I am excited to finally share with you the trip I took to Diani on August 27th to August 31st. It’s going to be a long one, so pick up a cup of tea and enjoy 🙂
FACTS ABOUT DIANI.
- Located in South Coast, Kenya, 30 km from Mombasa Town.
- The beach is about 10 kilometres (6 mi) long
- It is adjacent to the town of Ukunda, the population of which nears 100,000 inhabitants.
- A small airstrip is located between the beach area and the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga road.
- It was voted the 3rd Best Beach in Africa and 22nd in the world!
The last time I was in Coast was when I was 14! And now 7 years later the opportunity presents itself. I think i had forgotten how the ocean looked like but I was ecstatic all the same especially to go to Diani.
I took the week to prepare for the climatic conditions I would face. Nairobi is generally cool and sunny whilst Diani, which is on the South Coast of Kenya, is hot and humid. I went to my local thrift area and bought cheap sunglasses, t shirts and shorts that will help my body adjust to these changes.
The trip was organised by KMUN (Model United Nations) and the University of Nairobi and I had the privilege to accompany them on the invite of my good friends. We met a few hours prior to our departure to do some group shopping. Stocked up on snacks and sweets, we were set!
THE ROAD TRIP
At 8:30 PM we began the long 13-hour journey from Nairobi to Twiga Camping Site in Diani. I must say, for most of us, it was the longest road trip EVER. Between the many bathroom stops we made, the bumpy road and the times the driver took nap breaks, we spent most of our trip trying to get a comfortable sleeping position. We were sure our necks will snap and most of us got at least an hours sleep.
When the sunrise began to peak through the clouds, excitement began to stir in most of us. We were getting closer and finally at around 9 am we got to Mombasa Town and boarded a ferry from Likoni to the Mainland. The view from the ferry was everything you would wish for. Though we were not allowed to take pictures, I was able to sneak one. 😉
It took us another 30-45 minute drive to our final destination, Twiga Camping Site.
When we arrived it began to drizzle but that did not deter any of us from running to the beach and take in the beautiful scenery. It seemed like the world had stopped for a minute. The sound of the waves and the silence of it all was calming and dare I say, other-worldly. And I am not being dramatic here 😀 Many people can attest to this.
Twiga Camping Site & Lodge is a small site with washrooms for campers. It is around 400 ksh ($4) per night if you bring your own tent and 600ksh ($6) per night with their tent. One can go to the lodge to charge electronics and also buy food at their restaurant.
We began setting up tents whilst others showered and wore their swimming costumes. At around 1pm we were all ready to take a dip in the ocean.
We had a lovely time attempting a swim at the ocean but the waves were very rough. Time flew by and it was already evening ,which we spent playing games and having good conversations. We had supper and sat under the moonlight and finally it was time to retire to our our tents and that concluded the first day.
This post is already quite long enough and I will do a Part 2 and also a Diani Tips post. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed it and are already planning your Diani Trip.
Have a lovely week!