36 hours is definitely not enough to fully explore a destination as there is so much to do & see. I kicked off 2017 with a short trip to Malindi and Lamu, Malindi being a transit destination which we still had to explore and enjoy.
If you are planning a short trip to Malindi and you’re wondering what to do and see in such a short amount of time, well, I have some budget activities that are less than 500KSH each ($5) that you can squeeze in to your own 36 hours.
BODABODA RIDE ALONG THE SHORE
The coast is known for its alternative means of transport having tuktuks and bodabodas as the main modes of transport other than the matatus and the buses that we Nairobians are used to. You may opt to take a bodaboda ride along the shore to the Sabaki Estuary which is jam-packed with bird-life such as flamingos & herons and an occasional hippo here and there.
From the estuary, you could also head to Che Shale beach and see the golden sand that is shimmers like glitter. There are also fishermen at Che Shale who have docked their boats and are sorting their catch of the day. You get to talk to the fisherman and learn a lot about their industry and different type of fish and sea creatures.
LOUNGE BY THE BEACH
This is another inexpensive activity in Malindi. When we arrived in Malindi we needed a place to stay for the night and we opted to stay at an Airbnb in the Karibuni villas that had a private beach. It was the perfect place to simply lounge, read a book, take a nap and listen to music. Beach perfection.
You could also explore the sand dunes along the beach. Unlike Diani, Malindi lacks a lot of vegetation along the shore and there are endless sand dunes that are quite a sight.
THE MALINDI PIER
The Malindi pier is an inexpensive place to sit and view the Indian Ocean. The water seems ‘dirty’ but this is because of the Sabaki estuary, as the silt from the river mixes with the ocean water. You can also get a lot of minimal shots of Malindi from this spot.
THE FALCONRY OF KENYA
This was by far my favourite activity within the short time I was there. The falconry is a sanctuary home to a variety of birds such as eagles, owls and falcons, snakes, a bush baby and a 200 year old tortoise dubbed Mzee Kobe. It was a breath of fresh air as I have become very accustomed to wildlife. Discover your newfound love for owls (like I did) and eagles by visiting the sanctuary.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Malindi
A bus can cost between 1200 -2000 KSH one way from Nairobi depending on the bus service you use. Check out Bus Car & Tahmeed as they are the buses i’m familiar with. However, i preferred Bus Car. The buses are found in downtown Nairobi and most of them leave at 8pm or 8am.
The four of us stayed in an Airbnb located in Karibuni Villas in Mambrui which is 20 minutes from Malindi Town. It cost nearly 2,500 per person. Karibuni villas has over 150 villas, a private beach , two pools and a restaurant.
For more information on Karibuni villas, check out their website: www.karibunivillas.co.ke
Falconry: 200KSH for citizens, 400KSH for non-residents
Bodaboda: 250KSH per person
Tuktuk and bodaboda are the main ways of travelling in Malindi. However, make sure you confirm the price with a local as they tend to overcharge anyone who appears new.
Have a lovely week.
Have you been to Malindi and have some budget activities for travellers? Please share in the comments below