Some of Africa's most unusual - but no less inspiring - beaches are located far from the coast in the continents interior. Although fresh water experiences the great lakes of the Rift Valley provide beach holidays that rival any coastal beach holiday. Kenya and Tanzania are legendary wildlife safari destinations but in recent years they have also become known for their beach holidays, offering warm water and excellent diving and fishing. Arguably the best known beach destinations in Africa, apart from the large Indian Ocean Islands, are the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Rich in history and culture Zanzibar has long been an add-on for visitors to the iconic game areas of Tanzania such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. From tropical shores and bustling towns to remote islands and historical ruins the Kenya beaches offer far more than a paradise of white sands and turquoise waters - with great reefs the Kenya coast provides some of the best scuba diving and big game fishing on the African coast. From romantic secluded islands to great family resorts the coast of Kenya has it all for a great family beach holiday safari.
We believe in the power of the beach, and the Indian Ocean has some of the best in the world. Some of these are even coupled with true stunning accommodation worthy of the finest holiday memories. Barefoot luxury, spa treatments, wildly beautiful beach shelters, private plunge pools and incredible underwater adventures are all on the agenda; the choice is yours. The superb quality of Indian Ocean beaches and private Indian Ocean Islands complement any African safari itinerary. These may be easily - or sometimes slightly less easily, depending on your safari options - incorporated into most safari itineraries, and eye-opening diving and snorkelling here can seem to continue your wildlife adventure. Beach accommodation style may be small and simple, chic and exclusive or all-inclusive five star luxury, depending on your preference.
An enticing destination that sits just off the coast of Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar has retained a classic charm and culture. This was once East Africa’s commercial hub, merging over time to become a fusion of Arabic-inspired architecture, ancient ruins and sugary beaches.
Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.
A land of lush greenery and sparkling white sands, invites you and your family to take leave from your busy, stressful schedule and relax in one of the many Diani beach hotels, under an umbrella with a glass of fresh juice and breath in the crisp clean and fresh air breezing from the blue ocean.
Transfer from your Nairobi hotel and transfer to Nairobi airport. You may also be transferred to Nairobi or Wilson airport directly from your safari. Fly on the 1-hour flight to Ukunda airstrip.
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Highly recommended! Joseph created a fantastic, customized tour for my family. He listened to our many criteria and put together a wonderful package. He was always available and very responsive. Since we were on a safari that utilized flights within Kenya, there was no opportunity to enjoy Joseph's company (as others have commented). However, he made it a point to come to the airport at the start of our adventure and make sure we were all set. This was a small gesture that epitomized his character (I don't think this would have happened with a large tour provider). March 2023
This was our first safari and such an unforgettable experience. Communication with Joseph, the tour operator, was quick and easy. The proposed itinerary he provided was informative and we were able to easily modify it before finalizing everything. We enjoyed all the places we stayed at and there was something unique about each one. The game drives were just wow (super sawa sawa!). The tour guides/drivers (John in Kenya and Rajam in Tanzania) put in a lot of effort in finding the animals at the top of our list (leopard, rhino, calves, as well as a cheetah hunt and the most awesome selfie with an elephant). Each game drive was unique. There were so many encounters that left us awestruck—we’re still ooh ahhh-ing over our pictures and processing everything we experienced. Joseph was with us for the whole trip; he was quite knowledgeable about birds, which was a bonus. He also assisted with logistics (providing documents quickly for visas needed prior to arrival, getting us through border crossings, and arranging dinner reservations at a restaurant we wanted to go to prior to taking us to the airport). This was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had and we have White Plains Safaris to thank for that. They are reliable, prompt, friendly, and well worth the money. February 2023
Our experience with White Plains Safaris and Joseph was amazing! The service was impeccable since the very beginning: during the reservation process, Joseph was extremely helpful, flexible and very honest. After booking, he supported us in any way he could, including paying for our Visas as we had some issues doing that online by ourselves! He was also very helpful in creating the itinerary, which proved to be amazing as it offered great game drives and diversity of landscape. Things kept being perfect throughout our trip; the accommodations he had reserved were very nice and always positioned perfectly, to avoid extra driving. During the game drives he was very accommodating and always asking for our feedback to make sure we had the best time. He brought us in amazing spots thanks to his unstoppable Land Cruiser and we got to see many animals including 3 leopards from very close! We also enjoyed his company very much and he was always able to answer our questions and providing interesting insights on the animals, the parks and Kenya in general. We always felt safe and well taken care of, so I would (and will) strongly recommend Joseph and White Plains to anyone looking for a good time in Kenya and Tanzania. January 2023
White Plains Safari provided me with an incredible experience, they were really easy people to get to know and it felt like I had made another friend at the end of my trip. Their service was excellent, they were really outgoing and did their ultimate best to show us everything they could, even if it meant going out of their way in order to do so, they were very reliable and I personally had no concerns regarding their reliability. In terms of the tour itself, I would one hundred percent recommend my trip to Kenya to anyone, especially with White Plains Safaris. White Plains Safaris helped make my trip an experience I will never forget. May 2022