Kenya's a beautiful country and you'll find a holiday in Malindi as remarkable as you'd hope. Situated on the Indian Ocean coastline, the city's a great example of past Swahili architecture. The Ruins of Gedi are located nearby and can provide a fascinating insight into a bygone era – keep an eye out for the friendly guenon monkeys. The beautiful white sandy beach resort of Watamu is well worth a visit. History buffs should put the Malindi Museum Society on their agenda as it offers a captivating insight into the history and culture of the region.
There are no direct flights to Malindi flying out from the UK but you will be able to buy indirect flights – they'll require you to stopover for a few hours. You'll have the choice of flying with a variety of airlines including KLM, Air France, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates. Always do your research online before you book any tickets – you'll want to find the cheapest possible deal. You'll fly into Malandi Airport, but if you really don't fancy changing planes, you can also fly directly into Moi International Airport which is located in Mobassa – keep in mind it's situated around 112 kilometres away. It's worth enquiring with your hotel to see if they offer airport transfers – it can save a lot of hassle when you arrive at the airport.
One of the best ways to travel around during your holiday in Malindi is by taking advantage of the matatus. They're privately owned minibuses that run along set routes.
If you look hard enough you'll find plenty of cheap hotels in Malindi. It's well worth doing extensive research online before you commit to a room and try to book as far in advance as possible. Try keeping an eye out for guesthouses as they're great for holidaymakers on a budget. Some may even offer a discount if you book a certain number of nights with them. Just make sure you're not fussy about basic accommodation – it won't be the Ritz!
Kenya's a country rich with delicious food just begging to be sampled. You'll definitely want to make the most of it during your holiday in Malindi! Try to avoid restaurants typically aimed at tourists as you'll find their prices will be hiked up. You'll soon stumble upon a reasonably priced eatery off the beaten track – and remember to always keep your wits about you if you decide to go off exploring.
Updated 15th May 2013
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