Ali Barbour´s Cave Restaurant

George & Jackie Barbour decided some 30 years ago to convert the cave into this unique restaurant. All is exactly as discovered except the chamber housing the kitchen and lavatories. In the restaurant only the stone floor has been added together with furniture and fittings, lighting and sound effects. The natural holes in the roof crust are open to the sky, protected in bad weather with sliding covers. A triangular makuti umbrella (threaded palm leaves) soars over the cocktail bar and reception area supported by a single blue gum pole over 50 feet high (nearly 20 meters) which came from the family farm in Kitale.

Ali Barbour’s Cave is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Situated about 30km south of Mombasa and 200m back from the high water mark, it compromises a series of interlinking chambers at depths of up to 10m below ground level. The natural holes in the cave ceiling are open to the sky and seating is under the stars creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is typically international, specializing in seafood. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant is truly a unique dining experience.

Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu is situated on the south coast of Kenya, 1 ½ hours ride south from Mombasa, on the beach of the Indian Ocean. With room for no more than 38 guests, you will always find your own private spot at Kinondo Kwetu, which makes it a very special hideaway for honeymooners. It is also the perfect place to gather family or friends for a private celebration or wedding. With two kitchens in separate buildings, the place can easily be divided into two, making it possible for companies of 10-20 or 30-40 to stay for themselves. It is also the ideal spot for corporate retreats.

Kite Watamu

Kite Waa-tamu is a kitesurfing school on the north coast of Kenya which offers kitesurfing lessons and kite hire. Kite Waa-tamu was set up in 2011 by Oliver Nicklin and Max Melesi, along with close friends Stas Trzebinski and Xan Woods.  Fully qualified and experienced instructors, they share a passion for kiteboarding and for life next to the ocean. They are accomplished freestyle riders who all started kiteboarding in Kenya at the age of 14 and began teaching in 2009. They are patient and responsible teachers who believe that it’s crucial to understand exactly what you are doing in order to become skillful and remain safe. Having spent a great deal of their lives in Watamu the boys know the best spots.

The school is fully equipped with top of the line 2011/2012 Liquid Force equipment, and uses  Liquid Force Envy kites and Edge boards. The students are kitted out from head to toe in Liquid Force harnesses, life vests and helmets, ensuring the highest level of safety standards. Lessons are taught from a number of different locations along the beach depending on where the best conditions are at the time.

 

THE TEAM: the Kite Waa-tamu team is made up of a few of Kenya’s top kiteboarders. They are young, enthusiastic and keen to raise the profile of kiteboarding in Kenya.

OLIVER NICKLIN: Oliver has been kiting for over 9 years and is one of Kenya’s top kiters. Oliver won the Che Shale competition last year and was second in the Kenya Cup in Diani.

MAX MELESI: Max has been kitesurfing since 2004. He is a freestyle kiter constantly pushing the level on the flat water and in waves.  He has also competed in Kenyan competitions.​ Max is the main man behind all of Kite Waa-tamu’s graphics and footage; Film, photos, logos, posters, pretty much all of it.

XAN WOODS: Xan has been kiteboarding for 10 years now and is also one of East Africas top riders. He has taken part in previous BKSA Tour meetings getting podium finishes, and does the annual East African events, cleaning up with Oliver and the rest of the Kite Waatamu crew. Following his years sailing for Kenya, kiteboarding  has become one of his daily activities.

OLEMAYAN: Olemayan moved to the beach from Amboseli and is a key factor in the school as chief kite launcher and kite packer. Hopefully once he learns to swim he will be  ripping it up as the first maasai ever to kite!

 

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