Kenya is sometimes on the Foreign Office index. It is up to you to decide whether Kenya is right there.
Nevertheless, there are recurring holidaymakers in Kenya. They have been following the call of the “Big Five” for years. Who return healthy from the “crisis area Kenya”. With great experiences and fantastic photos in their luggage.
The call of the wilderness
Already in the 1970s Kenya attracted numerous visitors. The visitors wanted to see for themselves what Ernest Hemingway had described in his novel “Snow on Kilimanjaro”. They wanted to admire the unique natural spectacles of the country on the Indian Ocean. With its majestic mountains and endless savannahs. Follow the tracks of the “Big Five”. They wanted to experience elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard. Marvel at the wilderness and the diversity of species.
Kenya – A land of diversity
Kenya is proud of its eight national parks and animal reserves. Rivers, waterfalls, hills and valleys paint the picture of the Kenyan landscape again and again. Guests experience genuine African life in the small villages. But also in the capital Nairobi.
Even if you arrive with your diving bag, we recommend that you explore the breathtaking wilderness of the reserves. For example the Amboseli Park or the Masai Mara. The northern foothills of the Serengeti. There is nowhere better to observe Africa’s wildlife than in the national parks.
Going on a Safari in Kenya
It’s time to get up early if you want to see the animals at their water holes. Watch lions and cheetahs hunting. The paths leading through the savannah are bumpy. We stop again and again when the drivers discover resting lions or a rhino approaches the vehicle. Photo safaris are a dusty affair. Nevertheless: If you miss it, you haven’t really experienced Kenya! As a reward for the exertions you can spend the evenings in the lodges. When you sit under the stars by the campfire in one of the camps.
The Big Five while diving in Kenya
Numerous places along the coastal fringing reefs offer an enormous variety of species. The underwater nature reserves between Malindi, Watmu, Mombasa and Shimoni are one reason for the biodiversity. And of course the nutrient-rich water. The entire food chain is represented in Kenyan waters. So Kenya’s world can present its “Big Five” under water. These include manta rays and whale sharks. Also encounters with dolphins and sharks are often reported. Number five are the turtles. They like to visit the coral reefs.
From time to time, however, the Big Five are overlooked when diving. Even if you are very close to them. This is due to the wide range of visibility off the Kenyan coast. Most of the dive sites are close to the coast. The sediment of the rivers that flow into the ocean is noticeable here. The tide difference of up to three meters and seasonal influences by the southwest monsoon are added. The best time to go diving in Kenya is from October to March. And for the other time there is still the Big Five on land. Because “only” for diving this country would be much too bad in Africa.
The best dive sites in Kenya
Diving in the region Mtwapa and Mombasa
Diving at Shark Point: Topspot not far from the mainland. With barracudas, reef sharks, groupers and turtles. Random visitors are whale sharks. Depth: 8 to 26 m.
Messa: Because of the currents only for experienced divers. You can see sweet lips, moray eels and turtles. Depth: 7 to 25 m.
Diving in the Vuma Caves: These caves impress with overhangs and grottos. Including blowholes. Almost the entire range of fish from the western Indian Ocean can be found here. Depth: 8 to 20 m.
Malaika: Cleaning station frequented by rays. Two rock debris attract shoals of glass fish. Depth: 15 to 20 m.
The Wall: The steep face drops down to a depth of 40 metres. It is the attraction for pelagic fish and groupers. Depth: 10 to 40 m.
Diving in the Pemba region
Diving at Manta Point: You can see manta rays, groupers, barracudas and turtles. There are also many corals and leaf fish. Depth: 15 to 40 m.
Fundu Gap South Wall: top spot along a drop-off with small caves. Great stock of soft corals and sponges. Rays, tunas and turtles can also be found here. Depth: 7 to 40 m.
Mtangani: Drift-dives along a slope. The again and again from big fish
is visited. Depth: 8 to 40 m.
Diving in Kenya at a glance
Kenya is cut in its middle by the equator. The eastern boundary is formed by the Indian Ocean. There are different forms of landscapes. Deserts in the north. The savannahs with national parks and the mountains in the west. With the Rift Valley also the agricultural regions at Lake Victoria. Where no mangroves
miles of sandy beaches stretch out.
Diving in Kenya: The diving area can be divided into three areas. On the one hand in the section of the coast in the north around Malindi and Watamu Beach. The spots there are known for whale sharks and manta rays. But also for their beautiful reefs. Including caves and canyons. With coral fish and macro world.
Centrally located on the coast are the dive sites around Mombasa. A region, which is characterized by a reef falling down to 20 meters. If the current is favourable and the visibility is good, then these places are worth a diving holiday. Because they offer a lot of fish. Interesting in the close range. Pretty corals and thanks to the shallow depths easy diving.
In the south you dive around Diani Beach. There are numerous places to explore. Or you can go on a diving safari. You will visit reefs like the Chale Reef or the Nyuli Reef. That rises from 50 meters depth up to 20 meters. Dives at Kisite Island in or in the Mpunguti Marine National Park are further possibilities.
Everything else about diving in Kenya
Arrival for diving in Kenya: Flight to Mombasa. The transfer from the airport to the booked hotels takes place by shuttle bus, collective or single taxi.
Accommodation: Kenyan accommodation is divided into four groups. City, Holiday, Country Hotels and Lodges. All bookable in different categories.
Best travel time for diving in Kenya: The course of the temperature in Kenya is exactly opposite to that in Europe. Summer in Kenya is from November to March (28 to 33 degrees). April to June and October to the end of November are rainy seasons. Despite warm daytime temperatures, there are short rain showers during this period.
Cuisine: Traditional Kenyan cuisine has little to offer. But in the hotels you are prepared for international guests.
Electricity: The voltage is usually 240 volts. There are mainly English sockets.
Medical care: Before a trip to Kenya you should ask about the current vaccinations. Tetanus, hepatitis, yellow fever, typhoid fever and polio are recommended. Many doctors also recommend malaria prophylaxis. The medical care in the Kenyan tourist regions is good.
Other activities: All water sports, paragliding and tennis. Golf, safaris and balloon trips.
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