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Kenya Coast & Lamu

Why visit Kenya Coast & Lamu?

The Kenyan coast is a fabulous place to chill out on gorgeous, coconut-palmed fringed beaches, watch black and white Colobus monkeys emerging from the trees and dhows sailing on the horizon, or to swim in the Indian Ocean and enjoy Swahili food, hospitality and culture.  From mainland destinations such as Diani Beach to islands such as Lamu and Manda, you’re spoilt for choice!
Reasons to visit Kenya Coast & Lamu include:

  • Relax! Lying on a white sand beach set against a lush green forest backdrop is a fabulous way to recharge your batteries before or after a safari. 
  • Snorkel or dive ”“ the waters along the coast and off Lamu Island teem with the vibrant marine creatures that live around the coral reef. 
  • Take a trip on a traditional wooden dhow and visit local fishing villages or neighbouring islands. 
  • Understand more about Kenya’s history and culture by exploring the winding alleys of historic Lamu Town on foot or by donkey, seeking out the fort and ancient mosques and houses. 
  • Shop for local woodcarvings or eat at an open-air restaurant
  • Visit the elegant small island of Shela, just a short boat ride from Lamu. 
  • Go big game fishing
  • Visit the 16th century Swahili ruins on Manda Island, where huge baobab trees dominate the skyline. 
  • Ferry yourself in a dugout canoe to explore the waters off Diani Beach, or take a dhow trip to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park
  • Head inland to visit Shimba Hills National Reserve and the neighbouring elephant sanctuary. 
  • Have a guided tour of Kaya Kinondo sacred forest.

When to go to Kenya Coast & Lamu

The best time to go to the Kenyan coast is during the cooler winter months, July to September, or late November through to March.  May through to early July and November are the rainy months and if you want to avoid the heat then don’t visit in March and April.

How to do it

The coast and the islands are easily reached by air from Nairobi or Mombassa with flights taking between an hour and an hour and a half. This coastal area is the perfect place to end a holiday in Kenya giving a wonderful contrast to a safari in the Masai Mara or Amboseli reserves.

Accommodation in Kenya Coast & Lamu

Whether you are looking to stay on the mainland or on one of the islands there is a good range of accommodation available to suit all tastes.  There are boutique hotels, lodges, guest houses and resorts. You could opt for seclusion at Sands on the tiny island of Chale, or go for a more luxury option with plenty of activities on hand such as Lantana Galu Beach

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Time: GMT +3 hours

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Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.

Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.


Visas are required for European passport holders.


Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.



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