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Gede Ruins

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Address: Mombasa-Malindi Road, Gede 5067-80200 MALINDI, Kenya
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+254 723 359652
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A bit of history

One of the oldest historical gem in coast province, apart from the structures fading out slowly the guides will paint a true picture of what Gede ruins looked like and how the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tonigichimu
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Nairobi, kenya
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Nairobi, kenya
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the oldest historical gem in coast province, apart from the structures fading out slowly the guides will paint a true picture of what Gede ruins looked like and how the people then survived regardless of the many challenges that faced them

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Thank tonigichimu
Watamu, Coast, Kenya
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65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is mainly for avid history and architecture buffs. Needing a calm mind and a sense of presence one can easily be taken back centuries in an instance. The serene beauty of this once bustling settlement on the Swahili Coast is simply magical to savour and behold. The mysterious Ruins and the untold stories are folklore in the mjikenda... More 

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1 Thank Azhar K
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

A magical place of ruins amongst the trees. We always visit whenever in Watamu. Get a tuk-tuk from town / your hotel at around 5pm for a fascinating and atmospheric visit.

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Thank Xoolaha
Nairobi, Kenya
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Was taken round by a guide by the name Elias who seemed to know the history so well and the ruins like the back of his hands. The place is rich in the history of the Swahili people and one can relate the structures to the present traditional lifestyle of the Swahili people. I loved the tour and was amazed... More 

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2 Thank Herbert D
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We visited this place early this year, it is such a rich collection of coastal history in one place.

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Lesjofors, Sweden
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

This is a little gemstone if you like ruins. Easy to access ("good" road AND signs so you can find it) 500 ksh for foreigners and 100 for locals. Very cheap. It also has a few other options on site, such as a butterfly house. The ruins are clean (except for the wells, because people just have to toss their... More 

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2 Thank tusenvindar
Ibadan, Nigeria
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

the history that surrounds this Ruins will leave one amazed. a lovely place to get an update on the history of kenya

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1 Thank deniyi
Staines
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49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We visited this together with the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve from Mombasa, it would be a very long drive to visit on its own. A local 'volunteer' showed us around and explained about the site and the trees which are part of the indigenous forest. There are many birds to be seen, but the bird viewing tower is no longer... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We got a tuk-tuk to take us from Watamu, and paid an official guide to take us around the ruins. The ruins are interesting to see, and the guide explained the history of the place. His speech was very rehearsed and scripted, down to the jokes he told (lots of bathroom humor!), but we learned a lot. We also bought... More 

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1 Thank tsibanas
cape town south africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016

What made the ruins special was our excellent guide. He was most informative and pleasant. His name is Khamis Badi He is an official guide to the museum. His tel number is +254724955119 email khamisbadi@yahoo.com

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