South of Mombasa attractions

Top Choice National Park in Wasini Island

Kisite Marine National Park

Off the south coast of Wasini, this gorgeous marine park, which also incorporates the Mpunguti Marine National Reserve and the two tiny Penguti islands, is one of the best in Kenya. The park covers 28 sq km of prist…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in South of Mombasa

Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary

This sanctuary is a good example of community-based conservation, with local people acting as stakeholders in the project. It was opened in October 1995 to create a corridor along an elephant migration route between…
Top Choice National Park in South of Mombasa

Shimba Hills National Reserve

This park is among the easiest to visit in Kenya, within spitting distance of Diani Beach, with numerous driving routes and a couple of hiking trails. Its gentle grassy hills are interspersed with patches of forest …
Top Choice Forest in Diani Beach

Kaya Kinondo

This forest, sacred to the Digo people, is the only one of the area's sacred forests that's open to visitors. Visiting this small grove is a nature walk, historical journey and cultural experience. As you make your …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Diani Beach

Colobus Conservation Centre

Notice the monkeys clambering on rope ladders over the road? The 'colobridges' are the work of the Colobus Conservation Centre, which aims to protect the Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey, a once-common species…
Village in Wasini Island


Mkwiro is a small village on the unvisited eastern end of Wasini Island. The gorgeous hour-long walk from Wasini village, through woodlands, past tiny hamlets and along the edge of mangrove forests, is more than rea…
Waterfall in Shimba Hills National Reserve

Sheldrick Falls

These pretty 21m-high falls are laced with lianas and greenery, and have a natural plunge pool. Free, two-hour, 2km walks, organised by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), depart from the Sheldrick Falls ranger post a…
Viewpoint in Shimba Hills National Reserve

Elephant Hill

With the best viewpoint in the reserve, this hill is the place to see elephants. It affords lovely views out over the valley towards the ocean. Armed rangers will escort you once you reach the entry point to the hil…
Viewpoint in Shimba Hills National Reserve

Marere Dam

A watering hole that attracts animals, including elephants. Also a great birdwatching spot.
Mosque in Diani Beach

Kongo Mosque

At the far northern end of the beach road (follow the faded sign behind the Jacaranda Resort) is the 16th-century Kongo Mosque – Diani’s last surviving relic of the ancient Swahili civilisations that once controlled…