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Mombasa and South Coast in a few words...

The south coast of Kenya is a superb and varied attraction. Miles of wonderful beaches, palm fringes, and offshore islands are occasionally land marked with ancient Swahili settlements, which still today remind us vividly of the great Arab and Swahili sailors and their rich cultural heritage. This heritage is still visible in parts of Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city.

Mombassa and South Coast
Mombassa

Mombasa and South Coast (Kenya)


The south coast of Kenya is a superb and varied attraction. Miles of wonderful beaches, palm fringes, and offshore islands are occasionally land marked with ancient Swahili settlements, which still today remind us vividly of the great Arab and Swahili sailors and their rich cultural heritage.

This part of the East African coast along with the Tanzanian seaboard was the main focus for the Arab traders who sailed from Arabia to East Africa and across to India on the monsoon winds. Of course there are modern towns and hotels too and Malindi and Mombasa boast numerous hotels to suit all pockets.

Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya, is situated by the Indian Ocean. The port city is always busy and, like most, split into a business district, main port, old town, and suburban areas.

In and around Mombasa & the South Coast
There are a number of sights to see around Mombasa and some of the architecture is quite beautiful. With a rich past as an important trading port, Mombasa certainly has its charm.

Nearby are a number of reserves such as the excellent Shimba Hills National Reserve, easily accessibly for those wanting a short, 1 day game drive.

The hotels located along the coast are perfect for relaxing after a safari. Diving is also excellent with some of the best reefs in Africa. There is a wide range of other water sports on offer.

Accommodation in Mombasa and South Coast (Kenya)

Delta Dunes Kenya

Delta Dunes

This most unique of beach properties boasts a fabulous location on the edge of the Tana Delta, where the Tana River meets the Indian Ocean.

The Funzi Keys

Funzi Keys

Funzi Keys is one of Kenya's more remote and exclusive beach retreats, offering stylish beach bungalow accommodation and an idyllic setting.

Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu

With room for no more than 38 guests, Kinondo Kwetu is a secluded luxury retreat, ideal for honeymooners.

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

Serena Beach Hotel

Styled to resemble a 13th century Swahili town, the Serena Beach Hotel provides an oasis of tranquillity whilst delivering a unique mix of water sports, world-class cuisine and vibrant nightlife.

Tijara Beach

Tijara House

Tijara House is an exclusive retreat set on a seaside bluff, amid 5 acres of private gardens and with access to its own private beach. A small, private guesthouse, Tijara accommodates a maximum of 8 guests.

Voyager Beach Resort

Voyager Beach Resort

Moored seven kilometres north of Mombasa city centre, Voyager Beach Resort’s convenient ‘berth’ gives guests easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions, including Africa’s largest crocodile farm and the world famous Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail).

Other regions in Kenya

Amboseli National Park

Despite its small size, Amboseli is one of the most popular parks in Kenya, due in large part to its stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as its excellent game viewing. The region consists primarily of grassland and bush, with only limited woodland, allowing for easy game viewing. The game is rich and varied, with lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, and huge elephant herds.

Chyulu Hills and Tsavo National Parks

Chyulu Hills & Tsavo National Parks are located in south eastern Kenya between Kilimanjaro and the coast. They are among Kenya's oldest and largest parks, and home to an incredible array of wildlife. Classic game-safari territory, Tsavo East and West are defined by their open plains and savannah bushland, just what East Africa is famous for.

Laikipia

Laikipia is located on the equator in the very heart of Kenya. Developed in the 19th-century as ranch land by colonialists, the reserve is now famous as a vast wilderness the size of Wales. Wildlife in the region is superb with one of the largest populations of elephant to be found in Africa, as well as black rhino.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world at 70,000 square kilometres, and forms part of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is home to around 3,000 islands, many of which are populated - some as tourist destinations. This makes Lake Victoria an ideal location for water sports, fishing and island boating trips.

Lamu and Kiwayu

The Lamu Archipelago is located close to the northern coast of Kenya and home to the beautiful islands of Manda, Lamu, Kiwayu and Pate. Lamu is an ideal destination to end any Kenyan safari, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax on the beach and to explore the region's rich Swahili culture and history.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a private reserve in north-eastern Kenya, situated only a short distance from Mount Kenya National Park, Samburu and the Aberdares. The number of visitors to Lewa has been greatly restricted in recent years in order to preserve the wildlife, giving the few visitors that do travel to the Conservancy a chance to experience Africa at its wildest.

Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara, the most famous of Kenya’s reserves, has been called 'the most magnificent wildlife theatre in the world', on account of the spectacular annual migration, when almost 1 and a half million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate northwards into the Serengeti around July of each year, in search of fresh pasture - with predators in hot pursuit.

Meru National Park

Off all the Kenya parks Meru presents the widest variety of landscapes and habitats. Forest, swamp and savannah are pierced by several small rivers all rising on Mount Kenya and all destined to reach the Tana River which forms the park's lower boundary. The park is rich in game, though due to the thick grass and jungle it is sometimes difficult to spot.

Mombasa and South Coast

The south coast of Kenya is a superb and varied attraction. Miles of wonderful beaches, palm fringes, and offshore islands are occasionally land marked with ancient Swahili settlements, which still today remind us vividly of the great Arab and Swahili sailors and their rich cultural heritage. This heritage is still visible in parts of Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city.

Nairobi

Nairobi is a bustling, lively city which boasts its own National Park - where you can view lion, giraffe, cheetah and rhino, among other mammals, against a backdrop of skyscrapers - as well as a number of other attractions.

Rift Valley Lakes

The Kenyan Rift Valley is a section of the 6,000km Great Rift Valley, which stretches from the Dead Sea in the Middle East all the way to Mozambique. It is one of Africa’s defining geographical features. The Lakes allow for excellent game-viewing, either by vehicle in guided game drives, or by boat.

Samburu and Shaba National Parks

The Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, central Kenya. One of Kenya's least known and least visited game reserves, Samburu is home to a number of species rarely seen elsewhere, including Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx.

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