After spending few days in Mombasa, my sister and I, along with another friend who was going to join us were ready to explore Malindi. Malindi is about 100 kilometres from Mombasa.
My sister and I had a list of the places we wanted to visit upon our arrival. It’s always wise to do a little investigation of a place before you got there.
I had already booked a very attractive looking apartment on booking.com. The apartment was shockingly affordable and it was hard to believe we had found such a deal.
I was skeptical about how good it would be since many pictures online do not look like that in reality when you finally checked in. Not wanting to be disappointed, I tried to contain my excitement till arrival.
They had mentioned the apartments were a few metres away from town and the Malindi Marine National Park. What more could we ask for?
At this stage we had chilled out and relaxed at the Plaza Beach Hotel and we were now ready to explore Malindi.
We checked in at the Ripasso apartments and I have to say were impressed and pleasantly surprised. The apartment was actually better than the online pictures. The apartments were new with well designed, modern interiors that looked imported( furniture and paintings). The way everything was put together gelled and was very unique. You could see a lot of thought had gone into the design of the rooms.
The apartment exuded a homely and cozy atmosphere. A feeling that made you want to grab some popcorn, sit on the couches and watch a movie with your loved ones.
The rooms comprised of two bedrooms with big beds, two bathrooms, and a spacious sitting room with an open kitchen. There was a fan every room which was a necessary bonus to counter the weather. Everything was fantastic. I highly recommend this place to anyone planning on visiting Malindi. Its affordable and a good stay, trust me, you will thank me later. We were there for 3 nights and we paid approximately 110 dollars for three people.
We got an opportunity to experience the Swahili culture and were directed to a nearby local restaurant serving delicious Swahili dishes. That was an incredible experience. The restaurant was next to the ocean and served freshly cooked sea food. Yum, yum, yum.
My mouth is watering now, just thinking of that food.
I also loved travelling using means the locals used, a tuk tuk. A tuk tuk is three wheeled motor which can carry a maximum of 3 passengers.
These are some of the places we managed to visit:
The ruins of Gedi
The Gedi ruins are a historical archaeological site near the lndian ocean. The site of Gedi includes a walled town and outlying walls. All of the standing buildings at Gedi, which includes mosques, a palace and numerous houses made of stones.
Malindi Marine National Park
The park is located in the Indian ocean, off the coast of Kenya. It is claimed to be the oldest marine park in Africa. The park attraction includes coral reef, tropical fish, turtles and dolphins.
This was one of the best experiences I have had in my life; this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean gives you an experience of a life time. This is where you discover untold underwater riches. From swimming with the multitude of fish, experiencing the fringing reefs, sea grass beds, mangroves and lagoons filled with stunning brightly colored coral gardens, just bristling with intriguing sea creatures. You really wouldn’t want to miss the underwater exploration.
All in all the Malindi vacation was what I needed and I highly recommend visiting Malindi the next time you go to Kenya.
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