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Smiling people of Kenya

This is Kenya. People who smile do make history, and that’s why they soon or later get attention. This is our tribute to the smiling people of Kenya

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Safari in Kenya

Even though a few camps and companies, more keen on doing business than evoking emotions, present an altered image of these African adventures in some ways, it is very easy to stay far away from the chaotic mini-buses overflowing with plastic tourism

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Resort, Lodge or Boutique Hotel?

Who are we? Sooner or later we have to ask ourselves this question. Resort Lodge Hotel or Boutique hotel? We’ve even searched on Wikipedia, but….. :-)
A wonderful recommendation sent by one of our very kind guests lets us explain what Lonno Lodge is.

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Watamu or Malindi ?

Watamu or Malidi? Where choose our hotel between the two locations? This is a frequently asked question for those who want to visit the north Kenya coast, to which I can only respond “it depends”. What are the substantive differences between the two…

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Shopping in Watamu

Small shops made of sheet metal, bearing names that are sometimes knock-offs of famous name brands, manage to get a smile, crammed full with knickknacks made of soap stone and wood, frames and baubles that have more ethnic than commercial value …

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Shark Whale in Kenya

The whale shark is the largest non-cetacean animal in the world, and is an attraction in Kenya. The video linked from You Tube posted by Volker Bassen shows the wonderful Kenya seafloor and the work of the East African Whale Shark Trust

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The Constant Gardener

During the construction of Lonno Lodge, I remember reading the fictional book by John Le Carrè “The Constant Gardener”; of course it wasn’t about gardening: The main characters, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi and Tessa his activist wife. Tessa was killed while travelling with a doctor […]

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The Marvel of Mangroves

For centuries, mangrove forests were considered as useless swamps. Today many mangroves have been cleared to make way for development. But mangroves are a vital resource to Kenya’s coastal communities, providing fish, timber firewood and other products. They are a resource that deserves our care, attention and sound conservation management. Mangrove forests once covered some […]

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Artisans in Quality, also in Hospitality

When talking about products, the difference between industrial and artisan is clear to all, but perhaps it is less clear when talking about the tourism sector. The hotel industry claims to offer a high level product, but often achieves only an standardized product that amazes with ‘special effects’ but that inevitably lacks attention to individual […]

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Weaver Birds

For some years now, coinciding with the arrival of peak season in November, Lonno Lodge has been visited by a large group of weaver birds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ploceidae); some are yellow with a red head, others are yellow with a sort of black mask over their eyes. These incredible “craftsmen” quickly begin to weave long “casuarina” needles, […]

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Escape from the cold winter

Is the temperature steadily dropping? Is winter in full swing, and spring just around the corner? Why not consider a respite from the cold winter. Kenya is a perfect country, attractive from July to March, but the best time of year is from January to late March. Tropical beaches save tourists from a cold winter […]

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Watamu Beach. A Superlative Synthesis of Kenya’s Coast

Kenya’s 434 km of coastline is a continuous metamorphosis of scenery. Long, white sand beaches are interrupted by inlets which give rise to immense expanses of mangroves, low cliffs, bays, small archepelagos and deep inlets. Every tourist town in Kenya is characterised by one of these landscapes, not just Watamu with its 15 km of […]

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