Kilifi is home to dozens of tourist destinations all over. These are unique places that make up the amazing tourist destinations in Kilifi.
- Bio-Ken Snake Farm
- Mnarani Ruins
- Rabai Museum
- Jumba La Mtwana
- Mtwapa Creek
- Arabuko Sokoke National Park.
Bio-Ken Snake Farm
The destination boasts many varieties of snakes that are kept in place for research. This farm is surely the place you can reconcile with all your fears concerning snakes and snake bites because the experts at the facility equip you with more knowledge of these reptiles.
How to access Bio-ken Snake farm
The facility is located less than 1 km from Watamu town but still within Kilifi county.
You could use a taxi or even a public vehicle.
Are you a lover of time travel? These ruins might just do that! Located just 200 meters off the Mombasa-Malindi Road, the Mnarani ruins lie gracefully, commanding the Kilifi creek towards its south. The ruins are made up of a three-tier staircase and a couple of ancient buildings. Despite being battered by the elements, several building parts still stand to this date.
Apart from the buildings, a possible attraction would be the snake park and the tortoise sheds. The ruins have so far been declared a national monument. The place is worth a visit.
How to access Mnarani Ruins
The Mnarani ruins are located 30 minutes away from Kilifi town. You could use a taxi or a motorcycle to get to your location.
Rabai museum is situated 25 kilometers from Mombasa town. This place has certainly been around for decades. You will certainly get to hear more stories and tales told by the locals themselves that will certainly shock you away from the documented stories concerning the missionaries. The unique trait of this place was the fact that early Christianity and education began here with the missionaries Johan Rebmann and Ludwig Kraft.
The oral tradition passed down for generations by the residents who interacted with the missionaries gives you their perspective of what they thought about the ‘visitors’ and how they conducted their daily lives.
Jumba La Mtwana
Jumba la Mtwana can be roughly translated into Swahili to mean ‘the slave’s big house.” It is said that the destination served as a significant detour during the slave trade area. It housed mainly enslaved Muslims since the material evidence found at the site included the Islamic instruments of worship. Among the rooms in the ‘house’ are ‘house of cylinder’, ‘house of pools,’ ‘house of kitchen’, and a mosque, all of which are still in shockingly mint condition.
The first excavation of the site was carried out in the 1970s by James Kirkman, and to date, archeologists are still discovering more material remains of culture.
The place was gazetted as a national monument in 1982, just a decade after its discovery.
How to access Jumba La Mtwana
The ruins can be accessed 2km off the Mombasa-Malindi highway.
Fancy some fresh oceanic breeze? This destination stands out as one of those locations where you could get that boat ride just for yourself in the relaxing breeze of the ocean. Mtwapa Creek covers a 4-kilometer stretch of open water with a single entry and exit opening on the frontal edge.
The trees around the creek offer a wonderful opportunity to watch various birds and other wildlife as you sail by. The creek is also surrounded by amazing ‘floating restaurants’ that offer seafood that you can help yourself to.
Arabuko Sokoke National Park
The forest in this part of the coast is known to have trees indigenous only to this area. This is certainly the best place to have those well-deserved nature trails you have been planning.
The whole place is teeming with wildlife and birds of different kinds and species.
The destination also offers unique campsites for folks willing to spend a little more time in the forest.
How to access Arabuko Sokoke National Park
This destination is 120Km from Mombasa town. It can easily be accessed by a domestic flight from Moi International Airport to the Malindi Airstrip, from where you can easily take a tuk-tuk to the destination. You could travel by road through public means.
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