Sceneries at the Diani Beach
Did you know that Diani Beach has been voted as Africa’s leading beach destination fifth time consecutively since 2015? The tourist destination is in Kwale County, Kenya, on the Indian Coast approximately 30 kilometers from Mombasa town. It is worth noting that the indigenous people are the Digo, a sub-ethnic group from the Mijikenda community, fortunately, the promising tourism-related economic activity has drawn other ethnic tribes to settle in Diani. The travelers, honeymooners, water-sport enthusiasts, party people, and families, to one of the best beaches in Africa, can enjoy seeing these tourist attractions.
Colobus Conservation is a non-profit organization formed to promote the protection, preservation as well as conservation of wild primates. Particularly, the Angolan colobus monkey which is a threatened species along with its forest dwelling on the southeastern coast of Kenya. Not to mention, the institution was formed in 1997 as a response to the local resident outcry emanating from the numerous deaths of Angola colobus on the Diani Beach road. The Facility has become a research center for human/primate conflicts such as eco-tourism awareness, forest enrichment, and protection, among others.
Three Sisters Caves
The three sisters’ caves are recognized as the second-largest cave in the East Africa region. The Digo community usually refers to this as a kaya, a holy spiritual site. The tourist attraction run by the Tswaka Fikirini Community is based at Fikirini village near Shimoni. The huge underground cavern was once a hiding spot during the slave trade era. Sightseers who visit these sceneries can see tomb bats, flying foxes, stalagmites, stalactites. In fact, once the tourists enter the caves, they can experience many tomb bats fly over their head whilst flapping their wings that sounds like a great waterfall. Moreover, the caverns connected with narrow passages that are thickly covered with moving insects. Also, the funds accumulated from the tourism venture are used in poverty eradication initiatives such as building schools, boost healthcare, help bright children from poor families pay their higher education fees, among others.
KisiteMpunguti Marine Park & Reserve
Another sightseer attraction in Diani Beach is the KisiteMpunguti located near the Tanzanian border. Mpunguti reserves sit on 28 square kilometers and the Kisite part covers 11 square kilometers. Furthermore, the establishment was formed as a marine wilderness to safeguard the coral gardens as well as four neighboring islands. The reserve is the abode to more than 45 types of coral along with approximately 360 fish species: for example, turtle, dolphin, triggerfish, putter fish, butterflyfish, among others. Also, the protected island, as well as the reefs, is the dwelling to the sea birds living in large nesting colonies such as roseate tern and crab-plover. Lastly, the reef is a habitat of over 200 lively and friendly cetaceans, for instance, humpback, spinner, among others. The tourists can enjoy their swimming along with these playful creatures.
Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest
The Digo people recognize the Kaya Kinondo forest as sacred, it covers around 30 hectares with amazing biodiversity such as 45 butterfly, 48 birds along with 187 plant species. Prior to entering the forest, a tourist must remove any headwear, wrap a black salong around the waist, agree to go in with a guide as well as promise not to kiss inside the grove. It is worth noting that visiting this scenery offers a cultural experience, a historical journey, and a nature walk.
Diani Beach is a nice place for a traveler to visit located on the south coast. These are the places that one can visit, colobus conservation that safeguards and preserves the primates. The three sisters’ caves that have stalactites, stalagmites, flying foxes, and tomb bats. The KisiteMpunguti Marine Park & Reserve is a marine wilderness to protect coral gardens and four neighboring islands. Lastly, the Kaya Kinondo has a diverse animal species.