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Mida Creek Gedi Ruins Mombasa 1 Day Tour: an excellent full-day excursion from Mombasa that combines a visit to Mida Creek Reserve (recognized International Bird Area) and the Gede Ruins Museum – remains of a Swahili town which traces its origin to the 12th Century.
Our Mombasa day tour begins with a drive to Mida Creek – located to the east of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest on your way to Watamu in Malindi. Mida Creek is approximately 6 km long and is lined by mangrove forests that form the ecology for many species of birds as it forms a major stopover for the migratory birds.
Mida Creek Reserve activities include bird-watching, fishing, mangrove walks, and leisure canoe rides with friendly tour guides and canoe drivers.
The highlight of the tour includes a walk on a one-of-a-kind suspended boardwalk that winds through the mangrove forest canopy. Guests get a chance to experience an overhead view of the scenic creek and its surroundings.
We have lunch at ‘The Crab Shack Restaurant’ which looks out to stunning views of Kirepwe Island. Access to the restaurant is via a 200-meter boardwalk. Lunch includes fresh oysters on a bed of ice and lime, Prawns, calamari, crab samosas, and soft drinks.
After lunch our Mombasa day tour takes us to Gede ruins – a remains of a Swahili town. It traces its origin to the 12th 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. Experience the mystical cultural life in this old town amidst our natural heritage.
After a guided tour of Gedi ruins, we transfer back to Mombasa.
Mida Creek Gedi Ruins Mombasa 1 Day Tour Itinerary
0730 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel/ residence we pick you up and depart by road from Mombasa to Mida Creek Reserve. The drive takes about 2 hours covering about 100 km.
1000 Hours: Once at Mida Creek you will proceed on a guided walk around a mangrove forest, learn about different species of crab that live within the mangrove, and watch the different bird species that inhabit the ecosystem.
Our Mida Creek tour also includes a walk on ‘Indiana Jones cable bridge and a canoe ride to one of the small islands. Guests can also swim in the creek as it provides a pleasant and refreshing experience.
Mida Creek birds include Egrets, Lesser Crested and Roseate Terns. Common migrant shorebirds here include Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, and Greater and Lesser Sand Plover.
In the landward area around the creek, a further 115 species have been recorded. These include Egrets, Lesser Crested and Roseate Terns.
1230 Hours: Lunch is served at a local restaurant which includes locally prepared dishes of coconut rice, fried fish, and some vegetables.
1400 Hours: After the delicious lunch, a short half-hour drive takes us to Gede Ruins Museum. This is a 15th-century Arab settlement with 8 mosques, a palace, houses, wells, and tombs as its main features.
A guided visit to the ruins will help you discover more about the ancient town of Gede, and perhaps why it was finally abandoned to its present state.
After the Gede tour, a visit to the snake center is also included. The snake tour gives you a look into some of the reptile species that are found in Kenya.
There is also a small butterfly farm in the same location which one can visit if there is time (for those who have an interest).
1600 Hours: We depart by road back to Mombasa Island.
1830 Hours: Upon arrival in Mombasa, we drop you off at your hotel/ residence.
Mida Creek Gedi Ruins Mombasa 1 Day Tour Prices
Mida Creek Gedi Ruins Mombasa 1 Day Tour Rates Includes:
Possible to customize the tour + Professional English speaking guides + All entry fees, guide fees, service charge, and taxes & Pickup from your hotel in Mombasa and drop-off to your hotel
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* A 12th Century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago.- Gede Ruins Visit
* Visit Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 km squared. It comprises different types of habitats that are influenced by the tide, for example, mud and sand flats, open shallow waters, and mangrove forests
Mida Creek Gedi Ruins Mombasa 1 Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)