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Nairobi in a day

Courtesy of The Tribe Hotel Nairobi, below is a take of things to do and places one should visit if they only had a day in the City.

 

Karura Forest;
Fancy a family picnic by the lake, bird walks, bike trails and generally a spectacular nature trail, Karura forest should then definitely be on your list of things to do. Things to enjoy here include the Mau Mau caves, scenic waterfalls, picnic sites, bamboo forest and nature trails. Karura does not fall short of wildlife as well one can spot  different monkey species, bush baby, bush-buck, bush pig, porcupine, duiker, genet, dik dik, African civet and epauletted bat.
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Cafe Brasserie;
Located in Nairobi’s Village Market, The Cafe Brasserie by Art Caffe is a bright, light-filled café famous for its roasted coffees, hearty dishes and mouth-watering deserts. With wood-panelled walls and high ceilings, the café has a unique character, and is the ideal spot for post-shopping coffee and cake breaks with friends, pre-shopping breakfasts and leisurely lunches. The contemporary interior with clean lines, combined with a convivial ambiance, have made this restaurant a staple on the local dining scene.
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The Giraffe Centre;
Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, this is a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Spend some time observing, hand-feeding (and if lucky, get a big wet kiss) as well as capturing close-up photos of the giraffes in case you did not catch sight of them while on safari. One can also enjoy a quiet nature trail through thick bushes and forest. Other animals you are bound to encounter include warthogs, hyenas and sometimes leopard.There is a variety of flora and fauna.
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House of Treasures;
The House of Treasures is filled with unusual and exotic goods from around the globe. Antique and modern furniture, architectural pieces, innovative fashion & jewellery, Africana artefacts, children’s toys and eclectic home-ware – all gathered in a striking double-storey gallery set in mature gardens in Karen, just outside Nairobi, Kenya.
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Maasai Markets;
Meet craftsmen of authentic Kenyan artifacts and enjoy the sight of ladies beading and making jewellery at the markets. Held around the city at different venues on different days, bag yourself a set of souvenirs for your friends and families back home including wooden carvings and bead-work; beaded necklaces, batik wall hangings, shoes, soap stone carvings, sisal bags, kikois, textiles and much more.  All Maasai Markets items are Kenyan and the range of goods on offer is impressive .You can’t go wrong at the Nairobi Masai Market.
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Adèle Dejak;
The Adèle Dejak brand creates handmade fashion accessories for the modern, sophisticated and multidimensional woman. Inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, the cutting-edge pieces sit perfectly between artifact and high fashion statement designs. The Adèle Dejak collections express acute appreciation for African-made fabrics, including Kuba cloth and kitenge (wax print); a dedication to using recycled materials including rice and cement sacks, brass, aluminium and glass and; a commitment to exceptional quality.
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Anselm – Kitengela Hot Glass;
Sleek vases the colour of sea glass, a coffee table that looks as if it is made of crushed ice.  Extravagant murals. A goblet that feels solid and perfect in your hand, majestic and bejeweled chandeliers. A splash of window that is a mosaic of the sun, a globe-shaped lamp glowing like a planet. A Maasai necklace design that is an explosion of colour and lighting. A passionate and practical ensemble of scrap window and bottle glass renewed, refashioned into stylish pieces, functional art and inspired design. All this and more at Anselm- Kitengela Hot Glass, each piece is unique, handmade to catch the eye and satisfy the soul.
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African Heritage House;
The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Park is described by the prestigious Architectural Digest as “an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration.”
Designed by American Alan Donovan, co-founder of the African Heritage Pan-African Galleries, the house is a combination of the mud architectures from across Africa.The house is available for tours, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinners on the rooftop or by the refreshing pool), conferences/functions, as well as overnight stays in its luxurious rooms, filled with African art and furnishings with modern appointments.
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Kalabash;
Once at Kalabash you will be awed by the creativity and pronounced ethnic artistry that awaits you. Kalabash Selections specializes in extraordinary art, crafts and accessories from across Africa.  The curated collection represents the finest examples of Africana in wood, stone, metal and beads. It  glows with unique earthly African shades of brown, which most of its racy crafts represent. Kalabash also stocks beadwork and artifacts made from driftwood, soapstone and clay.
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Kaya Spa;
Kaya, Tribe’s exclusive spa combines traditional and new-world treatments from around the globe. The five treatment rooms and hair studio infuse a sense of tranquility through inspiring design – taming the body, mind and soul.
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NEST;
Also at the Tribe,  NEST is the perfect location for sun-downer drinks, private parties, or just an intimate space to get away and hang out. NEST serves the best martinis in Nairobi which are a perfect compliment to aromatic shisha pipes or hookahs.
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Jiko;
Jiko holds true to the glamorous yet sophisticated feel of the Tribe hotel whilst maintaining the warmth and personality of Kenya. Its contemporary international cuisine focuses on carefully grown fresh ingredients and specially sourced international imports. The extensive menu features grilled meats and vegetables as well as house made pastas, breads, pastries and gelatos. Jiko’s exclusive wine list highlights some of the finest selections of wines to perfectly compliment the flavors of Jiko.
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Finish your day in style sleeping at the Tribe’s Presidential suite. A one-bedroom suite overlooking the protected natural wetland, the Presidential Suite features a living room with dining table and over-sized couches, a 60-inch plasma TV with a BOSE Lifestyle sound system, guest bathroom, a private balcony, enhanced storage facilities and the suite’s iconic master bathroom. The Presidential suite is furnished with a rain shower, bath tub, 300 thread-count sheets, and a king bed. Tribe offers a complimentary mini-bar and free high-speed wireless internet with all rooms.

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Wonders of the Mara

Doubling up as a wonder of the world as well as Africa’s greatest Wildlife reserve, the Masai Mara is a sight to behold. Home to the Great Wildebeest Migration, this reserve will offer you a safari of a lifetime; watching over two million animals cross-over from the Serengeti in Tanzania in search of greener pasture. This experience serves both as a ‘wow’/’chilling’ moment seeing this magical migration of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras in their thousands , while at the same time having to watch some of them make their last cross as the predators; lions, crocodiles and hyenas seize their opportunity across the Mara river.

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The annual Migration has highly boosted Kenya’s place as a favorite safari destination and during June/July the reserve receives numerous guests ready to watch this natural spectacle. The millions of wildebeests spend much of the year grazing throughout the plains of the Serengeti and when the dry season dawns in June, they begin to gather, forming a single vast herd ready to head north. The experience is amazing as you anxiously await for the herds, one can envision the numbers hearing the sound of the approaching herd with the rumbling of hooves and low grunts; very awe-inspiring indeed. By July, the predators are set on the Kenyan side, Knowing the feasting opportunity that awaits.  The river crossing serves as a major challenge for the migration as many of the animals succumb to their fate either through drowning, being swept away by strong currents or by the wrath of the hungry crocodiles.

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Come October, the herds start their journey back to the Serengeti to the renewed grasslands. Out of all the calves born in the Serengeti before the migration, two out of three never return from this excruciating adventure. This is thus a test of both renewal and sustenance as well as life and death. The Mara aside from being host to the greatest migration ever seen, is home to the famed Maasai people. It is beyond amazing how man and wildlife share the same space of existence in utmost harmony. This co-existence probably makes Maasai Mara one of the most unusual and unique wilderness regions the world over.

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Other co-inhabitants include; herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle,topi, an array of bird life, monkeys, elephants and buffalos  in the Musiara Swamp and numerous hippos and crocodiles in the Mara and Talek rivers. The Maasai Mara is also packed with a wide range of Accommodation for any budget and is a popular attraction with Safari operators. The reserve is ideal for game drives and there are select camps and lodges that will provide you with opportunities of safari walks as well as spectacular balloon safaris. You are bound to encounter wildlife at many areas of the Mara as they are allowed to move freely in and out of the reserve and through neighbouring Maasai lands.

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Outside the boundaries of the reserve there are many other small camps and lodges, some of which offer walking, horse riding and other safari options. One can also take part in high forest trekking in the nearby Loita Hills and the Nguruman Escarpment.

Unravelling the Marvel that is Taita Hills

Travel enthusiasts en-route to various safari destinations along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway more often than not by-pass this Majestic wonder over Voi town. What many fail to realize is that this unexploited backdrop not only provides for a beautiful view while on your safari, but is also a rare attraction gem yet to be exploited and can only be attested to by a few; locals, researchers, and rally drivers. The early mornings are a sight to behold with dense fog shrouding the hills so much so one cannot be able to see another’s compound. Moreover, approaching the scenic hills from the vast and expansive plains spread in the lowland areas, provides for an exciting anticipation knowing that the higher one goes the more amazing the view of the landscapes, more like a far off deep sea.
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The lowlands, teamed up with Taita hills  form the greater Taita/Taveta County formerly district, and are more accustomed to tourist visits being home to Kenya’s largest National Park; Tsavo National Park, Lakes Jipe and Chala, various water springs as well as a number of lodges namely Voi Wildlife Lodge, Voi Safari Lodge, Voi Town Lodge, Lions Bluff Lodge, Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge and Sarova Salt lick Game lodge.
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The Taita Hills are mainly Precambrian mountain ranges consisting of three massifs; Dawida, Saghalla and Kasighau with Dawida outcropping the rest at 2,228 metres above sea level at its highest peak – Vuria; it also has three other main peaks – Iyale, Wesu and Susu. Inhabitants of these hills are classified into three subgroups/sub-tribes in relation to the three topographical zones  i.e the Wadawida/Taita from Dawida, Wasaghalla from Saghalla and Wakasighau from Kasighau. The Taita have a variation of dialects that include the Mbololo, Bura, Wusi, Kidaya, Mghange, Chawia, Mwanda, Kishamba, Werugha, Wumingu, and Wundanyi whereas the Kisaghalla and Kasighau stand on their own as self-sustaining dialects.
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One’s journey atop, begins at Mwatate town, the central junction point linking wundanyi, voi and Taveta. Between Mwatate and Wundanyi several view points will prompt you to stop and gaze at the awesomeness below. One such spot is Mbengonyi; here you will be fascinated by the plains spreading across from Kishamba to Mwachora as well as the expansive Teita sisal estate. Mwachora is historically renown among the Taita as a medium of death as this is where sorcerers were executed by throwing them over the hill (sorcery was only punishable by death).
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Another hill with a similar history to Mwachora is Shomoto with a story of how thieves would be thrown over the cliff or have their fingers beaten to a pulp after which they would be tied by a rope to the tree that sits right on the edge of the cliff hanging over a deep cleft in the rock; left for dead. It was the responsibility of a member of the suspects’ relatives to push them over the edge.
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If you thought the views of the plains impressive, sight of the Lwada falls should leave you dumbfounded at the nature of its beauty. Found in the Dembwa area, the falls cascade from tall, moss-lined rocks and boulders against a scenic backdrop of thick evergreen vegetation and indigenous cover mostly of wild date palms.
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The cruise up hill leads you to Wundanyi town; formely Taita’s District Capital from where one can access other destinations via hiking or use of motorbikes as very few places can be accessed by vehicles due to rough terrain especially during the rainy season. However, to better enjoy the splendor of the treasured sites, hiking is more preferred; Inhabitants swiftly traverse these precipitous hills without the break of a sweat whereas for those of us who come back here once in a while this seems to be quite a chore (never mind the fact that I hail from here). Walking about closely linked villages brings you to encounter very friendly people who will more often than not, not shy off to salute you with a ‘Kwawuka mana’ (good morning) or ‘Kwasinda mana’ (good afternoon) obliging you to reply with a simple ‘Mana-to’. Guests with preference of the uphill climate over the lowlands can enjoy their stay at Irido springs, Lavender Garden and Rocks hotels.
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Having withstood the years, Taita Hills have significant political stories to tell with sites like Mile 27,  the Mashoti encampment, Mbuyuni,  Salaita, Latema, Reata and the fortifications near Maktau portraying events dating back 100 years ago during world war 1; the only memorabilia of the battleground being the war cemetery segregated into white and Asian races (wonder where the Africans were buried). There is a story told of a German lady sniper  supposedly hidden in a hollow Baobab tree, out to avenge her husband, leading it to become a target for the British. The baobab tree survived as the most-shot-at tree during World War One and still has the bullet holes to show till date.
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The hills also played a crucial role for Kenya’s independence serving as a hideout for our founding heroes including the first Kenyan president; Jomo Kenyatta. It is said that the Kapenguria seven stayed at Kino caves where they would keenly plot their victory plan over their colonizers. Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, First president of Tanzania would also frequent the location in order to exchange ideas with his counterparts.
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Taita Hills not only harbors these cherished political antiquities but is also rich in cultural mementos. Before conversion into christianity, the Taita were known to store skulls of the dead in caves; Ngomenyi, Yale, Shomoto amongst others. The skulls would be disconnected from the corpse after a year’s exhumation; this was deemed a sacred act of restoring the dead to the ancestors resting place. The skulls would be lined denoting lineage and stacked near the entrance facing the setting sun. The subgroups differed as to who would be accorded this honor with the wadawida placing skulls of only elderly men whereas the wasaghalla included skulls of women and children. In times of calamities, elders would visit the caves and appeal to their ancestors for help; their Higher Being was called Mulungu whereas the ancestors’ spirits were referred to as milungu.
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With continued exposure by the media, these breathtaking hills have proven that its allure is not one to be left to oblivion having attracted a myriad of naturalists, researchers and birding enthusiasts alike. With a unique biodiversity of 9 and 13 taxa of animals and plants respectively, found nowhere else in the world but here, areas like Ngangao forest have been deemed a true treasure; being part of a unique Eastern arc range of forests found mostly in Eastern Tanzania and the only one of its kind in Kenya. In total there are 48 indigenous and exotic forests (surviving on hill tops and ranging in size from 500 square metres to 2 square kilometres) 28 of which are gazetted and are under the able protection and management of the Kenyan Government.
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Ngangao forest (under the care of Forestry Commission) will provide you the splendor of moist, thick dripping vegetation with sights of rare birds, butterflies, amphibians and plant species that only exist here. Some of the endemic species that call Taita hills home include  Bird species like the Taita Thrush, the Taita White-eye and the Taita Apalis, a unique rear-fanged snake – Amblyodipsas teitana, an endemic toad – Bufo Teitensis, and butterflies; the Taita Glider, Taita Charaxes, Cymothoe teita, Papilio desmond teita and Taita Swallowtail. There are at least nine plant species found nowhere else in the world but on the these moist slopes including the African violet – Saintpaulia teitensis, Memecyclon teitensis, Milletia obrata, Psychotria petitae. Trailing the forest within the first morning sun rays, one is also bound to chance a upon an endemic species of chameleon – Bradpodium Kinyongia. For birding enthusiasts, species like Orange Ground Thrush, Stripe- cheeked Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler amongst others, should adequately quench your thirst.
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As a climax to your exploration endeavor,  something that ought to give you a rush would be the climb of Wesu rock either as a pro with harnesses, ropes and all or simply by hiking your way up. What awaits you at the top is a reward of panoramic views for miles over kasighau, Ngulia, Mount Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks as well as chyulu hills.
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Vuria ( Taita’s Highest point) will also be able to offer you the same thrill of the superb views. Early risers should be able to enjoy the glory of snow fall on the peaks of Kilimanjaro teamed up with the beautiful sunrise, truly a sight for sore eyes.

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Tawi Lodge – Amboseli

Imagine the Highest free-standing mountain as your backdrop as you watch a herd of elephants play in the mud a few metres a way, go on game drives, take a swim or endulge in that massage therapy, enjoy that bubble bath from the comfort of your cottage, or simply as you relaxingly enjoy those special sundowners with your buddies by the wooden decks…Tawi lodge has this in store for you and more.

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The Eco-friendly lodge sits at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain) within a private community-run conservancy which in association with African Wildlife Foundation, endeavors to promote and maintain harmonious development for both the wildlife and the maasai people since human-wildlife conflict is leading to that which is regarded as the greatest threat in the area; habitat fragmentation and loss.

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While here, relax and pass by time with stories of game experiences by the campfire or better yet enjoy the magical sounds of the African wilderness under the amazing African sky.

Tawi Lodge has 12 double or twin cottages, all en-suite  with own fireplace, mini-bar, and wooden deck for the beautiful mountain and wildlife views.

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The style of the lodge is a harmonious combination of modern (for your comfort) and traditional (to remind you that you are in Africa).

 

Msafiri’s Swahili Phrase guide

Kenya is a country made up of many tribes; 43 and more and swahili/ kiswahili (being the national language) stands out as the language that unifies these groups. Swahili has taken root in many countries as well and is widely spoken in regions of Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Congo and Zambia; it is the most widely spoken African language.

In Kenya, “JAMBO” swahili for  “hello” is a greeting most commonly associated with tourists  and is often the first word learnt …this is also evident in the famous welcoming song “Jambo Bwana” by them mushrooms.

While exploring  the beautiful Kenya, learning a little swahili will come a long way in helping you enjoy a smooth and enjoyable adventure when interacting with the locals.

This guide will give you access to some helpful basic Swahili:

 

USEFUL GREETINGS

Jambo (informal used on tourists) or Hujambo? (Hello, good day, how are you?)

Jambo or Sijambo (the response) I’m fine!

Habari? How are things?

Nzuri (Fine, good)

Hodi! Hello? Anyone in? (said on knocking or entering)

Karibu  Come in, enter, welcome(also said on offering something)

Kwaheri/ ni

Goodbye to one/ many

Asante/ ni

Thank you to one/ many

Bwana

 

Mama

Mister, the equivalent of monsieur in French

 

Like the French madame or madamoiselle, for adult women

Kijana

 

Mtoto

Youth, teenager(plural,vijana)

 

Child, kid(plural,watoto)

 

BASIC NEEDS

Where can I stay?

Naweza Kukaa wapi?

Can I stay here?

Naweza kukaa hapa?

Room/s

Chumba/vyumba

Bed/s

Kitanda/vitanda

Chair/s

Kiti/viti

Table/s

Meza

Toilet, bathroom

Choo, bafu

Washing water

Maji ya kuosha

Hot/cold water

Maji moto/baridi

I’m hungry

Ninasikia njaa

I’m thirsty

Nina kiu

Is there any?

Iko… or Kuna?…

Yes there is…

Iko…or kuna…

No there isn’t any

Hakuna

How much?

Ngapi?

money

Pesa

What price?

Bei gani?

How much does it cost?

Pesa Ngapi?

I want…

Nataka

I don’t want

Sitaki

Give me/Bring me (can I have?)

Nipe/Niletee

Again

Tena

Enough

Tosha/basi

Expensive

Ghali/sana

Cheap(also”easy”)

Rahisi

Fifty cents

Sumni

Reduce the price,come down a little

Punguza kidogo

Shop

Duka

Bank

Benki

Post office

Posta

Café,restaurant

Hoteli

Telephone

Simu

Cigarettes

Sigara

I’m ill

Mimi mgonjwa

Doctor

Daktari

Hospital

Hospitali

Police

Polisi

 

TRAVEL AND DIRECTIONS

Bus/es

Bas,basi / mabasi

Car /s, Vehicle/ s

Gari/ Magari

Taxi

Teksi

Bicycle

Baiskeli

Train

Treni

Plane

Ndege

Boat / Ship

Chombo / Meli

Petrol

Petroli

Road, path

Njia/ ndia

Highway

Barabara

On foot/ Walking

Kwa miguu

When does it leave

Inaondoka lini?

When will you arrive?

Tutafika lini?

Slowly

Pole pole

Fast, quickly

Haraka

Wait! / hang on a moment!

Ngoja!/ ngoja kidogo!

Stop!

Simama!

Where are you going

Unaenda wapi

To where?

Mpaka wapi?

From where?

Kutoka wapi?

How many kilometers?

Kilometa ngapi?

I’m going to

Naenda

Move along, squeeze up a little

Songa!/ songa kidogo!

Let’s go, carry on

Twende, endelea

Straight ahead

Moja kwa moja

Right

Kulia

Left

Kushoto

Up

Juu

Down

Chini

I want to get off here

Nataka kushuka hapa

The car has broken down

Gari imearibika

 

General Words and Phrases

English

Swahili

And

Na

Big

kubwa

Small

ndogo

A lot of

nyingi

Other/ Another

Ingine

Not bad

Si mbaya

Danger

Hatari

Drink (noun)

Kinywaji

Drink (verb)

Kunywa

Eat

Kula

Excuse me!

Samahani!

Food

Chakula

Friend

Rafiki

Good

Nzuri

Goodbye!

Kwaheri!

Help me, please!

Nisaidie, tafadhali!

Here

Hapa

Hot

Moto

How?

Vipi?

I am angry.

Nimekasirika.

I am traveling.

Ninasafiri.

I am happy.

Nimefurahi.

I can speak Swahili.

Ninaweza kusema Kiswahili.

I can’t speak Swahili.

Siwezi kusema Kiswahili.

I love you!

Ninakupenda!

Motorcycle

Pikipiki

No!

Hapana!

OK!

Sawa!

Please

Tafadhali

Sorry! (apologize)

Samahani!

Sorry! (sympathize)

Pole!

Sweet

Tamu

Thank you!

Asante!

Thank you very much!

Asante sana!

There

Pale

Very

Sana

Water

Maji

Welcome!

Karibu!

What?

Nini?

When?

Wakati gani?

Where?

Wapi?

Where are you going to?

Unakwenda wapi?

Which?

Ipi?

Yes!

Ndio

Fine, cool

Safi

Completely

Kabisa

Just, only

Tu(kitanda kimoja tu-just ona bed)

Thing/ s

Kitu/ vitu

Problems, hassles

Wasiwasi, matata

No problem

Hakuna wasiwasi/ Hakuna matata

Friend

Rafiki

Sorry, pardon

Samahani

It’s nothing

Si kitu

Excuse me (let me through)

Hebu

What’s up?

Namna gani?

If God wills it

Inshallah (heard often on the coast)

Please

Tafadhali

Take a picture of me!

Piga picha mimi!

Help the poor!

Saidia maskini!

Ok, right, fine

Sawa

 

Numbers

English

Swahili

English

Swahili

1

Moja

40

Arubaini

2

Mbili 

50

Hamsini

3

Tatu

55

Hamsini na tano

4

Nne 

60

Sitini

5

Tano 

70

Sabini

6

Sita 

80

Thamanini

7

Saba 

90

Tisini

8

Nane

100

Mia

9

Tisa

136

Mia moja thalathini na sita

10

Kumi

999

Mia tisa tisini na tisa

11

Kumi na moja

1000

Elfu

12

Kumi na mbili

1997

Elfu moja mia tisa tisini na saba

17

Kumi na saba

Half

Nusu

20

Ishirini

Two and a half

Mbili na nusu

24

Ishirini na nne

Quarter

Robo

30

Thalathini

Forty seven and three quarters

Arubaini na saba na robo tatu

 

Time

English

Swahili

Time

Saa

Hour

Saa

Watch/Clock

Saa

Morning

Asubuhi

Evening

Jioni/Usiku

Afternoon

Mchana

Late afternoon

Alasiri/Jioni

Dusk

Magharibi

Night

Usiku

Late night

Usiku wa manane

Early morning

Alfajiri

What time is it?

Saa ngapi?

8 o’clock in the morning

Saa mbili kamili asubuhi

8 o’clock sharp

Saa mbili barabara

Noon

Saa sita mchana

4:25 p.m.

Saa kumi na dakika ishirini na tano alasiri

6:00 p.m.

Saa kumi na mbili kamili jioni

8:15 p.m.

Saa mbili na robo usiku

7:45 p.m.

Saa mbili kasorobo usiku

9:30 a.m.

Saa tatu unusu asubuhi (also: Saa tatu na nusu asubuhi)

Now

Sasa

Today

Leo

Yesterday

Jana

Tomorrow

Kesho

Day before yesterday

Juzi

Day after tomorrow

Kesho-kutwa

Day

Siku

Week

Wiki

Month

Mwezi

Year

Mwaka

Century

Karne

Common Dialogue

Sentence/Phrase

Response

Habari!   (Hello!/Hi!)

Nzuri! (Good!/Fine!)

Ninaitwa Charles. Wewe unaitwaje?
(My name is Charles. What’s your name?)

Ninaitwa Mary. Nimefurahi kukujua.
(My name is Mary. I’m pleased to know you.)

Unazungumza Kiswahili?
(Do you speak Swahili?)

Ndio! Ninazungumza Kiswahili.
(Yes! I speak Swahili.)


Kidogo tu!
(Just a little bit!)


Hapana! Sizungumzi Kiswahili. Ninazungumza Kiingereza tu!
(No! I don’t speak Swahili. I only speak English!)

Ninatokea Marekani. Wewe unatokea wapi?
(I’m from the United States of America. Where are you from?)

Ninatokea Japani. Nipo hapa kwa matembezi.
(I’m from Japan. I’m visiting here.)


Ninatokea Uingereza. Nipo hapa kwa kazi.
(I’m from U.K. I’m here on business.)


Ninatokea Ujerumani. Nimekuja kujifunza Kiswahili.
(I’m from Germany. I’ve come to learn Swahili.)

Kwaheri! Nimefurahi kukutana na wewe.
(Goodbye! I’m pleased to meet you.)

Karibu! Nimefurahi pia kukutana na wewe.
(Goodbye! I’m also pleased to meet you.)

Utapenda kunywa nini?
(What would you like to drink?)

Nitakunywa maji tu. Nina kiu sana!
(I’ll just drink water. I’m very thirsty.)


Nitakunywa kahawa bila maziwa.
(I’ll drink coffee without milk.)


Nitakunywa chai na maziwa na sukari kidogo.
(I’ll drink tea with milk and little sugar.)


Nitakunywa soda. CocaCola, tafadhali.
(I’ll drink soda. CocaCola, please.)

Tafadhali niletee chakula moto haraka. Nina njaa sana!
(Please bring me some hot food quickly. I’m very hungry!)

Huu hapa wali, samaki, mbatata, na saladi. Nitakuletea keki baadaye.
(Here is rice, fish, potatoes, and salad. I’ll bring you cake later.)

Animals

English

Picture

Swahili

Baboon 

Baboon-Wildlife

Nyani

Bird(s)

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Ndege

Buffalo 

Buffalo

Nyati

Cat 

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Paka

Cheetah 

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Duma

Chimpanzee 

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Sokwe

Cow/Ox

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Ng’ombe

Deer

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Paa

Dog 

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Mbwa

Donkey 

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Punda

Elephant 

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Tembo/Ndovu

Giraffe 

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Twiga

Goat 

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Mbuzi

Hippopotamus

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Kiboko

Hyena 

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Fisi

Impala

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Swara

Leopard 

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Chui

Lion 

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Simba

Monkey 

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Kima

Ostrich 

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Mbuni

Peacock 

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Tausi

Pig 

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Nguruwe

Python 

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Chatu

Rhinoceros 

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Kifaru

Sheep

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Kondoo

Snake 

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Nyoka

Warthog 

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Ngiri

Wild  Boar

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Nguruwe-mwitu

Wild Dog

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Mbwa-mwitu

Zebra 

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