Discover the iconic Kenya Coast with its spectacular beaches, tropical waters and a great selection of water sports to keep the whole family entertained.
Adding a stay at one of the best beaches in Kenya following an amazing safari experience is a fab way to enjoy some R&R following those packed safari days! The Kenyan coast is rich with places to stay, and coastal towns add a totally different dimension to a Kenyan safari. So where to go? Well, Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenya coast and the city itself is an exotic old town with beautiful Arab architecture. Diani is a beach just south of Mombasa which features at the end of many safari itineraries. Activities in this area are very water-based and include kite surfing, snorkelling, windsurfing, big game fishing and of course diving. You can also set out on a traditional dhow on a dolphin safari or a sunset cruise. Lamu is Kenya’s oldest living settlement and is a very popular coastal add-on, plus it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunset cruises off the coast are jaw-dropping and offer a completely unique perspective. Watamu and Malindi are located halfway between Mombasa and Lamu and offer beautiful coral reefs, white sands and fantastic marine life, particularly in their respective Marine National Parks. In summary, the coast is the perfect ending to an adventurous Kenyan safari and we would love to help you get planning!
Kenya Coast FAQs
Why do tourists visit the coast of Kenya?
Combining the coast with a safari is one of the best ways to experience this beautiful country. Safari doesn’t just have to mean land mammals and birds. The underwater safari on offer just off the Kenyan coast is simply superb and brings the whole thing full circle. Even if you aren’t particularly into diving or snorkelling, spending time with your feet in the sand listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach cannot be beaten after the excitement of being on safari. This in addition to the stunning Swahili culture you can experience with old towns you can explore, all with the sea as a backdrop.
What are the best Kenya beaches?
Kenya beaches are really special. Many may have heard of the busy, commercial resorts in Mombasa but the super special spots can be found at Lamu on the north coast of Kenya, Malindi and Watamu which are just south of Lamu, and Diani beach down in the south. These beaches are much quieter than Mombasa beach and are stunning stretches of white sand with turquoise waters. Many of the accommodation options are private villas which make these experiences truly exclusive.
What are some of the best Kenya coast hotels?
The best places to visit on the Kenyan coast are the quieter, more exclusive ones which we can handpick just for you and your loved ones. If you’re on a honeymoon, an anniversary, a family getaway or are a group of mates wanting to enjoy some beach time, we’ve got you covered!
How many days are needed to visit the Kenyan coast?
Kenya coast hotels offer a variety of activities, so you can be as active or as inactive as you like. Remember, here at Tailormade Africa, all of our itineraries are designed entirely bespoke. This means that if you fancy a quick visit to the coast just to tick that box, or indeed book in a couple of weeks to really get in that R&R time, then both are very possible! It’s your trip, after all. What we would say is that you would feel rushed to book less than 3 nights, and even that may end up feeling too little given it’s essentially only two full days. We can give you more insight though so let us lead you!
Home to Ida and Filip Andersson and their three children, a Swedish family related to the famed Baron Blixen, Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’ - a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Located on a tranquil private beach on a 16 acre plot south of Diani Beach, distanced from residential neighbours by rocky cliffs and endless beach, Kinondo Kwetu is classified as a ‘Kaya’ area (protected by the National Museum) due to its surrounding holy forests and sacred land ... Read more
AfroChic Diani Beach is reminiscent of a large, Mediterranean-style comfortable family villa with yellow and white façades, where guests can relax under shady umbrellas on their individual balconies. The gardens are an abundance of vibrant colours from the bougainvillea growing along the hedges, to frangipani trees, to the bright yellow plumage of the busy Weaver birds in the reed pond ... Read more
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