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Pesapal Does Tembea Kenya


With a team of approximately 84 employees that spans 5 countries , Pesapal and Ticketsasa are the utter definition of a pan African enterprise. It was therefore no small fete when we assembled our colleagues from Arusha, Dar es salaam, Zanzibar, Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Lilongwe in Diani for a much needed “strategy revision” (or vacay depending on how you look at it). As the Kenyan group, we were determined to show our African counterparts precisely why Tembea Kenya has become the phenomenon that it is. 

 What better way to introduce Kenya to the world than a scenic train ride from Nairobi to Mombasa through the newly established Standard Gauge Railway? Despite the early mornings caused by a stringent train schedule, we were in Mombasa in a record four and a half hours. The best part about the train ride wasn’t just the amount of time we saved on rail vs what we would have spent via road but the front row seat we had to the gratuitous display of the African Savannah. Kenya is an exquisite country and it is such a relief to hear this from an objective person who has frankly never seen it before.  From the elephants of the Tsavo to the resilient baobab trees that dominate the landscape after Mtito- Andei and finally the palm trees that slowly creep up on you as you approach Miritini,  the Kenyan aesthetic left us nothing short of awe-struck. 

The transfer from the last stop at Miritini to our final destination in Diani was challenging but achievable. This set us back about an hour and a half and was especially draining because of the Likoni ferry crossing. As all good things must come to an end, so must the bad ones. We were pleased to finally get to our beach front villas at Bahari Dhow and put the journey behind us.

 The next few days reminded us just why Diani was voted the 7th best beach in Africa . The beaches are a pristine and rather brilliant white, the vegetation is green and sucks you in like a tranquil parallel universe and the facilities put global destinations like Mallorca to shame. Stepping into Diani is akin to crossing the border to from what can be deemed a bland suburban setting to an untouched Caribbean tropical paradise. Who knew you could get world class service by deciding to “Tembea Kenya”. 

The culinary experience exceeded our expectations. We hired a talented local chef to curate our dining experiences and she did not disappoint. Biryani, coconut fish , Pilau , chapati are just a few of the coastal dishes we were privy to and we can’t think of a better way to bring everyone together than through a hearty meal.

Our euphoria was heightened by all the chances we got to work together as a team. We fortified our cohesion with facilitated events on the beach, we battled it out in the pool through some competitive water polo, we braved the reef and snorkeled with a small section of the team and finally we showed Diani/ The World just how much the Team can get down at Tandoori and Bidi Badu. 

As we headed back to the real world, it was extremely comforting to have memories of blue skies, adventurous tuk tuk rides , phenomenal interactions, the sound of waves lapping gently on the shore and the laughter of colleagues etched in our minds. Team building turned out to be the break we all needed to put things into perspective. Diani’s appeal is difficult to explain to someone who’s never been but if Tripadvisor rank it so highly and each of the Ticketsasa staff has been there at least twice in the span of this year, then there has to be something to it. Ready to write your own Diani story? Give us a call on +254705804226/+254790494639 or write to us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make it happen. 

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