Absolutely don’t miss the “Safari Blue”, a whole day dedicated to the sea and to the exploration of the magnificent coral reefs of Malindi Marine Park. You will leave the coast on a boat in order to snorkel and even those who are not good swimmers can see colorful fishes through the glass bottom of the boat. You will reach the atolls of Sardergna 2 which emerge from the water during the low tide and you can sunbathe lying on the white sand, refreshed by clear water. This is the ideal place for those who’ve never seen the effect of a tide: you’ll be amazed how much the water level can go down in a few minutes, giving you these unexpected and wonderful views.
In the meantime, fishermen will catch shrimps, octopus and lobsters and cook them on a grill for an unforgettable lunch on the boat, served with drinks and fresh tropical fruits.
Mida Creek natural reserve is a charming lagoon created by a series of canals which snake through the thick vegetation, creating several tiny islands. It is located about half an hour from Malindi, towards Mombasa.
A fascinating walking path twists through the mangroves and give you a chance to penetrate into the lagoon, where pink flamingos, herons and storks stay before the great migration to Europe. You will cross the bridge made of planks and rope, around 200 meters long, called quite appropriately “Indiana Jones”. At the end you will find, waiting for you, a typical canoe made with a hollowed trunk, led by some guys of a local tribe. It will allow you to explore the canals, in the midst of a wild nature , cheered by songs of a multitude of birds. At low tide, the water disappears, leaving space for millions of small fiddler crabs.
Just 10 km from Malindi, the ancient ghost town of Gede hides in the forest of Arabuko Sokoke National Park. It is one of the best preserved archaeological sites throughout Kenya, which gives rise to the ruins of an ancient and thriving Islamic city of the thirteenth century, inexplicably abandoned by its inhabitants around the eighteenth century. A large family of cute vervet monkeys stably occupies the site and it’s easy to see them wandering among the ruins or on the trees, becoming themself a pretty attraction.
Robinson Island is located about one hour from Malindi, towards Lamu. Along the way you will travel along the banks of Sabaki river where you can see groups of hippos intent to swim and you will cross the area of salt marshes, suggestive white salt lakes which evaporate in the sun.
As soon as you arrive at destination , you will leave the jeep to meet Caronte, curious and sympathetic character who will take you to the island. Here you will sunbathe on pristine white sand, swim and foretaste the fabulous lunch that will be served in the folk restaurant made of mangroves, from which you can see the Italian Space Station in the middle of the sea. You will eat the famous Robinson red crabs, shellfish, fresh fish and coconut rice, a typical Swahili meal. After lunch you will have time for a well deserved rest and to enjoy once more the warm and relaxing white sand and crystal clear water.
MARAFA – HELL’S KITCHEN
It is a spectacular canyon, reached after a scenic route through acacia woods, great valleys and small villages. You can walk inside it to find out how centuries of erosion have been able to create amazing grooves and depressions, and you will be simply mesmerized by the colors, which change depending on the position of the sun.
The most exciting moment is at sunset, when the rocks seem to inflame.
The beach is so named because of the gold in his sand, reflecting the sunlight. The path to the beach is among palm trees and dunes, and the last section is very impressive because it is paved with coconut shells to prevent jeep from silting. Here you will renew your tan, swim and, for fans of Kite surfing, do some development on the waves of the ocean. In the fascinating local on the beach you can rest, drink a cold drink or, on request, have lunch.
A small town about 20 km from Malindi, in the heart of the homonymous reserve and National Marine Park. You can stroll along the fine sand beach and, during low tide, watch the tiny islands off the coast, as part of the Seven Island Bay.
You can also snorkel in search of beautiful colorful fishes that live in the depths.
TOUR DI MALINDI
Do not miss the discovery of the most popular town on the coast of Kenya, where a big community of Italian people have been staying here for decades. It will not be difficult, walking along the main road, find and enjoy a perfect “espresso”, sitting at one of the bars in the center, close to the main locals which come alive with music and people, at night.
But above all, the city has an important historical past. You can see the Vasco De Gama monument and the Portuguese chapel. At the old market instead you will find an endless variety of local crafts and observe the dexterity of the Giriama people in woodworking, a real art.