Gently lapped by the rich warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the palm fringed white sandy beaches of Kenya’s and Zanzibar’s picturesque coastline provide an idyllic tropical paradise.
The Indian Ocean coastline, where the sea meets the wilderness, is an area of outstanding and raw natural beauty, home to a spectacular array of marine and land flora and fauna – exotic coral reefs, mangrove forests, turquoise lagoons, creeks, sacred Kaya forests, secluded islands and unspoilt bays combined with over 600 species of tropical fish, endangered sea turtles and dugongs, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and even humpback whales.
Having been an integral part of the maritime Arabian Spice Trade for over a thousand years, the Kenyan and Zanzibar coasts are also rich in history and form a unique cultural melting pot between the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Stretching for over 50km south of Mombasa, including the pristine beaches of Diani, Galu, Tiwi and Msambweni. Cheli & Peacock works with the small boutique hotels on secluded beaches, offering water sports including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, horseriding, golf, spa treatments.
Mombasa & the North Coast
Africa’s oldest harbour city, Mombasa, is Kenya’s ancient and historic coast capital. The modern port handles most of the shipping for the East Africa region and is a bustling modern city.
The coastal towns of Malindi and Watamu north of Mombasa incorporate a Marine Reserve covering an area of 261km² with long stretches of white sandy beaches, and famous for big game fishing. Cheli & Peacock works with excellent family hotels and private villas offering water sports, deep sea fishing, dhow excursions, bird and butterfly watching.
The scenic Lamu Archipelago comprises a myriad of tropical islands, a unique blend of pristine beaches, and rich history. The atmospheric old town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where life has continued unhurried and barely changed for over 400 years. Cheli & Peacock works with small boutique beach hotels and private villas, offering water sports, deep sea fishing, dhow excursions, and time to walk round the ancient town.
Zanzibar lies 25 km – 50 km off the Tanzanian mainland, and is 86 km long and 36 km wide at its largest point, so transfers between the international airport or Stonetown to some of the beach hotels can take 30mins to 1.5hrs through the tropical interior. Together with Pemba and Mafia, these three Islands form the Zanzibar Archipelago. Zanzibar Island became a base for Arab merchants trading between the African mainland and Oman. It became rich on the ivory and slave trade, importing cotton from America and exporting spices to the entire world. Today Zanzibar is rich in culture, with Arabic, Persian and European influences. Stonetown is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, steeped in history and the Island is still known for its spice plantations. Cheli & Peacock works with a number of hotels in Zanzibar, ranging from the larger resorts to the more exclusive ones, purposely chosen to suit your requirements.
Below are some of the itineraries we would recommend for Beach Holidays:
Zanzibar Beach Extension
Zanzibar Stone Town & Beach – Stonetown (Mashariki Palace) ~ Beach (Baraza Beach resort OR Kilindi)6 Day Flying Safari – From US$4,722 per double with Kilindi OR US$5,264 per double with Baraza
Manyara (Chem Chem) ~ Serengeti (Serengeti Under Canvas) ~ Zanzibar (Kilindi)10 Day Flying Safari – From US$16,960 per double