The 480km long Kenyan coast has long stretches of idyllic white sand beaches, fringed with palms and lapped by the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. Here, in this exotic paradise, spectacular coral reefs teem with life and brilliant colours as Arab Dhows sail its calm blue waters, the traditional passage of the Arabian Spice Trade.
Along the length of this coast Arab and Portuguese forts, old towns and the deserted ruins of Swahili outposts bear witness to its fascinating history. In the winding medieval streets and bustling markets of Lamu and Mombasa Old Town, life has continued unhurried and unchanged for more than 400 years.
Whether you simply want to relax by the azure waters, or enjoy some of the more adventurous activities on offer such as big-game fishing and scuba diving, a Kenya Beach Holiday is the perfect end to your Kenya Safari.
South Coast Beaches
The coastline south of Mombasa is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white beaches, turquoise waters and protective coral reefs. Lush green coastal rainforests have prolific birdlife, and the Pemba Channel offers superb big-game fishing. A wide range of world class resorts centered around Diani Beach allow visitors to enjoy this natural paradise with the best standards of service, cuisine and accommodation.
North Coast Beaches
The coastline North of Mombasa is a world of enthralling history and natural beauty. The pristine beaches are broken by the wide mouth of Kilifi Creek, whose azure waters are a popular port of call on the international yachting circuit. World class holiday resorts can be found on the beaches of Nyali, Vipingo, Kikambala and Shanzu, and the offshore reefs offer superb diving with spectacular coral gardens and drop offs, and Kenya’s best wreck diving on the MV Dania.
Malindi and Watamu
The perfect beach destination for those visitors wanting a combination of relaxation and exploration. The small town of Malindi is in the centre of a string of tropical beaches, with holiday accommodation ranging from world class resorts to quiet low key hideaways. The nearby Marine National Park at Watamu is superb for snorkeling and diving. Other nearby attractions include the sandstone cliffs and gullies of the Mafara Depression, popularly known as Hell’s Kitchen; and the thick jungles of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, hiding the lost town of Gedi, an ancient Swahili trading post.
Lamu … a place like no other. This peaceful tropical island is at once an idyllic beach escape and an evocative adventure. The island itself is simply beautiful, with rolling dunes and numerous beaches interspersed with tiny villages, coconut plantations and mango groves. Its capital, Old Town is both mysterious and fascinating, with winding streets, markets and squares. Originally a Swahili settlement, the island has had many influences, including the Portuguese, Turkish and the Omani Arabs, giving Lamu its own particular culture, enduring to this day. It is a place of tradition and respect for history, where time passes slowly, and where the donkey and dhow remain the dominant form of transport. This romantic island is soul enriching!
There are a number of lovely small lodges and hotels in Old Town and on nearby beaches.
Tana River Delta
This remote coastal wilderness on Kenya’s far Northern coast is the perfect destination for those looking for a safari with a difference. Here the waters of the Tana River meet the sea in a massive river delta – a spectacular place of panoramic views, teeming with game and birds, combined with the endless rolling sands of deserted beaches.
Experience the best of both worlds, spending your days exploring the river delta by canoe or on foot, and swimming in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Optional activities include deep sea game fishing and water skiing, as well as fascinating cultural visits to nearby villages of the Bantu and Galla peoples.
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