Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya

 

 

 

Malindi is a wonderful holiday destination on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. This charming coastal town with a strong Italian influence has been attracting European travelers for quite a long time.

The popularity of magical Malindi has rapidly increased since 1930s and it now attracts travelers from across the globe. Steeped in history, this coastal haven has much more to offer besides its magnificent beaches and maritime parks.

Malindi’s main economic activity is tourism and the town has the necessary infrastructure to ensure that its visitors return home with happy memories.

Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya

Old Malindi

 

Malindi didn’t exist as a town until early 13th century when Arab traders found its location ideal for setting up a trading post. A township grew up gradually near the port and it began to prosper, especially after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived here in 1498 and subsequently established Portuguese hegemony over Malindi and Mombasa, Kenya’s largest port and second largest city.

Other European traders and settlers started coming here from the middle of the 19th century, transforming this old Swahili port town into a fascinating and cosmopolitan place.

New Malindi

The other face of Malindi is equality fascinating. It’s a popular tourist destination with varieties of hotels and resorts, sun-kissed sandy beaches, wonderful shopping opportunities, vibrant nightclubs and casinos, and amazing restaurants famous for their culinary prowess.

Moving around Malandi

The best way to explore this magical town is either by walking or riding a bicycle and there are several shops who rent these out to tourists. Alternatively, you can hire a ‘tut tut’ which is a motorized 3-wheel taxi, easily available and pretty cheap.

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Minibuses are cheaper but always overcrowded and you have to be a skilled acrobat to get into one of these. You may hire a taxi when you need.

Historic Tourist Attractions

Malindi has many tourist attractions. Juma Mosque in the heart of the old town is the town’s largest mosque but it’s almost hidden away behind high walls and old houses. Next to the Juma Mosque are 15th century pillar tombs which were used as burial grounds for renowned Portuguese settlers.

Stroll down the seafront road until you reach Gossip Hotel and close to it is a tiny Portuguese chapel built in the mid-16th century which is East Africa’s first Christian church.

Finish your stroll at the Vasco da Gama Coral Pillar topped with a cross. It’s one of the oldest European monuments in Africa that the renowned explorer had built in 1499, opposite the Sultan’s Palace.

Lying in the midst of Arabuko Sokoke forest, ten miles south of Malindi, are the ruins of 13th century lost settlement of Gedi. Its sudden and mysterious desertion four centuries later is still an archaeological puzzle.

Water Based Activities

Malindi offers various water-based activities besides relaxing on wonderful beaches. There are excellent opportunities for indulging in swimming, sailing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing.

Coral reefs at the Malindi Marine Park are ideal for snorkeling. Cruise here on a glass-bottom boat to see exotic sea creatures.

Accommodation

Malindi offers varieties of hotels and resorts within easy walking distance of the beach, bars and restaurants. The town’s top-rated hotels are – Kilili Baharini Resort & Spa, Driftwood Beach Club, Che Shale, Diamonds Dream of Africa and Lawford’s Hotel.

Accommodation is also available in villas and cottages. A three-bedroom sea-facing villa spread over three floors for six guests would cost around £500 per week.

Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya

Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya

Malindi is a wonderful holiday destination on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. This charming coastal town with a strong Italian influence has been attracting Euro

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Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya
Tourism In Magical Malindi, Kenya

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