COASTAL BEACHES,KENYA/ZANZIBAR BEACHES,TANZANIA.
Kenya Coastal Beaches
Kenya offers the traveller a land richly endowed by nature with what some consider being the most exciting wildlife in the world along with stunning tropical shores lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Kenya's 480 kms (300 miles) of Indian Ocean shoreline are endowed with sublime white sand beaches, shady palm trees, warm waters for swimming and a colorful chain of fringing coral reefs. On-shore breezes temper the heat and the humidity. With year round average high temperatures of 27 - 31Â° Celsius (81 - 88Â° F) the weather is just perfect for enjoying the many water sports available, for beach-combing or for relaxing pool-side.For those who lead a busy and stressful life a break at the coast is the ideal holiday. If you have been on safari, you will certainly enjoy a few days relaxing at the beach, taking in the sun and dining out on the delicious seafood that comes straight from these waters.The coast has much to offer with a variety of activities and water sports including exploring the underwater marine world of the reefs that lie off its shores. The theme here is definitely one of 'doing as much or as little as you like'.From the peaks of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro, to the open savannah plains the thrill of seeing the animals in their own natural environment roaming freely through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world is a truly breathtaking experience. The excitement as you search for the 'Big Five' and many other animals, to capture them on film is truly unforgettable.From the coast to the plains, the combination of safari and beach makes a unique holiday experience.the strings of islands that run up the Kenyan coast, the main ones being Wasini, Chale, Lamu, Funzi Manda, Pate, Kiwayu and Mombasa itself are all worth a visit. Apart from their beach and ocean attractions, most of them have some archaeological interest which is also a constant theme on the mainland: the whole coast is full of ruins fort, Mosques, tombs and even whole towns including Gedi Ruins in Malindi. The beaches have the most beautiful coral reefs in the world the three most spectacular zones, enclosed in Marine National Parks, are far to the south off Wasini Island, the area between Watamu and Malindi and the extreme north off Kiwayu Island. The Spice Island of Zanzibar is worth visiting. In the legendary Stone Town of Zanzibar, an island whose very name evokes East Africa's exotic past is by its nature a historical site. The available locations are:
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Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6Â° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Stone Town old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, with the exception of April and May which are seasonally subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterised by short showers.
The heat of summer is often cooled by the wind, with pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily and year round average temperatures of between 25 and 28 Centigrade.