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5 Things You Need To Do While in Malindi

Malindi is a town on Malindi Bay, in southeastern Kenya. It sits amid a string of tropical beaches dotted with hotels and resorts. Malindi Marine National Park and nearby Watamu Marine National Park are home to turtles and colorful fish. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve harbors elephants and more than 200 species of birds. Near the forest, the Gede Ruins are the remains of an ancient Swahili town.

Here are 5 Things You Need To Do When in Malindi:

1. Go to the Watamu National Marine Park

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Explore abundant underwater life at Watamu National Marine Park, Kenya’s first such park featuring over 600 species of colorful fish and other sea creatures. With coral reefs and gardens only about 300 m (984 ft) from the shore, you will encounter an explosion of colors during your snorkeling trip, both under and above the water–cultivated gardens, shambas, and bush housing shelter over 100 species of birds along the shore. You can spot turtles and dugongs as well. Sunbathe on white sandy beaches or go water skiing and windsurfing. Or, book a glass-bottom boat tour with fresh-caught seafood meals.

2. Going to the Marafa Depression

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Getting there is an experience in itself but the depressions are stunning.

One of the more intriguing sights inland from the north Kenyan coast is Hell’s Kitchen or Nyari (‘the place broken by itself’). About 30km northeast of Malindi, it’s an eroded sandstone gorge where jungle, red rock and cliffs heave themselves into a single stunning Mars-like landscape. You can take an organised tour, take a taxi (KSh9000), drive, or catch a morning matatu (minibus) from Mombasa Rd in Malindi to Marafa village (KSh200, 2½ hours) and walk for 20 minutes.

3. Falconry of Kenya

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This is an interesting tour where you can hold a falcon that is flying on the trainer’s commands, see big and small birds very close, and even Nile crocodiles and some snakes.

4. Vasco da Gama Pillar

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Easily accessed from the beach when the tide is out, it is an interesting historical site, and with the museum’s guide it gets more meaning It is a great site as the views are quite breathtaking. This place brings out the old history about coastal territories- the Arabs,Oman and eventually British rule!

5. Eat at the Baby Marrow

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This standout restaurant is not only one of the best on the coast, but in the entire country. Think leafy, intimate setting, makutiroof (thatched roof of palm leaves), and bold contemporary art, while the charming staff bring you house specialities such as smoked sailfish, pizza bianca, vodka sorbet or Sicilian ice cream.