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Location

Kilifi lies on the Kilifi Creek and sits on the estuary of the Goshi River. This Creek provides visiting yachts with a very protected place to moor securely, great kite surfing, beautiful mangroves and a sociable and friendly boatyard where boats can safely be left whilst the crew explore the interior.

The town is known for its beach and for the ruins of Mnarani, including mosques and tombs, dating from the 14th to the 17th century. As well as being close to Mombasa and Malindi, it's also close to the Tsavo with its complex of national and private game parks.

Approaches

The markers through the entrance between the reefs are difficult to spot. See tips on entering in this report. At night the majority of beacons are lit although maintenance can be infrequent.

The bridge that spans the Creek has a clearance of 72 ft (22 m). One must also be careful not to touch the telephone and power lines, which are difficult to see.

Position 03° 38.47'S, 39° 51.95'E (river entrance)

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry.

See full details on clearing into and out of Kenya at noonsite's Kenya Formalities.

Harbour fees and clearance charges can vary from port to port in Kenya, however cruisers report that clearance at Kilifi Boatyard is simple and straightforward and recommend this as a port of entry.

Contact Kilifi Boatyard before arrival (see contact details below under Docking). They can arrange for Immigration and Customs to come to their premises to deal with the formalities.

Customs have an office in Kilifi (they also act as Harbour Master in this port) and Immigration is in Malindi, an hour and a half away by road.

If coming from Tazania, Shimoni is the more convenient place to clear in.

Last updated August 2017.

Docking

Kilifi Boatyard
PO Box 905 , Kilifi 80108
Tel:+254 41 525 067
This is a full service yard with moorings and a water taxi service from yacht to shore and to Kilifi township. Facilities for boats on moorings also include clearance services, mail, showers, bar & restaurant, laundry, LPG gas refills & security.
The yard can haul out boats up to 14 tons or 40 ft LOA, drying out grid for larger boats, engine overhauls, stainless steel welding, galvanizing arranged, mechanical and electrical services. Teak decks and carpentry workshop. Sail and canvas repairs. Limited chandlery. Duty free importation of yacht spares can be arranged for yachts in Transit.

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