Mnarani ruins

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The remains of a small coastal village in the town of Kilifi, that date back to the 14th century.

Only two mosques remain in a recognisable form.

One of these is smaller and older than the other — built in the 14th century and again in the 15th century after it collapsed.

The larger, and more famous one was built in the 15th century.

The town was destroyed by the Galla in the 17th century.

Today, it stands on its own compound, with a reptile sanctuary and an old baobab tree.

What to do thereSee the architecture of the time first hand, and learn more about pre-colonial Kenya.

Or go for picnics, with amazing views of Kilifi creek and the bridge on it

Best time to visitAny time of the year

Location of Mnarani ruinsMnarani ruins are next to the southern banks of Kilifi creek, and in the town of Kilifi — Kenya.

They also are less than 200 meters from the Mombasa - Malindi highway, next to the old ferry crossing.

How to get thereBy vehicle, walking, or boat — about an hour's drive north of Mombasa.

No aerodromes exist nearby, but there are daily passenger buses from both Mombasa and Malindi.

Or use a boat from any of the beach hotels, or further.

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