• a group of clouds in the sky on a beach

Watamu Holidays

Watamu translates from Swahili to 'home of the sweet people' which is an apt name for this tranquil spot. Fringed with white sand and scalloped by three spectacular reef-protected lagoons, it is no wonder Watamu is consistently voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Watamu's stunning coral gardens are home to fluorescent fish – if you're keen on snorkelling or diving then explore beneath the Indian Ocean and observe whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles.

With its relaxed and laidback ambience, Watamu is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a family holiday or romantic getaway.

Please note that due to current FCO advice in place against Malindi, all our passengers are transitting to Watamu via Mombasa airport.

Destination Highlights
  • Arabuko Sokoke Forest
  • Gedi Ruins
  • Mida Creek
  • Bio-Ken Snake Park

Time Zone

GMT+3

Flight Time

Accessible by road from Nairobi which is approx 9 hours from the UK. You can fly directly with Kenya Airways or British Airways from London. Or fly indirect with Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, KLM and Air France via their hubs.

Currency

Kenyan shilling (KES)

Visa Information

British citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya.

Language

English is widely spoken.
  • Gede Ruins

    Walk through the largest remaining dry coastal forest in eastern and southern Africa. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest has 260 species of birds to encounter, including Sokoke pipit, Sokoko scops owl, and amani sunbird. Head out on the trails with a guide to learn more about the rare animals and plants you see along the way. Other attractions include the whistling duck pools, the kararacha pools, and the viewpoint at the Nyari Cliff, which overlooks the forest, Mida Creek, and the Indian Ocean.

  • Mida Creek

    This 12th century abandoned Swahili village is now home to syke's monkeys and golden rumped elephant shrews. The Arab-African ruins were built by the Swahili people and then mysteriously deserted some 600 years ago. It has remained undisturbed since then and now offers a good insight into the history of the area. See excavated mosques, a palace, residential houses, and elaborate pillar tombs.

  • Bio-Ken Snake Park

    This tidal inlet is home to a variety of habitats influenced by the tide and comprises mud and sand flats, open shallow waters, and mangrove forests. Sail a dhow (boat) into the open waters or kayak through the mud and sand flats to see snappers, emperors, and barracuda. Walk through the mangrove forests to see sandplovers, wimbrels, and lesser-crested terns flaying amid the trees.

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Masai Mara
28ºC
82mm
Amboseli
24ºC
60mm

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Masai Mara
28ºC
95mm
Amboseli
25ºC
28mm

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Masai Mara
28ºC
124mm
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25ºC
66mm

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Masai Mara
27ºC
166mm
Amboseli
25ºC
80mm

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Masai Mara
26ºC
110mm
Amboseli
25ºC
39mm

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Masai Mara
26ºC
59mm
Amboseli
22ºC

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Masai Mara
25ºC
28mm
Amboseli
22ºC

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Masai Mara
26ºC
44mm
Amboseli
22ºC

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Masai Mara
27ºC
52mm
Amboseli
23ºC

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Masai Mara
28ºC
56mm
Amboseli
24ºC

Average weather in November

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Masai Mara
27ºC
100mm
Amboseli
23ºC
216mm

Average weather in December

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Masai Mara
27ºC
111mm
Amboseli
22ºC
119mm