Kilifi

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Kilifi lies next to a creek, some 50 km north of Mombasa. A Japanese built bridge connects the village of Mnarani (or Manarani) on the southern side and Kilifi on the northern side of Kilifi Creek. The town is very small and easily explored on foot. The market is an interesting colorful, but for fruits and vegetables you will have to visit the enclosed market.

The Mnarani Ruins are on the southern bank of the creek. They are the remains of a Swahili city-state of which so many used to be scattered all over East Africa. The ruins consist of the Great Mosque with interesting inscriptions, some tombs and another, smaller 16th century mosque. You can also still see parts of the town's defensive system such as the city walls and a gate.

There are many places where you can stay, including various hotels and hostels, mostly on the Kilifi side of the creek. There are also many restaurants and the bus station is in the center of Kilifi.


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