Differences between the two towns guarantee that there is something for everyone in this exotic and exciting part of Kenya! With some great culinary options, spectacular accommodation, vibrant nightlife, and one of the best beaches in the whole of Africa, Watamu and Malindi are two destinations that are well worth visiting during your African vacation!
The bigger town of the two, Malindi has all the vibrancy and culture you expect of city life. There are bountiful shopping opportunities, plenty of fairways for golf fanatics, as well as casinos, restaurants, bars and nightclubs that stay open until the first light of dawn! Malindi also boasts a lot of natural beauty, in the form of a number of tropical beaches and other secluded areas.
Watamu provides a more serene location for a beach vacation. This is a quiet fishing village that has maintained all of its traditional and local characteristics. There are some lovely restaurants, featuring delicious local seafood, as well as a handful of pubs that stay open after regular hours to turn into discos. Watamu also has beautiful beaches, including one that enjoys a reputation as among not only the finest in Kenya but in all Africa too! Accommodation in Watamu consists of a number of established vacation resorts just outside the main village, in addition to a few private lodges and guesthouses in the surrounding wooded areas – these make excellent use of the awesome views and provide a great mix of activities too.
There is loads to do throughout Malindi & Watamu. A Marine National Park has been created at Watamu, offering diving and snorkeling opportunities for daytrippers. The coast offers many more activities, such as boat cruises and fishing expeditions. To the north-west of Malindi, just a short drive away, visitors can marvel at the magnificent collection of sandstone gorges and gullies at Marafa Depression, which has become part of the mystical local folklore and is popularly known as Hell’s Kitchen. Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve provides thick and luscious jungle for intrepid explorers! Trek along the many winding paths, binoculars at the ready for viewing some rare bird species. You can also see herds of elephant! It is here that the lost Swahili town of Gedi is located, a crumbling and deserted trading town that tells a story in its emptiness.
Two contrasting towns, both well worth a visit – just contact us to start planning your vacation!