History and sea sports in Malindi

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Malindi, on Kenya’s North Coast, like most towns on the East African seaboard, has an interesting history dating back centuries.

So if you find yourself in Malindi this holiday season be sure to visit as many sites as possible and explore the cultural and culinary delights.

On a recent short visit to the town, I was met by my host Roger Sylvester of the Driftwood Club, one of Malindi’s most visited places. It is here that windsurfers and kite-surfers descend to ride the waves.

Sylvester took me out on a morning tour of the town, and our first stop was at the statue of Mekatilili wa Menza, the fiery heroine who led the Giriama community in a rebellion against British colonial rule in 1913-1918.

She died in 1924 and was buried in the Dakatcha woodlands outside…

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