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Marafa-Hells Kitchen

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Address: Malindi, Kenya
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Marafa Hells' Kitchen and Malindi Tour from Malindi
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A place to visit for the views and good cause

Marafa-Hells Kitchen is a place where erosion has led to some very stunning formations. We underestimated the time it took us to drive to the place from Malindi and could not go... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joyce G
Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Marafa-Hells Kitchen is a place where erosion has led to some very stunning formations. We underestimated the time it took us to drive to the place from Malindi and could not go to the bottom. The funds collected from the visitors are used to develop and conserve the area as well as support the young men who serve as guides.... More 

Thank Joyce G
Thionville, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We only learnt about hells kitchen this year and decided to have a look - it being described to us as a mini grand canyon. I think that describes it pretty well. We did the whole tour including going down into the canyon- Not something we would want to repeat, temperatures were said to be around 50°C ( early afternoon... More 

Thank TonyP90
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I visited there taking 1 hour by motorbike from Sabaki, the north of Malindi. Mysterious and weird landscape with naked layer of earth. Enjoyed hiking in almost desert area surrounded in green forest, under strong sunshine. Great scene from the top of cliff. Be more careful of sun burning than seaside in Malindi. The story that the guide told us... More 

Thank Saaaaa1989
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I've been told it's the Grand Canyon of Kenya and wasn't really sure what to expect. It was about an hour from our resort (which is about 20 minutes north of Malindi town). The roads are rough, so suggest a car with higher clearance. Once you arrive, you can walk around and into the canyon and out in about an... More 

Thank MonaB1980
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were in Malindi and decided to follow the recommendations of Kenya (Lonely Planet) volume. It was mentioned that this was a mini "Gran Canyon", and frankly speaking this was as close as the truth as it could be. Some of the stones, when you crush them they give you three different colors. Amazing place. Worth the drive/ride. Make sure... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

About an hours drive from where we were staying at Mwembe Resort but well worth the drive. I recommend you take a tour van or go with locals otherwise you may think you're lost. Amazing landscape and folklore explain the natural formation of Marafa Hell's Kitchen. This is ancestral land and its managed by the local community who charge a... More 

Thank Nita o
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

It was really beautiful and we had a nice walk! If you're lucky you can even see monkeys. It is a 1,5 hour drive but worth it.

1 Thank 470natasjas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

It's a long dusty drive from Malindi Town, honestly I thought it a wasted trip while my companions were enthralled. Bought a very nice wooden bowl in the ad hoc gift shop and listen to the local bargain over the ticket price to go in. Amusing day all in all, but I still don't rate the site ....

Thank Rory K
Beckley, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I was a little nervous when I read the other reviews about the bad road, but once we headed out, I realized it's a typical Africa packed dirt road. Not great, but certainly not terrible. The drive does take about a hour from the main road. The views of life outside of "touristy areas" is worth the trip to remind... More 

Thank NurseMama25
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

The road to get there is really bad mostly during rain season. To do if interested to see some traditional ( and really poor) villages along the road. A taste of real africa but the hells kitchen are not the impressive. But nice

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