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Location of Malindi in Kenya
A view of the old town of Malindi

Malindi (once known as Melinde) is a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres northeast of Mombasa. The population of Malindi is 117,735 (in 1999 census).[1] It is the capital of the Malindi District.

Tourism is the major industry in Malindi. The city is exceptionally popular among Italian tourists. Malindi is served with a domestic airport and a highway between Mombasa and Lamu. The nearby Watamu resort and Gedi Ruins (also known as Gede) are located south of Malindi. The mouth of the Sabaki River lies in northern Malindi. The Watamu and Malindi Marine National Parks form a continuous protected coastal area south of Malindi. The area shows classic examples of Swahili architecture.

Malindi is home to the Malindi Airport, and Broglio Space Port.

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History

Malindi has been a Swahili settlement since the 14th century. Once rivaled only by Mombasa for dominance in this part of East Africa, Malindi has traditionally been a port city for foreign powers. In 1414, the town was visited by the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Malindi's ruler sent a personal envoy together with a giraffe as a present to China on that fleet.

The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama met Malindi authorities in 1498 to sign a trade agreement and hire a guide for the voyage to India, when he erected a still existent coral pillar. In 1499 the Portuguese established a trading post in Malindi which served as a resting stop on the way to and from India. A church dates from this era. The pillar stands to this day, though there have been calls by conservationists to take care of the pillar, since soil erosion might make the pillar fall into the ocean.

Many traditional buildings survive, including the Juma Mosque and palace on the beach, a stretch popular with tourists.

Local governance

Malindi forms a municipal council with the following thirteen wards: Barani, Ganda/Mkaumoto, Gede, Gede North, Gede South, Kijiwetanga, Madunguni, Malimo, Malindi Central, Malindi North, Maweni, Shella, Watamu Town. All of them are located within Malindi Constituency.[2]

The mayor of Malindi is Mohamed Menza.[3]

Malindi is also one of four administrative divisions in Malindi District. It has the following eight locations: Chakama, Ganda, Gede, Goshi, Jilore, Langobaya, Malindi and Watamu.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Population of Local Authorities" (with towns), Government of Kenya, 1999, webpage: GovtKenya-Population-PDF.
  2. ^ Polling Centres in Kenya. Electoral Commission of Kenya.
  3. ^ Rivals trade accusations at hearing. Daily Nation, June 22, 2008.
  4. ^ Kenya Administrative Levels 1-4. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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Coordinates: 3°13′S 40°07′E / 3.217°S 40.117°E / -3.217; 40.117

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Malindi is a city in Kenya, located on the Indian Ocean.

  • Malindi Airport is a small airport that can be reached from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi.
  • Moi International Airport in Mombasa, about 70 miles away, is a large airport with flights throughout Africa and Europe.
  • Vasco da Gama Pillar. After being turned away from Mombasa, it was here where the explorer Vasco de Gama landed. The pillar stands at the point where he came ashore.  edit

Eat

I Love Pizza Seafront Road. Reasonable priced Pizzas, Seafood and Meat dishes. One of the longest running resturants in Malindi.

Drink

Hermanns Beergarden, Lamu Road. Cheap and Cheerful. Rooms available on request.

Sleep

Eden Roc Hotel, Lamu Road.

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