Malindi is a popular
tourist resort located 120 Km to the North-east of Mombasa.
The resort is accessible by road, air and sea. Most of the
visitors fly in directly by charter flights from Europe. A
flight from Nairobi will take 45 minutes. Bus travel from
Nairobi will take about 10 Hours. To holiday makers mind
Malindi conjures up clear images of serene tropical coastal
destination with lots of sun-shine, colorful coral gardens with
colorful marine life, white palm fringed beaches kissing the
shores turquoise Indian ocean. Such images are not far from
the truth. Though the shore line is sometimes invaded by sea
weeds, yonder lies coral reef with clear waters, beautiful coral
gardens with lots of diving opportunities. Beyond the coral
reef is the deep sea, a playground of anglers of world repute.
As a tourist destination
Malindi has lots to on offer for any
holiday maker- families traveling with children and young adults,
adventure travelers, wildlife, culture and nature lovers.
A Friendly City
One of the main
tourist attractions to Malindi is the welcoming friendly
behavior of the local people. From its humble beginnings in
the 14th century, Malindi was noted for its friendly
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rental locations (locations de voitures) in
City Centre Office,
International Airport (MYD) serving the whole of the Kenya Coast.
Other locations in Kenya
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO),
Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA), Kisumu, Nakuru.
They open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from
Monday to Saturday. In the rest of East Africa rental locations
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After rebuttal in
Mombasa, Malindi offered sanctuary to Vasco da Gama and even offered
him a guide to take him across the seas to India. The Vasco da
Gama's pillar and the little Portuguese Church are a testimony to
this friendship. Earlier, the sultan of
Malindi had welcomed Chinese sailors and offered a giraffe as a
present to their King. The giraffe was presented to Yong
Le Emperor of China in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty. To this day,
the giraffe is the symbol of diplomatic relationship between China
and African countries. Due to its peaceful nature,
Malindi continues to attract visitors from different corners of
the world. Notable is the large population of Italians which
has earned the town the tag new Milano.
Malindi tourist attractions is the beautiful climate.
Located just south of the equator, Malindi experiences a sunny
weather which is hot and humid all year. Long rains fall between the
months April to July. Off the coast of Malindi the ocean
shallow and pleasantly warm, ideal for swimming throughout the year.
The warm, crystal clear waters have made it possible for the coral
reefs to flourish. In the coral gardens are colorful marine
fish an attraction to numerous visitors.
Tourist attractions in Malindi comprise of what the
tourist see, what they do (activities) and where they stay.
Two Marine Parks- Malindi Marine Parks (In Malindi) and Watamu
Marine Park( In Watamu) have colorful coral gardens with splendid
display of marine life. Visitors in glass bottomed boats flock
into the parks for snorkeling and diving expeditions. Some
hotels like white elephant are an attraction into themselves.
In the vicinity of Malindi are other attractions like
Malindi's tourist attraction is the rich Swahili culture of
the local people. Their welcoming attitude has made
Malindi a choice destination for many Italians, many of whom
have opted to settle there permanently.
The devil's Kitchen
or Canyon de Mirafa- bizarre rock formations with a mythical
origin behind them. Located 33 km to the North-west of
Watamu turtle watch
Bio Ken snake park
Vasco da Gamaâ€™s
The Portuguese church
Sawa Sawa dhow
Tsavo East/ West
Watamu- The small village of Watamu has 8 Kms of
pristine sandy beaches which has been rated one of the top ten
beaches in the world. A major plus of staying at Watamu is
that you can swim both at low and high tides. However the
beach is clogged with seaweed from June to October.
Besides the beaches other attractions in Watamu are the Watamu
Marine Park, the snake farm, Mida Creek and Whale Island. At
Watamu, you can while your day relaxing in the beach or on the
various adventures within. Activities at Watamu include:-
Deep sea fishing in pursuit
of sailfish, billfish and hammerhead sharks, among other prized
Fitness and Yoga courses
Kite surfing-During the
months of July and August and from January through March. To learn
Kitesurfing visit Che Shale a few kilometers to the north of
Golf at Malindi Golf
Visits to Watamu Snake
Park-The snake park has the largest collection of snakes in East
Africa with over 200 species. The adjacent laboratory supplies
hospitals with anti venom.
Visits to the Marindi and
Watamu Marine Parks.
Superb snorkeling and bird
watching at the Mida Creek.
Visits to Tsavo East National Park
Getting to Malindi /Flights to Malindi
Several airlines operate
daily flights to Malindi from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi), Moi
Airport (Mombasa) and Wilson Airport (Nairobi). Several
European Countries operate charter flights from Europe direct to
You can drive from
Nairobi or Mombasa to Malindi. Several up country buses
operate daily from Mombasa or Nairobi to Malindi.
Malindi is one of the premier beach resorts in Kenya. The town
located 120 Km north of Mombasa has witnessed unprecedented growth
in the hotels industry. Malindi town has numerous high
class hotels kissing the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Along Malindi's Casuarina Road are numerous guest houses, resorts,
private villas, self catering apartments and cottages all accepting
paying guests on full time or temporally. Among the best of
Malindi's Beach Hotels
are Ocean Beach Resort And Spar and Kilili Baharini Resort
popular with the creme de la creme of Kenya. The Plan Hotel/
Sandies resorts include Africa Dream Village, Tropical Village,
Coconut Village and Malindi Beach. Among the memorable of
Malidni hotels are Coral Key, Drift wood, Africa Dream Village and
Scorpio Villas. In Malindi
High Season Falls in January-March; July to October.
Mid Season -October to December.
Low Season -April May and June. Most of
the properties close during the low season.
Malindi Beach Hotels or
Beach Resorts can be classified in terms of facilities and even
the price range. Depending on the rates, some properties will
fall in the category of deluxe or super luxury. Some properties like
Woburn Residence, Ocean Beach Resorts and Coral Key combine hotel
services with apartments for long stay. The apartments at
Woburn and Ocean Paradise are luxurious enjoying spacious
grounds and swimming pools. The Kilili Baharini resort is
famous with the creme de la creme of Kenya noveu riche. Coral
Key, Driftwood, Lawford and Seaview Lodge have withstood the test of
time and have impeccably served Malindi. There are numerous
budget properties in Malindi charging from KES 1500 (USD 20) to KES
3500 (USD 81) per night on double rooms. A good example is the
slightly hidden Bush Baby Lodge and the African Pearl.
Watamu also features
excellent beach resorts or hotels among which are the Turtle Bay,
Hemingway's, Baracuda, Tembo Point and Garoda Beach Resort.