- Bars & Restaurants: Kilifi & Mnarani have a few places to head out to for food and drinks. Here are our top picks:
- Nautilus Restaurant - On the banks of the creek, set on stilts over the water, is The Nautilus. It doesn't get better than this for great seafood, sumptuous steaks and delicious desserts. The staff are friendly and attentive, the food delicious and the setting is second to none. Book a table and make this a must-do part of your stay.
- Kilifi Boatyard - The bar at the Kilifi boatyard gives you the chance to enjoy a cold beer in the shade of coconut palms whilst watching the comings and goings of the creek. A great cafe menu gives you access to their spicy crab samosas, piri piri prawns and some of the best fish and chips on the coast. Call for their tender boat and arrive by water!
- Wild Living - An outdoor setting on the south side of the creek offering awesome nyama choma every evening (that's Kenyan bbq to the uninitiated). A full bar service, delicious meats chapatis sukuma kachambari and all the trimmings make this a must try spot. Order early in the day to ensure availability.
- The Members Club - This isn't a club and there are no members! It does however command a fab view from up on the cliffs on the north side of the creek, looking out to the ocean and of course over the gorgeous 3° South sailing area!! Stop in any time for cold drinks. Evening meals are a similar menu to Wild Living and delicious too. Again, order early to ensure availability!
- Distant Relatives - Not just a pretty space! They offer AWESOME a la carte meals every day but the real top tip is to head their way on a Friday for Friday night is Pizza Night. Delicious homemade pizzas with a variety of toppings, cooked to order in a wood fired oven and eaten under the stars. What a way to start the weekend.
- Transport: The main bus park hosts the small crazy matatus which run north-south up and down the Mombasa-Malindi highway. It is also the start point for the Mash Poa executive bus service to Nairobi (3 buses daily). There are a number of local taxi services and these should be used for trips to Watamu, Mombasa or Malindi if you don't fancy the matatus.
- Money: A number of banks operate in Kilifi and offer ATM services. These include KCB, Barclays, National and Equity Banks. The Barclays and KCB ATMs recognise foreign cards so long as they have the Visa logo.
- Medical Care: Kilifi has a District Hospital and a number of clinics. The District Hospital should be used in emergencies only and any serious treatment should be sought in Mombasa or Nairobi.
- Pharmacy: Kilifi has a few very well stocked chemists - notably Tusky's, Palmland and Titanic Pharmacies. Titanic is staffed with a pharmacist who can give advice on many ailments and remedies.
- Transport: The matatus running north-south stop at the stage outside of Mnarani Club. You'll also find this an easy spot to pick up a tuk-tuk, piki-piki or boda-boda. Longer journeys should be started from the main bus park in Kilifi.
- Bars & Restaurants: Mnarani has a number of small local bars, the easiest to find are Roasters, Vogue, Dhows Inn and Creek Garden. There is also the hotel bar at the Mnarani Club. urther inland from the village is Kilifi Boatyard where cold Tusker and fresh seafood is served daily in a relaxed setting by the water and beyond that you will find the resort location of Mandharini with its excellent beach bar.