AFRICA BEACH HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES
Mombasa, Diani, Malindi, Watamu, Lamu & Zanzibar

Kick Back At Our World-Class Beaches Before or After Your Safari

As if our incredible collection of premier wildlife parks wasn’t enough, Kenya presents you with 563 km (333 mi) of fabulous coastline to complete your safari holiday.

Crystalline sand beaches like Mombasa, Diani, Malindi, Watamu, and Lamu aren’t just exotic names – they’re your invitation to relax on uncrowded shorelines, hugging the blue/green tides of the balmy Indian Ocean.

What a perfect way to begin your East Africa holiday as you anticipate your safari adventure. Or, relax at our beaches after your African safari at our parks, with tales of lions, leopards, and elephants… as you sip your cocktail on the warmth of our diamond sands.

Plus, we can take you island hopping to nearby Zanzibar and its beautiful south coast beaches and a visit to the historic old-world quarters of Stone Town.

Swim, snorkel, dive, windsurf or just meditate on the serene beauty gifted to us by nature at these golden seaside wonderlands. 

BEST BEACH DESTINATIONS IN EAST AFRICA

Diani Beach – Voted Best Beach

Not once, but three times Diani was voted Africa’s finest beach destination. Immaculate and uncrowded, Diani’s waters are crystalline and shallow, perfect for wading and snorkeling. Head out to its two coral reefs to find treasures like starfish, crabs, sea cucumber, and a kaleidoscope of bright tropical fish. The nightlife here is colorful as well – an international scene of pulsing clubs and restaurants.

The elephants of Shimba Hills National Reserve are just minutes away and Diani is a great jumping-off point for tours to parks like Amboseli and the Masai Mara.

Malindi/Watamu – Twin Resorts

These neighboring coastal resort towns both offer beautiful stretches of beach set upon the placid Indian Ocean. Watamu is a bit more laid back of the two but you’ll want to check out Malindi’s marine national park and its historic old town.

Both have excellent restaurants, with an emphasis on Italian cuisine at Malindi.

Watamu is a jumping-off point for nearby Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, a dense, green paradise of jungle-like park where you’ll find a world of butterflies and the last stomping ground for the tiny golden-rumped elephant shrew. 

Mombasa – Kenya’s Coastal City

Immerse yourself in Mombasa’s variety of cultures – Indian, Swahili, Muslim, Portugues – reflected in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and customs. Explore the back alleyways and bazaars of Old Town, enjoy an evening sail on an authentic Arab dhow, or just relax on the welcoming sands of its signature coast. Where else can you go for a camel ride on the beach, as traders have done for centuries?

From Nairobi, you can get to Mombasa by road, rail, or plane. And we offer both road and air safaris to all the parks starting here at Kenya’s second-largest city.          

Lamu Island – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Of course, the beaches are lovely, but folks also come here to discover the tiny back streets of Lamu Town as donkeys squeeze by in this ancient Swahili settlement.

And you may get swept up in the polyglot of cultures on display in Lamus’s architecture and lifestyle – for 700 years traders from the Arab world, India, China, and Southeast Asia have been drawn to this island. The old world feel is enhancred by a ban on automobiles… hence the use of donkeys to transport persons and material.

Nearby Shela Beach is home to an array of distinctive mosques and attracts visitors for new-age cuisine, yoga, and occasional celebrity sightings.

Zanzibar Island – A Palm-Fringed Adventure

The beaches here are spectacular, set on turquoise waters and miles of pure, white sand. And there are so many to choose from! You’ll find some of the finest in the world on this unique island where you’ll swim, snorkel, and discover an undersea landscape of brilliant marine life at the nearby coral gardens. 

Look for dolphins swimming in their active and colorful pods near the shore. Zanzibar (its official name is Unguja) is an accessible paradise we can bring you to before or after your African safari.

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