21-09-2020 di redazione
The beauty of nature around Watamu is the first calling card of this wonderful resort in Kenya.
Twenty kilometres before Malindi, arriving from Mombasa and Kilifi, after the villages of Chumani and Matsangoni, you come to the inlet of Midas, characterized by mangrove forests, plants whose roots are in salt water.
In Midas you can observe very rare and fascinating species of birds, such as the African osprey, the yellow-billed stork and two particular varieties of Martin Pescatore, one of which is malachite green.
There are organised "bird watching" walks or an "Eco Camp".
On the other side of the main road is the entrance to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, the largest endemic forest scrub in East Africa.
You can visit it by car (off-road, of course) with or without a ranger escort.
Birds (over two hundred specimens) and butterflies are the law, but in Sokoke Forest there are still rare species of snakes, as well as the most common in Kenya such as the pathfinder and black mamba, baboons, elephant shrew and sometimes some lost animals of the savannah. Because in the north the vast forest borders the Tsavo savannah.
After Midas and the forest, you come to Gede, known for the ruins of one of the oldest fortified Arab citadels on the coast, dating back to the thirteenth century. Today you can see the remains of luxurious palaces and mosques, a real Swahili stronghold in the middle of the forest. Ancient splendor of a civilization swept away by the fierce Somali tribes, the mysteries of trade and splendor of Gede remain an attraction for tourists, not so much for the ruins but to imagine life in an evolved and flourishing village just a few kilometres from the sea.
From the crossroads of Gede you can reach Watamu, the renowned tourist destination with its white beaches, stacks and the sea reminiscent of the Seychelles.
Watamu (from the Swahili "watu tamu", sweet people) was known since the times of the first English settlers, who loved to stop and do deep-sea fishing in the village, where also lived excellent sailors and dhow makers, the typical Swahili boats.
The writer Ernest Hemingway also stopped there in the 1930s and an English resort bears his name.
Sights to see are the beautiful bays including the Blue Lagoon, really enchanting with its islets and varieties of starfish, shells and other marine amenities.
Today there are many hotels in Watamu, but the extension of its area and its structure means that many are half-hidden between sea and vegetation.
There are also many villas, to the British ones have been added in more recent times the dream residences of the Italians.
Watamu National Marine Park is famous for its varieties of fish and sea turtles, off the bay of the same name.
It is also possible to organize, starting from Hemingways beach, excursions for deep sea fishing or windsurfing.
Of course, you can also reach the cove of Midas by boat, snorkelling among huge fish towards the Tewa caves (grouper, in Swahili).
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