Malindi, a town with a rich history of both Arab and Portuguese influence, has buildings close to the coastline. These buildings form the extent of Malindi town from 1500. These buildings used to be occupied by mostly Arabs, Asians and the Bajun (Swahili) as it is the case presently. These buildings make up the present-day Shella neighbourhood.
Neighbourhoods on the East of Malindi Town
North of the beach is Maweni neighbourhood. Shella and Maweni have Casuarina road dividing them. The houses in this neighbourhood are closely built and modern compared to Shela neighbourhood. The ground is stony thus the name Maweni – Swahili for a stony area. Most of the inhabitants of this area are the Swahili (Bajun).
Further north is Ngala neighbourhood most inhabited by the Giriama and other communities. Malindi has no laws limiting settlement of individual from a certain tribe in any neighbourhood.