We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Vasco da Gama Pillar

Malindi, Kenya
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 10 attractions in Malindi
Type: Monuments/ Statues
29 visitor photos
Write a Review

31 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4
    8
    13
    3
    3
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kenya
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This landmark reminds you of the long history of our Kenyan coast and the valiant sailors who braved the elements and the unknown to sail these seas in rickety vessels all those years ago.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warsaw, Poland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Maybe it's an important place but there's nothing special. You can stand 10 meters left or right from this place, see exactly the same and don't have to pay for it..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Standing next to the pillar and wondering what the Portuguese saw, felt, thought or planned during their 15th Century conquest of the coast was the best moment during this excursion. It is a must visit for history lovers but anyone who doesn't know/care about history may find this attraction boring to say the least.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reda
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

for the truth I do not understand, nor building pretty, neither turned out to be big or interesting. I can not write anything positive... I got the impression that they put it to the list during trip to Malindi to make offer sound better-waste of time..I did not even take a pictures.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Vasco da Gamma pillar is literally standing history, commemorating the first ever landing of a European on the East Coast of Africa in the 15th Century. The pillar has been re-erected severally and is currently manged by the Museum of Malindi. You have to get a ticket to view it at close range.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nairobi, Kenya
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Though there is a factual error on the description - Vasca da Gama didn't hit the Calcutta in India (which is on the eastern coast), but reached Goa on the west coast in 1498.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winnipeg
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My friend and I literally stumbled into the Vasco da Gama Pillar while walking along the beach at low tide. We climbed up a small shelf of rock and were at the site. Immediately we were approached by two plain-clothed fellows telling us we had to buy a ticket since we had already seen the Pillar! I was understandably skeptical,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

the pillar stands somewhat like a lighthouse, calling you to come in and experience all the other sites in malindi. Its at this place that we met a free lance tour guide called Festus, we nicknamed him Vasco. He gave us such good toursin and out of malindi for four days.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
South Bend, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Vasco da Gama pillar is a fascinating site to behold, but the amount of money charged to visit the pillar is not worth spending. For the best use of your money, you can view it for free standing in a good position outside Baobab restaurant, or even walk around it during low tide.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Suffolk
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This object of local tourist interest actually looks a little better viewed from a boat a few hundred meters out at sea. It looks then an interesting landmark on a jagged rocky point.From the land there is not a huge amount to ponder over!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Vasco da Gama Pillar also viewed

Malindi, Coast Province
Malindi, Coast Province
 
Malindi, Coast Province
Malindi, Coast Province
 

Been to Vasco da Gama Pillar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Vasco da Gama Pillar, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing