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alindi Location


Location of Malindi Kenya

The town of Malindi is located on the coast of Kenya, 120km Northeast of Mombasa.


The Vasco da Gama Pillar 

In 1498, the noted Portuguese explorer Vasco  da Gama reached Malindi after having previously reached Mombasa. Whereas he received a hostile reception in Mombasa, the Sultan of Malindi gave him a cordial invite. His purpose for going to Malindi was to find a sea-route to India. While in Malindi, he erected a pillar.


Vasco da Gama pillar malindi

The pillar had a cross at the top and was seen as promoting Christianity which the Islamic leaders in Malindi did not like. It took a lot of convincing for them to allow the pillar to stay.


Watamu beach

The Watamu beach is considered the third best beach in Africa.



Watamu Marine reserve

The Watamu marine reserve has 600 species of fish, 110 species of stony coral and countless invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs

Watamu marine reserve


Watamu marine reserve





Marafa depression aka Hell's Kitchen


Marafa is a small village which is a 30-minute drive from Malindi town. It is known for its conspicuous baobab trees, its proximity to the biodiversity-rich Dakatcha woodlands and most importantly, the Marafa depression, more famously known as Hell’s Kitchen.


Marafa depression


Marafa depression


Marafa depression




Arabuko Sokoke Foreast

The Clarke's weaver is completely endemic to the forest, while the emonymous Sokoke scops owl, Sokoke pipit, and the Amani sunbird and spotted ground thrush are found only here and in a forest fragment in Tanzania. x

Arabuko Sokoke foreast


Arabuko Sokoke forest


The park adjoins Mida Creek, a mangrove forest that is an important shorebird wintering ground, protecting species such as the Terek sandpiper and the crab plover.


Mida Creek


Malindi Beaches

Above all, Malindi is known for its beautiful beaches


Malindi beach


Malindi beaches


Malindi beach