Coastal Charms: 10 Hidden Treasures in Kenya

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Kenya’s coast has beaches with crystal-clear waters, stunning white sands, and amazing coral reefs. However, there is more to Kenya’s coast than just the beautiful beaches. Kenya’s coastline offers a wealth of cultural, historical, and natural attractions that are hidden treasures waiting to be explored. In this blog post, we bring you ten hidden treasures that you should not miss while exploring Kenya’s coast.

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Lamu Island: This sleepy island is a haven for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Lamu Island is home to quaint Swahili architecture, narrow alleys, and courtyards that house fascinating cultural and historical treasures. You can take a dhow ride, visit the Fort Jesus Museum, or attend the famous Lamu Cultural Festival that takes place in November.

Malindi Marine National Park: Famed for its coral gardens and numerous tropical fish, this marine park attracts visitors from all over the world. Malindi Marine National Park is the perfect spot for snorkelling, diving, and swimming in the clear waters. You can also visit the Vasco da Gama Pillar, which is considered to be the oldest European monument in Africa.

Gede Ruins: Located just outside the town of Malindi, the Gede Ruins offer a unique window into the ancient Swahili culture. The ruins feature historic tombs, mosques, and houses that are over 600 years old. You can take a tour with a local guide and explore the fascinating ruins of this lost Swahili city.

Mida Creek: Situated on the northern coast of Kenya, Mida Creek is a tranquil mangrove forest that offers visitors an opportunity to explore the vibrant ecosystem of Kenya’s coast. You can take a kayak or a boat ride and go bird watching, fishing, or explore the mangrove forest.

Diani Beach: Popularly known as one of Africa’s best beaches, Diani Beach is a long stretch of white sand and blue waters that offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Apart from swimming and sunbathing, Diani Beach offers an array of activities like kite surfing, jet skiing, and beach volleyball.

Fort Jesus: This ancient fort stands tall in the heart of Mombasa and offers visitors a peek into the tumultuous history of the Kenyan coast. The fort was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century to protect their trade interests along the coast. You can take a guided tour and learn about the fort’s history and its significance in Kenya’s past.

Shimoni Caves: The Shimoni Caves are a network of underground chambers that were used by Arab slave traders in the 18th and 19th centuries. The caves are now a popular attraction for history buffs and explorers looking to learn about Kenya’s past, including the dark history of slavery along the coast.

Watamu Beach: This pristine beach is situated between Malindi and Kilifi and is home to the famous Watamu Marine National Park. The beach offers calm waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can also explore the nearby village, visit the turtle sanctuary, or go on a sunset dhow cruise.

Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest: Situated south of Diani Beach, the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest is a spiritual and cultural site that is home to the Digo people. The forest is believed to be over 500 years old and is home to several endangered plant and animal species. You can take a tour and learn about the traditions and beliefs of the Digo people.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest: This coastal forest is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. The forest is a bird watcher’s paradise and is also home to the rare and endangered golden-rumped elephant shrew. You can take a guided nature walk, go bird watching, or visit the nearby Gede Ruins.

Conclusion:
Kenya’s coast is a treasure trove of hidden gems that offer a unique blend of natural, cultural, and historical attractions. From sleepy islands to ancient ruins and marine parks, Kenya’s coast has something for everyone. Exploring the coast will give you a chance to learn about Kenya’s rich history and vibrant culture, meet friendly locals, and create unforgettable memories. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and head out to the coast to discover the magical treasures that await you.

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