A country of 48 million people, the Republic of Kenya sits right on the equator on the East Coast of Africa. It is bordered by five countries – Tanzania to the South, Uganda to the West, South Sudan in to the North-West, Ethiopia to the North and Somalia to the North-East.
Across the nation there can be found everything from permanently snow-capped mountains, temperate hillsides, wide savannahs and dense jungle. The coast has a humid, tropical climate while higher elevations inland are cooler – such as around the capital Nairobi – and especially closer to Mount Kenya itself.
Although Kenya was under British rule for over 70 years, it won its independence from colonialism in 1963 and became a republic. Modern-day Kenya is a country with much diversity and no single dominant culture that identifies it. The most recognisable populations are that of the Swahili (Coastal), Bantu (Central/West) and Nilotic (Northwest) communities. Although a relatively small part of Kenya’s population, the Maasai culture is renowned for their dress, tribal dances and elaborate jewellery (You’ll recognize them immediately.)
Located 30 kilometres South of Mombasa, our dropzone home of Diani Beach is a major resort on the Indian Ocean. The beach itself is about 10 kilometres long and runs from the Kongo river in the North to Galu beach to the South. The nearest population centre is the town of Ukunda, which has a population of 100,000 and lends its name to the local airport we use.
Diani Beach is generally known for its vibrant coral reefs, its black-and-white colobus monkeys and the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve. Diani Beach a popular tourist area (mostly with Germans and the British), and bristles with private resorts along its length. These range from backpacker dorms all the way up to super-fancy.
Diani Town itself is quite small, but it has a couple of supermarkets, some great restaurants, and a solid selection of activities around with which to entertain yourself. These range from scuba diving, kitesurfing, jet-skiing and fly-boarding, through to inland safaris on which you are frequently able to spot all of the most glamorous African wildlife.
Our dropzone here on Diani Beach was set up a handful of years ago by former British paratrooper Gary Lincoln-Hope. It was founded not as a commercial operation but as a means to get up in the sky–both personally and for the small but eager skydiving community in East Africa. Skydive Diani is becoming ever more popular as a dropzone for all skydivers to visit and enjoy and now routinely welcomes groups of jumpers from all over the world.
Skydiving in Kenya is a unique experience. There are few dropzones in the world that can claim such beauty–and no other skydiving operation where you can land on the beach every time, sip from a fresh coconut on your way back from landing, shoo away the monkeys who want your treats and experience the friendly and vibrant Kenyan culture.
Your options for arriving from overseas will most likely either be transferring in Nairobi on to a flight for Ukunda, or landing in Mombasa and finishing the journey by car. Skydive Diani operates from the municipal airport at Ukunda airport alongside other commercial air traffic, so your very best bet is to simply book a flight to land at Ukunda Airport (UKA).