It is 8:00pm and I’m currently in Diani Beach Kenya sitting on the balcony of house, which, to be honest, looks more like an exotic Swahili villa out of the pages of Conde Nast Traveler. Looking back into the house through the large glass doors, Jacquie Mwai is perched on a tall, wooden bar stool in the open-plan kitchen hard at work editing all the fantastic shots we took at Swahili Beach Resort earlier today. More on that later on this post, but first, let’s talk about our journey here.We took a 10:30 pm Modern Coast Bus from Nairobi and arrived in Mombasa about nine hours later, with a pit stop in Voi. Jacquie and I were both massively impressed by how smooth the trip was, and would highly recommend the first class seats on their Oxygen buses. The chairs are bigger and have lots of leg room. Passengers get welcome drinks and these luxury buses are also equipped with small screens to watch a range of movies on, as well as USB charging ports for your gadgets. Book from any of their offices, or online from modern.co.ke. The company operates around Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and with over 50 branches in this country alone, chances are you’ve either been on a trip with or heard about them. If you fall in the latter category, might as well give them a shot!
Over the past few months, I’ve grown to be so intrigued by the lifestyles of all the digital nomads out there, especially given my innate obsession with all things travel and food, and sharing those through writing and beautiful images which forms a basis for this blog and the content I create for various print and digital magazines. This is the first of many trips that I’ve set up as I dip my feet into these uncharted waters.
I asked Jacquie to accompany me because I think her photography is brilliant and I absolutely love her style of shooting. We worked together last year when I went to Sarova whitesands, after which we became fast friends. Over the next two weeks, our office will be in Diani Beach where we will be exploring this little gem to document and share with you guys our firsthand account of the ultimate things to do, see, eat and explore, all supported by a GoPro vlog at the end.
Today was very relaxed, as the bulk of our excursions start tomorrow. This afternoon we set off for cocktails at Swahili Beach Resort’s Baharini Beach Bar and Restaurant, which is just down the road from where we are currently staying with @ine_bewanasco. Their mango and chilli mojito was very refreshing, and that combination reminds me of a particular coastal street food that I am dying to try. While I didn’t get to eat Executive Chef Jasraj’s 7th heaven pizza whose recipe I had gotten from him for a different platform about two month’s earlier, I’m hoping I can go back for a slice before we leave!
I’ll be putting up fun daily updates from Diani, so keep checking in and be sure to follow me on Instagram @afrowatta, Jacquie @j.mwai, and of course the luxurious and friendly coach company @modern_coast!