Malaika Beach Villas - Resort in Watamu, Kenya

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Malindi and Watamu, Discover Kenya’s Soul

For the second step of our Virtual Tour, we will bring you to Malindi and Watamu, two of the closest city to our resort.
Those are the places that, in our opinion, you MUST visit when you’ll be able to visit us!


Malindi is the Malaika closest city.
It’s very colourful and full of fruit stands, they also have other articles such as typical clothes and shoes.
It is a city full of tuk-tuk and scooters that is why you can be stuck in a traffic jam.
It is very typical and reflects the real soul of Africa even if it is not so small.

One of the main attraction that can be visited is the Vasco da Gama monument.
The over 500yr old Vasco Da Gama monument is at the heart of Malindi.
It is managed by the National Museums of Kenya; the site is easily accessible.
Some curiosities about the Vasco da Gama Pillar are that it is topped by a cross made of Lisbon stone.
Moreover, it was rebuilt in the 16th Century, after it was brought down.

On December 3 each year, hundreds of Catholic faithful visit the Portuguese Chapel to commemorate the feast day of St Francis Xavier.
Malindi is also a business city, you can see many banks, other than shops.
The business is in the hands of Indian people while tourism is mainly Italian.
What is true about Malindi is that it has a double face: it is an important business centre but it reflects the African essence keeping all the traditions alive.
This is possible thank to the most uncontaminated part of the city that is even the poorest.
There, you can encounter people cooking outside their shacks on wooden boards.

The local population survives but in difficult living conditions.
Nonetheless, you can meet children playing happily in the streets, this will make you feel alive and you will realize how lucky you are.
The difference between Malindi and Nairobi is that the population in Africa is divided into tribes.

The tribes living in Nairobi are superior.
People in Nairobi are graduated, more acculturated and have better works.
In Malindi people live in simple conditions.


The other city close to Malaika in Watamu which is a purely touristic town.
There are not offices or banks as in Malindi.
It is more likely to be considered as a village rather than a town.
You will not see any big buildings, rather you will encounter wonderful touristic structures since the sea is beautiful.

Watamu is famous for its sea that is better than the sea in Malindi.
In the last years, people are more attracted by Watamu respect to Malindi because of the sea.
Malindi is ideal to grasp the most typical Africa.
Malaika is closer to Watamu, in fact, our is one of the best sites for the sea as we are in the area of the marine park.
But spending your holiday in Malaika will allow you to visit easily both cities to have the best African experience.

We hope that you have enjoyed this “virtual time” together, stay tuned to visit our country deeply following our Facebook and Instagram page and, if you have any question, feel free to reach us from our contact page.

Why Visit Africa

Dear traveller, we know that this is one of the worst periods for people like you.
We have no other choice so that we want to walk you through a virtual tour.
During next weeks we will bring you close to our beautiful land so that you will understand Why Visit Africa!

Why Visit Africa

Fascinating and mysterious, Africa is an attractive continent worthy to be visited for several reasons. It’s a unique place. You cannot think to find the same environment elsewhere in the world.

First of all, the colours are breathtaking. Sunsets, trees, Savannah, animals, sea, everything has special colours, different from ours, and they will remain in your heart! We are used to calling it The Black Continent but it’s a huge mistake. Africa is the most colourful place in the world.

Moreover, Africa is uncontaminated. This is the biggest peculiarity for those who travel from other continents, the so-called ‘developed countries’ where people live in the cities among buildings and pollution. You can live the ancient dimension of human being, in a natural environment.

Maybe this is the reason why people is so outgoing. They are very polite and respectful. They are a quiet population, also peaceful and never arrogant. People represent another reason why going to Africa will recreate you! Their kindness and their smiles will make you happy!

If all this is not enough to book a flight, then have a check of our excursions and suggestions, so that you will immediately get convinced. Talking about baggage is a good point to make a decision.

You don’t need many things inside your bag: beachwear, summer clothes and flip flops are all you need. Coats or scarves will be useless and this will make you feel so free.

We hope that you have enjoyed this “virtual time” together, stay tuned to visit our country deeply following our Facebook and Instagram Page and, if you have ay question, feel free to reach us from our contact page.