Gede ruins

 Gede ruins,  remains of a mosque<sup>1</sup>

Gede ruins, remains of a mosque1
The remains of a small coastal town, that dates back to as early as the 12th century.

It was once a thriving town, reaching its peak in the 15th century, before being abandoned in the 17th century.

Some of the reasons include a decreased availability of fresh water, raids from other tribes and moving of the Portuguese to Mombasa.

Among the ruins are several mosques, a palace, and houses spread out over a large primeval forest.

The surrounding indigenous forest is a sacred ritual site for the surrounding community.

What to do thereLearn more about the town's inhabitants, their lifestyles, architecture and pre-colonial Kenya.

You may need a guide to get a good history of the place

Best time to visitAny time of the year

Location of Gede ruinsGede ruins are near the Arabuko Sokoke forest, a short distance off the Mombasa - Malindi road.

They also are near the town of Watamu on the Kenyan coast.

How to get thereBy vehicle, about a two hour drive from Mombasa through Kilifi.

There aren't any airstrips nearby, but there are daily buses from Mombasa and Malindi.

References1. By I, Mgiganteus, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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