Over a year ago I didn’t know much about Kilifi except that it was a town in the coastal region. Everything changed when we (hubby and I) went there for our honeymoon. It was love at first sight.
Kilifi is a town on the Kenyan coast and it lies on the Kilifi creek. The creek is sort of (I use this word very loosely) the halfway point between Malindi and Mombasa. The beach, Bofa beach, is by far the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been to.
Anyway before I go on and on about how I love this town, I have a tiny confession, since the honeymoon, we have visited the place two other times, obsession? You tell me.
There are various things to do while in Kilifi and on this third visit we had planned to go a boat experience on the creek.
Point of Information: Creek is a small inlet of the sea or ocean, otherwise, estuary.
For you to get to view the creek via a speed boat or dhow, you can either go to the nearby Mnarani club or go to some club we heard the locals referring to as members. Our host was kind enough to call a local ‘broker’ who told us to meet him at members. Kilifi being a small town, getting lost is close to impossible. All you need to do is board the local taxis – tuk-tuks and tell them your destination. At members we met our guy who showed us the speed boat and our captain for the journey.
The ride was very calming, I thought I’d be a bit scared bearing in mind I can’t swim but I was all good.The view of the fishing boats and yachts docked at the boatyard from a far distance.
At some point the captain let hubby steer for quite a while. It seemed pretty fun and hubby was quite a natural.
Some few tips, if you are looking to tour the various hot stops on the Kenyan North coast that is Nyali, Mtwapa, Watamu or Malindi I suggest you stay at Kilifi. It makes traveling to these locations pretty easy being that it’s almost halfway between Mombasa and Malindi.
For the boat ride, since it was a small boat that can fit roughly 6 people we were charged KES 3000 (35USD).
Remember to wear a sunhat the sun can be a bit unforgiving.
This post is courtesy of Jess who blogs at http://www.leotunapika.wordpress.com/.