Diani Beach in Kwale County is one of the most prominent tourism resort areas of Kenya. With a flawless, long stretch of white-sand beach hugged by lush forest and kissed by surfable waves, it’s no wonder Diani Beach is so popular. The general area is known for its coral reefs, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and the closely located Shimba Hills National Reserve, a wildlife reserve that looks out over the Indian Ocean.
The lovely beaches at Diani have been the most successful at attracting tourists to Kwale County. But, there’s much more than the miles of perfect beaches. Kwale County is awash with monuments found mainly along the coast, many of them on private lands. They consist of mosques, ruins, palaces, houses, walls with gates and tombs, but, owing to their isolation and overgrown vegetation some of the sites are hard to access.
Kwale County is one of the Six Counties in the coastal region. It borders Taita Taveta County to the West, Kilifi County to the Northwest, Mombasa County and the Indian Ocean to the East and Republic of Tanzania to the South.
The county has an area of 8270.2 square kilometers, of which 62 square kilometers is underwater. The county has enormous natural resources as described in the county profile. They range from unexploited minerals, tourist attractions, forests, fertile soils,200-miles coastal strip known as the EEZ, vast trust land, fishing waters among others. The county has poor infrastructure access. Most roads have gravel (29%) or earth services(58%).
There are 4 airstrips of which only one is in use. Good infrastructure contributes to the economic growth of the tourism and agricultural sectors. Only 3.6% of households have electricity connections. This has resulted in low uptake of Information Communication Technology in the region.
- The main cultural group of Kwale is Mijikenda, especially those of Wadigo, Waduruma and Wakamba sub-cultures
- Kwale has enormous wildlife resources, as well as, the rich biosphere of the Arabuko – Sokoke, a World Heritage Site
- Learn something new about the people of Kwale who have sustained their ways of life from as far back as the 16th century
- The warm bright blue waters of Diani makes this something of an irresistible activity and quite a fun activity for most