The Kenya Coast is a perfect place to relax in style; with palm fringed beaches and the warm Indian ocean lapping against the shore. This is an exotic location and an exciting place to be, perfect for diving, snorkeling, big game fishing and a whole host of water sports, or if you need to unwind this tropical paradise is just for a place to relax and sunbathe. The coral reefs and marine parks are home to colourful fish and dolphins, even whales are sometimes seen. A vibrant historical past, also makes the Swalhili culture and architecture of the region an interesting place to visit.
No visit to East Africa is complete without a visit to the coastal Indian Ocean beaches and the adjacent romantic islands. After your safari, take a few days to relax at the warm tropical beaches of the Kenya Coast and explore thier sorroundings. You can also visit the beaches exclusively but remember to take a Safari Excursion into the mainland. Remember to visit one of the following coastal destinations on your trip and it will definitely spice up your African Vacation.
With Kenya beach destinations stretching from Mombasa in the south, through Malindi and Watumu and north to Lamu, the traders of Arabia, Portugal, China and India have woven a special magic through this unique coastline.
Both Malindi and Watamu are popular tourist resorts and have marine reserves and stunning beaches. Lamu Island is an enchanting place and worth a visit. Just north of Lamu is Kiwayu Island which has the reputation of being the beach and watersports retreat of the rich and famous.
Time spent relaxing on these beaches makes the perfect end to any safari in Kenya. A stay incorporating Kenya ‘s beaches can be tailor-made to suit your budget and the time you have available.
Kenya by plane.
There are direct flights to Kenya’s capital Nairobi from many European hubs like Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Zurich (Swiss), Amsterdam (KLM), London (British Airways, Kenya Airways) or Paris (Kenya Airways). But: if you do not intend to spend some days in Nairobi or to go on safari from there, you better fly directly to the South Coast.
Coast by plane.
From Europe direct to Mombasa (Moi International Airport) with seasonal charter flights (e.g. Condor, Frankfurt). There are regular flights via Istanbul (Turkish) or Addis Ababa (Ethiopian);
from Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) to Mombasa or better straight to the South Coast (Ukunda/Diani Beach) with
from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to Ukunda/Diani Beach with these regional carriers:
straight from your safari in the Masai Mara, in Amboseli or Tsavo West National Parks to Diani Beach with
(also offering inexpensive daily shuttles to Mombasa – Diani).
Mombasa by train.
After the colonial “Lunatic Line” had stopped its nostalgic passenger service, the new “Madaraka Express” (on a standard gauge) started operations in June 2017. There are daily passenger trains leaving Nairobi (Sokimau Terminus) and Mombasa (Miritini Terminus) at 08:00 h and 15:30 h each. The fare is 1,000 Kshs in 2nd and 3,000 Kshs in 1st class (as from May 2018). The ride takes about five hours. Tickets can be bought online up to 30 days in advance:
Mombasa by bus.
Dozens of express coaches for Mombasa are departing daily in downtown Nairobi, day & night. The ride time is 8 hrs, the fares are about 1.200 to 2.000 KSh for a luxury liner like