Tropical sandy Beaches, covered with crystal clear water along the coastal line is one of the facts that top Malindi as one of the best, and most popular holiday destinations in Kenya. Malindi, a prehistorical town is one of the most beautiful towns in Kenya. It’s well known for its swahili-inspired architecture, sunny weather during the summer, prestine beaches and rich coral reefs.
Due to its diverse landscapes, Malindi offers a viriety of exciting activities setting up a perfect weekend getaway or holiday destination for lovers, family and tourists.
Where to Visit / Attractions
- Marafa-Hell’s Kitchen
The Marafa Depression is locally referred to as Nyari, ‘the place broken by itself. Temperatures can get to scorching levels during the day, hence the alias ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. The naturally shaped stone columns and shifting colours of this unusual sandstone mini-canyon was once the location for many ancient sacred rituals. Local legend has it that there was once a town located in the depression. Now, worn away by wind, rain, and floods, the sandstone shows layer-cake-like colours of white, orange, deep crimson and pink. A visit to the gorge is particularly memorable at sunset when the hues are highlighted against the ribbed gullies of the sandstone.
- Mida Creek
The Mida Creek is an impressive 20 mile (32 kilometre) inlet with wide beds of seagrass and coral. It hosts an expansive range of fish species and feeding sea turtles, and in the mangroves smaller streams and inlets provide a refuge for crabs and birdlife. Mida is best explored by boat as you may even chance upon feeding flamingos. The creek is also an incredible kayaking destination due to the endless small channels and passages through the mangroves. The central broad water is also ideal for water skiing and wake boarding. Along the shore, the Mida Creek Conservation Community runs a local crab farm and crab shack restaurant serving very popular dishes, including their famed crab samosas which can be enjoyed on the boardwalk and deck built over the mangroves with views across the creek. This is the perfect place for sun-downers
- Watamu Marine National Park
Featuring over 600 species of colourful fish and other sea creatures, Watamu National Marine Park is Kenya’s first aqua-park. In addition to coral reefs and gardens, the marine park delivers an aquatic explosion of colour for the snorkelling enthusiast.
- Vasco da Gama Pillar
- Gede Ruins
The Gedi ruins remain a mystery to archaeologists. Proving that ancient African society was intricate and advanced, the Gedi ruins have all the markings of an ancient cosmopolitan settlement. Thought to have been founded in the early 13th century, it was a city complete with streets, running water and a sewage system. Archaeologists have also found Ming Chinese vases at the site, along with Venetian glass and other artefacts from all over the world. Coral-brick houses, a palace and even an impressive mosque remain as clear evidence that the Muslim inhabitants of the coastal Kenyan town were worldly merchant traders who developed an incredible society; all of which has now been left in a ruinous state by time and climate.
- Takwa ruins
- Watamu turtle watch
Watamu Turtle Watch is a local wildlife reserve responsible for the protection of approximately 50 hawksbill and green turtles that lay their eggs on Watamu Beach. Stop by for an informative tour on these beautiful sea creatures and how the local community is involved in their conservation. The trust’s sea turtle rehabilitation centre treats injured or sick turtles. Once they are strong enough to be returned to the ocean, they are taken to the beach and released.
- Bird watching at the Falconry of Kenya
The Falconry of Kenya is a private zoo that offers visitors a chance to get close to a large collection of birds of prey and other animals. Discover creatures in their enclosures, including a 200-year-old tortoise, eagles, falcons, goshawks, owls and peckers. The more adventurous visitor can take the chance to hold, pet and even feed the birds. The Falconry of Kenya also has a snake enclosure that houses pythons, green mambas and cobras. In addition, the site has crocodiles, monkeys and monitor lizards.
- Kipepeo Project
‘Kipepeo’ is the Swahili word for butterfly. The Kipepeo Project showcases butterflies, moths and pupae as well as other live insects. It promotes and sells the honey and silk cloth produced by members of the local community. You can stop by for an encounter with these delicate creatures or just purchase some merchandise locally – Kenyan-made souvenirs.
- Bio Ken Snake Park
The Bio-Ken Snake Park is primarily a research centre that studies reptiles; with a key focus on snakes and snake bites. The park houses the largest known collection of snakes in East Africa. Located just 35 minutes’ drive outside Malindi, this is definitely a trip worth making for those in the mood for an adventure.
What to do / Activiies
- Boat tours
- Scuba diving
- Kite surfing
- Dhow excursions – Experience a full day trip on a Sawa Sawa – an authentic, hand-built East African dhow, made in Mozambique. The day trips take a minimum of two and a maximum of 10 people per trip, and make for an exceptional beach escapade. Prepare for a fantastic day of sailing, exploring secluded beach spots, snorkelling, a seafood lunch, and even a sundowner drink should you desire.
- Wildlife safari
- Aquatic activities