Duration: Half day
Approximately 07h30 – 18h30, After breakfast you will be taken to Malindi, the second largest coastal town about 12km north of Mombasa, close to the village of watamu, you visit he Gedi ruins, One of the most Kenyans interesting archeological sites. It is believed to contain ruins of an Arabian town that once had population of about 2,500 people. It was populated in the latter half of the 13th century on 22 hectares. The size of buildings suggests that this was a wealthy town. Paradoxically however, it is not mentioned in any Arabic, Swahili, or Portuguese writing of those days. It was finally abandoned in the early 17th century. The historical site is well preserved and in very pleasant surroundings with hundreds of years old trees.
Although the history of Malindi back to the 12th century, there are only a few remains of the ancient tow. In 1498, Vasco da Gama stopped off at various ports along the coast. Not being welcome in Mombassa, he continued to Malindi where he found a warm reception. The oldest part of the town is around the jetty-here is the Jami mosque and two striking pillar tombs from the 14th century. The original Vasco da Gama Cross, the oldest Portuguese souvenir on the coast was erected to assist in navigation.
The sightseeing tour lead you the local market and in the old part of the town before you board a glass-bottom boat. Eventually you can explore the popular Malindi Marine Park, which is one of the most beautiful ones in Kenya. The water is brilliant clear and the fish is amazing array of colours. After lunch in one of Malind’s hotels, you visit the nearby Snakes Park & Falconry, have time to buy souvenirs and return to your hotel late in the afternoon.