Rabai is well known in the annals of history as the place where Christianity and modern learning in Kenya started well over 150 years ago. In 1994 the Krapf Memorial Museum was founded to give formal and a perpetual reminder to monumental events during the advent of early missionaries. Stories about the first missionaries were passed on by word of mouth and are still told today.
Built in 1846 as the first Church edifice in Kenya, Rabai is situated about 25 km north-west of Mombasa, off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Mazeras-Kaloleni road, about half an hour?s drive from Mombasa.
Kirepwe is a island and is located in Coast Province, Kenya. The estimate terrain elevation above sea level is 6 metres. No much historical research has been conducted by National museums of Kenya but has exiting history if you get a local tour guide.
One of the most underrated sites on the Kenyan coast, an excursion out to Marafa depression is well worth the hour drive from Malindi. Named by the natives Nyari, ‘the place broken by itself’, the geological formation was caused by erosion of the sandstone escarpment, revealing a unique set of vibrantly colored rock layers, from whites to pinks, oranges and deep crimsons.
Local legends tell a very different story from the one of natural erosion. Legend has it that the expanse of Hell’s Kitchen was once occupied by a rich family of the Wakiza clan. The family indulged in bathing in valuable milk from their cows. God, furious at their excessive behaviour, punished them by opening the ground beneath their home. The symbolically milky white and blood red sandstone of Hell’s Kitchen serves as a reminder against wastefulness and exorbitance.
Ape families can either be seen basking or swinging from one branch to another with infants cuddled on their bosoms.
Mnarani Ruins in Kilifi is a favorite attraction site for its thick baobab trees, two remnants of mosques and a number of tombs.More alluring about the place is that hundreds of people/ believers around the world travel to the site to pray and offer sacrifices to God since the tombs, mosque and baobab trees are believed to be holy.
Some of the massive baobab trees here are said to be about 800 years old. The site was first occupied in the early 14th century, but the first place of worship, the Great Mosque, was not built until around AD1425. Reconstruction of the mosque was done in the 15th century after the collapse of the earlier building.
Interestingly, the inscriptions on the tombs and the mosques here are written in Persian language, suggesting that the early settlers in Mnarani were Persians from Oman.
Mnarani ruins is located in Kilifi District, Coast province. It overlooks Kilifi creek from the southern side, some 200 meters from the Mombasa – Malindi road. The ruins consisting of two Mosques and a group of tombs. It falls within Grid Reference 936 970 on Map Sheet 198/2.
The Gedi ruins are one of Kenya’s great mysteries. Set in an idyllic location on the Indian Ocean, and buried deep in a lush forest, the town was thought to have been founded in the early 13th-century. But what has really baffled researchers is the well-established town’s mysterious abandonment and incredible development.
However, it is not only the quality of the ruins that amazes visitors but the advanced nature of the settlement. Left standing today are numerous coral-brick houses, a palace as well as an impressive mosque. Gedi was in many ways, a very advanced city with streets, running water and flushing toilets. Correcting the assumption that Africa was far behind the rest of the world before colonialism.
Head north from Mombasa towards Malindi, Gedi is 65 miles north of Mombasa and about 10 miles south of Malindi.