Diani is one of Kenya’s most breath-taking locations. This is because everything concerning it is virgin, a kind of heaven of some sorts. No wonder it has been awarded the best beach destination in Africa several times. It is popular with families, honeymooners, backpackers and water-sports enthusiasts alike. So what activities can one engage in while there? Well, read along to find out more.
- Catch up with our close relatives!
Colobus conservation is a rehabilitation centre for Angolan colobus that have been orphaned or lost their homes. The centre is very well regarded in the conservation community due to its exceptional standard of care given to the monkeys. Therefore, if you happen to pass by there, you’ll get to marvel at one of the six primates and learn a thing or two about conservation.
- Pay homage to the local ancestors
At Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, take a scroll through nature as you get to learn about various plant species and the cultural background of the Diigo community, who inhabit this forest. While at it, make sure to tie a black ‘kanga’ as a sign of honor to the spirits that exist in the forest. A key highlight is a cleared area that shows the residence of the ancestors where you can make wishes while hugging a tree that is said to be holy.
- Swim with the fishes
Whether you’ve only snorkelled at some neighbourhood pool or river, you’ll love swimming with the numerous species of fish while enjoying underwater life. Other than this, you could opt to venture on a trip with a glass bottom boat or a canoe on the sandbank. What’s more, Kite surfing is also part of the menu of related activities.
- Trek the hills
If you are feeling even more adventurous and love heights, you can try trekking up the Shimba hills where you can get to enjoy a scenic view of Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary and the river valley. After the exhausting trek, be sure to relax at the Shimba Hills Green Lodge, set within a natural environment.
- Sample artwork at gallery
If stimulating your visual imagination is something you wouldn’t mind, then you could visit the Diani Beach art gallery. This is the only gallery in the south coast. The art gallery is spread across two stores and displays fascinating art with an African influence. Who knows you might stumble upon artwork that you fancy.