We are located on Diani Beach on Kenya’s South Coast, 35 km from Mombasa International Airport and 10 minutes from Ukunda Airport with daily flights to and from Nairobi. We arrange transfers upon request.
Mombasa’s Moi International Airport can be reached by direct flight from many European airports in 7 to 9 hours. Many major airlines offer direct flights to Mombasa and Nairobi.
Only 10 minutes by car from Waterlovers is Ukunda airport with daily flights to and from Nairobi and other destinations. Jambojet operates to Kenyatta International airport while Safarilink, Mombasa Air Safari, Skyward Express and others operate out of Wilson Domestic airport. Some of these domestic companies have service directly to Masai Mara from Diani. There is also the option to charter a plane.
As of January 1st 2021, it is no longer possible to obtain a visa upon arrival. All going to Kenya (except Kenyan citizens) have to apply online before traveling (at least a week in advance is recommended). The cost is still 50 USD or 40 Euros to pay online (with credit cards) at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
As of May 2023, Kenya no longer requires Covid Testing for entry. More info: https://www.kcaa.or.ke/covid-19/covid-19-travel-requirements
Kenya is +2 hours from GMT, only +1 hour from Continental Europe in summertime and +2 in winter time (day-light savings).
Kenya benefits from the tropical climate at the coast and temperate climate inland. Temperatures at the coast range between a pleasant 25°C – 30°C at day and at night. The day and night temperatures in the National Parks can vary noticeably. Even during the hottest months, the temperature is evened out by the constant trade winds. There are two wet seasons per year, the long rainy season lasts from May to June and the short rainy season is usually in the second half of November. The driest and hottest months of the year are January and February.
Sun glasses, a sunhat and protective sun lotion are useful in all coastal regions. On safari, we highly recommend that you dress in practical outdoor clothes, one warm set for the chillier nights and early morning game drives, a comfortable pair of closed shoes and mosquito repellent.
The Kenyan currency is called Kenyan Shilling; one Euro is equal to about 140 shillings as of March 2023. One USD is equal to about 130. Major credit cards are accepted everywhere and it is possible to change Euros and Dollars at the bank in walking distance from Waterlovers. ATMs for foreign banks or credit cards are also available.
Local handicrafts are abundant: statues and wood masks, naïf paintings, cotton “batik” and “kikoy” cloths, ethnic jewellery and typical Massai spears and shields.
The official languages are English and Swahili.
Electric power is 220 Volt with the UK-style 3 exit sockets with square plugs. Every kind of electric device can be used with the simple adaptor available in your room.