Solo Female Travel in Kilifi

Kilifi, a serene coastal town, is nestled on the flanks of Kenya's beautiful Indian Ocean shoreline. Located approximately halfway between Mombasa and Malindi, this less-trodden destination is renowned for its pristine, powdery beaches and the ultra-blue Goshi River that is fringed by mangrove forests, offering a welcoming paradise for both tranquillity seekers and nature enthusiasts. Known for its traditional dhows, it showcases a unique blend of diverse cultures and histories. Also well-known for the fairytale-like Kilifi Creek and the historic Mnarani ruins, an archaeological site dating back to the 14th century, Kilifi presents visitors with ample opportunities to explore, indulge in water sports, or simply soak in the picturesque town's rich cultural heritage.

Travel rating

Meet new people

Get the Travel Ladies app to meet new people, find travel buddies, share solo travel experiences and stay with locals through couch surfing.
Download from App StoreDownload from Google Play
Get the Travel Ladies App

Travel index


Kilifi is a relatively safe area. However, like many travel destinations, it is always important to stay vigilant as a solo female traveler. Locals are generally friendly and helpful but avoid walking alone at night in deserted areas. Be aware of local customs to show respect and avoid offending anyone. Avoid flaunting expensive belongings in public to not draw unnecessary attention. Consider taking a taxi during the night for added safety.


Traversal in Kilifi mostly comprises of the use of taxis or rental bikes, though public transport is available too. However, navigating can sometimes be challenging due to limited road signage. The locals, nonetheless, are friendly and often willing to give directions. Early planning and familiarizing with the area would enhance movement. Remember personal safety when choosing your transportation, particularly at night.

Things to do:Interesting

Kilifi offers a broad range of activities for solo female travelers. Its pristine beaches and turquoise waters are perfect for water sports activities like snorkeling and boat tours. The rich culture and tradition of the area also enable enlightening visits to local villages and markets. For nature lovers, the Arabuko Sokoke Forest and the Mnarani ruins are a must-visit. Despite the allure, there might be some challenges like language barriers and navigation in less touristy areas but overall, it's quite engaging.

Food:Above average

Kilifi is a hub of various delicious gastronomic delights offering an exceptionally good variety of traditional Kenyan food, fresh seafood, and intercontinental dishes. There is a pleasant blend of Swahili and diverse Indian influenced dishes to try. Street food like 'ugali', 'nyama choma' and 'samosas' are must try. However, the diversity in food might be a little limited as compared to cosmopolitan cities, but the fresh organic ingredients and coastal spices used make the food flavorful and unique in its own way.


Kilifi, while not the cheapest destination in Kenya, is quite reasonable when compared to many Western countries. Accommodation can be affordable especially if you opt for local guesthouses or budget hotels. Local food is delicious and won't break the bank. However, tourist activities and transportation can add up quickly, so it's advisable to plan accordingly and negotiate prices where possible.

Is Kilifi worth visiting?

Explore Kenya