A “roller coaster” ride as we explore the world under the water of the Kenyan Coast
What’s your idea of kicking back, relaxing, unwinding or just taking time away from the daily noise of life? Let’s all agree that routine can be monotonous and wearisome. Does sea, sand and sun sound fun? Buckle up for this roller coaster kind of ride of your life.
Explore the breathtaking Kenyan Coast with Kenya Wildlife Service. Beyond the serene sandy beaches of Mombasa, elephants and sable antelopes leisurely patrol the rolling and one of the largest coastal rain forests of Shimba Hills National Reserve. This reserve has the last breeding herd of the rare sable antelope in Kenya. Are you the adrenaline-filled outdoor adventure junkie? Always on the go, up for some adventure? Worry not, we got your back! Immerse your senses in the quiet of nature as you flex your muscles hiking on the trail of nature at the picturesque Shimba hills. A pair of binoculars and a good camera will come in handy because tens of birds and butterflies will color your trail. Take a minute, to identify them and make memories. A wide variety of birds are recorded during the spring migration. There are more than 600 elephants in the park and a fenced elephant corridor links the park with the elephant sanctuary at Mwaluganje Forest. The sanctuary was established to reduce human-wildlife conflicts and share a boundary with Shimba Hills National Reserve thus providing the elephants with a migration corridor.
Want to stay longer, see more and indulge some more? Not a problem. Self-catering accommodation in the KWS’s Sable Cottages inside the National Reserve will play host to you and your adventure buddies. Great times for friends or family bonding live here. If you want it a bit wild, why not opt for camping or picnicking? Camping is an exceptional way to experience the African moorlands, savannah, bush, forest, and mountainous terrains. A night under the stars in the comfort of your tent doesn’t sound far-fetched. It’s actually doable. Clean crisp air hangs around. The roar, croak, trumpet, growl, and bellow of hundreds of wild animals will lull you to sleep. We doubt you will want to sleep with all the excitement.
Done savoring the terrestrial space?
Check into the underwater world of Kiunga Marine National Reserve, sunbathe, snorkel and dive as you drown all your worries in the million gallons of water. The most rewarding time for snorkeling over the reef is two hours either side of low tide. This is the time when the greatest amount of marine life is revealed including the endangered sea dugongs and turtles that live here. Look out for the mangrove swamps, coastal scrubland, microscopic marine plants, and dugong grass. There exist hundreds of seabirds in large nesting colonies and internationally significant numbers of the crab plover and roseate tern. Do not worry about the temperatures as Kenya’s coastal waters are warm all year round.
Mombasa Marine National Park’s, blue waters are ideal for windsurfing, water skiing, snorkeling, and diving. They also provide a home to a colorful variety of marine species including crabs, starfish, stonefish, cucumbers sea urchins, corals, turtles, seagrasses and interesting migratory birds including crab plovers. Her alluring natural beauty will lure you like a magnet. You are not done until you take to the waters for a proper swim. Beach weddings are quite a spectacle here at the peripheries of the water body. You can also stay overnight at the Mombasa Marine public campsite.
You will never go wrong with a destination wedding at the spectacular Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve. Christened, ‘’the coral garden’’ coral reefs abound. Coral reef ecosystems are also generally high in biodiversity. From swimming with the zebrafish to windsurfing, this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline provides the perfect getaway. The park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles and various species of shorebirds. Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, camping, and beach walk in this veritable paradise.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park & Reserve is the undisputed home of the dolphins. Unspoiled, beautiful and sun-kissed, the Park was established to protect the scenic islands and special habitats of a wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. Located in the South Coast, Kisite is one of the most rewarding snorkeling destinations on the coast. Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, diving and sunbathing.
Green turtles, unique coral gardens, the Gede Ruins–Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve has it all. The park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse birdlife, fish, turtles, and dugongs. Visitors can snorkel, go water skiing, windsurfing and do glass-bottomed boat tours