Kenya’s idyllic 480-kilometre coastline stretches south from its northern border down to the boundary with Tanzania. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms and tropical islands lie offshore.
Much of the coast is sheltered by coral reefs, which offer good scuba diving and provide natural protection for swimming and watersports. The consistent winds and the warm, uncrowded waters have made the Kenya coast one of the Indian Ocean’s premier kitesurfing destinations in the last five years.
The average temperature is 28ºC, tempered by the monsoon winds. The Kenya coast is north of the cyclone belt, so the traditional weather pattern is short rains in November and long rains in May. March and November are generally the hottest months. Divers generally avoid the windy season of June – August.
Towns and islands reflect the history and intermingling cultures of the Swahili coast: from the 9th century, Arab and Indian traders mingled with the indigenous people, creating the vibrant Swahili culture which continues to this day. The World Heritage Site of Lamu was a thriving port for four centuries and you will find fine examples of traditional Arabic architecture along its narrow streets. While Mombasa is modern Kenya’s second city and principal port, the old city is a place of winding alleys with intricately carved doors, Arab verandahs and bazaars. The 15th-century Gedi ruins, south of Malindi, are the most impressive, but remains of old Swahili settlements are found the length of the coast.
Our Great Plains Conservation safari offers sublime game-viewing with the luxuries of vast, exclusive wilderness areas, few people and some of the finest guiding and hosting Kenya has to offer. In the foothills of the Chyulus, Ol Donyo Lodge looks out over an immense landscape, inhabited by all the 'Big Five' which you can experience on day and night game drives, on foot, on horseback or on a moun...
- Two Iconic wildlife areas in Kenya
- First Class accommodation
- Safari and beach stay without the crowds
AfroChic is situated right on the sublime white sand beach at Diani, south of Mombassa.This stylish 10-bedroom boutique hotel is the perfect post-safari bolt hole. We love the service here which strikes the right balance between attentive and relaxed. Food is excellent with an emphasis on freshly caught fish and sea food as well as locally produced fruit and vegetables.Guests have the freedom to c...
Funzi Keys is a lovely owner-run beach lodge on a private island off Funzi Island. The keynote is on relaxing in unspoilt, natural surroundings; on doing what you want to do when you want to do it. It is a blissful and luxurious escape from the disciplines of daily life.LocationFunzi Island lies off the Kenya coast at the mouth of the Ramisi River, between Diani and Shimoni. It is a 15-minute char...
Built to resemble a 13th century Swahili town, the Serena Beach Resort & Spa faces a dazzling beach and the bluest of seas. Situated on the quieter Shanzu Beach north of Mombasa this resort is set along a beautiful beach with the bluest of seas.It has 166 rooms and suites spread among mature gardens of palms and bougainvilleas, and offers a variety of activities from tennis and squash, through gui...
- Responsible and eco friendly accomodation
- Big Five in the Masai Mara
- Relaxation onthe Kenya coast
Hemingways is an oasis of peace and calm, set on one of the world's best beaches at the sleepy village of Watamu, two hours north of Mombasa.The wide, white beaches and Watamu Marine Park and nearby Sokoke Forest, with 260 recorded bird species including the endangered spotted ground thrush, Sokoke scops owl, Sokoke pipit, East coast akalat, and Clarke’s weaver are the main attractions o...
Surrounded by sacred forests, just steps from a pristine, white sand beach at Galu, Kinondo Kwetu is a sophisticated hideaway for up to 38 people in a variety of suites and cottages. This is a place to relax, but you may be distracted. Complimentary facilities include two pools, an exercise gym and sauna, tennis, mountain bikes and non-motorised watersports. You can have spa treatments, go riding,...
Manda Bay is an intimate luxury resort on a secluded peninsula on the northwest of Manda Island. It is set on a long, palm-fringed, soft sandy beach at the edge of the calm, protected waters of the Indian Ocean. While its location affords total privacy, Manda Bay has the advantage of being close enough to historic Lamu Town and neighbouring Shela to enjoy the sights and sample Lamu life. Accommod...
Msambweni House lies on a stretch of unspoilt beach far south of Mombasa, this charming, owner-run beach hotel offers attentive service and fine cuisine. Its large, open spaces feature beautifully decorative touches. Up to ten guests can be accommodated in the main house and the luxury tented suite is perfect for couples. Each of the two exclusive Lamu Villas has a jacuzzi and swimming pool. Vario...
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