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Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour

This Mombasa Day Trip includes a tour to other Gedi Ruins and the Malindi Marine Park from Mombasa. Staring from Mombasa you travel to one of the coastal towns called Malindi located about 100 Kilometers from Mombasa.

Gedi Ruins & Malindi Marine Park day tour from Mombasa explores Gedi Historic Site located along the Mombasa-Malindi road, 65 miles from Mombasa and 10 miles from Malindi.

Drive north past Kilifi onto the ancient city of Gedi – Thereafter proceed to Malindi for lunch and an exploration of the Marine National Park in the glass-bottomed boat where you are taken goggling by an experienced guide.

There are various activities that you will enjoy including visiting some of the historic sites – Gedi Ruins Museum which has remains of a Swahili town. Get to see the local town of Malindi and the native culture.

You will not want to miss the aquatic activities at the Malindi Marine Park in the Indian Ocean to see Coral Reefs, Tropical Fish, Barracuda, Turtles, and Dolphins.

Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour Highlights

* Explore Malindi town which was made famous after Vasco da Gama’s stopover in 1498
* Visit the Juma’a mosque, which was misused as a haven for slave trading until mid-1870’s
* The town of Gedi. Despite Gedi’s close proximity to Malindi; it was never a focus of any European activity
* In Malindi, you will see narrow alleys in the old part of town where the old houses have been lived in for centuries
* The glass boat ride in the marine park takes you out to see some sensational fish. If you wish, you can snorkel too
* For lunch, we make plans for you to visit Hemingway’s Hotel. Malindi used to be a popular spot for Ernest Hemingway
* Visit one of the oldest East African churches still stands strong; the Church of St. Francis Xavier still stands strong across from Vasco da Gama’s pillar, where he carved the Christian cross

Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour Itinerary

0700 Hours: Our tour departs Mombasa by road to Malindi located about 120 Kilometers. Gedi Ruins lie 16 km south of Malindi town and approximately 90 Kilometers North East of Mombasa.

0900 Hours: Arrive at Gedi Ruins Museum, a historic site for a 2 hour tour by an experienced local guide. The Ruins of Gedi are the remains of a Swahili town located in Gedi, a village near the coastal town of Malindi.

From the 13th or 14th to 17th centuries, Gedi was a thriving community along the jungle coast of East Africa. Gede Ruins is a 12th Century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago due to unknown causes.

It is now a National Museum, and the ruins are heavily overgrown with beautiful indigenous forest trees, baobabs and tamarind. The guide takes you through the history of the ruins to this present day.

Look out for Syke’s Monkeys, and the Golden Rumped Elephant Shrew can also be seen here. A quiet, careful look in some of the old wells can turn out the odd owl, too.

1100 Hours: After, you proceed to Malindi town to see the Vasco da Gama pillar and later you tour Malindi Town. Just like Mombasa, Malindi holds a lot of history. Its scenic beauty and clean white beaches makes it one of the most visited towns. The Swahili people are the predominant culture found in Malindi.

This is a multi-ethic city, a mixture of different culture and religious, a multi colored human rainbow, this is how Malindi can be presented.  Down town and old center, the local market building and touristic resorts. Malindi is Kenyan beach holiday at all.

Malindi was made famous after Vasco da Gama’s stopover in 1498. In Malindi, you will see narrow alleys in the old part of town where the old houses have been lived in for centuries.

One of the oldest East African churches still stands strong; the Church of St. Francis Xavier still stands strong across from Vasco da Gama’s pillar, where he carved the Christian cross. Also extant is the Juma’a mosque, which was misused as a haven for slave trading until mid 1870’s.

1300 Hours: Enjoy lunch at Hemingway’s Beach Resort or Turtle Bay Beach Resort.

1430 Hours: Next proceed to Malindi Marine Park and Reserve located in Malindi about 30 Kilometers from Gedi Ruins. Here you will take Glass bottom boat ride to explore the marine reserve.

The marine park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, and high fish diversity, marine mammals (e.g. dolphins), turtles and various species of shorebirds.

1600 Hours: Depart for Mombasa.

1830 Hours: Arrive in Mombasa and drop off at your Hotel/ Residence.

Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour Prices

Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour Rates Includes:

Lunch in Malindi + Professional English speaking guides + All entry fees, guide fees, service charge and taxes + Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour & Pickup from your hotel in Mombasa and drop-off to your hotel

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Notes

* Our Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour from 0700 Hours to 1830 Hours
* Pick up from hotels in the North Coast Hotels. Extra charge for pick up from South Coast Hotels


Mombasa Day Trips Gedi Ruins Malindi Marine Park Tour Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes
* 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)

Gedi Ruins Kenya Facts & History

The historic site known as Gedi is on the Mombasa-Malindi road, sixty-five miles from Mombasa and ten miles from Malindi. It consists of the ruins of a fifteenth-century Arab-African town, typical of a number of such towns up and down the coast of East Africa but the only one which is maintained as a place of public display.

During your trip to Kenya for a safari, beach vacation, or alternative adventure, a day’s historical or educational trip can be arranged.

Gedi is one of Kenya’s great unknown treasures, a wonderful lost city lying in the depths of the great Arabuko Sokoke forest. It is also a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continues to engender debate among historians.

To this day, despite extensive research and exploration, nobody is really sure what happened to the town of Gedi and its people. This once great civilization was a powerful and complex Swahili settlement with a population of over 2500, built during the 13th century. The ruins of Gedi include many houses, mansions, mosques, elaborate tombs, and cemeteries.

Despite the size and complexity of this large (at least 45 acre) settlement, it is never mentioned in any historic writings or local recorded history. The nearby Portuguese settlement at Malindi seems to have had no contact with, or even known of the existence of Gedi.

The town has all the appearances of a trading outpost, yet its position, deep in a forest and away from the sea makes it an unlikely trading centre. What was Gedi trading, and with whom? But the greatest of all of Gedi’s mysteries was its sudden and inexplicable desertion in the 17th century.

The entire town was suddenly abandoned by all of its residents, leaving it to ruination in the forest. There are no signs of battle, plague, disturbance, or any cause for this sudden desertion.

One current theory is that the town was threatened by the approach of the Galla, an inland tribe known to be outwardly hostile at that time and that the townspeople fled ahead of their arrival. Yet once again, local recorded history fails to mention any such large-scale evacuation at this time. No written account of either the rise or sudden fall of Gedi was ever made.

The ghostly ruins of Gedi lay within the forest that has overgrown and consumed the town. They had become a part of local folklore, regarded as a sinister lair of malevolent spirits until archaeologists began to uncover the site in the 20th century. It was gazetted in 1948.

Today there is an excellent museum and well-trained guides on hand to take visitors through the ruins. Gedi remains a mysterious and atmospheric place to visit. The pillars and stone walls, ruined mosques, and tombs now lie among stands of trees.

The stone floors are thick with leaves, and giant shrews scuttle through the deserted houses while birds and butterflies drift through the air. Wandering through Gedi is an ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon, lost among the secrets of the past.

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