Malindi is a town located 120 kms north of Mombasa, at the mouth of the Galana River. The town has several worthwhile historical sights like the world known Vasco de Gama pillar or the House of Columns, its own marine national park and some fantastic stretches of beach. Beloved by Italians, Malindi is becoming known as Kenya's version of "Little Italy" with the largest European population compared to others anywhere in the country.
35 kms northwest of Malindi is the spectacular Marafa Depression. Known locally as Nyari - “the place broken by itself” - it was once a great sandstone ridge worn by wind, rain, and floods into a series of jagged gorges. The layer-cake colours of the sandstone reveal whites, pinks, oranges, and deep crimsons, making the gorge particularly striking at sundown, when tones of the ribbed sandstone gullies are highlighted and mirrored by those of the setting sun.