Welcome to South of Mombasa

And yet, this stretch of Kenya is about more than just beach life. Slip into the sea and lie under those coconut fronds, but, while you’re at it, try walking through a 600-year-old sacred forest, scouting for mudskippers in a forest of mangroves, snorkelling in the jewel-box waters of a marine park or feeling the salty wind curl off a dhow’s prow as you head to a new island.

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$175 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Tour: Shimba Hills National Park from Diani Beach

Begin with pickup at your hotel in Diani Beach, then travel to Shimba Hills National Reserve. Upon arrival at Shimba Hills, pay the park entrance fee at the gate, and continue into the reserve for a morning game drive. This small-group tour allows for plenty of personal attention from the guide, who will help spot animals, birds, and other features throughout the day. Watch for some of the reserve's extraordinary wildlife in the Shimba Hills’ grassland and forest; the park is especially known for sightings of the endangered sable antelope, which fight off predators using long, scimitar-shaped horns.Bird watchers can tick off species on their “life lists,” as 111 bird species have been recorded in Shimba Hills, including 22 coastal endemics such as the ostrich eagle, African hawk, and honey guide. When the game drive concludes, keep exploring on foot: walk to Sheldrick Falls with a guide, a 1- to 2-hour round-trip hike, and enjoy an oasis of lianas and greenery surrounding the 69-foot (21-meter) cascade. Pause for lunch at Shimba Hills Lodge, then (weather permitting), you have the option to take a second walk through the bush around the lodge—or simply enjoy the view from the lodge. At the end of the afternoon, begin the return trip to Diani Beach, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel. 

$130 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Kisite Marine Park with Wasini Island Seafood Lunch

Enjoy a complimentary early morning pick up from your accommodation in Diani or Mombasa for the 50km drive to Shimoni, a traditional fishing village which serves as the starting point for our day’s adventure.On arrival in Shimoni at approximately 8.30am, you will be guided down the Kenya Wildlife Service jetty to board your traditional Arab sailing dhow and be greeted by your cheerful crew and captain. Enjoy home brewed Kenya coffee and freshly made tea with morning snacks as we make way for our snorkelling destination: Kisite Marine Park.Once settled on board, it will take you approximately 40 minutes to reach our first snorkelling site. You will receive a safety briefing and boat orientation, as well interesting commentary on local history, marine life and snorkelling advice. We will also use this time to keep an eye out for some of the resident population of bottlenose dolphins, as well as the humpback dolphins, whalesharks and even humpback whales!Before arriving at Kisite Marine Park, you will be fitted out with snorkelling masks and snorkels, fins and if you require one: a life jacket. Your marine guides for the day will gauge your snorkelling ability and comfort and provide you with tips and tutelage. Any beginners requiring one on one assistance will be paired up with their own snorkelling guide who will help them in the water.Upon arrival in Kisite Marine Park, you will snorkel twice, each time for approximately 45 minutes. Your experienced marine guides will point out hard to find fish and marine life, and we will take our time to explore this pristine coral reef teaming with incredible sights like turtles, moray eels, stingrays, large shoals of colourful fish and plenty more.With snorkelling and dolphin spotting finished for the day you will make the short journey to our Pilli Pipa restaurant in the middle of Wasini Island, a genuine hidden gem of the area where you will be served an authentic and fresh Swahili seafood lunch by smiling and singing Swahili ladies. Feast upon freshly caught crab and fish cooked in various ways, along with an abundance of other local delicacies. We cater to different dietary requirements if notified in advance. Included with lunch are alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.After your lunch in our island paradise restaurant, help yourself to some Kenyan coffee or try our special home brewed citronella tea made from lemongrass grown in our backyard garden. Lay back in our day dreamer’s lounge by the beachside and reflect on your day’s adventures, you’ve earned it.By approximately 4pm we will make the 5 minute boat ride back to the village of Shimoni, where you will be chauffeured back to your hotel. For those interested, you can visit the local infamous slave cave to learn more about the history of the slave trade that was prolific here up until the 19th century.

$252.02 Tours & Sightseeing

Shimba hills full day tour from Mombasa or Diani beach

Departs: See AvailabilityDeparture Time 7.00am, 6.00am, 8.00am Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time What To Expect The day begins well with a complimentary pickup from your Mombasa hotel. After a brief introduction, you set off for shimba hills with great views of the country side off the beach. The area is inhabitated by the Digo community. Take an hour-long nature and culture tour with Shimba Hills Forest Guide Association: visit a Digo village to learn about local butterfly breeding practices. You Continue deeper into the park, where you’ll leave the car behind for a hike to Sheldrick Falls, which tumbles 82 feet (25 meters) into cool, clear pool that’s ideal for an afternoon swim. Those preferring not to hike can explore the park on a short game drive, then meet up with the hikers for a more extensive wildlife-viewing drive. In addition to being important habitat for the endangered sable antelope, the Shimba Hills are home to leopard, waterbuck, bushbaby, and the nocturnal civet cat. Watch for the elephants that live in pockets of lush rain forest, then scan the trees for ostrich eagles, cuckoos, and African hawks. Enjoy your hot lunch at Shimba Hills Green Safari Camp, where you’ll spend an easy-going afternoon with views of the Usambara Mountains and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, a community-based conservation project. After lunch, you will depart for mombasa with a drop at your respective hotel.

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