Looking for a vacation that ventures from the norm? Safari beach vacations in Kenya may the answer. Travel Kenya to explore wildlife, other cultures – and beautiful white sand beaches.
Mombasa Island, Kenya
Mombasa Island is the second largest city along Kenya’s coast and one of the most popular beach destinations. The city’s ethnic diversity includes Asians, Arabs and Blacks, and Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic faiths.
Mombasa’s incredible business district is the place to buy everything from Calvin Klein jeans and safari shoes to vegetables, meats and fruits.
Diani beach is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and forests and home to world-class resorts and hotels offering mostly 4 and 5 star accommodations. Diani Beach is also known for the massive coral reef that is ranked the third most popular in the world. While the area is primarily characterized by calm waters, waves are strong as they break over the reef. The water is a calming turquoise blue, the beaches are white powder sand and as many of the areas – the perfect getaway.
Resorts, hotels and sea lodges provide water sports like sea surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, deep sea diving, wreck diving, snorkeling, parasailing, beach parachuting, boat sailing, jet skiing and kayaking. Beach volleyball and deep sea fishing are also available.
The hotels also have fresh water swimming pools with pool bars, air conditioned rooms, ensuite bathrooms, room service, tropical gardens, shopping, variety of cuisine and cyber cafes.
Tiwi beach is another beach recognized for its serenity and solitude. The area is undeveloped and accommodates tourists who prefer an area that is quiet and not crowded – great for couples that want to bask in the sun and each other’s company virtually uninterrupted.
Because of the solitude, this beach is slightly more exclusive than other beaches in Kenya. There are several beach resorts in the area. Additionally, several beach cottages are available that will house four or more individuals at a time. Many of the cottages have perfectly manicured gardens surrounding the facilities and numerous amenities.
Other Beach Areas
Visitors also check out Likoni Beach, Shimoni Beach, Jadini Forest, Nairobi National Park and Mount Kenya National Park.
Those who want a full travel safari experience including wildlife can include a day-and-a-half tour along with their beach experience. During the safari, individuals will view Tsavo lions or visit the Masai Mara reserve. The reserve is home to more than 450 species of birds, plus giraffe, rhinoceros, gazelles, cheetahs, zebras and impala. Balloon safaris are also available to view the Masai Mara reserve, as are walking safaris. Day trips from most of the popular resorts will only cost approximately $20.