Kenya Coast Historical Tour

Durations7 Days

Tour TypeKenya Safari

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Tour Schedule Details

Welcome to the enchanting coastal town of Malindi, Kenya! Your journey begins as you are collected either from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your hotel/residence and then transferred to Nairobi Wilson Airport. There, you’ll board a direct flight, approximately lasting an hour, to Malindi Airstrip.
Upon arrival at Malindi Airstrip, you will be greeted and transferred to the splendid Sandies Tropical Village resort in Malindi, a short 30-minute journey. After checking in, enjoy a delectable lunch, and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure, either relaxing on the beach or participating in the resort’s planned activities.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sandies Tropical Village, Malindi.

Start your day with an early breakfast, and then check out from the hotel as you embark on a brief excursion to discover the rich historical heritage of Malindi town.
First, visit The House of Columns, one of Malindi Town’s oldest buildings and a remarkable showcase of ancient Swahili Architecture. Notably, it houses the only large Coelacanth ever captured in Malindi waters.
Continue your journey with a visit to the National Museum, where you’ll encounter displays of excavated Chinese Ming porcelain, glass, and Persian earthenware. As you explore the Swahili town of Malindi, you’ll come across Vasco da Gama’s Pillar, placed by the explorer in 1499, and the charming Portuguese church nearby.
This immersive tour will provide you with insights into the culture, history, and scenic beaches of Malindi. Following your exploration, drive onwards to Watamu, where you’ll check in to Turtle Bay resort for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day participating in various water sports activities, such as boogie boards, canoes, padelos, stand-up paddleboards, and windsurfing.
Dinner and overnight at Turtle Bay Resort, Watamu.

Start your day with an early breakfast and prepare for a city tour in Watamu.
Begin with a visit to Bio-Ken Snake Farm, renowned for having one of the largest collections of reptiles in Kenya. The farm produces snake venom used in the creation of anti-venom.
Next, explore the captivating Gede Ruins, a 12th-century Swahili village mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago. Now a National Museum, the ruins are adorned with beautiful indigenous forest trees, baobabs, and tamarind trees. Dive into its vast compound to discover palaces, houses, and mosques constructed with coral, sand, and plaster, showcasing a blend of Swahili and Arabic architecture.
Proceed to Mida Creek, where you’ll enjoy lunch. This tidal creek extends inland from the sea into Arabuko Sokoke Forest and is celebrated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). It’s a paradise for birdwatchers, housing numerous seabirds and hosting migrating birds from Europe and Asia during the winter months. After lunch, take a mangrove boardwalk to further acquaint yourself with this marvelous ecosystem.
Hop on a traditional canoe from Mida Creek to Kirepwe Island and explore the uncharted Arab ruins. Home to the Kirepwe Ruins, open water-pools, and palm trees, it offers a scenic site and is believed to have been settled by the same community as Gede Ruins. Gain fascinating insights into the subsistence lifestyle, fishing, and coconut palm economy of the people who lived here.
Return for dinner and overnight at Turtle Bay Resort, Watamu.

Awaken to the soothing sounds of ocean waves crashing on the pristine white sands. Enjoy your breakfast and prepare to check out as you head towards Mombasa.
Check in at Voyagers Beach Resort and savor an early lunch. Then, embark on a city tour of Mombasa, beginning with a visit to the iconic Fort Jesus Museum, a monumental piece of architecture built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The museum showcases artifacts from the era when Mombasa served as a hub for the slave trade and commodities.
Explore Mombasa’s “Old Town,” known for its ancient buildings, intricate art designs, and curio shops selling Kenyan souvenirs. You’ll also visit the Mombasa “Tusks,” symbolic representations that commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the town in 1952, spelling the letter “M” for Mombasa.
Continue your journey with a visit to Mackinnon Market before heading to Akamba Woodcraft at Changamwe, where you can witness craftsmen at work and select carvings at competitive prices.
Return to Voyagers in Mombasa for dinner and an overnight stay.

Indulge in a hearty breakfast and proceed to check out as you embark on a trip to Diani. Your route includes a journey through Likoni Ferry, a region rich in history.
After approximately 2 hours, arrive in Diani, check in, enjoy your lunch, and embark on a brief trip to explore Kongo Mosque. This historic mosque, reputedly one of the oldest in East Africa, continues to attract worshippers.
Return to Southern Palms Beach Resort in Diani for dinner and an overnight stay.

Hold onto your excitement as you embark on one of the most thrilling experiences of your trip! After breakfast, you’ll be picked up for your Wasini Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour.
Sail from Shimoni Pier to Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park aboard a traditional wooden Arab sailing boat called a Dhow. Local musicians will serenade you with the iconic “Hakuna Matata” song, accompanied by bongos, creating a moment that will be etched in your memory forever. Along the way, search for pods of resident dolphins in their natural habitat.
Explore the coral reefs of the Marine National Park, where you can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean (assistance provided for non-swimmers), or simply relax on the boat or a sandbank during low tide.
Later, continue your journey to Wasini Island, where you’ll relish a delicious Swahili lunch, featuring either grilled seafood or grilled chicken, at one of Wasini’s renowned seaside restaurants.
In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the island’s main village and explore the Shimoni caves. These caves were used as a waiting pen for captured slaves from the hinterland before the anti-slavery crusaders halted human trafficking two centuries ago. Nearby, you’ll find the Shimoni Slave Museum, where you’ll conclude your day on Wasini Island, gaining insight into its history.
Return to Southern Palms Beach Resort in Diani for dinner and an overnight stay.

Sadly, your extraordinary tour comes to an end on this day. Enjoy your breakfast and proceed to check out as you are transferred to Ukunda Airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi, marking the conclusion of your remarkable journey.