Malindi Marine National Park Kenya
“The Coral Garden” From swimming with zebrafish to windsurfing, this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline provides the perfect getaway. The park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, and various species of shorebirds. Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, camping, and beach walk in this veritable paradise.
Malindi Located on the East Coast of Kenya is a popular tourist town with scenic beauty, clean white beaches, and a lot of history. It is claimed to be the oldest Marine Park in Africa.
From swimming with zebrafish to windsurfing, this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline provides the perfect getaway. The park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, and various species of shorebirds. Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, camping, and beach walks in this veritable paradise.
The Landscape in Malindi is predominantly plain; the climate is generally hot and humid throughout the year. The daily temperature is around 22º Celsius minimum and 30, 5º Celsius maximum. There are short rains from October to November and long rains from April to July. The small town of Malindi is at the center of a strip of idyllic Tropical Beaches offering the visitor a range of world-class Resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Malindi is where Ernest Hemingway came in the 1930s in search of Sarlin, sailfish, and Wahoo. There are excellent and relatively inexpensive facilities for fishing.
The renowned Malindi Marine National Park is a protected coastal area south of Malindi. Malindi Marine National Park has fine White-Sandy Beaches, Emerald Water, and Colourful Fish (All fishing within the Park is forbidden). You can see Technicolor Fish of impossible shapes and various sizes such as Flute Mouths, Half Beaks, Hawk Fishes, Lizard Fish, Parrot-Fish, Porcupine Fish, Puffers, Thorn Heads, Trigger Fishes, Zebra Fish and hundreds of others. There are also fascinating Coral Reefs that allow for Diving and Snorkelling opportunities. On the Northwest of Malindi, near Marafa Depression exists an Eroded Wasteland of Sandstone Cliffs and Precipices, locally known as Nyari or Hell’s Kitchen, exists also a small Arabian Town called Mambrui, and beyond that a small village and harbor called Ngomeni. The entire coastline from Mambrui to Lamu has minimal development, in terms of tourism, although wonderful Beaches, Coves, and Seascapes exist in plenty. The Malindi Museum is housed in the former home of an Indian trader, built-in 1891. The exhibit includes early Photographs of Mombasa, Wooden grave posts of the Gohu people, information about Vasco Da Gama among other interesting information.
Size of Malindi marine national park
Sharing the reserve border with its neighbor, Watamu Marine Park, and Mida Creek, the park covering six square kilometers along with the 213 square kilometers of the joint reserve that also includes the beautiful sand seashores that extend from the edge of Watamu to the Vasco de Gama Pillar.
Location of Malindi Marine national park
Malindi Marine National Park is located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya. It is claimed to be the oldest Marine Park in Africa. The park lies at Malindi, about 118 km north of Mombasa, and is protected and administered by the Kenya Wildlife Service
How to get to Malindi marine national park
The gateway to the North Coast is Mombasa, although some visitors fly directly to Malindi. The Coastal highway runs north of Mombasa all the way to Kenya’s northern frontier. Driving your own car or hired car as far as Malindi is very easy.
There are regular buses and matatus along the North coast. Many hotels and resorts in this area have Mombasa shuttles or can arrange vehicle transfers. Private taxis from Mombasa will also take you to the North Coast Beaches for an agreed fare.
Malindi airport has daily scheduled flights to Mombasa, Nairobi and Lamu. The airport also serves Private Charters. Regular buses and Matatus service the North Coast Highway. Services are less regular north of Malindi. Taxis can be found in any town, or at most hotels or resorts.
Things to do in Malindi marine national park
Fishing contests and competitions
There is an international billfish contest during January and an annual Sea Festival with fishing competitions between October and November.
- Viewing the ocean marine life.
- Scuba diving.
- Visiting the magical islands.
- Water sports.
When to visit Malindi marine national park
Malindi marine national park can be visited all year round it always feels like summertime in the dry seasons from June to October. Malindi national park can be accessed by road to the Indian Ocean coastline; the Malindi airport is accessible by air.
Where to stay in Malindi marine national park
Quite a popular attraction in Kenya the following accommodation facilities can give you an exceptional experience while visiting Malindi White Elephant Sea and Art lodge, Driftwood beach club, Ocean beach resort, White Nyumba, Bella Azzura villa, and kilili Baharini
THINGS TO DO
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WHERE TO STAY
|Malindi white elephant Sea & Art Lodge|
|Driftwood beach Club|
|Ocean Beach Resort|
|White Nyumba Lodge|
|Bella Azzura Villa|