- Indian Ocean Coast
Malindi is one of the most popular tourist destinations along the coast. Situated 60 miles (40km) north of Mombassa it boasts terrific surfing conditions, a large beach and modern golf courses. Though many are attracted to the area for its dazzling white sandy beaches, there are also some excellent fishing excursions to be found in search of barracuda, tuna and marlin.
To the north is Lamu, an island town which dates back to the 10th century and which has become the cultural centre along the coast being home to a number of notable museums. The Bamburi Nature Trail is a private wildlife and forest conservation sanctuary. There has been a tremendous and successful effort to reclaim land from excavated quarries, transforming them into an oasis of flora and fauna. Wildlife can be seen such as giant tortoises, buffalo and hippo.
The Kisite & Mpunguti Marine National Reserve is famous for its enormous coral caves where slaves were once housed before shipment to Zanzibar or Pemba. Today, the Reserve is renowned for perfect diving and snorkeling conditions and termed locally as "the garden under the sea".
The Malindi/Watamu Marine National Reserve also provides divers with the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the Indian Ocean.
Mombassa is a busy city – outside its center lie a number of sandy beaches including Nyali, Bamburi, Shanzu, Kikambala and Vipingo. To the south lies Simba Hills, a reserve of grassland and tropical rain forest, home to elephants and leopards.
How to Get There
Direct flights are available to Malindi, Lamu and Mombassa international airports from the UK.