Mombasa & Diani
Kenya has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world stretching from the beautiful Lamu Archipelago in the north, Malindi and Mombasa through Diani Beach and Watamu to the border with Tanzania. This coastline is the home of the Swahili people and forms part if an ancient spice route that ran between India, Arabia and Zanzibar, where spices, ivory, gold and slaves were traded.
The city of Mombasa is built on an island which is reached either by bridge or ferry. The city is said to have been founded in 500 BC as a trading post for ivory and slaves, it was settled by waves of artisans from places as far apart as India, Iran and Somalia which have influenced and given rise to the fascinating Swahili culture. The city was also heavily influenced by the Portuguese, who built Fort Jesus which is now a World Heritage Site. Guests love spending time exploring the fascinating architecture and culture that has arisen out of this vibrant melting pot of people throughout history.
Diani Beach is probably the best known of Kenya’s beach destinations. Its beautiful sandy white beach is often ranked among the most beautiful in the world. It is a wonderful addition to a vacation after a safari, allowing guests to relax under the palm trees while sipping a refreshing drink and enjoying a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Diani is popular with honeymooners.
A day trip to the Marine Park is a great way to swim with dolphins, sea turtles and spot whale sharks in season. Take a trip out in an ancient traditional boat called a dhow and take in the spectacular sunset.