisumu’s busy town centre. It provides an ideal refuge for threatened wild animals within the city and its environs with a special attention been given to impalas. This is where it derives its name. It features a vast area of nature trails and several picnic sites which offer excellent venues for functions such as corporate events and weddings. There is also an animal orphanage within the sanctuary which holds various types of wild animals such as leopards, baboons, jackals and buffaloes. It is also a home to many bird species which attracts birdwatchers from various parts of the country.

Kisumu Museum

Another interesting sight in Kisumu is Kisumu museum which was officially opened in 1985.Its proximity to Lake Victoria which is the second largest fresh water lake in the world, has made it a research center for maintenance and sustainability of biodiversity of Lake Victoria. It has comprehensive history exhibits of material culture of the western rift valley, traditional adornments, fishing gears and hunting weaponry. It has also various dioramas on display such as lion and monkey.

Tom Mboya Mausoleum

Tom Mboya’s mausoleum is also a point of interest in Kisumu.It is an historical site built in honor of Tom Mboya who was a black flywhisk political hero. It preserves gifts he received when he was still alive. Some of these items include a black nameplate souvenir he received from Chinese government, several flags of the countries he visited, condolence book signed when he was being buried and the holy bible with holy water on it which Mboya received as honeymoon gift in Israel. This manicured mausoleum is a major tourist attraction point and attracts researchers from different parts of the world who travel to this area to dig information on various aspects especially on pre-independence period.

Kisumu International Airport

Kisumu international airport also called the pride of Kisumu is one of the busiest airports in Kenya and serves as a direct link to the rest of the world. With chartered flights coming in from as far as Middle East, it has opened up the region for international tourism as well as boosting the general economic development through increased local trade. The airport is highly developed with world classic travel facilities such as enhanced immigration and security features, modern control tower, ample parking space, VIP lounge and restaurants. It has also made the exportation of fish and flowers which is a major source of income to the locals, quite easy and efficient thus eliminating the huge losses they used to suffer previously as a result of road transport which is very slow.

Luanda Magere Site

Luanda Magere is another interesting site found in Kisumu.It is believed to be a spot where Luanda Magere died. Magere was a great warrior in Luo community and people far and wide come to this site to consult his spirit in time of war and calamity. At the center of the site stands a brownish rock partly sank into ground and shaped like a human being which is believed to be Magere’s   body curved. The site is characterized by traditional artifacts such as war weapons which are placed under an indigenous tree and are believed to belong to Magere. Visitors travel to this site from all parts of the world to get a glimpse of this mythical legend.


Tourism is an important industry in Kisumu and it plays a major role in shedding unemployment in this city. It is a sector which is currently nourishing due to steps taken by the government to improve it in terms of modern infrastructure and creation of standard   amenities as a result of the economic benefits derived from it.


Kisumu is a city that boasts of modern family friendly hotels and resorts with extra ordinary assortment of facilities which guarantees relaxation and privacy for travelers all the time. Visitation of these hotels by leisure quests provides value to them as well as promoting and developing the economy of this area hence able to attract more visitors.


Imperial Hotel

Imperial hotel is one of this modern hotels located in Kisumu.It is a luxury hotel and a premium destination in Kisumu. It is strategically placed thus easily accessible. It has everything in a perfect setting that provides an excellent environment for you to take a break from your busy schedule. It has also plenty of recreational activities which mean you have a lot to do during your stay. It offers magical accommodation which exudes an atmosphere of total peace and harmony at an affordable cost. Imperial hotel is an ideal place for visitors looking for charm, comfort and convenience in Kisumu

Kiboko Bay Resort

Another hotel rated among the best the hotels in Kisumu is Kiboko Bay Resort. It is located in the silver ribbon of Lake Victoria and offers ultimate natural paradise. The idyllic setting of the hotel on the side of Lake Victoria is a perfect gateway for overworked corporates to relax and rest from their normal regular duties. It also offers a good environment to conduct conferences, seminars and work shops. It has various dining options with quality foods, motivated and efficient personnel who deliver quality services to visitors. The hotel gives travelers the luxury of embracing the wonderful feeling of an African adventure in absolute comfort.

Jumuia Quest House
Jumuia quest house is another hotel located in Kisumu that offers the discerning corporate and leisure travelers a serene, relaxed and comfortable environment with executive services. The hotel is endowed with amazing charms and natural attractions and is positioned strategically to provide perfect and unobtrusive services. Its rooms are modern and fully air conditioned and features views of the immediate environment from the comfort of a balcony.

Rusinga Island Lodge
Other hotels include Rusinga island lodge which enjoys an ideal setting on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is fringed by beautiful lawns, swaying palm trees stretching down to the water’s edge. In addition to road transport it is also served by an airstrip which makes it easily accessible. It is best known for its hospitality, traditional dishes and comfortable accommodation which make it an ideal home for travelers. It has also spacious and safe children play grounds full of sports facilities which offer children an ideal environment to release energy and catch up with exercise. Along the shores of Lake Victoria visitors can also enjoy invigorating water sports or engage in domestic fishing .Lake Victoria is a home to legendary Nile parch which is very popular in local as well as international markets.



All these hotels are world class luxury hotels and are committed to promoting integrity in such areas as cleanliness, facilities, services, location and pricing. The hotels offer affordable accommodation and are sophisticated with African furnishings and a luxurious atmosphere. They always give first priority to customers and constantly stripe to exceed their expectations.