Any visit to the coast will likely include a stopover in the coastal city of Mombassa, which has a long and rich history dating back over 1,500 years when it started as a trading port.
The Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 and established a colony. Arabs from Oman later took over the city, leaving their mark on the region and the city is now noted for its Swahili culture - a mixture of Arab and African traditions.
The Indian Ocean laps gently against the coast of Kenya and one of the best places to visit if you’re after a spot of tranquillity is the tropical Manda Island, part of the Lamu Archipelago – an unspoiled tropical paradise - where you can undertake a voyage by dhow and visit the ancient Takwa ruins.
And exploring the historic backstreets in the nearby sleepy town of Lamu is a real treat for the traveler who needs a recharge, perhaps after spending some time on safari.