Millions of people travel out of Africa daily to resorts and beaches for vacations in different parts of the world. This is surprising because Africa boasts of some of the best natural beaches in the universe.
Travelers have said however that the major reason behind the mass exodus is the issue of maintenance, security and management of these beaches. When people look to spend time at the beach, they do not just do that to see the beautiful water side, they do so to experience an all-round comfort and escape from the realities of life.
They want complete comfort - something they say is lacked in many beaches and resorts across Africa.
Well, Kenya begs to differ in this regard and is fast becoming home to some of the best beaches on the continent. It is no news that Kenya boasts of some of the best beaches in the world. The move to transform these locations into first class resorts have increased the country's revenue in no small way.
In a survey carried out by Flight Network - an online travel publication, five of the beaches in Kenya were acclaimed to have met world standards. These five beaches are; Diani, Mombasa, Watamu, Chale Island and Shela.
The survey was conducted with the help of over 1,000 leading travel professional and industry players who profiled 400 of the world's top beaches.
Although the popular Jomo Kenyatta Beach was not listed among the top 5, visitors and critics alike have commended the management for the improved cleanliness and security that is now evident at the beach.
Private investors have welcomed the clean up and regulations adopted in the facility saying it improved business as visitors felt more comfortable now than before.
Speaking on the clean-up, Director of the Lido Beach Resort - Nasir Osman Ali said:
"Previously, walking along the beach was not a very pleasant experience because of the hundreds of plastic chairs. They have been removed. We also could not do good business because of traders selling wares in front of hotels. There were very many of them, and some were selling illegal things.
"Our Christmas gift has come early. The beach is very clean. Before, there was no place to walk with the family; now the sands are very clear and families can move freely.
"The beaches are also being patrolled to monitor what is going on.
"We will do the same and clean from our end all the way to the water mark. I encourage all property owners along the beach to do the same on a daily basis to protect the environment."
"This season is very good. It is very busy and the Mombasa beautification project has also worked nicely."
One major issue experienced on beaches in Africa is the presence of touts and hawkers whose activities make the beaches an unpleasant sight.
Stealing, harassment and other vices also characterized these beaches in the past, so it is a good development to see that there are significant improvements.
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