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  • Dear Michele, did the holiday live up to our expectations? And then some – it was more than fantastic. It really is the best holiday we have ever had. We enjoyed all the camps and Sonia & Andy made my birthday extra special with the teams traditional songs and a cake. We also watched a lion eat her zebra kill with sundowners on my actual birthday!! I think we have been very lucky first timers – walking safari in Laikipia and “came across” a rhino; we watched cheetah and Cubs eat their kill; saw Nabiki the cheetah and managed to see Fig the Leopard and cub on 3 occasions! Other highlights included lions mating, the marsh pride lions for hours with breakfast…. And then, on our final game drive, when I’d asked to see elephants, giraffe and anything else again – we saw a cheetah kill!!!! By the time we arrived at Diani, I was glad I’d asked for a beach bit, as was Steve! Kinondo Kwetu was amazing and we did manage to do the sacred forest, where it promptly poured down while we were in there. Auspicious according to our guide. And we were glad we went on to the village to see how people do manage to live and survived the coconut wine! Thank you so much Michele for putting together a holiday that is so memorable and enjoyable. And for all the extra touches for my birthday. We will be in touch for the next trip….

    Cath and Steve from Shrewsbury travelled to Kenya
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The Kenya Coast

The Kenya coast offers numerous excellent beach options to consider after your Kenya safari. In the far north are Kiwayu, Lamu and Manda Islands, offering lovely open beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, some interesting culture and exclusivity away from large coastal resorts. In the far south, Funzi Island is a relatively unknown beach option combining comfort and escapism.

The central coastal region is dominated by the better known centres of Mombasa and Malindi/Watamu. To the south of Malindi is the beautiful Watamu Marine Park which offers good snorkelling opportunities. To the north of Mombasa, the Nyali and Bamburi beaches offer a range of large hotels, whereas to the south, the famous Diani beach has a mixture of both large beach resorts and small, exclusive beach houses.

Deep sea fishing is excellent along the whole Kenya coast (September to March is best), whilst scuba diving is best from Malindi southwards.

There are two main prevailing winds – those from the north-east (called the ‘kaskasi’) blow from around October to March/April, whilst those from the south-east blow from April/May to September/October (known as the ‘kusi’). The south-easters produce choppier seas and poorer snorkelling and diving conditions, but with the increased wind offer excellent sailing and wind surfing.

For further information on combining a beach holiday with a safari in Kenya please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our friendly safari specialists.

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