Marafa Hells’ Kitchen, Malindi Tour


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Marafa Hell’s Kitchen, is an odd sandstone canyon outside of Malindi, Kenya. Known locally as Nyari – “the place broken by itself”. Gigantic sandstone ridge worn by the elements wind, rain, and floods into a series of jagged gorges. The layer-cake colors 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.

Tour Highlights

Visit Malindi markets and workshops then explore Marafa-Hells Kitchen on a tour that’s timed to catch sunset over the spectacular eroded landscape. Door-to-door transport from Malindi hotels make this a convenient way to experience Malindi’s fascinating culture and nature, and the tour features a guided sunset hike through the Marafa-Hells Kitchen canyon. Shop for local products in the historic market See Malindi craftsmen creating wood carvings Learn the legend behind Marafa-Hells Kitchen Sunset hike takes advantage of cooler temps and evening light

The excursion dedicated to Malindi, with its flavors and colors typically African. Shopping tour inside the Arab and Portugal influenced  Malindi, one of the most fascinating areas known for its textiles, the local handicrafts made of wood or soapstone, batik and kikoi. Drive from Malindi town to the village is called Marafa, but its proximity to the biodiversity-rich Dakatcha woodlands is not its most outstanding feature. Hell’s Kitchen is an odd sandstone canyon that might be Kenya’s best kept-secret.

Major Attractions

  • Shop for local products in the historic market
  • See Malindi craftsmen creating wood carvings
  • Learn the legend behind Marafa-Hells Kitchen
  • Sunset hike takes advantage of cooler temps and evening light
  • Be enveloped in the beauty of towering trees, remote beaches, and mountains of the Canadian wilderness
  • Have close encounters with BC’s coastal wildlife; sea lions, seals, pacific white sided dolphins, otters, birds and some of the largest starfish in the world
  • Be on the lookout for Humpback whales that have made a strong resurgence in the Discovery Islands
  • Coastal cuisine designed by a local gourmet chef
  • Quality expedition tents & warm sleeping bags all include in the price of the trip


  • Driver/guide
  • Private Transport
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees (Cable and car and Moon Valley)
  • National Park fees
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as per the itinerary.
  • All transport in a safari van/ 4×4 cruiser with a pop up roof for easy game viewing
  • Departure Taxes
  • Entry Fees
  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers

Tour Plan

Day 01 Departure
  • Departure from hotel at 08:30 am direction; Golden Beach, where we will spend the morning under the sun or walking at the beach until 11:30 am.
  • We will leave and go to the Devil’s Kitchen.
  • This place is situated 40 km northwest from Malindi where you can see the amazing colours of the geological depression Marafa, called by the natives “Nyari” which literally means “the place that breaks alone ,” even though the real title which is better known this place is “the devil’s kitchen”.
  • Just around 1 hour drive from Malindi, along a original route between large clearings, villages and forests of acacia, we will arrive at this unique and evocative place. The Hell’s kitchen was originally a place characterized by sandstone and the effect of rainfall has eroded over the course of millennia, giving rise to a canyon where pinnacles, canyons, towering spiers and winding structures (as high as 30 meters ) alternate creating a unique show.
  • You will walk through this kind of small canyons, where their colours vary during the day according to the inclination of the sun’s rays.
  • You will enjoy in taking hundreds of photos enchanting you with the typical colours of Africa !
  • Shortly before sunset, return to the hotel.

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