Gede Ruins in Malindi
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Malindi, Kenya is 120 kilometers north of Mombasa, slightly below the earth’s equator. This district is another proof that Kenya packs a lot of beauty that’s worth seeing.

It has one of Africa’s longest coastlines, about 155 kilometers long. This provides a scenic swimming and picnic site for tourists. People just can’t help but notice how clean the waters of Malindi are. The length of the coast provides unobstructed and panoramic view of the sea and the setting sun. The region has a warm tropical climate. Temperatures range from 22 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Aside from swimming, people can go snorkeling and diving too. There is the Watamu National Marine Park. It has white sand beaches with stunningly beautiful reefs for divers. It is also perfect for windsurfing. The warm waters in their beaches are perfectly soothing for everyone.

For those close to history, they may enjoy visiting the ruins in Gede. It is a seven-century-old town, which was abandoned in the 1700s. Another historical monument is Vasco de Gama’s pillar. This was built in 1498 by the Portuguese explorers.

Another breath taking spot is the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. It is large, at 420 square kilometers. It is home to green trees, clean rivers and several species of birds, elephants, monkeys etc. There are more than 260 kinds of butterfly here too.

Due to Malindi’s rich history, their culture and cuisines are products of long foreign settlements. Their hotels and restaurants offer world-class food with a taste from Italian, British and French recipes. Above all, they have warm and accommodating people that make tourists return.

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