A Guide To Mnarani

Mnarani is Swahili word for “place of the pillar” in reference to an engraved 13th century pillar tomb that marks the grave of a sultan. It includes one of the deepest wells found along the southern coast, and an 800-year-old baobab claimed to be the largest in Kenya.

Situated 60km North of Mombasa on the cliffs of Kilifi Creek, just where the creek meets and merges with the Indian Ocean, Mnarani provides perfectly for the beach and turquoise ocean under one foot, and the activity and adventure of creek-life under the other.

Set in 40 acres of landscaped tropical garden, fragranced by Frangipani blossoms and balmy ocean breezes, Mnarani is an idyllic retreat and holiday destination. Paths through the enticing gardens lead you down onto the soft white sand of Mnarani’s private cove.


This beautiful, sheltered little beach offers great facilities for water sports –from sailing to exhilarating water-ski and wake boarding – or for simply enjoying a refreshing swim, or relaxing on a lounger under a thatched parasol. With breathtaking surroundings and recreational facilities that cater for every taste, Mnarani is the ultimate destination for your family holiday, or that well-deserved romantic getaway or unforgettable honeymoon.


At Mnarani, you are more than just a guest; you are a friend of Kenya. For this reason, we are always hard at work to ensure that your stay with us is fun-filled and memorable.

Our Animation team is constantly revising and improving on the Animation Program – each month sees a new, jam-packed calendar of events, carefully planned for your pleasure. We make every effort to ensure that we offer activities that cater to all ages; the variety means that there is always something that appeals to everyone.

For sunshine and solitude, take a walk down to the private beach and soak up your own little slice of paradise. Alternatively, enjoy our stunning infinity swimming pool; an invitation to relax and let your thoughts be swept away with the waves of the Indian Ocean.

If Kenyan adventure is what you are after, ask one of our friendly and helpful staff members about the excursions that we offer. The colourful Mnarani village, home to most of our staff, is a safe walk away and will give you a taste of Kenyan culture. Just a short trip further is the charming town of Kilifi – the ‘Portofino’ of the Kenyan coast. Friends are encouraged to experience our culture while appreciating and respecting our unique customs.


Mnarani provides for a full range of facilities for your convenience and pleasure. Whether you’re enjoying a luxurious Spa treatment, sipping a cocktail near the water’s edge at the Mnarani Beach Bar, exploring the ocean with our on-site dive team; or popping over to nearby Mnarani Village, or the local market on a guided walk – our aim is to ensure that each one of our guests has an unforgettable stay. There are a variety of services and facilities on the premises and nearby for your convenience, enjoyment and entertainment.

Mnarani Contacts

Attraction Type: Historic Sites, Culture
Category: Historical Museum, Cultural Museum
Region: Coast
City / Town: Kilifi
Road / Street: Bofa Road
Telephone: +254 20 374 2131
+254 721 308485
Email: mnarani@museums.or.ke
Website: http://www.museums.or.ke/content/blogcategory/5/37
Entrance Fee: Yes