Portuguese Chapel, Vasco da Gama pillar, Malindi Museum and Gede ruins (usd 80p.p)
- Pick up from hotel after breakfast. Visit the Portuguese Chapel, Vasco da Gama pillar and the Malindi Museum where you will get to see and learn about the history of the town, the people and their culture.
- You will then take a 15min drive to the Gede Ruins, these are the remains of a Swahili town, typical of most towns along the East African Coast. It traces its origin in the twelfth century but was rebuilt with new town walls in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This rebuilding is connected with the emigration of many citizens of Kilwa to Mombasa, Malindi and other places along the coast. It comprises of a conglomeration of mosques; a magnificent palace and houses all nestled in 45 acres of primeval forest.
- You will then be driven to Watamu for lunch as you enjoy the view and cool ocean breeze.
- The day ends with you being dropped off at your hotel.
Arabuko Sokoke (usd 50 p.p)
- Pick up from hotel after lunch and drive to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest. This is the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, with 20% of Kenya’s bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species. The forest has 40 recorded mammal species including African Elephant, African Buffalo, African Civet, Caracal, Syke’s Monkeys, Yellow Baboons and Lesser Galago (or bush baby). Some of Kenya’s rarest mammals are found here, including the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew, Sokoke Bushy-tailed Mongoose and Ader’s Duiker.
- It is also made up of three different forest types. The dense vegetation in this forest type creates a tropical atmosphere as one walks or drives through, the real feel of being “in the woods”.
- Visit the look-out point and see the animals as they gather at the watering hole for their evening drink’.
- The day ends as your taken back to the hotel.
Hell’s Kitchen Canyon (usd 50 p.p)
- Pick up from hotel and drive to Marafa to the Hell’s Kitchen Canyon. This is about 1hr 15minutes drive. The locals have named it ‘Nyari’ which is Kigiriama for a depression. The depression is ever expanding because of erosion. It was once a great sandstone ridge scrapped by wind, torrents and floods into a series of jagged crimson gorges. The craggy gullies and valleys smoulder with sun producing a flaming mirage. It reveals a light mixture of pink, yellow, white and dominant crimson. It is a site to behold.
The town is surrounded by Mystery and one of the stories told about the place is that Marafa was a city where ages ago was inhabited by Wakiza clan. A city of the haves and have nots.
The rich lived at the core of the town while the poor lived on the peripherals. The rich were mean and greedy while the poor wallowed in poverty. This annoyed the gods and one day the central part started sinking and all the rich perished.
- Drive back to Malindi while enjoying the diverse landscape.
- Drop off at your hotel.
Included in Cost:
- Entry/Park Fees
- Use of Car all through the trip
- Use of a professional Driver/guide
- All Government taxes
Not Included in cost:
- Personal purchase
- Lunch where indicated.
- Anything not in included list.