Coordinates: 3°13′25″S 40°7′48″E / 3.22361°S 40.13000°E / -3.22361; 40.13000
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Pillar of Vasco da Gama
Pillar of Vasco da Gama
Malindi is located in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 3°13′25″S 40°7′48″E / 3.22361°S 40.13000°E / -3.22361; 40.13000
Country Kenya
CountyKilifi County
Founded13th – 14th Century
 • Total119,859
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Malindi is a town lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres northeast of Mombasa.

Malindi has a tropical savanna climate (As in the Köppen climate classification). The area shows classic examples of Swahili architecture. Malindi developed as part of Swahili Civilization in the 5th–10th centuries.

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 coral pillar.

During World War II Malindi was one of only two towns in East Africa bombed by the Italians. This happened on 24 October 1940.[2]

After the World War II Malindi began developing into a resort.[2] Malindi is home to the Malindi Airport and Broglio Space Centre (the previous San Marco Equatorial Range).

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In popular culture[change | change source]

Novel “MALI D’AFRICA” (by Sara Cardelli) describes the impossible love in Malindi.[3]

Most of the events in the novels “Once in Malindi”[4] and “Our Wild Sex in Malindi”[5] (by Andrei Gusev) take place in Malindi, Watamu, Lamu. The novel describes a few years living in Malindi of Russian writer Andy and his wife Jennifer, who was born in Kenya.[6][7]

Song “Yasoi Malindi” by Yasoy Kala Kana.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume II: Distribution of Population by Administrative Units". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Martin, Esmond Bradley (2009) [originally published in 1970]. Malindi. Past and Present (New ed.). The National Museum of Kenya.
  3. The impossible love in the italian Malindi Archived 2020-11-06 at the Wayback Machine — about Sara Cardelli’ novel, 2017
  4. “Once in Malindi” on, 2021 (in Russian)
  5. “Our Wild Sex in Malindi” by Andrei Gusev, 2020 (in Russian). Archived 2020-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Review of "Our Wild Sex in Malindi" Archived 2020-08-04 at the Wayback Machine — on the site of public fund "Union of writers of Moscow", 2020 (in Russian)
  7. Review of "Once in Malindi" on the site of public fund "Union of writers of Moscow", 2021 (in Russian)
  8. Ndukanoe – Yasoi Malindi[permanent dead link] by Yasoy Kala Kana, 2015