A complete guide for your Mombasa to Malindi road trip.
There’s something undeniably exhilarating about hitting the open road with nothing but a map, some snacks, and a sense of adventure. The thrill of what lies ahead ignites the inner wanderlust in all of us. And when it comes to exploring the vibrant and breathtaking coast of Kenya, there’s no better way to do it than by taking a road trip from Mombasa to Malindi.
This article will highlight all the details you need to plan a successful road trip from Mombasa to Malindi. We’ll discuss the tips, cost, and planning that goes into the process. We’ll also list some of the best attractions you’ll encounter along the way and in Malindi.
How Far is Malindi from Mombasa
The road distance between Mombasa and Malindi is 117.6 km or 73.07 miles. On average, it will take about 01 hours and 30 minutes to drive from Mombasa to Malindi at a speed of 80km/h. However, this time can vary depending on the average speed.
How long does it take to travel from Mombasa to Malindi by car?
|Average Speed Travel Time
|48 km/h (30mph)
|02 hrs 27 mins
|64 km/h (40mph)
|01 hrs 50 mins
|01 hrs 28 mins
|97 km/h (60mph)
|01 hrs 13 mins
|112 km/h (70mph)
|01 hrs 03 mins
|120 km/h (70mph)
|00 hrs 59 mins
How Much Fuel Will I Need?
The fuel you’ll need will largely depend on the car you’re driving. I drive a small car and only use about ksh.5,000 worth of fuel for a return trip. If it’s a bigger car, you might need more fuel.
How to Get to Malindi from Mombasa
If you’re in Mombasa, you’ll need to drive to Sabasaba and take the Bagamoyo Highway. This same road leads to Kongowea and Bamburi. You’ll pass the famous Nyali Bridge, Haller Park, Pirates Beach, Mtwapa Bridge, and Mtwapa town. You can also take advantage of the drive to explore Kilifi town. I loved the scenic ocean views by the roadside, heading to Kilifi. It’s just breathtaking. As you approach Malindi, you’ll pass through the Arabuko Sosoke Forest, home to a Golden-rumped elephant shrew.
What to Do In Malindi
Malindi is a tourist hub thanks to its beauty and attractions. I have written a complete guide on fun places to visit in Malindi. But generally, here’s a list of destinations and attractions in Malindi:
- Learn history at the Ruins of Gedi
- Explore the picturesque Watamu Beach
- Hike in the Arabuke Sosoke National Park
- Experience the Malindi Marine National Park
- Wonder at the Marafa-Hell’s Kitchen
- Check out the Vasco da Gama Pillar
- Stroll at Golden Beach and see the wrecked ship
- Visit the Portuguese Church
- Enjoy Malindi Nightlife at Fermento, Whitemoon, Barbar, Mabeshte, or vodka Martini Lounge
Where to Stay in Malindi
This will also largely depend on your budget. My road trip from Mombasa to Malindi was on a budget, so I found the most affordable accommodation possible. On the first day, I slept at Premier Hotel, which charged Ksh. 2,500 per night. I slept in Watamu on the second day and paid the same amount. However, other accommodation options include:
- Beach hotels
What to Eat
Like any other town, you’ll find all kinds of meals and dishes in Malindi. However, since it’s a coastal town with Swahili influence, it’s a good idea to try out local cuisines. You can try out the following:
- Mbaazi and Mahamri for breakfast
- Pilau or biryani for lunch
- Shawarma, viazi karai, bhajia, or mitai for snacking
- Seafood for dinner
Remember to water down your meals with coast-favorite madafu (coconut water).
Tips for Planning a Road Trip to Malindi
Here are some quick tips to help you prepare for a memorable road trip from Mombasa to Malindi:
- Budget for your trip: Determine your budget for gas, food, and accommodations along the way. You’ll want to have enough money to cover unexpected expenses as well.
- Choose the right vehicle: Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition and suitable for a long road trip. If you’re renting a car, make sure it’s the right size and has enough space for your luggage and any gear you may need.
- Pack for the trip: Pack light and only take the essentials. Bring light clothes, swimsuits, binoculars, sunscreen, sandals, hat, camera, chargers, and any other items you’ll need for your activities.
- Book accommodation in advance: Book your accommodation in advance, so you’re not left without a place to stay. You can research hotels, resorts, and rental homes in Malindi and surrounding areas.
- Plan your activities: Research the attractions and activities you want to see and do in Malindi. Plan your itinerary in advance, so you can make the most of your time in the area.
- Stay safe: Take precautions to ensure your safety while on the road and in Malindi. Be aware of your surroundings, lock your car doors, and avoid carrying large sums of cash.
If you’re planning to explore the Kenyan coast, a road trip can be a great way. The freedom and flexibility of the road trip allow you to make spontaneous stops and explore hidden gems along the way. So pack your bags, hit the road, and make memories that will last a lifetime.