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Address: Kilifi district, Coast province, Mombasa, Kenya
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For nature and history lovers

The ambiance at this place beats everything. With the beach close by, works well for a weekend afternoon out with friends and family

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2016
Simon M
Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very good site, worth the visit!. A mixture of Arab, Islam and African history: the origins of Swahili culture: language and architecture

Thank Eric L
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

A must see if you're interested in culture and history. This abandoned village was built around 1300 and is full of ancient stories. Situated directly by a beautiful and quiet beach, you'll also find an awesome seafood restaurant at the beach, just a few steps from the ruins.

Thank NadjaTipatet
Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

The ambiance at this place beats everything. With the beach close by, works well for a weekend afternoon out with friends and family

Thank Simon M
Mombasa, Kenya
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

the place have some evidence of Swahili people ,Muslims mosque and some pools,the place show the evidence of slave trade and historical records that i have forgotten now,it is good and enrich in historical facts

Thank ogweyoogalo
Doha, Qatar
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The Jumba ruins are around 20km from Mombasa. You can either take a tuk tuk straight to the ruins (cost for two way travel from Mombasa around 2000 shillings) or a matato (mini-van) to Mtwapa and then a piki-piki (motorcycle taxi) to the Jumba ruins. There is a small museum with some basic displays describing not in particular the Jumba... More 

2 Thank huahmad
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A nice place to visit and get into the suggestive ruins atmosphere, the Museum staff will take you around describing the history of the ancient population that was living there and for some mysterious reason left the town some 600 years ago, you will also have the chance of enjoying a beautiful sea view and a small wonderful seafood restaurant... More 

1 Thank Karl P
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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 

Thank Kamran M
Nairobi, Kenya
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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 

2 Thank Gudrun H
Richmond, Canada
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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.

1 Thank enjoyingtime5
Mombasa, Kenya
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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.

Thank Zeekam

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