Relaxing with winter sun under palms at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Kenya

Kenya is hard to beat when it comes to a winter sun holiday. Grab a cup of tea and let me tell you all about it.

When you think about winter sun holiday destinations in Africa, you probably think about South Africa and Tanzania. Well, Cape Town and Zanzibar respectively, but Kenya shouldn’t be overlooked, and here’s why.


The Kenyan coast really is a picture postcard. If you Google images or look on Instagram for pictures of Diani Beach, Malindi or the other beach resorts you will see nothing but blue sky, bright sunshine and golden sands sloping into clear turquoise ocean.

Relaxing with winter sun under palms at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Kenya


When we were searching for winter sun holiday destinations, we wanted heat and golden sands. There were a few options – Mexico, Zanzibar, Dubai….but Kenya caught our attention. We had 32 degree heat all week with a lovely breeze sweeping in off the Indian Ocean every day. We sat by the pool or on golden sands between palm trees, and couldn’t have asked for any more.

Palm trees at Tiwi Beach Kenya - Winter Sun


We booked this trip through Voyage Prive, who have some awesome deals to Kenya. We got an all inclusive, 9-night package at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, which included flights, transfers and a two-day safari with all meals included. A similar package would be much more expensive elsewhere.

The pool area at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Kenya
Amani Tiwi Beach Resort


We flew with Kenya Airways on new Dreamliner planes. Good food, great movie selection and lots of leg room (even for me!) in economy. Other airlines such as British Airways fly to Nairobi too, where you can change and fly to Mombasa on the coast. Ethiopian Airlines – once viewed as the run down carrier of the airline industry – is flourishing, and they provide flights to Mombasa via. Addis Ababa. Book early enough and you could find a return flight for less than £400.

Flying past Mount Kilimanjaro - Nairobi to Mombasa with Kenya Airways
The flight between Nairobi and Mombasa takes you past Mount Kilimanjaro


Whereever you go, and whoever you speak to, you will always be greeted with a wide smile and a ‘jambo!‘ (meaning hello in Swahili). Kenyans are incredibly proud of their country and will make sure you are well looked after.


The drive between Mombasa and Tsavo is quite the experience, but once you’ve recovered from the bumps, the overtaking and the dust you’ll be in the middle of wildlife sanctuaries with animals roaming all around. Over two days we saw lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthogs (Pumba!) and a cheetah. There aren’t many places where can you get winter sun on a beach AND see many of the big five.

A giraffe in Tsavo East, Kenya


Safari vehicles in Tsavo West, Kenya


No, I don’t mean the band. If you read up on Lonely Planet or Rough Guides, you will undoubtedly come across comments about ‘the beach boys of Kenya/Mombasa’. These are local villagers who try (and I mean try) to sell you their wares on the beach, often pestering you for hours on end, meaning the relaxing beach experience you crave doesn’t quite match the images on the postcards.

The good news is they aren’t as bad as they used to be, and most of the big hotels along the coast have deals with the beach boys which allow them to roam free, but prevent them from coming up beyond a certain point on the beach. At our resort we could lie on the sand all day long without getting pestered. Most of the other hotels in Tiwi Beach, Diani Beach, Watamu and Malindi have a similar set up.

A beach boy on Tiwi Beach, Kenya
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Kenya’s waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling. There are several protected reefs that attract a huge array of colourful fish, sea turtles and dolphins. You can also try windsurfing, kite surfing and deep sea fishing – plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your winter sun holiday.

A dive boat in Diani Beach, Kenya - Winter Sun
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A short flight from the coast lands you into the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous National Park. Home of the indigenous Maasai people, you can visit villages and learn about their history, how they live and how they hunt.

Kenya's famous Maasai people
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I’ve now been to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya and whilst New Zealand can give Africa a run for its money, there is no greater sunset than an African sunset. Powerful, blood red orange colours that shift to red and purple once it dips behind the horizon. Stunning.

African sunset in Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Did I miss anything? Let me know what you love about Kenya in the comments below 🙂

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  1. Garden Courts Hotel
    Garden Courts Hotel says:

    Kenya is such a remarkable holiday destination. I travelled by Bus from Kampala through Nairobi and visited Mombasa last November. The town is incredible, the people were friendly and the trip wasnt expensive as you might expect because of the many accommodation options and local restaurants. At Nyali beach, was treated to a beach wedding party followed by swimming in the ocean. Following this trip, I plan to introduce beach and gorilla holiday safari to run from Kenyan beaches to Uganda's mountain gorilla highlands and vice versa. If anyone is interested in learning more on my offers, look out


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