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Gede Ruins

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In about 1000 AD, Arabs from Oman built palace cities along the east African coast. They fortified... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Clinton, Washington

Its an amazing place to visit with ruins from the 12th Century that suprisingly still exist!!! It... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Lucy N
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Mombasa-Malindi Road, Gede 5067-80200 MALINDI, Kenya
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ruins provide a historical background of the lives of the communities that existed in the region, their way of life and some of the forms of government they had during their time. At the Ruins there is also a snake park and butterfly garden...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In about 1000 AD, Arabs from Oman built palace cities along the east African coast. They fortified Gede with an outer wall and an inner wall. Gede ruins are famous for their unique pillar tombs for dignitaries and imams. Our guide showed us through the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Its an amazing place to visit with ruins from the 12th Century that suprisingly still exist!!! It has a great story and Njeri our tour guide did a fantastic job explaining it all. They also have a snake park, butterfly conservation project and a hump...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lucy N
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Gede ruin is an interesting historical site near Watamu town on the Kenya shore. The site is interesting to see and learn something about the history on the Swahili coast, which is quite interesting. I also really liked the jungle that is surrounding ruins, and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank keplam
Reviewed 10 September 2018

An exciting place rich in history that is surrounded by a forest...the ruins are beautiful and have an interesting story ..Has some animals like monkeys..got to see the ruins of a palace and houses..A nice place to visit..

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank rayannekarim
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Swahili settlement established in the 13th century town and inhabited by sailors, traders and settlers from Oman. Learned about how the Arabs arrived, air conditioning, organisation of the society, construction of buildings. Guides were optional but worth using as very well informed. Butterfly house and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

It was exciting going back centuries of history. The place is rich in history and you cannot help being captivated by the stories as narrated by the well informed guides. A fantastic place to visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SamN001
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

We got tuk tuk up to the ruins and enjoyed the tour taking a guide from the entrance who brought to life the ruins. Kids enjoyed this as well as feeding bananas to the monkeys.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank sdmmb
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Historical and beautiful place to spend an afternoon. We opted to not take a guide, but judgin from other peoples tours the guides seem to be very good and well informed.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank nicola s
Reviewed 21 February 2018

In one of my many travels in Kenya, my guide at Wild World Expeditions strongly recommended that we include this place in our itinerary, and I never regretted! The monument provides ancient Swahili history that relates so much to what is happening today. I was...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank KevinTravel254
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