Kenya holidays often comprise a trip to the capital Nairobi but it is the two beach resorts of Watamu and Diani that have been ranked among the best 25 Top Beach Destinations in Africa, in a survey by CNN Travel.
Watamu, which lies north east of Mombasa, was ranked as the second best beach, with Diani located just north of the Tanzanian border claiming third. These two resorts that lay parallel to the Indian Ocean were beaten into first place by the beach in Egyptian travel hotspot Sharm el-Sheikh.
The news will provide a further boost to tourism within Kenya in a country that comprises a range of landscapes and things to do; everything from safaris in the Maasai Mara National Reserve to pristine white sandy beaches on the coast.
Watamu is home to a population just under 2,000 and the name derives from the Swahili meaning for ‘sweet people’. Indeed you are sure for a warm welcome in a resort that possesses many tourist attractions such as the Watamu Marine National Park and an idyllic fishing village.
Snorkelling and diving-based activities are popular in this region and the Marine Park holds the right to protect the offshore coral formations that forge part of the adjoining Blue Lagoon, Watumu and Turtle Bays.
Diani on the other hand is popular for its paradise-on-earth concept, surrounding a 20 kilometre palm fringed stretch of sand that also comprises coral reefs but this time with black-and-white colobus monkeys often sighted in this particular area.
Kenya’s coast arguably boasts greater versatility than the inland resorts and Diani lies close to Kaya Kinondo – the country’s fourth World Heritage Site and part of the sacred forests of Mijikenda.