Malindi Marine National Park & Indian Ocean; go snorkeling and scuba diving in Kenya’s famed coral reef with dolphins and whale sharks and many more. Go deep-sea fishing for Tuna, Waho, Sharks, Dorado, Marline, Sailfish Broad Bill. Ride a glass-bottom boat and see the marine life without getting wet. Go sailing along the beautiful Kenyan coast.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks cover an impressive 21,000 square kilometres. Managed by the Kenya Wildlife Services, it has several lodges. There is an incredible amount of wildlife.
About 36 Kilometres North West of Malindi, Hells Kitchen is a spectacular canyon, a result of iron mining and erosion. Turn off Lamu Road after the Sabaki Bridge and head to Marafa on the dirt road.
At Sabaki River Mouth, the sandbanks, mud banks, dunes and freshwater pools and marshes create a diverse habitat for wild life including birds (Sabaki is an internationally renown site for birders!), Hippopotamus, crocodiles and mangroves. Accessible by horseback or by road, 5 kilometres north of Malindi on the Lamu Road.
A gazetted forest on both sides of the Malindi/Mombasa road. Visit the tree house and observe the game and bird life present.
Historical sites in Malindi include: Sheikh Hassan’s 15th Century Pillar, built in the 16th Century it is located in the cemetery located by the Jumaa Mosque on Seafront Road.
Vasco Da Gama’s Pillar, originally built by Vasco Da Gama to commemorate his visit to Malindi outside the Ruling Sheikh’s Palace was removed by the Muslims due to the Christian connotations. This monument is one of the oldest remaining early European monuments in Africa. It was moved to its current location by Christian monks in the 16th Century. House of Columns; probably the oldest surviving house in Malindi; it was recently renovated by the National Museums of Kenya with the assistance of the German Government. It is currently the Malindi Museum.
The Portuguese Chapel was built in the 16th Century by the Portuguese, to bury two sailors.
Gede Ruins: about 18 kilometres south of Malindi Town off the Malindi Mombasa Road, you will find the Gede ruins of an old Islamic town build in the 13th Century. Note the beautiful Pillar Tombs and the remaining cupola of the Mosque. The town had a sophisticated water system. It was destroyed by the invading Ghala in the 17th Century. While here, visit the Kipepeo Community Project and marvel at the variety of butterflies farmed for export to various parts of the world.
04 June 2012