Kenya’s Golf Coast
Kenya’s magical coastline stretches for more than 400 kilometres – the entire length of the country’s eastern boundary. The dazzling white, sandy beaches and protected coral reefs are a haven for holidaymakers, but the region also has an enchanting culture and a rich, often tumultuous history. There are currently three major courses on the Coast, with several others planned or close to completion. The tropical climate ensures year-round sunshine, with seasonal onshore winds adding to the challenge and enjoyment of a round on the ‘Golf Coast’.
The golf experience
All of the Coast’s courses are beautifully presented, with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean and a stunning variety of exotic flora and fauna. Palm-fringed fairways give way to indigenous forest and coral cliffs, with spectacular birdlife and troupes of Sykes and Colobus monkeys making regular appearances. All three courses profiled offer first class facilities and equipment hire – and excellent value for money.
The beaches on both the North and South Coast are simply stunning, and even the most discerning travellers will be delighted by the sheer variety of facilities and activities on offer. Scuba diving, big-game fishing, windsurfing, whale watching, dhow cruises, and a wide choice of modern watersports and exciting day trips are available.
On the North Coast, East Africa’s largest original coastal forest, Arabuko Sokoke, boasts an incredible number of endemic species and more than 230 recorded species of birds. North of Malindi, a short hop to Lamu Island offers a trip back in time, to experience the fusion of Swahili and Arab cultures in one of Africa’s oldest coastal settlements.
Mombasa’s historical Old Town dates back to the 14th century and a day trip for souvenir shopping or a visit to Fort Jesus is definitely worth considering.
On the South Coast, visitors have a wide choice of exotic day trips, from the idyllic shores of Wasini Island to Shimba Hills National Reserve – home to both elephant and the rare Sable antelope. Kenya’s largest national park, Tsavo East, is also a short flight (or slightly longer drive) away, offering close encounters with the Big Five and a luxurious variety of lodges and tented camps.
There are many excellent hotels on both the North and South Coast. Although there is no official international rating for hotels in Kenya, most of the top resorts are either 4 or 5 star standard. All of the better hotels offer a wide range of accommodation options and a good choice of wining and dining outlets.
Moi International Airport, about 10 kilometres from downtown Mombasa, is serviced primarily by charter firms from Europe. On the South Coast, Ukunda Airstrip provides very convenient access to Diani Beach and Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort. There are several flights daily from Nairobi to Ukunda. Vipingo Ridge also has its own private airstrip.
Hot and humid all year round.