Coastal beaches. Warm tropical air. Palm trees. Those are the first things that come to mind whenever we think about Mombasa. I would venture to add tranquility, cool air, scenic landscapes, a bit of wildlife and a touch of safari. If you're thinking I'm mixing I'm mistaking Mombasa with the Mara, you're wrong. I'm talking about the beautiful Nguuni Giraffe Sanctuary located in Kiembeni, just on the outskirts of Bamburi.
You can get tired of lying on the beach, trying to enjoy some solitude amid frequent interruptions from rowdy beach boys who keep hovering around you, making you more irritated than relaxed; you crave for something more serene, more safari-like without having to travel too far to experience it – this is what Nguuni offers you.The first time I heard about this place, I knew I had to experience it for myself. I have lived in Mombasa for a few years, but I discovered Nguuni not so long ago. It is one of those hidden gems that crave to be explored and enjoyed with family or friends. The simple yet lovely Bandas are ideal for having picnics with friends or enjoying a lovely barbecue with family while being one with nature. The one thing that captured my attention about Nguuni was the fact that you can escape from reality and feel like you have been teleported to another lifetime.
It's very rare to visit a sanctuary or a park that lets you have a one-on-one with giraffes, without them being confined behind walls, where they strut around freely without a care in the world, and Nguuni gives you that opportunity to enjoy seeing these beautiful animals in all their glory!
The splendor of these tall creatures, their gaze and their nonchalant attitude is pure beauty to behold. They seem accustomed to having their photos taken and will gladly pose for you till you get the perfect shot of them.With giraffes, ostriches and bush bucks surrounding you, there are plenty of attractions to choose from. The bush bucks are a bit shy but when they come out to play, they are brilliant companions.
The perfect culmination to a beautiful afternoon spent at Nguuni, is the lovely sunset that you get to watch as the sun retreats to welcome the night. With a vast landscape, and the hills surrounding Nguuni, you are sure to catch the most captivating sunset that Mombasa has to offer!
Situated along the Nguu Tatu Hills, the Nguuni Nature Sanctuary is located just 4km from Lafarge Bamburi Cement on the Nguu Tatu Hills. This sanctuary offers you close communion with nature. Many people visit this sanctuary specifically at sunset as it looks stunning and truly enticing. When the sun sets, giraffes make their way to the picnic area for feeding and guests are allowed to feed them. The sanctuary is also a bird watcher's paradise. Bird watching happens between 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Eat Outs near Nguuni
• Turkey Base
• Sensera Pub and Restaurant
• Dotcom Restaurant
• New Dark Room Cafe
• Tangarine Cafe