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Gede Ruins

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An interesting site to visit while in Watamu or Malindi

Gede ruin is an interesting historical site near Watamu town on the Kenya shore. The site is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Zagreb, Croatia

An exciting place rich in history that is surrounded by a forest...the ruins are beautiful and have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Mombasa-Malindi Road, Gede 5067-80200 MALINDI, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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..

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

1  Thank KevinTravel254
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

‘Typical’ ruins, but interesting ones at that. If You stay in Watamu for a while, it’s well worth a visit. Big unique plus for the 8 gigantic Owls living inside the ruins (awesome, look for them!), the nosy monkeys and friendly guides. Checked the Butterfly...More

Thank Theosof
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We went to the Gede ruins on New Years day and had the ruins almost to ourself. We paid our entrance fee and were assigned a guide who showed great insight to the history of the ruins. They have a sign at the entrance that...More

1  Thank MariHel
Reviewed 26 December 2017

The Gede (or Gedi) Ruins date back from the the eleventh century until the place was abandonment in the early seventeenth century, to be rediscovered in the 1920s by colonialists (although local tribes knew of the place). The ruins might be more interesting if things...More

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