Kilifi New Year

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7 Things To Do in Kilifi

  1. Take A Bike Tour on Bofa Beach Road


Ditch your boda boda (motorbike taxi) guy’s number for an afternoon and rent a bicycle from Kilifi’s Natty Riders. Their guides are  a group of artists and musicians from Kiliifi’s local community trying their hand at biking tours in Kilifi and doing a splendid job of it. Bofa Road is a perfectly tarmacked stretch of road that’s peppered with exits on-to bofa beach. Thirsty or hungry? Pop into Kilifi Bay, Baobab Beach Hotel or get fancy and go to Silver Palms Spa and Resort. Feel like you want something more local, head over to the mnazi shack for delicious palm wine and if you’re lucky fried calamari or octopus! Their bike tours aren’t limited to Bofa Road though. They also tour the plantation, old ferry road and if your bleeding energy for an adventure, deep into the forest that lines Kilifi Creek.

Contact: +254 717496278


  1. Karaoke Night at Vogue

Kilifi is filled with nightclubs, no really it is. All the rumours that say we have only three are pure slander by the people over in Diani. One of our hotspots is Vogue Lounge and no night gets as wild as their Wednesday night Karaoke night. Their Karaoke crew has literally won awards in Kenya for hosting the most bangin’ karaoke night on the Kenyan coast. Everyone who sings gets a shot of liquor while the overall winner gets a bottle of wine. Admit it, nothing’s more exciting than risking a public shaming in exchange for booze !


  1. Head On Over to The BackPackers

Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers is a must visit if you’re in Kilifi and aren’t already staying with them. Their activities list is extensive, and nothing beats their Friday Pizza Night. To go with their spectacular pizza menu (we suggest the Pumpkin Avocado Special) they’ve topped it off with an event roster that’s unbeatable along the Kenyan Coast. Past gigs have had Wankelmut, Seth Schwarz, Kilifi’s DJ Kryptic, Nazizi, DJ Drazen, Eugenio, Lasta, and Uwe Banton.
If you’re more eco-minded join DR staff, volunteers, guests and Kilifi residents for their Tuesday beach clean up where they clean up trash that washes up on the beach they share with neighbouring Fumbini Village. Perks? A cleaner beach and a cold Kilifi Dawa make it worth the effort!


  1. Explore Plantations and check out the Food Movement

Kilifi Plantations is an iconic part of Kilifi. It’s 2500 HA working dairy farm and sisal plantation with stunning landscapes, beach views and a few residences and holiday homes. Wrap up your tour of the plantations with a meal at the Food MovementKeep your eyes on their  instagram page for news on their next event . FOMO is Kilifi’s top choice for a delicious unconventional menu and superb conversation. Combine that with farm fresh produce from Kilifi and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect family fun day. Right next to FOMO is the 4Shore workshop, a sustainable fashion clothing line that draws inspiration from Kenya’s natural beauty. Their store is at Endoros Wildliving on the Mombasa-Malindi highway. They share the space there with other Kilifi based eco brands Duka, Zinj Design and Seedling Designs


  1. Get Wet with 3 Degrees South and Aqua Ventures

3 Degrees have got to be about the luckiest water sports center in Kenya, and by proxy you their client also have it made. Billions of years of geological formation have culminated in Kilifi Creek, one of the best places to go wakeboarding, kitesurfing, sailing and water skiing. The creek enjoys near perfect water sporting conditions all year round with the water averaging at 25 degrees celsius and almost always calm. 3 Degrees South are the only Royal Yachting Association Training Centre for dinghy’s and windsurfing in Africa. Also based at Mnarani Hotel is Aqua Ventures, a dive center that gives you access to some of the most fantastic dive spots in Kenya.  The combination of excellent tropical water, coral reef and the accompanying marine life and the two purpose sunk wrecks the MV Dania and the MV Fish Eagle make Kilifi the perfect base for a dive trip. Combine that with the whale sharks and dolphins often seen off our coast as well as the awe inspiring Vuma Caves 20 metres below the surface and that’s your dive desires sorted.

Contact:+254 (0)714 783 915

  1. Watch The Sunset/Moonrise off A Swahili Dhow


Captain Max and his Dhow, Kerengende, are literally Kilifi icons. Treat yourself to a sunset sail with them and enjoy a wonderful 1.5 hours of amazing banter, stories about life on the coast and absolutely hilarious songs. Max and his crew have been working on the Kenyan Coast for years. If you feel that sunset is too late for a cruise try their snorkelling trips, secret coves and sails to secret  beaches that are part of the crews repertoire.They also have an amazing monthly full moon sailing trip complete with a grilled sea food dinner on a secluded beach that only appears only twice a month. We suggest grabbing a cooler box of drinks from Distant Relatives.

Captain Max 0711169249



  1. Mnarani Ruins and Snake Park

The Mnarani ruins are oft overlooked by visitors to the Kenyan Coast. These ruins are what’s left of an Arab settlement from the 14th century consisting of two Mosques and a group of tombs. After your tour of the ruins with a local guide you can picnic right on site or walk 2 minutes to check out the neighbouring snake park. Cheekily nicknamed ‘Cobra Village’. An afternoon in Mnarani is perfect for families looking to learn more about Arab settlements along the Kenyan Coast. Plus the shock value of a visit to the snake park is priceless.


Get beneath the baobabs! Here at Beneath The Baobabs we’re working on a slew of events you can attend before Kilifi New Year. Subscribe to our newsletter here as well as follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for information on what we’ve got in store!

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