Gede Ruins and Museum

Gede ruins are remains of a Swahili town. It traces its origin to the Twelfth Century and was rebuilt with new town walls in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. The museum has numerous ruins, comprising mosques, a magnificent palace and houses all nestled within 45 acres of forest.

Gede’s eventual abandonment to nature is believed to be as a result of a number of factors;

  • The Wazimba (local tribe) raid along the the East African Coast in 1589.
  • Removal of the sheikh of Malindi in 1593.
  • The falling water table outside the ‘Great Mosque’.
  • The projected danger from the Galla, a hostile nomadic group from Somalia.

Gede is the fisrt intensively studied site on the coast, and was declared a protected monument in 1929.

Experience the mystical cultural life in this old town amidst our natural heritage.

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