Gede Ruins

Gede Ruins: Hours, Address, Gede Ruins Reviews: 4.5/5

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Gede National Monument is a historical and archaeological site found near Gede town about 120 km from Mombasa and 16km from Malindi in Kenya. Gede National Monument is open to the public seven days a week including public holidays from 7:30 am in the morning to 6:00pm in the evening.
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Thomson
Amsterdam, The Netherlands580 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
We went visiting Gede ruins. Differences in price in tourist/residence/Kenyan citizen. We paid 400€ each and the child was free. (We paid residence price, child was 5 years old). They want you to take a tourguide but you don’t have to take him. We didn’t because we looked up a lot on forehand on the internet and in books. There are also old wore diwn information boards with some information. The complex is big but make sure you visit the inner walls area, where the palace is situated. Nice trees everywhere who make the place a mystic area. We heard theres a lot of hussle about the real story behind it, the might trade slaves from there and there should be a tunnel to the beach. They don’t talk about that part of the story. If it is really treu, we didn’t find out.
Written March 3, 2021
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Beatrice V
Nairobi, Kenya92 contributions
Feb 2021
Enjoyed tour of the site, very knowledgeable guide. Rich historical site and worth the visit any day.

I recommend a visit to the site
Written March 2, 2021
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Nkechi N
Washington DC, DC667 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Gede Ruins are worth a visit if you are in the Malindi area. Gede was a 12th century Swahili city that was a trading hub for this part of the East African Coast. Guides take you on a walking tour of the city (wear sneakers) and explain how people then lived. Fascinating pre-colonial history! You also get to feed local Sykes monkeys that live around the ruins...they are quite friendly!

COVID: Like most other places in Kenya they do temp checks and have hand washing stations at the entrance.

TIP: go early in the morning as the sun gets very hot midday. Also bring your own drinking water
Written January 25, 2021
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west1983
London, UK312 contributions
Nov 2020
Well worth a visit, although they make it hard to find through lack of signage. There are two turns you need to make which are not sign posted. We had a fun hour with Khamisi who certainly now his local history and provided a lot of detail. There is just enough standing to have an idea of what it may have looked like, appreciate the high level of plumbing and 'aircon' systems and there are some splendid trees. Interesting to note the 20 year old museum appears to be falling apart much more quickly than the old city.
Written November 27, 2020
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Beverlyn O.K
Nairobi, Kenya81 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Our guide was enthusiastic, multilingual and knew so much about the history of the site dropping interesting tit bits of information about this historical monument. The site is well preserved and overgrown big old tress over the ruins distinguishes just how much effort has been put to maintain its historical aura as possible.
Since it is neighboring the vast Arabuko Sokoke Forest, some cheeky monkeys are also everyday tourists at the site and one such monkey followed us around through the tour.
Other than the ruins, The place has a museum ( where all the historical artifacts retrieved from the ruins are kept) ; a tortoise and monitor lizard shed; a snake farm ( most were rescued from illegal smugglers or caught in people’s homes); Kipepeo butterfly house which is a locally run butterfly project .
Written November 26, 2020
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Henry M
6 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
I learned the history of the site. The guides were friendly and had a rich understanding of the place. It was like sitting in an history class. I learned alot.
Written October 12, 2020
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Written October 13, 2020
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Leila C
Nairobi, Kenya20 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
This was worth it!!..Few kilometers from Malindi town.We got such a bubbly guide at the gate (they are Multi-lingual).Tour began at the snake park,what I loved about this is that the snakes on display are rescued from ilegal smugglers and dealers.they are venomous so they are obviously caged,we then proceeded to the tortoise shed,and to the highlight of the tour:the ruins.these are well maintained and the guide was well versed with even the tiniest of details!! There is also an excuisite museum (one of a kind) and finally to the kipepeo house.Such beautiful butterflies😘.All for Kes.100 per section for citizens.Gates close at 6pm
Written January 1, 2020
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Brenda
Nairobi, Kenya61 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
A lot to learn in a clean and well maintained historic site. The tour guide was very friendly and patient.
Written December 24, 2019
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GoingHomeSoon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia60 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I would have rated this more highly had there been more information available, either on panels or from a hand-out at reception. If I'd realised what a magnificent place this was I would have done some pre-reading - a lesson for my next trip!

Community guides have been trained to show tourists around the site. Unfortunately the guide we were allocated (Mr Chai) didn't seem very interested and once he determined we were not interested in buying trinkets from his friends at the front gate,he raced us around the site, not giving us time to really absorb the atmosphere or take photographs.

The snakes were fascinating to both myself and our child as they only keep the snakes a small time, rehabilitate any illness, milk their venom and then release again. As Australians it was especially interesting to hear that African Tiger Snakes are not poisonous, unlike the Australian version. We had a great time holding snakes and talking to the guardian. The aggressive Black Mamba spitting at us from behind the glass was quite confronting - to think that's all that stood between us and death. Really interesting place, if very small.
Written August 4, 2019
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Carolkay
Nairobi, Kenya592 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
we did enjoy seeing such a historic place with lots of things to learn about.
Impressed by the kipepeo project.
worth visiting , very friendly monkeys around.
Written July 20, 2019
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