Malindi Travel Guide

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Malindi Things to Do

  • Gedi - National Museum of Kenya

    The location of Gedi is part of the National Museum of Kenya and the new complex was built right next to the historic sight in order to preserve some valuable and unique exibits. Furniture and other found object clearly indicating that inhabitants of Gedi must have been highly civilized people. The only confusing thing is that no written documents...

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  • Gedi - historic sight

    Unfortunatelly, there excist no written documents about Gedi and everything about this sights is pretty much unknown and mysteruous. Since there are remains of an big mosque the place was definately inhabited by the people who originally could have been Arabs or Indians.There are remains of an big palace to, which occupies around 900 square meters....

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  • Gedi - historic sight

    Gedi is the only historic sights of a type I have visit in all of Kenya, in fact was surprised not to found many more. It is situated in approach to Malindi town, somwhere in the mainland and is impressive collection of ruined palaces, mosques and houses. In the 13th century Gedi was a bustling city, by the 19th century it had been abandoned....

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Malindi Hotels

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  • Turtle Bay Beach Resort

    Watamu 10 Mombasa, PO Box 457, Malindi, Kenya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Dream Of Africa

    Casuarina Road, PO Box 868, Malindi, 80200, Kenya

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Domina Inn Palm Tree

    Lamu Road PO Box 180, Malindi, Kenya

Malindi Restaurants

  • Podjo to die for

    This is a basic Kibanda on the beach in Malindi. I was drawn to the place by the wonderful smell of chapatis being freshly made (mmmmmmmm yum) that was wafting up from the cafe across the curio village and up to the balcony of the room where I was staying in Gillani guest house. The chapatis tasted even better than the smell, but the podjo I ate...

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  • My favorite place for breakfast

    Love this place. Good service, great choice, including all my favourite swahili snacks such as Bhajia, Mkate kwa Morfa, Viazi, Samosa, Mahamri and loads of other stuff I havent a clue what they are called. Everything was fresh and it was all riculously cheap.

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  • Swahili scran

    I ended up eating here on a few occasions on my short stay in Malindi. This a really clean, top quality Swahili restaurant selling all the usaul coastal delicasies. Biriani, pilau, etc.There are plenty of other similar smaller places sacttered around town where you can pick up bhagia, rice cakes, and mkate kwa mofa. Maharagwe chapati.

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Malindi Nightlife

  • New Wananchi

    Formerly the wananchi day and night club. This place is still my favourite place in Malindi after first visiting the place in 1990. They have given the place a coat of paint since mind but some of the previous murals were belters, shame they were painted over. Wananchi is open all day but it’s not worth going before 11pm unless you like watching...

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  • african dances

    Most hotels, if not all, offer some shows of african dances in the evening. They are obviously made only for tourists - but they can be pleasant and they also provide local people with a sort of income...so I guess why not. Some costumes are quite colourful, and the drums sound is excellent. There are also a couple of discos in Malindi (someone...

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Malindi Transportation

  • Bus from Nairobi

    There are only a few bus companies that have a direct bus all the way from Nairobi to Malindi. Spider, Mash, and another company whos name I've forgotten all leave Nairobi from a similar area of town at the crossroads of Accra and River roads. If it was up to me I would go with Mash but I guess they would be a tad more expensive than the other two...

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  • Easiest way of getting around Malindi

    Boarding a tut-tuk is definitely the easiest way of getting around Malindi, especially if you have just arrived at the bus park as the bus park is not exactly in the centre of town.You won’t have to look for one as they are always on the look out for you; Malindi is positively infested with tuk-tuks. Trips within the centre of town should cost you...

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  • Malindi Bus From Mombasa

    If you intend to travel to Malindi by public means you can catch a bus from the bus park just before the Nyali bridge in the area of Mombasa called Buxton. Up untill December 2008 buses and matatus used to depart from in front of the New Peoples Hotel in Bondeni nearer the town centre. Buxton Bus park is also the place to catch a bus to Kilifi,...

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Malindi Shopping

  • Curio shopping

    On the Beach in Malindi town there are a huge number of stone and wooden shacks that collectively are called the Curio Village. Some long time friends of mine have stalls here on the market. The picture here is of my mate Eric in front of his shop No 38. If you want to buy anything of this young chappie don't go fist thing in the morning as he...

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  • General store

    The only shop I ever used in Malindi for toiletries bottles of cold water and the all important Big G for when you've got a nice bunch of miraa

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  • the home of beautiful carved wooden...

    The handcraft cohoperative is the home of truly beautiful carved wooden objects. There are several cohoperatives in town - only one being state run. It's the one that sells carvings of much better quality than the others, and you can also see the artisans at work. The most beutful things I saw were some little tables with carved elephants - and...

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Malindi Local Customs

  • Malindi kids

    As a first I need to say this, hope that this pictures will never be abused or misused by those sick individual known as pedophils. It is the main reason why I have hesitate so long to expose this pictures in public.Kenyan kids will capture your attention wherever you strolling around, coming to you with the big smile and open heart, alike kids...

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  • The street is my shop

    Kenyans love to trade, selling everything whats possible and impossible to sell. Some of them will bring their shops right in front of your doorstep, if you give them the adress. Most of them sell goods for very small comission, serving some big boss who stands in behind. They will never get rich, all they want is to feed the family and...

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  • Market place

    Market place is artery of every small place in Kenya and so it is in Malindi too. I like to stroll around of the markets, wherever I am going, but it is in particularly interesting place to visit when in Africa. Kenyan markets are very pitoresque, very vivid and always busy. People buy or sell here but it is not the only motiff to visit it, market...

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Malindi Warnings and Dangers

  • Capatain Banana

    Not really a danger but I found it really annoying was getting hassled by people wanting to take me on a boat trip. And everyone that approached me seemed to be called Captain Banana. One bloke said "it is not my real name which is Hassan and there are many Hassans in Malindi" well during my brief stay in Malindi I never bumped into another Hassan...

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  • beach boys

    Not a danger... but sometimes truly annoying. I'm talking about the local beach boys... nearly all posing as tourist guides, veryy few being one. Generally speaking they take a polite no for an answer - but it's not always the case. Aa a rule of thumb you should look at them straight in the eyes: if they look spaced out they have been eating...

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Malindi Tourist Traps

  • Snorkelling

    Our plan was to rent a glass bottom boat in order to visit the location where underwater world can be observed. Since I have alots of sea experience, was born and grown-up in a costal town, I was pretty much suspicious regarding this boats because the sea-surface wasn't calm. The first part of our group have rent a boat and it took them to the...

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  • the butterfly farm

    The butterfly farm I visited was very near the ruins of Gedi: it's quite a small place with some interesting and colourful butterflies - but still it's far from being a palce that provides you a truly unforgettable and moving experience. Entrance was 100 kenyan shillings Go as an add-on after having visited the ruins of Gedi: they really are...

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  • the crocodile farm and snake park

    In Malindi there's a snake and crocodile farm which could be worth visiting if there's absolutely else you can do (e.g it's raining). There's a cute giant turtle named Maria who loves bananas - and two very large and nasty crocodiles called George W. and Saddam. There's also 2 wild cats, several snakes, including the black mamba - which isn't black...

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Malindi What to Pack

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    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: a real must if you're even remotedly thinking of having a walk on the coral reef at low-tide is a pair of water-shoes. Flip-flops are useless and offer no protection

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As all Kenya is high risk of malaria, take some malaria tablets with you: Malarone is the one that gives you the lightest side effects, I believe. Most people are led to believe that a profilaxis isn't essential - but you'll change your mind after hearing the tales of some of the locals

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As far as I know, topless swimming/sunbathing is not allowed - and even if it is, it's asking for trouble

    Miscellaneous: Pack some dollars to enter and leave the country: 50 in and 20 out. YOu can pay in euros - but it's still 50 in and 20 out - hence it's not really that convenient

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Malindi Off The Beaten Path

  • Pillar Tombs

    I'm surprised at how few people know about the pillar tombs in the compound of the Juma mosque near the sea front in Malindi. There asre actually 2 pillars on the site simillar to those found in various places up and down the coast that belonged to an earlier muslim tradition.

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  • Gede

    Gedi is quite an extraordinary spot - now and historically. The extraordinary thing about this Swahili town, built and occupied between 14th-17th century, in spite of housing up to 2500 people, was unknown by the Portuguese garrison only 15kms away! Sited as it a few kms inland from the coast and surrounded by the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, it is...

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  • Watamou

    There's not a great deal to Watamou - a series of hotels, mostly inaccessible for casual visitors, a couple of bars/cafes but a very long strip of a spectacular beach, divided by rocky outcrrops into three mini bays. Between the Gedi ruins and the beach is a small village with Post Office and a couple of shops selling supplies.

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Malindi Sports & Outdoors

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    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Malindi beach is a long sandy white beach that's perfect for swimming - at the right time of the day. Your beach activities will depend on the tide: at high tide you can swim everywhere - while at low tide it's a bit more tricky- but not impossible. There's a place called the jacuzzi where the water is constantly high enough to allow you to swim a bit - and there are also underwater "little streams" that turn the pool into a natural jacuzzi. Ask the local beach boys about it, and for a small fee they'll gladly take you to the exact place

    Equipment: not much - a swimsuit and a towel

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Malindi Favorites

  • Malindi

    Unfortunatelly, I didn't explore the town because people from my group had other interests here. I took a couple of pictures only when passing by in our matatu. We stopped to have a lunch and buy some souveniers but most of the day was dedicated to Watamu beach.

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  • Rain and Tour

    Paradise on earth! You don't have to worry about rainy season, following global warming no weeks of solid rain in April and May now days, perhaps we should expect heavy down pours in late June and July. You are most welcomed to Malindi. Malindi is my meeting point where I meet my friends, school mates and business associates. I can't finish six...

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  • Malindi beach resorts

    Watamu Beach is one of te most beautiful beach resorts in whole of Kenya. The water is pretty deep here, which is not the case with most of the other Kenyan beach resorts but be careful because waves could create lots of problems to those who are not good swimmers.Watamu is famous for snorkelling and most of the tourists visit it in order to enjoy...

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