Beach Safaris in East Africa, Beach Holidays in Kenya, Beach Vacation in Tanzania
The East Africa Coastline constitutes some of the best beach holiday destinations on the African continent. With thousands of kilometers of unfettered access to white sands and the Indian Ocean, with a warm/hot tropical climate through out the year that gives the beach lovers a most enviable tan, depending on skin tone; and with luxurious accommodation spotting these unique hideaways, you have a excellent opportunity to experience the beach holiday of life time. Below are some fabulous East Africa beach destinations arranged by country for ease of reference: -
The Best of the Kenya Coast
Kenya's beautiful coastline is world famous, and acts as the perfect compliment 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 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 vicinity
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 Parks like Watamu.
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.
The 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 resort developments is on Diani beach, a 10 kilometer long stretch of talcum white sands lapped by crystal clear water of the ocean. Around Diani beach, there is some development of shopping centers, bars and restaurants.
Watamu is about 170 kms. from Mombasa Airport with transfer time of approximately 2 hours. You can get into Mombasa using any International Airline via Nairobi for your Coastal Holiday. From Nairobi you can fly Kenya Airways, Flamingo Airlines, Air Kenya or Eagle Aviation. You can also take the train or travel by road a distance of 500kms.
MALINDIHistorically 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 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.
Mombasa town is Kenya’s second largest town and main port. 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 actually on a small island, and is a cosmopolitan blend of African, Arabic, Asian and European cultures. The old town of Mombasa is fascinating and worth exploring for its maze of narrow streets and architecture. The original inhabitants of Mombasa live in the old town and it is note worthy visiting the place–which has historical ties with Zanzibar. As a matter of fact and historically, the town of Mombasa and many 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.
KIWAYU ISLAND PARADISE
Perched north of Lamu is this lovely and idyllic island very far from the maddening crowd. The clientele is the smart set who like the rustic look of the Kiwayu's few bandas but also like the un obstructive luxury they offer as well. Enjoy the proximity of nature in this northern Lamu archipelago. The "Baobabs of Kitangani" nestling between the enormous ageless baobabs, almost invisible from the beach creates a dream for the traveler expecting a perfect setting and total privacy.
LAMU ISLAND ADVENTURES
Some 200 kilometers North of Malindi lies a haven from civilization. Lamu Island is a unique medieval Swahili town with no roads or vehicles. Its streets 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.
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