Malindi referred to as Melinde in antiquity, is a city on Malindi Bay on the mouth of the Galana River, mendacity at the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres northeast of Mombasa. The population of Malindi turned into 207,253 as of the 2009 census. It is the most important city centre in Kilifi County. The first written reference to the present day Malindi in all likelihood comes from Abu al-Fida, a Kurdish geographer and historian. He wrote that Malindi is situated to the south of the mouth of the river, which begins within the Mountain of Comr hundreds of kilometres away.
This mountain may be Mount Kenya, in which Galana River originates. Therefore, Malindi has existed as a Swahili settlement for the reason that at the least the 13th century. Once rivalled simplest by means of Mombasa for dominance on this a part of East Africa, Malindi has historically been a port town. In 1414, the metropolis turned into visited through the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Malindi's ruler sent a non-public envoy with a giraffe as a present to China on that fleet.