This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Kwale County. Kwale County covers an area of 8, 270 square kilometres, with an estimated population of 833, 527 people. The county is headed by Governor Salim Mvurya.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Kwale County.
1. Shimba Hills National Reserve
The reserve is located in Kwale district, approximately 33 kilometres south of Mombasa. Major attractions at the reserve include elephants, the endangered sable antelope, giraffes, leopards, different species of birds, hyenas, different species of reptiles, vervet and Sykes monkeys. The reserve offers an enabling environment for game viewing activities, camping and nature walk. Sheldrick falls and the Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary are located within the reserve.
2. Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park
It lies in the coral gardens south of Wasini Island, approximately 11 kilometres off the Kenyan Coast at Shimoni. It was established to protect the scenic islands and special habitats of marine animals at the Kenyan Coast. It is one the best location for snorkelling, diving, bird watching, camping and sunbathing.
3. Wasini Island
The island is situated about 3 kilometres opposite the harbour of the port village of Shimoni. It is a perfect destination for snorkelling, scuba diving, dhow sailing, sunset cruise and dolphin spotting. You can also enjoy exquisite seafood at the island.
4. Diani Beach
It is a perfect chill spot for lovers of a tranquil environment. It is an ideal destination for swimming, jet skiing, snorkelling, skydiving, boat rides and various water sports.
5. Kaya Kinondo Forest
It is the only sacred forest at the Kenyan Coast that is open to the public. It is a sacred forest and place of worship for the Digo community. It is actually a nice place to visit and learn the cultural practices of the Digo people, enjoy nature walks and birdwatching.
6. Chale Marine Park and Reserve
The reserve covers an area of 250 hectares. It was developed in 1995 to protect the coral reef of the coastal region. The reserve offers viewing excursions, water sports and marine activities such as sailing, fishing trips with traditional dhows and snorkelling. Its located at the beautiful Chale Island.
7. Colobus Conservation Centre
It is situated in Diani, South Coast Kenya. It is a primate rescue facility and home to a habituated troop of colobus monkeys. You can visit the place for guided primate eco-tour. It is usually open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. The entry charge for citizens is Kshs. 250 while non-residents Kshs. 750.
8. Diani Beach Art Gallery
It was officially opened in September 2010, to promote fine African art locally and internationally through exhibiting, selling and supporting African artwork in the gallery’s space. It is a perfect place to view and buy different paintings, sculptures, framed and unframed photography.
9. Jungle Snake Park
It is located in Mwamanga, Ukunda. The park features different species of snakes, turtles, crocodiles, tortoise and other small reptiles. It is usually open from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Saturday.
10. Tiwi Beach
It is a tranquil beach located in the Kenyan South Coast. It is an ideal destination for swimming, snorkelling and various water sports. Several beachfront hotels and lodges are located within the beach.