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Kilifi is a coastal town of Kenya north of Mombasa stretching along the Indian Ocean near Kilifi Creek and and the Goshi River. Its population according to the 2009 population census was 122,899 people and it is the capital of Kilifi County which known for its beautiful beaches,Mnarani ruins, mosques and tombs that have been in existence from the 14th-17th Centuries.
Attractions in and around Kilifi
Malindi Marine National Park - Malindi marine park is located in the southern part of Malindi town composed of fringing reefs, coral, sea grass, mangroves, mudflats, high fish diversity, marine mammals, turtles, and shorebirds are easily spotted in the park. The park features a wide range of sports activities like swimming with zebra fish, windsurfing, glass bottom boat rides, camping, and beach walks in the beautiful coral garden. All these activities will activate your adrenaline once you set foot on this remarkably beautiful marine park and reserve.
Gedi (Gede) ruins
Next to Malindi Marine National Park and Reserve are the Gedi (Gede) ruins, a historical and an archeological site with a museum south of Malindi.
Arabuko Sokoke forest- This forest covers 420 square kilometer piece of land between Kilifi and Malindi towns with a variety of butterfly species and has several snakes in it.
Vasco Da Gama pillar- This pillar was named after the Portuguese explorer who stopped in Malindi to meet the Malindi Authorities, signed a trade Agreement and hired a guide for his voyage to India in 1498 but prior to his departure he constructed the Vasco Da Gama pillar which stands firm up to date making it one of the oldest remaining monuments in Africa.
Watamu Marine park - Watamu Park is one of Kenya’s oldest marine parks established in 1968 by the Kenyan government 90 miles north of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. The park’s soft and hard coral reefs provide adequate nutrients for an estimated 500 fish species in the main park and over 1000 in the reserve.
Other largest marine animals include; the manta rays, whale sharks, octopus and barracuda and the endangered sea turtles like Green, Hawksbill and the Olive Ridley turtles.
Snorkeling and diving are the major water activities in this Kenyan marine park with the best of the underground water sports.
Approximately 40kms north of Kilifi and 6kms from Gedi town is the mida creek which was set up and managed by a charitable habitat that is owned by a local youth group in conjuction with arabuko sokoke forest making it birders’ haven. The most interesting attraction here is the 260 meter walk board as you view uniquely beautiful types of mangrove trees growing beneath the board.
This place is near the former Kilifi ferry and it is a Swahili home dating back the 15th century with ancient attractions like scrambling walls of men’s mosque, women’s mosque, big mosque, small mosque, a well, kibla, madrasa, courts, the sultans pillar tomb which is the main highlight plus several other tombs which still existy fro tourism purposes..
Just next to the Mnarani museum exists an attractive reptile park where one can view several reptiles including the most poisonous vipers and the harmless ones. These reptiles include green mamba, black mamba, puff adder, stripped bellied snake and the spitting cobra among other interesting ones.
This is situated 30kms from Malindi town, hell’s kitchen is a place with a natural landscape of eroded gullies and valleys attractive to the eyes, with the early morning or late evening visits the visitors will experience its temperature rise up to 60 degrees.
The Malindi Museum
Some of the old artifacts used by the early Arabs who once occuppied Malindi are well preserved here for history purposes and this museum is located amidst Malindi town protecting traditional artifacts like musical instruments, utensils, tools, games and garments of mainly the Mijikenda people.
Takaungu Slave Market
Takaungu is a small fishing town 50kms away from Mombasa en-route Kilifi creek known for being a slave market during the pre-colonial times when slavery along the East African coast was a massive business and about 7km along the Malindi-Mombasa highway is an old structure which used to be the Sultan’s Palace.
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