Discover the Beauty of the Scenic South Coast During Summer Break.
Summer holidays are around the corner and you may envision riding in a safari vehicle watching the passing savannah plains. The thrill of your day may be witnessing the birth of a zebra foal or watching a skillful lioness take down her kill. Perhaps you anticipate the heart-pounding pace of the Great Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara National Reserve. What you may not consider, though, is spending your days strolling along white sand beaches as turquoise water washes upon your feet. Believe it or not, Kenya is a phenomenal coastal destination. Best of all, some of the idyllic beaches and islands of Kenya like Msambweni, Funzi, Che Chale in Malindi, Galu and Lamu offer utter solitude with varied aquatic and terrestrial experiences.
I have feeling that apart from the Maldives, Hawaii and Bari there is no better place to relax and enjoy with family in Africa rather than by the white sand beaches of south coast Mombasa. The day you set yourself to explore is the day you will meet with nature at its original form, a day can begin by tasting the real Swahili dishes. We will be sampling a variety of culinary treats at local food stalls during a journey through the old town on your way to the South Coast. Try some baazi, take a bite of fried fish and chew on a piece of sugar cane. Shop for some fresh ingredients at the local market and help prepare and cook your own Swahili lunch with assistance from your Swahili recipes from the spice market. This market, which stretches along Nehru and Langoni Rds west of the Old Town, is an evocative, sensory overload, expect lots of jostling, yelling, wheeling, dealing and, of course, the exotic scent of stall upon stall of cardamom, pepper, turmeric and curry powders, with stalls along Langoni Rd selling delicious street food. If you have time to walk around the charming town of Mombasa with its colonial wooden houses, small fishing harbour and busy Main Street, it the best experience.
Discover the beauty of the scenic South Coast where your first stop is Kaya Kinondo, one of Diani’s finest natural attractions. This forest, sacred to the Digo people, is the only one of the area’s sacred forests that’s open to visitors. Visiting this small grove is a nature walk, historical journey and cultural experience. As you make your way across tangled roots and chunks of ancient coral, the guide points out various plants used in traditional medicine, and there’s the chance to transmit your fears and worries to an ancient tree by hugging it.
You can go for a swim in one of the cool pools and for the more intrepid, swing on a rope like Tarzan and make a splash. For the less intrepid, just relax in this un exploited tropical paradise and watch the Hummingbirds frolic. Become a photographer at forest trails, a road lined with giant bamboo plants that form a natural tunnel before we take a safari in the protected wetlands of forest. View the resident crocodiles and travel through mangroves and wetland where you can spot a variety of birds like Egrets, Pelicans and maybe even the Fish eagle You will notice that the forest if so protected seens most of the trees are over 600 yrs old.
After a day under the forest canopy the contrast of soft white sand and azure blue water lulls you into the enchantment of Kenya’s many seashores. Each beachfront setting offers a unique experience to suit the personal style of every guest. The buzzing pace of beaches on Mombasa’s North Coast is perfect for value guests, especially families, and those wanting to be close to the mainland, while the privacy and isolation of the South Coast Mombasa is well-suited for couples, small groups, solo travelers and also families. For a picturesque setting, Malindi offers brilliant blue water and incredible stretches of beach along the edge of a 13th-century coastal town. Another favorite amongst our family and elderly guests are the beaches of Watamu. The primary oceanfront setting is sited next to a marine reserve, and is dotted with coconut palm trees that dance in gentle ocean breezes. Kilifi has two seaside areas separated by a creek bridge, the smaller of the two beaches, Shauri Moyo Beach on the south, offers access to distinct aquatic activities and Mnarani Ruins. There is also a small beach area along the Kilifi Creek where a value hotel is sited. Lounging on the north side is the order of the day at the longer beach stretch of Bofa.
Just beyond the sands of Kenya lies the warm Indian Ocean, and just below the surface is a breathtaking world of colorful marine life. Kenya is, in fact, home to some of the world’s greatest dive sites and snorkel reefs, including the second longest barrier reef on the planet. The colourful and eerie marine life of the Indian Ocean entices you to stay below the surface, but there is plenty to do above the surface. Add some romance to your seaside travel in East Africa with an evening dinner and dance sail in a traditional dhow. Aquatic sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet-skiing are great ways to enjoy the seawaters of Kenya. With miles of beaches, Kenya gives you plenty of space for your shore activities alongside refreshing cocktails that are always available at your hotel bar.
Would you ever imagine that Kenya is a world-class destination for fishing? Just beyond Kenya’s coastline is some of the world’s largest and most challenging game fish that swims through its water. Whether you are an amateur or professional angler, or anything in between, you will find the most high-pace, thrilling and divine deep sea fishing just off the coast of Mombasa, Watamu, Malindi, Lamu and many other sites. Throughout the year, you can catch your very own dorado, wahoo, giant trevally, kingfish and others. Experienced anglers, though, usually want to catch the biggest and the best of fish, and Kenya does not disappoint! Visit Kenya from July to March, and you may catch yellow fin tuna, sailfish, marlins from stripped, blacks to blues, shortbill spearfish and more. These beasts are accompanied by tiger, mako and hammerhead sharks that lurk the waters. If you are still not convinced that Kenya is a superior angling destination, consider catching the feistiest fish in the ocean – swordfish.
Whatever reason that bring you down to the south coast, remember the most important and to live the moment and take with you lots of memories that will keep you coming back, till next time, enjoy your holidays.