The mention of Kenya conjures up images of lions, wildebeest, Maasai people, and days on safari. As the original safari destination, these pictures are certainly an accurate representation of this incredible country, which is also home to the largest migration of animals in the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration. Yet there is more to Kenya than just its fantastic wildlife and wilderness – picture white sands and coral reed fringed coastlines. In this blog we will talk about the stunning draw of Kenya’s coastline.
Ending a safari on the sand, washing off the safari dust, having a lie in, feasting of delicious fresh fish dinners, and enjoying a variety of water based activities in a great way to round off a Kenyan adventure.
Easily accessed from Nairobi are some stunning coastal hot stops such as Mombasa, Watamu, and Diani, all only an hours flight away. Flights to Diani depart form Nairobi Wilson Airport, which is the base for all flights to and from safari areas in Kenya, allowing for a seamless extension to the end of a safari holiday. There is also the stunning Lamu archipelago, which offers a quiet retreat and authentic beach lodges, some with a beautiful Arabic style.
Accommodation options are plentiful and range from inexpensive beach hotels, to unique accommodation such as Watamu Treehouse, and family friendly hotels, as well as luxury hotels and villas.
Australia is certainly home to world-class beaches, yet Kenya’s coastline offers some stunning competition. Deserted beaches, white sand, azure sea and accommodation with an East African flair awaits, and often only at a fraction of the price of a luxury beach escape in Australia. We suggest a stay from 4 to 10 days, and for those that prefer to ease themselves gently into their African trip, why not start on the beach and finish in the Masai Mara.
A wide range of activities are offered on this stretch of coastline, including kite-surfing, snorkelling, diving, and fishing, as well as trips to nearby islands, so there really is something for everyone. The average temperature on Kenya’s coast is a balmy 28C, but the months of mid March to late May is the hottest and wettest time to visit. For those keen on underwater activities you’re best to travel between October and April.