My life in Kenya’s little Italy

Malindi, the Italy of Africa

Joyce Muchiri


A Beach In Malindi Ernest Paul Pexels

There comes a time in life when you feel that you just want a break…need a break, even if it’s from something as trivial as cold weather!

Being from Central Kenya, the slopes of Mount Kenya, I felt the need to complain about the dull days that the sun showed up only a few hours a day. Mt. Kenya is known to have snow caps at night but gone come sunrise. It’s always cold during the night and this pattern affects the surrounding areas.

Mt Kenya as evening approaches

Life here is relaxed, it’s quite common to find people sitting around a fire, enjoying roasted maize with tea. Having worked in Nairobi, the capital, for several years, this sedentary lifestyle was welcome, until it wasn’t.

In developed countries, the majority of homes have some kind of heating system. Speaking for rural Kenya, that kind of a home would be a showroom! Typically, the kitchens are built apart from the rest of the house as well! when everybody’s had enough roasted maize, we prepare to meet the cold sheets and apply petroleum jelly on our faces or else!

Sunrise Mt. Kenya Wikipedia creative commons

After months of this, I decided I wasn’t going to deal with the cold anymore, scoured the kenyan map and decided on the one Kenyan Coastal Town that I had never visited: Malindi


Malindi is a town on the Kenyan coast which is located in Kilifi County around 80 miles from our famous Mombasa city. Tourism is the main economic activity in Malindi town, and Italians constitute the largest share of visitors.

The town is largely influenced by the many Italian residents, the food, the hotels, casinos and majority of the locals are fluent in Italian.

With Italy being such a famous tourist destination in the world, it’s hard to imagine that its residents long for vacation. There is no doubt that Kenya is an extremely beautiful country. Another plus is proximity to the Equator, summer is all…