Destinations Destinations
Watamu, Mombasa, Lamu, Gede
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Cities, Water Sports
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy

Experience the incredible beauty and fascinating history of Kenya’s coastline. Start in the country’s oldest city, Mombasa, in Kenya’s south-east corner, and wander around the architectural highlights of its Old Town. Then, head north up the Swahili Coast for some relaxation at the beautiful white sands and crystal clear waters of the beaches at Watamu. From here, continue up the coast to the original Swahili settlement of Lamu, on Lamu Island, where you can experience more fascinating history and even take a trip out into the Indian Ocean on a traditional dhow boat.

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Head to Kenya’s coast
Mombasa

Head to Kenya’s coast

Explore Kenya’s history in Mombasa, an island city that’s more than 1,000 years old before heading to the coast for fishing, diving and snorkelling.

Sail a traditional dhow boat in Lamu
Lamu

Sail a traditional dhow boat in Lamu

Set sail off the Swahili Coast aboard a traditional dhow. With a fascinating history, the town of Lamu on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, features the 200-year-old Lamu Fort, and is the perfect place for an Indian Ocean adventure.

Visit Mombasa’s historic Old Town
Mombasa

Visit Mombasa’s historic Old Town

Any trip to Kenya’s oldest and second-largest city, Mombasa, wouldn't be complete without enjoying the historical architecture of its Old Town. The highlight, Fort Jesus, was built by the Portuguese 400 years ago and is worth a visit for its compelling history and views over Tudor Creek.

Explore the Gede ruins
Gede

Explore the Gede ruins

Take a step back in time and experience medieval Swahili life with a visit to the ruins of Gede. One of many archaeological sites along Kenya’s coast, the site at Gede, 100km north of the city of Mombasa, is widely considered the best-preserved.

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