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“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach is a popular beachside town, just 30km south of Mombasa, on the quiet shores of the Indian Ocean. It is possibly Kenya’s best kept secret. It is not a typical resort town – much less crowded, and a more intimate little piece of paradise.

The beach here is flawless; a long 17km stretch of pristine white sand, fringed with lush forest and surf-able waves.

You can do as much – or as little – as you like here. Laze in a hammock, visit the coral mosques, and explore the sacred forests where tree hugging is involved, or take in the monkey sanctuary, art galleries or take a whale shark safari. Don’t miss Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, a candlelit seafood spot located in a cave believed to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old.

Where to stay in Diani Beach?

Some of Kenya’s best accommodation is here, from hostels to funky lodges and romantic honeymoon options. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Bono choose to stay at the luxe Alfajiri Villas.

How long should you stay in Diani Beach?

As long as you like! How much relaxation and salt-water indulgence do you need?

How to get to Diani Beach?

Diani Beach is only an hour’s domestic flight from Nairobi to the local Ukunda airport. Alternatively, you can fly and transfer by road from Mombasa.

Other locations close by..


The sight of hundreds of elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro make Amboseli one of Kenya’s most popular parks.  It is one of the best places in Africa to view free-ranging elephants up close.


Lake Nakuru

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.

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Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on Earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?

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