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The Coast, Kenya
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Scuba Diving
Religious Site
Wildlife Park
Natural Wonder
Ancient Ruins
Market / Fair
Places to Visit
Points of Interest Nearby
Family Travel Tips

Malindi, Kenya


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

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The Kenyan coast, 480 km (300 miles) of palm-fringed shoreline, is a beach lover's paradise. Notwithstanding the throng of package tourists from Europe. Families in search of adventure and adrenaline have a variety of choice: kite sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and full or half-day excursions on a dhow. Shopaholics won't want to miss the narrow streets and bustling markets of Mombasa's 'Old Town'. And the coast of Kenya boasts several cultural pearls. Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest living Swahili settlement in Kenya. The 12th century ruins at Gede, near Watamu, are shrouded in mystery. Remote Paté Island is a great place to experience traditional Swahili life. What's more, Kenya's coast is conveniently connected to several of Kenya's top safari destinations.

The beach vacation destinations on the coast of Kenya are as diverse as the list is long. Kalifi, situated on a river estuary just north of Mombasa, is favored by the intellectual set, both local and international. To the south, Tiwi Beach is a favorite among the self-catering crowd. Diani Beach, near the border with Tanzania, is the place to head for family fun. A family beach vacation here is all about waterslides, banana boats, jet skis and kids clubs. Watamu is the preferred destination of active families, snorkelers and scuba divers as well as game fishing enthusiasts. Malindi, complete with high-end boutiques and galleries, is an Italian tourist enclave. While the Swahili restaurants should not be overlooked, this is the place to head if you are traveling with kids that can't live without pizza, pasta and gelato. Lamu and Shela are frequented by the extremes, backpackers and the well to do. The islands farther afield, such as Kiwayu, are ideal for families in search of a holiday in the liking of Robinson Crusoe.
Baobob Trees
Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree

Alfredo De Simone

Baobab trees are native to Africa and they are also found in Australia. They can grow to be 80 feet (24 meters) tall; the biggest is 155 feet (47 meters) round. The leaves of the Baobab are edible and are eaten as a vegetable and in Australia they are used as medicine. The Baobab fruit is used in different ways too. It is eaten raw, dried and squeezed as a juice. The seeds are pounded into oil. And the shells of the fruit are burned for heat. The Baobab is deciduous meaning it sheds its leaves once a year. But what makes the baobab tree really neat is how it has adapted to survive. This enormous tree lives in places that have little or no rain for several months in a row. How does such a big tree survive without water? Baobabs can store up to 120,000 liters (32,000 gallons) of water in their swollen trunks. They use the water a little at a time until the next rains come.
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