Ukunda: the gateway town to Kenya's renowned Diani Beach
Ukunda is a coastal town in Kenya. Located in the southern part of Mombasa, it is home to more than 62,529 people. Ukunda is the gateway to Diani Beach, which is a major attraction for tourists. Other popular attractions in Ukunda include Colobus Conservation, Tiwi Beach, Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest and Fort Jesus Museum.
Cheap flights to Ukunda are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore this Kenyan destination! Ukunda is home to Ukunda Airport (UKA) which is a 15-minute drive from the town centre. Ukunda Airport serves many local airlines such as East African Safari Air and Silverstone Air. There are no direct flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Ukunda, but 1 hour and 5-minute chartered flights from Wilson Airport are available.
Popular flights to Ukunda
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Ukunda
Taste the most flavoursome food in Kenya. The traditional food in Ukunda comprises of fish and other seafood. Try the delicious dish called “wali” (rice prepared with coconut milk).
Take a tuk-tuk ride to Diani Beach. Along the way you’ll get to take in the Kenyan coastal sites and enjoy the beautiful weather. Diani Beach is a favourite amongst tourists.
Walk through Ukunda and you’ll be treated to displays of stalls with locals selling beautiful kangas (African garments), paintings, carvings and ornaments. The stunning colours are sure to stun you!
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 7 KES
Swahili / English
Ukunda Airport (UKA)
Best time to visit Ukunda
The temperatures in Ukunda do not vary that vastly throughout the year. It is quite humid in Ukunda with the hottest months being from March to April. Ukunda has two rainy seasons with the longest witnessed in April and May, and easing up in June. Heavy rains occur in the afternoon, but luckily it does not rain all day or every day of the week. The long dry season (July to October) brings a welcoming break from the rain and is considered the best time to visit Ukunda. This way you’ll be free to enjoy the beach and many of Kenya’s coastal town attractions. From November to the end of December, the short rains occur.
Weather & Climate in Ukunda
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Ukunda is a fun and beautiful coastal town that should be added to your Kenya itinerary. This town and its people have so much to offer from its prime location, west of Diani Beach, to the Mijikenda tribe who call Ukunda home. This coastal town is considered the twin town to Diani in Kwale County, and is renowned for the Kaya forests which have been declared national monuments. Ukunda is a tourism hotspot as tourists stop by, along their trek through Mombasa. Tourists are encouraged to try the delicious Swahili dishes, and of course, visit the nearby Diani Beach.
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South African passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days in Ukunda and the rest of Kenya. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Ensure that there are at least 3 blank pages in your passport for entry stamps.
You should be up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before travelling to Kenya. These vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine and your yearly flu shot. You are also encouraged to obtain vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid.
Ukunda is considered a safe destination to visit. As with all destinations, tourists are encouraged to remain cautious throughout their visit.
Staying safe in Ukunda:
• Do not visit the local villages on you own.
• Always keep a copy of your passport with you.
• Do not flash your jewellery and electronics in public spaces.