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Windsurfing and exploring Kenya

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Kenya might be best known for its safari scene, but it has a pretty stunning coastline too. Many of its ever-improving beach resorts are well-placed to catch some strong winds. Thrown into the mix, you’ll get white sand, warm seas and a heavy dose of African culture. Enjoy the water and the welcome on your Kenya windsurfing trip.



"To most people, Kenya means safaris – or maybe trekking up Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya. But away from the lions, elephants and giraffes it also boasts over 500km of Indian Ocean coastline: a reef runs almost the entire length, about 1km out, throwing up decent waves offshore yet protecting dead-flat turquoise lagoons and powdery white sand beaches inside. So, don‘t just think safari; think surfari..."

Kenya’s beaches face the Indian Ocean, and catch good winds most of the year. January, February, July and August tend to see the strongest winds, with speeds reaching up to 35 knots. The rest of the time, conditions are gentler but still sailable, and great for beginners.

The most popular of Kenya’s windsurfing beaches is Diani Beach. This long, soft, white beach offers some great sailing on its turquoise waters. It has a large, calm lagoon which offers great conditions for beginners and flat-water sailors. Out on the reef, you’ll find some waves to have fun with. Getting out on to the water from the beach is easy, and there are several established windsurfing operators to help you with hire and lessons. Nearby, Galu Beach offers similar conditions, with a lagoon and a reef break to keep everyone happy.

While Diani and Galu are the centre of Kenya’s growing windsurfing scene, you’ll find there are other places to get out on the water too. Malindi is another great choice, and has some waves. Mombasa, the biggest town on Kenya’s coastal strip, has a well-establishes scene. And if you just want peace, quiet and empty seas, see if you can take your gear and explore some of Kenya’s many nearly deserted beaches.

Take a Kenya windsurfing trip and you’ll get to ride in tropical waters on one of Africa’s most attractive coastlines. Winds are strong, and the welcome is warm. WATCH this Great Video and Jump in!

January & February: Very dry and hot. The animals group around the natural lakes making for easy big game viewing. 
March to May: This is known as the green season - the rain usually falls in short showers with lovely sunshine in between.
June to September: June is known as the rainy season while July, August and September are the coolest months and the famous wildebeest migration takes place then. This once-in-a-lifetime experience only happens in East Africa and around this time the grasslands of the Masai Mara are covered by a vast mass of moving wildebeest. 
October to January: Springtime with warm days and cool evenings. This is an excellent time for many watersports – such as windsurfing, kite surfing or snorkelling and diving.
Fort Jesus: Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built in 1591, located on Mombasa Island to guard the old port. It was built in the shape of a man (viewed from the air) and in 2011 was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Wasini Island: Sail on a traditional wooden dhow from Shimoni to snorkel in the pristine waters of the Kisite Marine Park. Then visit Wasini Island, a 5 by 1km sparsely populated island that has no cars or roads. This island is occupied by the Vumba people, who have a rich history and culture. 

Karen Blixen Museum: For anyone with an interest in the 1985 movie Out of Africa (based on Danish author Karen Blixen’s autobiography) this is something you must try see while in Kenya. Blixen lived at the house where she ran a coffee plantation until her return to Denmark in 1931. (This house was not however used for the filming of the movie, as the pictures were taken in her first farmhouse, Mbagathi, nearby). The museum offers guided tours of the house and gardens  - the house features rooms showing the décor of the time and props used in the movie.  

Gedi Ruins: The Ruins of Gedi are the remains of a Swahili town located in Gedi, a village near the coastal town of Malindi. Gedi is one of Kenya's great unknown treasures, a wonderful lost city lying in the depths of the great Arabuko Sokoke forest. It is also a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continues to engender debate among historians. To this day, despite extensive research and exploration, nobody is really sure what happened to the town of Gedi. The entire town was suddenly abandoned by all of its residents in the 17th century for no apparent reason. A must-visit for history buffs. 

Tsavo East: View the game filled grasslands of Tsavo East in the famous Tsavo National Park. Enjoy lunch at the Satao Camp, shaded by ancient Tamarind trees, before taking an afternoon game drive to the vast Aruba Dam where birds and wildlife congregate in the dry season. 

Wildebeest Migration: The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for arguably the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle - the wildebeest migration. From the vast Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle migrate each year in search of lush grass after the rains. The migration is a natural event and thus the timing varies each year but if you happen to be planning a trip to Kenya when this is expected, don’t miss it!