Malindi History

Malindi, one of the oldest town towns in eastern Africa, is the second largest as well as the second most prosperous town on Kenya’s coast. Malindi history will look to examine the town from the time the Portuguese first visited what was already a wealthy Arab settlement dependent upon Indian ocean trade to the international tourist resort of the present day.

  • Early Years of Malindi
  • The Portuguese
  • The Zanzibar Era
  • The British Influence
  • Agriculture in Malindi
  • Retail and Service Business
  • Fishing Industry
  • The Dhow Trade
  • The Tourist Industry
A Malindi taxi with a view of Malindi town taken from the roof top of Lamu Hotel.
A Malindi taxi with a view of Malindi town taken from the rooftop of Lamu Hotel. Photo by Prof. Abdullah Naji Said