Gede Ruins

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.

Key Features

  • Numerous brick houses
  • A palace
  • Amosque
  • Artifacts (such as Ming Chinese vases, Venetian glass)
  •  Gede indigenous forest

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