Craving for a wild beachscape in African style? Shanzu Beach is the perfect spot for that. Just 30km north of Mombasa, the white sand beach is lined by a thick grove of palm trees and kissed by the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Shanzu Beach is ideal for enjoying the sun and the breeze in a hammock hung between palm trees. If you’re a watersport lover, you can always take your snorkel along go in for a dip.
Surrounded by all-inclusive resorts, Shanzu is quite generous in point of accommodation. However, outside this tourist area, the few shabby bars and petrol station along the highway speak volumes about the African way of life.
Intercity buses between Mombasa and Malindi or Mtwapa can get you close to the turn-off to Shanzu (KSh50), where the boda-bodas (bicycle or motorcycle taxis common to East Africa) crowd to offer you a ride to the hotel (KSh50). Alternatively, the matatus is also a good option, as it leaves every hour from Mtwapa and stops at the resorts (KSh100) before heading to Mombasa. The Metro Mombasa bus 31 also passes through here. The yellow ‘Via Serena’ sign in the windscreen is a clear indication of that.
For your own safety, you should have: • Travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems; • Make sure you policy includes all kinds of ‘dangerous’ activities such as scuba diving, water-skiing, diving, motorcycling and the like; • Check with your insurer if they cover ambulance cost and an emergency flight home if it comes to grips; • Find out how your insurance provider normally handles payments (e.g.: will they pay the service providers directly or reimburse you later for any healthcare costs incurred overseas). If you need to claim later, keep all documentation! • Paying for your airline ticket online is quite common these days, not to mention it also comes in handy. However online credit card payments provide limited travel insurance in case of accident, check with your credit card provider what are they prepared to cover.