Kenya’s coastline faces the warm blue water of the Indian Ocean and extends for 360 miles, from the border with Tanzania in the south to Somalia in the north. Much of the shoreline is covered by a continuous strip of magnificent white soft sand beach, backed by coconut palms, frangipani and casuarinas trees, interspersed with mango and avocado trees, floral shrubs and bright bougainvillea.
The culture on the coast is very distinct from the rest of the country. Like the Tanzanian coast and Zanzibar, the Kenyan Coast is where Africa, the Arab world, Asia, the Far East and Europe come together as one predominant Swahili culture. Here you will see men dressed in white Kanzu gowns with kofia caps and Arab robes and women wearing brilliantly colored kangas and kikois outfits or head-to-foot bui-buis.
With easy flights from the Maasai Mara and nearly anywhere else in Kenya, it’s easy to add some time on the beach to the end of your itinerary.
Our favorite accommodation on the Kenyan Coast
Kinondo Kwetu is on the southern Kenyan Coast, at Diani Beach. We love this property because it offers the same level of intimacy and the care and full service of a safari property, making it a great way to ease out of the bush before heading home. Food and service are excellent, and the warm […]
Alfajiri Villas, Located on the famous Diani Beach of Kenya’s South Coast, Alfajiri offers lovely beach or garden villas, both on beautiful grounds. Each villa has its own verandah for lazy, sunny days spent enjoying the glorious ambiance of the coast, with its pristine beaches and clear seas. The décor is African and much of […]
The Ocean Spa Lodge is an exclusive and luxurious beach lodge on the Kenyan Coast. It has a strong focus on health and wellness and the spa is the perfect place to unwind with some fabulous treatment options. Continue to treat your body with yoga, Pilates, meditation, boot camp, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kitesurfing, or […]
Peponi Hotel, Peponi is a family-run hotel on the island of Lamu. The hotel opened in 1967, and is still run by the Korschens; we love the history and character imbued here, in addition to the personal attention from the owners. It’s a truly local, authentic accommodation that has been at the heart of Shela […]
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