Additional Location Information
Diani Beach is on the coast of Kenya, 25 kilometres south of Mombassa.
Going down the state highway that leads from Mombassa to the Tanzanian frontier, you arrive at the small town of Ukunda. From here, taking the branch road towards the sea, you come to Diani Road which runs parallel to Diani Beach. Diani Road runs 300 metres from the sea along 10 kilometres of coastline from the Mwachema River to Chale Island. On the coast side of Diani Road there are the numerous hotels that have made Diani Beach known to the public at large, such as Leopard Beach, the Leisure Lodge and the Jadini Africana.
On the opposite side the shopping centres, restaurants, casinos, beach bars, golf course, hospital and residential areas are set discreetly amid the dominant green, together with the very many extempore exhibitions of local crafts. Tourists visiting Diani Beach are in a privileged position because they can quickly reach highly interesting places.
The Diani cost, with his white beaches and his emerald green sea, is certainly the most beautiful strech of the Kenian coasts. Looking west it is possible to see with the Shimba Hills, site of the Nature Park with the same name, which can be reached in an hour’s drive.
In a short time Kisite where the dhow, sailing boats of Arabian origin, sail for the excursion at the Kisite National Marine Park can be reached. A great excursion permits to admire the wonderful tropical fish living along the coral-barrier, it finishes with an unforgettable lunch of giant crabs on the Wasini island.
After a one hour trip from Diani is the town of Mombasa, which can be reached by crossing with a ferry the sea stretch surrounding the island of Mombasa.
Especially interesting is the visits to Fort Jesus, to the old town and to the port area with local craft shops, goldsmiths’ workshops, antiques and textiles. At few kilometres north of Mombasa there is the Haller Park, a very interesting zoo safari placed in a wonderful natural habitat.
Beyond the Shimba Hills, just an hour and a half’s drive, you reach the valley that houses the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. Here, along the river, live more than 250 elephants who arrived from Tsavo during the ’70 to be save from poachers. In this valley dominated by the big Shimba hills they have found their ideal habitat.
Getting to Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park, takes less than a three hour drive. But there are also charter flights from Ukunda – 1 kilometre from Diani Road – that get you to the Amboseli and Masai Mara parks in an hour.
For years Diani Beach has been a venue for golfers from all over the world: the Leisure Golf Club, with its 18 holes sets out in a fabulous panorama along Diani Road, gives you the opportunity to play your game in an unspoilt environment a stone’s throw from the sea. And then there are the unforgettable sunsets over the Shimba Hills, viewed from the veranda of the American Bar.