Fly To Malindi, Kenya
A small coastal city set on Malindi Bay, Malindi is about 120km northeast of Mombasa. Although it doesn’t jump immediately on to the radar of those looking for beach getaways on the African continent, Malindi is still popular (especially with Italian tourists) for its exquisite beaches, dense green forests and pure white coral reefs, as well as activities such as game fishing and water sports. Curiously, Malindi was also one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite escapes.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Malindi, Kenya, for up to 30 days. You’ll just need to make sure your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Kenya is situated in Nairobi, Kenya. 3rd Floor, Roshanmaer Place 00100, Lenana Road, Nairobi. Phone: + 254 20 282 7100.
See and do
Vasco da Gama came ashore near Malindi when he was turned away from Mombasa. There is a Vasco da Gama pillar in the city to mark the point where he entered the city.
The star attractions around Malindi are Watamu Beach with The Watamu National Marine Park and Marafa-Hell’s Litchen. Watamu Beach is a pristine white sand beach with clean waters and peaceful surroundings. You can enjoy the day lazing on the beach watching little crabs scurrying around the beach. The beach shacks offer cool refreshing drinks and sea food snacks. The Malindi and Watamu National Parks have rich marine life like turtles, star fish, dolphins and so much more. The coral reefs protected by the national park offer ideal spots for snorkelling, scuba diving and exploring rock pools.
The lesser explored Marafa Depression, also known as Hell’s Kitchen, is caused by the geographic phenomenon of rock erosion. Even though the drive to Marafa is difficult; you are rewarded by a beautiful sight of the natural rock formation.
In the Arabuko Sokoke Forest lie the remains of the lost city of Gedi. Gedi was a thriving trade city from the 13th to 17th century. You can enjoy a guided tour of the city’s ruins.
To find out more about the history of Malindi and the marine life of Malindi, visit Malindi Museum. The museum features exhibits about Vasco da Gama, the extinct fish of Malindi and artefacts made by the Arabs.
Malindi is not big on shopping. It has a main market in the heart of the city where shops sell small wooden souvenirs and soapstone items. The old marketplace of Malindi is a hub for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Malindi Airport – MYD
Malindi Airport (code MYD) is a decent domestic airport 2.5 km away from the town of Malindi. The airport has two runways catering to Kenya Airways, Fly540, Airkenya Express and Mombasa Air Safari.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Car Hire: Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Thrifty, Budget offer car hiring services at Malindi Airport.