Southern Palms Local Attractions.

There are many local attractions close by Southern Palms Beach Resort. See our list of just a few of the local attractions, click on the headings below for a brief description :

Local Attractions

Colobus Conservation

When visiting Diani beach and looking for something special to do, a guided tour at the Colobus Trust is definitely worth a visit. The guided walk is very educational and the pocket friendly entry fee goes directly towards the conservation of primate habitat, veterinary needs and rehabilitation of injured animals. It's a very worthy cause and fun experience!

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Set in the heart of Kenya’s tropical rainforest, Shimba Hills is one of the country’s best-preserved game retreats. Its rolling grasslands and thick forests are home to all creatures’ great and small, including over 500 elephants. However, it’s the Sable Antelope which makes visitors flock here – it’s exclusive to Shimba Hills so keep your eyes peeled. The walk down to the waterfall can be combined with a game drive, as it's really not that far for anyone remotely fit. Wear your swimmers, take a small towel and you can enjoy a waterfall massage.

Skydive Diani

Set up by a British Army parachutist and a professional skydiver (among others), this school offers dives of a different kind: through the sky, not the sea. Discover what it means to fly during a tandem skydive over the beach! Are you a licensed skydiver looking for fun? Don’t miss this phenomenal drop zone right on the beach!

Hindu Temples

Hindu temples are one of the many symbols of Mombasa’s cultural diversity. Temples are a popular tourist spot and a tour can usually be taken inside the temple, with a historical background of the particular temple given by one of the temple gurus.The stone carvings on the walls and the idols of the Hindu gods portray the history of Mombasa as much as the religious beliefs of the worshippers.

Mombasa Tusks

The Mombasa “Tusks” are a symbolic representations of the entrance into the heart of the town. The tusks were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the town in 1952, as they lay directly on the path from the Port to the Town. Ivory was considered to be an exquisite commodity during the time and, in essence, the tusks were meant to embrace the Queen and the British Empire.

Old Town

Old Town is the part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, and especially in the architecture and language (Kiswahili has a lot of phrases derived from various Arabic dialects). It is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs and curio shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. Old Town is best seen when explored by foot with an experienced guide, as the streets are too narrow to accommodate a large number of vehicles.

Leisure Golf Club

Diani Golf Club invites you to experience their fantastic course. This interesting coastal course is full of natural features providing both a picturesque and challenging round. It is truly amazing to see the baby monkeys playing in the trees and bunkers - so different from anywhere you may have played before.The bar/restaurant is very reasonably priced and a sell a lovely glass of chilled wine for you to enjoy after your game!

Bike The Coast

Discover the real Africa by cycling off the beaten track. See local people in their settlements and traditional African villages, with palm and mango tree forests. Enjoy fantastic views of Creeks and Ocean around the Diani Coast area. Ride through the bush along the edge of the Indian Ocean.
All in all see sights of the Diani area that average tourists miss.

Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction and is located along the coastline near the Old Town. Built in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the era when Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities. The interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded.

Mamba Village

Mamba Village, which is situated in Nyali, is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm. A tour of the farm starts with a movie on the life cycle and behaviour of crocodiles, followed by a comprehensive tour of the rest of farm, ending with the highlight of the day: a spectacular scene of blood-thirsty crocodiles fighting for food during feeding time. Excellent cuisine is available at the Mamba Restaurant, and the house specialty is superbly grilled crocodile meat. Souvenirs of your visit can be bought at the Mamba Souvenir shop located within the village.

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

Sail on a traditional Dhow around Wasini Island, snorkel in the island’s marine conservation area and be amazed at the sight of Dolphins as they swim by. This is an incredible experience. Try your hand at fishing and catch your very own fish supper. Then later enjoy a fresh fish and seafood barbeque.
Truly a day to remember!

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