Malindi, watamu and kilifi are the Kenyan areas offering comfortable, good eating, nightlife facilities, local Swahili culture, game fishing, water sports, trekking and bird watching.
(The best opportunities globally for whales shark and manta ray sighting.) Malindi is where the 15th century Portuguese maritimer explorer Vasco Dagama, famed for “ discovering” the sea route from western Europe to India built his pillar.
There is tonnes to do in malindi, from deep sea fishing to kite surfing at cheshale, a luxary eco – lodge past the sabakiRiver . A few feet away is Barefoot Luxury, a tented lodge where being bare foot is the order of the day. Continuing north is Robisnonisland, where the glitterati back in the day flew in for sumptuous sea food.
Today Gudy, recipient of a united nationsecoward, runs the lodge with the community and is at the fore front of local conservation. In a hidden away paradise is kipini, in the mouth of Tana Delta, where the sea water mixes with fresh water.
A sail up the river takes you into to a little known world that harbors a rich world of wildelife, including hippos and crocodiles besides flocks of water birds.
It’s enchanting. It is a wonderful place to camp, or you can stay at Mulikani
(Watamu named for its nice, sweet people) – Watamu is a busy little place, give all the conservation groups operating there. Check out Watamu turtle watch, which opened the first turtle hospital on this side of the ocean. This ancient mariner, which was swimming the seas during the time of the dinosaurs, is now facing a stormy’s passage and needs all our help to survive. The luxury heming ways resort is a great hub for all activities in Watamu and is known for its tag and release deep sea fishing. A few minutes away is the Bloken snake farm, fascinating for its reptilian collection and its research work.
You will leave with a lot of respect for the snakes. or check in at Rocha Kenya, a research centre where you will be enthralled by the information about birds and ecosystem.