South coast

The beaches on the south coast are some of the best in the world. The sand - coral that has been pounded by the waves over the centuries - is fine and very white. There are a few well-developed areas, but you don't need to go far to find a quiet spot. The most popular beach is Diani - it is also the most built up and not surprisingly is now the most expensive. However, most of the buildings are well designed and local materials have been used so they do not intrude too much. The hotels all have their own restaurants and bars and most of them arrange regular evening entertainment such as traditional African dancers and singers or acrobats. They also organize watersports and day trips to sights in the region including Mombasa city tours, and day trips to Wasini Island and the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, as well as longer overnight safaris to some of the parks, so it is feasible to stay in one hotel for your entire holiday, and take organized local excursions from there.

Ins and outs

Once across the Likoni Ferry the A14 heads south on a reasonably good tarred road. It runs about 300 m parallel to the coast, although you cannot see the sea from the road. The turn-off to Tiwi Beach is about 20 km south of the ferry and the turn-off to Diani Beach is at Ukunda about 25 km. There are plenty of
matatus
running up and down between the township of Likoni where the ferry docks and Ukunda, but these are less frequent south of Ukunda. About 12 km from Likoni is the turn-off to the right to Kwale and the Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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