As travel writers/photographers, who also have full time jobs and not to mention a married life, things do get busy! Early last month we decided to take a trip to Malindi and enjoy some much needed vitamin sea. You will have to believe us when we say 3 days is definitely not enough time to fully explore Malindi, but that makes it even better as we have to revisit the place someday soon.
Getting to Malindi
Malindi is a coastal town lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It’s 120 km from Mombasa and approximately 565km from Nairobi. If you’re planning a trip there are a number of local airlines with daily flights or you could use the SGR train from Nairobi to Mombasa which cost KSH1000 per person and connect via matatu (easily found at the Baxton stage) which charge KSH400 per person for a 2 hours drive. Driving is an option too.
LION HOUSE IN MALINDI
We stayed at an Airbnb called Lion House located in a complex overlooking the Silversand Beach of Malindi. The apartment was gracefully furnished in Afro-chic style. The Complex had a large swimming pool, solarium with sunbeds and direct access to the beach. We’ve got a sign-up link for you that will get you a discount! Check it out.
Read about our first Airbnb experience
PLACES TO EAT
Well, Malindi has a large population of Italians and as expected most places were serving pizzas with ‘Italian’ names.
ROSADA BEACH RESTAURANT
Rosada was just a stone throw away from Lion House. It had a chilled beach bar with great cocktails and some wonderful views out over the marine park. Our first night in Malindi happened to be a Monday and they usually host a popular beach party, which sees dancing on the beach once the sun has gone down. The spot was popular with older Italian tourists and the menu was a bit pricey.
Osteria Beach Restaurant and Bar
It had a few sun loungers set up at the beach with a vibrant beach bar. We had to make reservations for both lunch and dinner and just like rosada, it had a large presence of older Italian tourists.
Osteria Del Chianti
Located down Vasco Da Gama road we decided to make a quick stop and see what it offered. Though the patio had views of the Indian Ocean, we felt that they could do a bit more with the space. The inside however looked way funkier. The staff was very welcoming, friendly and ready to assist.
Triple B Restaurant located along Lamu Road came in highly recommended especially for their burgers which retailed between KSHS400-1300 depending on the sizes and toppings.
PLACES TO VISIT
Exploring Malindi on foot was quite interesting. We came across curio shops that had unique woven pieces not to mention the streets were very clean.
THE FALCONRY OF KENYA
The falconry is a sanctuary home to a variety of birds such as eagles, owls and falcons, snakes, a bush baby and a 200 year old tortoise dubbed Mzee Kobe.Discover your newfound love for owls (like we did) and eagles by visiting the sanctuary. Falconry Fees: 200KSH for citizens, 400KSH for non-residents
LOUNGE BY THE BEACH
Lion house is right at the front beach line and we got a chance to enjoy some much needed beach therapy. We read a book, took a nap and listened to music. Beach perfection. However, if you decide to take a beach walk be ready to be ambushed by the beach boys.
If you’re a fan of history visit the first Portuguese Church, Portuguese Museum, Malindi Museum and the coral pillar erected by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Tickets are KSHS100 per person for all the 4 places.
We used Tuktuks and bodaboda for the our travel in Malindi. However, make sure to confirm the price with a local as they tend to overcharge anyone who isn’t a local.
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