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Kenya's beautiful coastline is world famous, and acts as the perfect complement to the rigors and exhilaration of safari days. The series of palm-fringed beaches that stretch the length of the coast are of picture-postcard quality, and the range of accommodation suits all tastes. The Kenya Coast is one of Kenya's main attractions. It offers a combination of historical sites, and superb beaches and coral reefs, of which Ernest Hemingway once wrote that it is rare and completely unmatched in the world. The Kenyan Barrier Reef is a most outstanding feature of the Kenyan Coast, the pristine and well-developed coral barrier reef extends all the way from Shimoni in the south to Malindi in the north, without significant break, except at the mouths of the rivers. The Kenya Coast can be divided into four main regions:- the town and port of Mombasa; the south coast stretching from Mombasa to the Tanzanian border, the north coast covering the beaches from Mombasa to Kilifi; and finally Watamu, Malindi and the Lamu archipelago. The Coast and its attractions Kenya's 480 kilometers of coastline is packed with choice: Silver white beaches - washed by the turquoise Indian Ocean, Coral Reefs Creeks, Mangroves and the Marine Parkslike Watamu etc.

  • North Coast

    Linked to Mombasa by the Nyali Bridge, the North Coast is easily accessible from Mombasa Island and offers long stretches of idyllic beaches fringed by swaying palm trees. Evening entertainment abounds both in resort and also in the availability of a wide selection of bars and restaurants. The North Coast resorts are ideal for those who would like to combine the tranquility of their resorts with the opportunity to try out different bars and restaurants, and also for those who require their resorts to be a short journey away from the airport and Mombasa Island.
    • Arabuko Sokoke National Park

      Arabuko Sokoke National Park is located on a coastal Strip in Kilifi District next to Watamu and Malindi Marine Parks and Reserve covering an area of 6 km sq. Arabuko Sokoke was proclaimed a Crown Forest and established in 1943. The reserve lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, 110 km north of Mombasa. The tropical coastal forest in is the largest in Eastern African Coast and is a significant habitat for prevalent and endangered birds, insects and mammal species. This forest is of untold beauty filled with the singing of rare birds and buzzing of insects, the trees are home to hoping monkeys. Gede Museum - Gede Ruins in Arabuko Sokoke National Park is a 12th Century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago due to unknown causes. It is now a National Museum under the National Museums of Kenya Kipepeo Butterfly Farm -Next to the entrance to Gedi ruins is Kenya's first working butterfly farm, Kipepeo ("butterfly" in Swahili). This is a community project that supports the local residents who benefit from living near the forest by exporting the natural resource to overseas market for exotic butterflies. Bio-Ken is a research…
    • Lamu Island Adventures

      Paradise of Lamu is found in North of Malindi, a haven from civilization. Lamu Island is a unique medieval Swahili town with no roads or vehicles. The streets of these ancient town are designed wide enough to allow only the passage of camels and donkeys. On a shopping spree there are carvings, brass & gold, Arab sea chests and lots of intriguing artifacts, not forgetting a visit to the interesting museum. The monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean brought visitors to the east Coast of Africa as early as 2,000 years ago. This is known from the earliest historical records in the form of ‘The Peryplus of the Erythraean Sea’, written in the 1st Century AD, and Ptolemy’s ‘Geographia,’ in the third century A.D. Lamu Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site, the archipelago has a unique cultural Heritage. These visitors traded with local inhabitants on the coast and established Kenya initial contact with the outside world. The interaction with various cultures along the coast gradually evolved into a distinct ethnicity that became the Swahili Culture.  
      • Lamu

        Lamu a paradise island is found North of Malindi, a haven from civilization. Lamu Island is a unique medieval Swahili town with no roads or vehicles. The streets of these ancient town are designed wide enough to allow only the passage of camels and donkeys. The monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean brought visitors to the east Coast of Africa as early as 2,000 years ago. This is known from the earliest historical records in the form of ‘The Peryplus of the Erythraean Sea’, written in the 1st Century AD, and Ptolemy’s ‘Geographia,’ in the third century A.D. Lamu Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site, the archipelago has a unique cultural Heritage. These visitors traded with local inhabitants on the coast and established Kenya initial contact with the outside world. The interaction with various cultures along the coast gradually evolved into a distinct ethnicity that became the Swahili Culture. On a shopping spree there are carvings, brass & gold, Arab sea chests and lots of intriguing artifacts, not forgetting a visit to the interesting museum. LAMU: What Marine life Sea turtles, olive ridley and leatherback turtles, reef fish, lobsters Sea urchins, Sea Star and crabs LAMU: What Activities…
      • Kiwayu Island

        Perched north of Lamu is this lovely idyllic island, pristine and isolated Kiwayu Island at the Kiunga Marine National Reserve and Dodori Forest Game Reserve. Enjoy the proximity of  untouched nature where you are surrounded by miles of beautiful sand dunes and you have it all to yourself. Romantic private Beach gently lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean In this northern Lamu archipelago. The "Baobabs of Kitangani" nestling between the enormous ageless baobabs, almost invisible from the beach create a dream for the traveler expecting a perfect setting and total privacy. Kiwayu Safari Village Kiwayu Safari Village  lies on the northern Kenya mainland facing over an expansive bay south to Kiwayu Island.It is 35 air miles north of Lamu and 310 miles from Nairobi. Lamu can be reached by speed boat (1.50hr) or by air and Nairobi from Wilson airport – a 1hr 50 min flight. Aircraft lands on the airstrip with a 5 minute transfer by 4-wheel drive vehicle across the dunes.   A local  Community Conservation programme with Mkokoni, a local village, and have installed computers and solar lighting for the students.  They are anxious to develop the conservation of the wildlife and habitat including…
      • Kiunga Marine National Reserve

        Kiunga Marine National Reserve is an enchanted underwater world that incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago, running for some 60km parallel to the coastline off the northern coast of Kenya. Kiunga is a remote,unspoilt village on the mainland east of Lamu. The marine park is adjacent to Dodori and Boni National Reserves on the mainland. Composed of old, eroded coral, the islands mainly lie inland around 2km offshore and inshore of the fringing reef and they vary in size from a few hundred sq m to 100ha or more. Their walls rise sheer from the surrounding seabed and are usually deeply undercut on the landward side. The larger islands and the more sheltered inner islands are covered with low, tangled thorny vegetation including grass, aloes and creepers. The small outer islands provide nest sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable coral reefs, sea grass meadows and extensive mangrove forests, with their attendant biodiversity and is also a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.     Kiunga Marine National Reserve: What Attractions Coral reefs Sand dune Kiwayu Island Kiunga Marine National Reserve: What Activities Wind surfing Snorkeling Water skiing Sunbathing…
    • Malindi

      Malindi historically dates back to the 9th Century, with Arab occupation from the 13th Century onwards. It has been a rich trade center with the near East and this influence can be seen characterized in its Arabic architecture. It is now a popular holiday destination with many magnificent Beach Resort. The 1980's brought in a lot of Italian investment with many building their summer villas here, thus the recent Italian influence in the restaurants and shops.  
      • Malindi Town - Things to do

        Things to do in Malindi Town Below are the various places of interest you may visit while in Malindi Town:Malindi Museum: Malindi Museum  is replete with displays of exhibitions on the history of Malindi and a prehistoric fish that has remained unchanged for 400 million years, caught in a net a few years ago by local fishermen. The museum is a historic building known as “House of Columns” on the seafront near the jetty. Other nearby attractions include: Malindi’ old town and visit Vasco da Gama’s pillar, the Portuguese chapel built before St. Francis Xavier visited Malindi in 1542; Tanzini’s Art Gallery. The New Coastal Cultural Museum Which was once the Government’s District Officer’s office where the Mast Pond or Sail Monument of Portugal stands. The monument was erected in honour of Prince Henry the Navigator is a memorial to mark 500 years since his death in 1460 and unveiled by the Vice Premier of Portugal unveiled it in October 1960. The memorial marks 500 years since the death of Prince Henry the Navigator and honours the Sultan of Malindi and Ahmed Ibn Majid, the Malindi pilot who navigated the flotilla of Vasco da Gama for the first time to…
      • Malindi Marine Park and Reserve

        Malindi Marine Park and Reserve was voted as a Biosphere Reserve under the Man & Biosphere Reserve programme of UNESCO. The park is situated south of Malindi Town extending to Mida Creek. Malindi Marine Park and Reserve borders Gede ruins and Arabuko Sokoke forest. The park is enclosed by a national reserve and a 100 ft strip of coastal land from Vasco-da-Gama pillar to Watamu. Malindi Marine Park and Reserve is boasts of wonderful resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, high fish diversity, marine mammals (e.g. dolphins), Turtles and Shorebirds. A large patch reef, north reef, has developed further offshore and this reef is the main focus of much of the tourism activity in the park. Malindi Marine Park and Reserve: What Game and plants Benthic cover - 200 species of algae have been identified. A total of 55 genera and 145 species of hard coral have been recorded on the north reef. Birds - A variety of migrant shore and terrestrial birds. Mammals -Splendid and spectacular adventures you can’t afford to miss The Dolphins. Turtles -Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, loggerhead. Green and Hawksbill turtle breeds in the park Fishes -Over…
      • Watamu National Park

        Watamu National Park is part of a complex marine and tidal habitats on Kenya’s North coast stretching from Malindi Town  past the entry to the Mida Creek. Watamu is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve. The habitats in the marine park include inter-tidal rock, sand and mud; fringing reefs and coral gardens; beds of sea grass; coral cliffs, platforms and islets; sandy beaches and Mida Creek mangrove forest. The expanse coastline of tidal reef and beach exposed during low tide attracts unusually large flocks of roosting terns and gulls as well as providing feeding grounds for variety of waders. Watamu Marine National Park  is a designated Biosphere reserve. Biosphere Reserves – Learning Sites for Sustainable Development Mida creek is a large, almost land locked expanse of saline water, mangrove and intertidal mud. Its extensive forests are gazetted as forest reserves and the extreme western tip of Mida Creek is part of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve.    Watamu National Park: What Game Reptiles Fish and  green turtles. Insects/arthropods and Crabs unique coral gardens Mida Creek Watamu National Park: What Activities Windsurfing, snorkelling, water skiing, sunbathing, diving Watamu National Park: Best time to visit All year round Watamu National Park:…
    • Mombasa

      Mombasa City is Kenya’s second largest town and main port  that lies four degrees south of the equator on the Indian Ocean. It has a history stretching back nearly 2,000 years, during which it was colonized by the Portuguese, Arabs and the British respectively. The town is found on a small island, a confluence of various cultures such as African, Arabic, Asian and European. The old town of Mombasa is fascinating and worth exploring for its maze of narrow streets and ancient architecture. The original inhabitants of Mombasa live in the old town which is a quite rewarding visit place– the town has historical ties with Zanzibar. Historically, the town of Mombasa and many of the other coastal towns including Kilifi, Malindi and Lamu were colonies of the Sultan of Zanzibar then and there were intermarriages and other exchange of social and economic activities. Mombasa is home to pristine beaches and some of the world’s finest equatorial beaches with miles of untouched silver white powder bordering the Indian Ocean. Mombasa offers scenic destination complemented by first – rate hospitality. There is of holiday also a great choice opportunities from quite secluded getaways on private beaches to open holiday stays at…
  • South Coast

    The Mombasa South Coast is about an hour's journey away from the airport and requires a ferry crossing. The journey is well worth it however, as the South Coast beaches are amongst Kenya's finest. The majority of developments are around Ukunda and on Diani Beach, a 10 kilometer long stretch of talcum white sands lapped by crystal clear turquoise warm water of the Indian Ocean. Around Diani beach, there is some development of Beach Hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants. South coast comprises of Likoni, better known as Shelley Beach, just across the Mombasa Island, Galu Beach and Msambweni Beach Hotels, Diani Beach, Tiwi Beach and Shimoni close to the Tanzania border. The area is served by a good paved highway serves the whole of the south coast, and there is a tarmac airstrip at Ukunda serving the Diani Most of the hotels and resorts along this beach nestle in cleared beachfront areas of the Jadini forest - still the haunt of leopard and monkeys as well as a brilliance of forest birds. PETRIFIED CORAL GARDENS Below the waves, the now merely washed by the incoming tide is these rather strikingly weird grey-white coral gardens that lies directly behind Wasini…
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve

    Shimba Hills National Reserve is approximately 33 km South of Mombasa, in Kwale district of Coast Province. A fenced elephant corridor connects the Shimba Hills with Waluganje Forest Reserve to the North. The Shimba Hills hold one of the largest areas of the last coastal rainforest, sanctuary of the sable antelope in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke. The vegetation consists of forested scarp slopes and undulating grasslands interspersed with woodland clumps and ribbons of riverine forest in the steeply cut valleys. The Shimba hills are a dissected plateau that ascends steeply from the coastal plains, 30 km south west of Mombasa and just south of Kwale town. The surrounding escarpment rises from around 120m to 300m across the bulk of the plateau and as high as 450m at Marare and Pengo hills. Rivers flowing from the hills supply fresh water to Mombasa and the Diani and Ukunda area. Shimba Hills National Reserve: What Game Sable, elephant,buffalo,waterbuck,reedbuck,hyena,warthog,bushpig,giraffe,leopard and baboon plus Sykes’ monkey, black-faced vervet, Angola colobus Monkey ,Serval, Harvey’s duiker and Suni, Maasai giraffe and Ostrich Shimba Hills National Reserve: What Activities Game viewing, bird watching and walking safari outside the reserve The reserve has scenic landscape comprising of hills and…