South of Mombasa, a continuous strip of beach runs between Likoni and Msambweni, backed by palms and broken once or twice by small rivers. Along the 100km stretch of coast south from Mombasa to the Tanzanian border, there’s just one highly developed resort area, Diani Beach. South of Diani, the coast is little known and, in most tour operators’ minds at least, nobody stops again until they reach Shimoni. This is great news if you have the time to go searching out untrodden beaches. With your own vehicle, or on an organized trip, you can also visit the Shimba Hills National Reserve and the neighbouring Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, either overnight or on an easy day-trip excursion.

Along with the rest of the coast, the hotels in this area have been hard hit in recent years by the precipitous drop in foreign tourism; most are still open for business, though prices tend to be lower than usual.

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