Nyali | Kenya

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Nyali

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: 200 Ksh for a local ever popular Tusker brew
Restaurant Meal: 750Ksh
Accommodation: 3,500Ksh

USEFUL CONTACTS

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KITEWORLDWIDE

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+44 (0)20 36 085 777

+49 (0)40 20 93 45 090

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www.airbornekitecentre.com
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THE LURE

A perfect combination of cross-shore winds, flat water in the lagoon plus waves on the reef, make this a brilliant spot for beginners, intermediates up to advanced level kiters. Whether it's a relaxing or challenging holiday you're after, the kiting is sublime here, plus Kenya offers so many more new experiences off-the-water.

THE SET-UP

With a dominant cross-shore wind, Mombasa and Nyali beaches are the perfect place for learning to kite safely and to ride with ease, as well as offering the wave head plenty of opportunity to bang in the turns down-the-line on the waves out on the reef. Home to the widest stretch of beach on the north coast there's plenty of space for riders at all levels. The beach slopes away at a gentle angle and the depth depends on the tide, but at Nyali there is almost always water, apart from very low spring tides (unlike elsewhere on the north coast strip). At neap tide it's just under a metre deep off the beach, getting progressively deeper to 150 metres out, where it drops down to just over six metres within the channel before the reef. Bigger swells at high tide and butter flat water at a lower or neap tide make for perfect progression or freestyle sessions. Small to large waves can be found on the inner and outer reef break sections which run along the whole coast line at varying distances from the beach. At Nyali the reef is just under a kilometre out, meaning there's plenty of flat water to play with on the inside, but the waves are not too far off either. There are also buoy marker lines to help indicate the launching, landing zones kite parking and pack-down zones and there's rescue support on hand for safety.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The trade winds blow consistently cross-on shore at varying strengths throughout the year. Mid-December to March the wind is a north-easterly, known as the Kaskazi wind. The south-easterly Kuzi winds start at the end of March, marking the start of the rainy season into May and winds continue right up to October. The Indian Ocean waters average 25°C / 77°F. The water temperature can peak at 28°C / 82°F and the air temperature touches a max of 36°C / 96°F – so no wetsuit needed! November into early December and then May tend to be the only parts of the year where kiting isn't possible as the seasons change over.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation options include everything from budget backpackers to exclusive resorts, however Airborne's on-site accommodation offers a central location with sea-view rooms at a great price. This option also means you are onsite at the kite school and are a part of the super friendly and social atmosphere of the kite base. Various fun kite events are organised as well as other on and off water activities.

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com

SCHOOLS

AIRBORNE Kite Centres, East Africa teach all levels for ten months a year, from beginner up to instructor level, including instructor internships, advanced coaching and wave riding clinics. All the latest Best, Ocean Rodeo and CrazyFly gear is also available for rent, safety boat cover is provided plus, back on the beach, there are chill out areas, sun decks, pool, free wifi, onsite restaurant, BBQs and all the facilities you could need. Languages spoken by instructors: English, German, Polish, Italian and Spanish. www.airbornekitecentre.com info@airbornekitecentre.com +254 731 212 410

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com

NO WIND

No hassle! Nyali offers fantastic adventures. It would be impossible to go to Kenya without at least considering a visit to the legendary wildlife reserves. In particular, you shouldn't miss rainforest treks, the Haller national park where you can feed the hippos, crocs and giraffes, and more locally, the old town of Mombasa oozes with historical delights. There are also many more 'modern' activities, such as go-karting, paintball, buggy rallying and bowling alleys and a cinema to be found, too. If you can't leave the water alone, then grab some snorkelling gear or do a PADI diving course and inspect the reef.

GET AROUND

Being Africa, there is an evident poverty divide, so don’t wear obvious and expensive looking jewellery and keep your passports and money securely locked away. A mosquito net to sleep under at night is vital. Taxis are cheap and there is no fixed bus service. It's just a five or ten minute taxi or tuk-tuk ride to several restaurants, clubs and bars and supermarkets. Currency Kenya Shilling (KES) - £1 = KES140 / €1 = KES116 / US$1 = KES86

FOOD AND DRINK

As Mombasa is so close, you are spoilt for choice in terms of where to eat, from rustic and authentic to sushi, Chinese, Indian and seafood restaurants for all budgets. As the night goes on, the nightclubbing can be full on or laid back; you decide. There are also several supermarkets in the area that stock all your home comforts.

AIRPORT

Mombasa's Moi International Airport (MBA) is just a 20-30 minute transfer to Nyali. Pick-up services can be arranged upon booking through Airborne.

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com
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