Kenyan Coast

Kenyan Coast

Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city, has around one million people and is located on an island 307 miles (495 kilometres) east of Nairobi. Mombasa, a bustling trading port on Kenya’s eastern coast, is an intoxicating and exotic mix of cultures, blending influences from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Old Harbour is a haven for dhows carrying goods for trade between Arabia, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa from December to April. Kilindini, which means “place of deep water,” is Africa’s modern harbour and largest port on the east coast. Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593, now serves as a museum. With winding, narrow streets and alleys too little for cars, the Old Town has a distinct Muslim and Indian flavour. Small shops in Old Town and Fort Jesus and tall nineteenth-century buildings with hand-carved doors and overhanging balconies are best explored on foot.

Because Mombasa lacks beaches, most international visitors prefer to stay on the island’s beautiful white sandy beaches to the south or north. The beaches of Nyali, Mombasa, Kenyatta, and Shanzu are just to the north of Mombasa, while Diani Beach, arguably the best known, is about 20 miles (32 km) to the south. Most coastal beach hotels provide guests with various water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, kite-surfing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs.

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Malindi, located 75 miles (120 kilometres) north of Mombasa and two hours by car, has many beach hotels, nightclubs, and shops. The Vasco Da Gama pillar represents the Portuguese explorer’s visit before embarking on his journey to India. Every January, the International Bill Fishing Competition is held here. The Sokoke Arabuko Forest is Africa’s northernmost Brachystegia forest and Kenya’s last extensive lowland forest. The forest is home to several endemic species, including Adder’s duiker, bushy-tailed mongoose, golden-rumped elephant shrew, Sokoke scops owl, Sokoke Pipit, and Clarke’s weaver. The Gedi Ruins, which about 2,500 people last inhabited in the thirteenth century, are a mystery because there are no Arabic or Swahili records of their existence. The Malindi-Watamu Marine National Reserve extends from south of Malindi to south of Watamu, from 100 feet to three nautical miles (30 meters to five kilometres) offshore, and offers excellent diving and snorkelling.

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Lamu, Kenya’s oldest continuously inhabited town, was founded in 1370 and was one of the first Swahili settlements along East Africa’s coast. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the island of Lamu, Swahili culture has changed little in the last few hundred years. Government officials on the island own only a few motorized vehicles, but there are plenty of donkey carts to provide an alternate mode of transportation. The timeless atmosphere of this cultural heritage site is enhanced by narrow, winding streets and a maze of alleyways. Swahili craftwork is on display at the Lamu Museum. Only a few of Lamu’s more than 30 mosques are open to visitors. The best beaches are at Shela, a 45-minute walk or short boat ride from Lamu’s town centre to the Peponi Beach Hotel. Matondoni is a fishing village that manufactures dhows, fishing nets, and traps. Nearby islands also have a plethora of attractions. Flying is the best way to get to the island.

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Examples of Itineraries

Please take a look at our sample African Safari below for inspiration. Every Safari you take can be tailored to meet your individual needs. You can choose any number of days. You can choose any departure date. Feel free to choose any experience.

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Diani Blue Beach

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Diani Blue Beach Resort

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Visa prerequisites and fees
Upon arrival at their port of entry, all tourists must provide a passport. This must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of their intended stay and contain at least two blank pages for entry and departure stamps. Technically, visitors should also have a return or onward ticket, as well as adequate means to pay day-to-day expenses for the duration of their stay, but these requirements are rarely enforced. Most travelers must obtain a visa to enter Kenya. This comprises people from almost every European, Asian, Middle Eastern, North or South American country, as well as Australia and New Zealand. For single-entry tourist stays of up to 90 days, eVisas can be purchased online if purchased at least two days before departure, and visas can also be obtained on arrival. Multiple-entry and non-tourist visas must be obtained from a Kenyan embassy or high commission in another country. Passport holders from some African and Caribbean nations, including South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, do not need visas for stays of up to 90 days. A tourist visa for East Africa enables multiple entrances into Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, but not Tanzania or Burundi.
Medical requirements for Kenya
Malaria is the most serious medical concern for Kenyan travelers. It is present in most sections of the country throughout the year, while the danger of transmission is much more serious at low elevations and during the rainy season. There is no vaccination, but several different oral prophylactics are available, and it is important to seek advice from a travel clinic or other adequately competent medical practitioner regarding the choice best suited to your needs. Because no prophylactic is 100% effective, take all reasonable efforts to avoid getting bitten by the nocturnal Anopheles mosquitoes that carry the disease. In the evening, wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and socks, and apply DEET-based insect repellent clothing to any exposed body. Always sleep under a mosquito net, or if that isn’t possible, in an air-conditioned room, with a fan, or with a mosquito coil blazing. Malaria usually appears two weeks after being bitten, but it can take months, so if you notice any symptoms after returning home, see a doctor right once and ask to get tested. Travelers with small children or who prefer not to take medicine might consider visiting malaria-free safari destinations in Africa rather than Kenya.
Health care in Kenya

It is strongly advised that you obtain full medical travel insurance, which includes air evacuation from distant places. Be aware that some insurance policies may not cover paragliding or scuba diving, or other dangerous sports, and it may also be null and void in regions subject to travel advisories issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the US State Department.

On arrival
When you arrive at the airport, our guide will be waiting for you. During the safari, we use specially designed safari vehicles that allow us to have the best possible view of the wildlife. Luggage space is limited in safari vehicles (and small planes). It is therefore advised to travel with light bags, as heavy suitcases would overburden the plane and may be difficult to transport.
Money information
Money can be withdrawn from an ATM in the majority of cities. Travelers Cheques are not generally accepted, and paying by credit card is difficult or impossible outside of cities. The US dollar has typically been the preferred hard money. We recommend that you carry some US dollars with you for everyday costs and tips. Dollar banknotes should not be more than ten years old.
Currency Information
The Kenyan Shilling is the country’s currency. Please check the most recent exchange rates before traveling to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please keep in mind that the exchange rate will be better in larger cities.
AMREF Flying Doctors
We recommend that you apply for a Flying Doctors membership. If necessary, the membership enables a speedy and dependable air evacuation as well as medical assistance. AMREF Flying Doctors provides two covers (Annual and Tourist). You can pick from Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi), and Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar) (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia). Please visit the AMREF Flying Doctors website for additional information.
Language in Kenya
Kenya’s national language is Kiswahili, but English is widely used and is the primary language in tourist regions.
What Should You Wear in Kenya?
Daytime temps range from pleasant to hot, so pack plenty of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at higher elevations, so bring a few light sweaters with you. Mountain hikers will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should dress appropriately. Remember to pack a hat, sunglasses, and a waterproof jacket. We recommend that you avoid wearing black or dark blue clothing on safari (because they can attract tsetse flies). Walking safaris and hiking safaris Solid walking shoes, and durable clothing are ideal for forest hikes, and if you plan on doing a community walk or visiting the locals, we recommend that you dress appropriately. Women, for example, may wear long skirts and a blouse that conceals their shoulders.
Kenyan Electricity
If you have electrical equipment, we recommend bringing a plug adaptor. Kenya uses a British system. The majority of lodges allow you to charge your batteries.
Driving in Kenya
Driving in Kenya is done on the left. Visitors who are unfamiliar with African roads are encouraged to travel in a 4WD vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide rather than self-drive, and all of our guides are properly educated in “Defensive Driving.”
Stopover Points
Please keep in mind that washrooms along the road are not always up to European standards, such as squatting toilets, no flushing toilets, or a lack of toilet paper. T.I.A. stands for This Is Africa, as the people say.
Facilities and accommodations
When traveling on a medium to low budget, bathroom facilities and accommodations may be more basic. Keep in mind that water reserves in eco lodges are limited, and in most cases, there are no plugs in the room, but you can always charge your electronics at the reception.
Tipping
Tipping is always graciously accepted. In hotels and restaurants, it is customary to leave a tip of 5-10%. Tipping guides, drivers, and carriers is always appreciated. Indication: USD 1-3 for carriers and USD 5-15 for your driver/guide each day, depending on group size, number of days, and your pleasure.
Need More Information ?
The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Kenya. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.

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