Vipingo Ridge is
strategically located, with easy access to a range of attractions that lure people
from all over the world. A daily direct flight with Safarilink connects Nairobi
Wilson Airport to Vipingo Ridge. The 1.5 km private airstrip provides highly
convenient connectivity to the hub of Nairobi and the world beyond. This service avoids the need to travel
through the time consuming airports of Mombasa or Nairobi JKIA and makes the
journey to Vipingo Ridge quick, easy and hassle free, leaving more time to
relax and enjoy yourself.
This project has been established to protect marine life and improve the livelihood of the local community at Kuruwitu. The conservancy encompasses the Vipingo Ridge Beach Club area and offers a wide range of activities for visitors, from snorkeling safaris and glass-bottomed boat trips to reef walks, fishing and private dhow charters.
Haller Park is a renowned nature park in Bamburi, near Mombasa. It was once a huge cement quarry before being painstakingly transformed from an inhospitable wasteland into an area of great beauty by Rene Haller. The park has won multiple international ecological awards and is famous for its array of plant and animal species, including giraffe, hippo and buffalo, in addition to many species of reptile. It is also a haven for bird lovers and botanists. The park became even more famous thanks to the legendary friendship between Owen, a baby hippo and Mzee, a 130 year old tortoise, which lasted until 2006.
Kilifi Creek is the dream location for going on a scenic sunset dhow trip.
Situated at Mnarani Club on Kilifi Creek, less than half an hour away from Vipingo Ridge, 3 degrees South is a highly professional outfit which offers sailing, water-ski-ing, wake-boarding, kayaking, stand up paddling, windsurfing and diving - all with international standard tuition. It is the only RYA training centre for dinghy sailing, windsurfing and power-boating in East Africa.
All dhow trips are within a 30 minute drive of Vipingo Ridge. Enjoy a simple romantic, sundowner cruise on Kilifi Creek, a day or evening cruise and meal with La Marina on Mtwapa Creek, or have a 5 star dinner aboard the famous Tamarind Dhow as you sail past the fascinating and historic Old Town of Mombasa on Tudor Creek.
There are a number of highly rated restaurants offering unique dining experiences within a 30 minute drive of the development. The Pro Shop can provide information and make bookings on behalf of guests and members.
The Ruins of Gedi are the remains of a thriving 13th to 17th century Swahili town not far from Malindi. Explore the haunting beauty of this historical site and see the advanced complexity of the Palace and houses. Visit the Great Mosque and the museum with artifacts that show the inhabitants were trading with people from all over the world. Tour guides are available on site.
Established in 1997, the Watamu Turtle Watch has successfully helped to protect and care for endangered sea turtles. Their program is involved in education, data collection, beach clean-ups, the rescue and rehabilitation of turtles caught in fishing nets as well as the protection of their nesting habitats.
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is protected as a National Forest Reserve. Located 110 km north of Mombasa and only a 1 hour drive from Vipingo, the Arabuko-Sokoke National Park is on the north-western edge of the forest and comprises only a small portion of the Reserve. Despite being only a few square kilometers in size there are over 270 species of birds and 40 mammals inhabiting the park. These include the African elephant and an endemic elephant shrew. All in all, the park is home to 24 rare bird, mammal and butterfly species. The park is open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is located 33 km south of Mombasa and 15 km inland from the coast. The reserve is an area of coastal rainforest, woodland and grassland and is an important area for plant biodiversity. Over 50% of the 159 rare plants in Kenya are found in the Shimba Hills, including some endangered species of cycad and orchids. It is also a nationally important site for birds and butterflies. It has the highest density of African elephant in the country and is the only place in Kenya where the rare Roosevelt Sable Antelope is found.