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Kenya is renowned for being one of the best safari destinations in the world, but it also offers world class beach holidays.
The pristine, palm fringed coastline is rimmed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with a balmy, tropical climate. Situated south of Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, the beautiful beaches of Diani and Msambweni are a blissful option for travellers wishing to unwind after an exhilarating safari in Kenya's national parks and reserves.
Diani is located between the Indian Ocean and the open plains of the Shimba Hills National Reserve. The 25km strip is made up of Tiwi Beach, Galu Beach, Chale Island, Funzi Island and Kinondo.
Lounge on the beach and soak up the sun, or enjoy a range of activities including breathtaking diving and snorkelling on the coral reefs, boat trips to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park to spot dolphins and other marine wildlife, and visits to Shimba Hills National Reserve for another safari experience to spot elephant, antelope, warthog, baboon and giraffe.
Further south, Msambweni is one of Kenya's most unspoiled beaches, where time seems to have stood still. The only people you’re likely to see on the beach here are the local fishermen, making it the perfect place for those looking for absolute tranquillity and relaxation.
January to early March brings warm, sunny weather with little rain and is a great time to visit the southern Kenya coast.The rainy season runs from mid-March to late May with the coastline becoming very hot and wet, and we recommend avoiding the southern Kenya beaches during this time.
The wet season is followed by the long dry season from July to early October, which is a fantastic time for both a Kenya safari and a beach holiday. October to mid-March offers the best conditions for diving and you can expect great underwater visibility and warm water temperatures. There’s a chance you’ll see Whale Sharks from February to March, while Humpback Whales migrate along this coast from the end of June to December.
We can customise any luxury Kenya safari to include a blissful visit to the southern Kenya coastline. Our Kenya Safari and Beach Holiday offers an incredible wildlife experience in the iconic Masai Mara, combined with a few days of luxurious relaxation on the southern Kenya coast. You can choose to stay on the beautiful beaches of Diani or venture further south to the tranquil and untouched Msambweni Beach. The Wayfairer Africa Team will be happy to discuss your options with you, to ensure that you choose your perfect destination.
We recommend Almanara Boutique Hotel and Villas, a luxury resort located south of Diani on Galu Beach. This lavish property boasts six executive villas built around the swimming pool, and one presidential villa overlooking the sea.
For couples and honeymooners looking for secluded romance, we recommend Msambweni Beach House and Private Villas. This is an exclusive private house and villa located on a beautiful beach about 45 minutes south of Diani.