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.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Malindi, Kenya

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 51 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
An insight into Kenya's history from several hundred years ago

Well maintained location, just be a bit careful when stepping around the coral rocks to avoid taking a tumble while trying to get a better angle for the pictures ... good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Safariafficionado
,
Kampala, Uganda
Add Photo Write a Review

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Nyahururu, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The view is breath taking,the pillar is like in the middle of the sea.The history of collapse and re build surely shows the determination 0f the team

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kampala, Uganda
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
46 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Well maintained location, just be a bit careful when stepping around the coral rocks to avoid taking a tumble while trying to get a better angle for the pictures ... good explanations from the guide!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Malindi, Kenya
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The place is very nice, the pillar is white and you can have a wide view of the ocean and its surroundings. you can also spent good time with family taking photos. it is cheap and the best

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Lovely,,though the only thing you can do is enjoy the cool breeze and stare at the pillar,,that was enough for me,,hope it will be for you..History is lovely,,to see..ha

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It's like a feeling of being back in the past with the pillar behind and sea in front... Very nice view though.. Nothing much to do besides enjoying the cool sea breeze..

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nairobi
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
63 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If u in Malindi then u must visit this place as its historical and shows u the history of Kenya and its connection with India and Vasco de gama

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

....Helpful history..........Wish the places were close to each other and not scattered...but i guess its not possible !

Was this review helpful? Yes
nairobi
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Decided to take in a little culture and history while in Malindi and ended up at the Vasco da Gama pillar. The site is not too far from the town, and was an affordable ride by the tricycle vehicles locally known as tuktuk like they have in parts of India :-) There is a small fee for entry KES 100... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This site features the a white pilar dated to be from the fourteenth century. With brief history of the Portuguese and their voyages in this part of the world at that time

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

land mark place to visit but nothing to see other than the pillar. you can get some photographs with the pillar and boast about the history you visited.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Vasco da Gama Pillar also viewed

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?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Vasco da Gama Pillar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?