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Jumba la Mtwana

Address: Kilifi district, Coast province, Mombasa, Kenya
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Ranked #38 of 90 things to do in Mombasa
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

being not such a huge fan of historic places myself, i think you need to know that this place is a must go to. If you are into history, then for that. But also because not too many people know that quite right there amongst the ruins lies a small Italian joint called Monsoons. The name may not sound appealing,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a wonderful Place to relaxe...ur going through the Ruins of Jumba la Mtwana. This Place is situated in Mtwapa...I have never seen before such a nice and quiet Beach Place. If ur hungry...don´t worry..there is a Restaurant.....not cheap, but very good! Try it and find out! Observe the Ebb and Flow......in case u want to swim! Parking is... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

If you don't have time to get to the Gede Ruins, this is nice alternative. Only about 30 min north of Mombassa. Great restaurant on the beach with amazing seafood and view.

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Mombasa, Kenya
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have visited many times over the years, but the amount of research carried out by the authorities into why the inhabitants abandoned the area remains negligible. We would like to know more.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The grounds are well maintained and clean. The monsoon restaurant is great, The entry fee of 500 KSH seemed a little too high for what was on offer. Only go there if you are going to the restaurant otherwise it is not worth the trip through the bumpy access road.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

great walk along the beach at kikambula to get there. good museum and worth getting a guide for the ruins to get the most out of the history. good botanical life at the ruins. went there with the beach boys from outside royal reserve safari and beach hotel.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

To reach Jumba la Mtwana was an epic adventure since no sign posts, indications or advertisements are existing all the way from Mombasa and the last 2 miles or so of dirt road was almost impassable due to poor maintenance, but finally we reach the Site. The guided tour was fast, didn’t take more than half an hour, since the... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

When looking for the ruins of Jumba la Mtwana, we had a bit of trouble finding the place. When you know where to look, it is rather easy. Coming from Mombasa, you pass Mwtapa and at the end of the town, you turn right after which you simply follow the bumpy road. Then you arrive at the gate and you... More 

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Mombasa Kenya
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

Jumba la Mtwana, also known as Jumba Ruins is not only a mysterious and fasinating hystorical place, is also one of the last safe paradises of the Kenya coast, a secluded refuge where the Sea Turtles are coming every year to reproduce,the last safe oasis of the Hawksbill and Green Turtles. The two Turtles species that are found commonly nesting... More 

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