Mnarani

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Tanvir Singh Sabharwal
Eldoret, Kenya95 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Mnarani ruins are located in along the Kilfi Creek. You have to climb 100 steps to get to the top so go prepared.
There's a tiny snake park at the entrance if you're a fan of reptiles.
The ruins are very interesting, was happy to learn about the culture of the past settlements and see their way of life. The huge baobab trees are definitely worth checking out and if you want to make a wish and leave it in the tree, you take a walk 5 times around the baobab, make a wish and never look back, or so we were told.
The views from the top are spectacular. You must visit this site if you are a fan of history.
Written December 22, 2022
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Douglas N W
Johane3 contributions
Jun 2021
Mnarani Club/ Hotel is on a commanding cliff on Klifi Creek , with commanding views out to the sea and coral reef. It has a " private " beach and the resort is set in tropical gardens.
The staff were all so helpful, and despite trying to run the resort with a low occupancy
due to the global Covid Pandemic regulations, nothing was compromised .
Good service, food , bar and beach service.
One of the best holidays ever....good rooms, organization of tours etc.
Written July 2, 2021
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RiNiqueMoNiQue
Torhout, Belgium622 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Been in Kilifi many times but only last week I visited Mnarani Ruins for the first time. It was amazingly interesting.
The guide knew what she was talking about and I learned about Kibla's, madrassa and the great mosque. ALso the madrassa was interesting.
When in Kilifi : do visit, it's worth the trip and the ajoining forest is equally nice.
The history of these ruins dates back to the 13th century when Omani Arabs came to the East African Coast for trade. Their businesses flourished and they built their residence at Mnarani.

Community tour guide Thomas Chai said during my visit that low water supply and frequent attacks from the Galla people caused the Arabs to flee and settle in other Coastal towns, which were safe and had good water supply.

Mnarani has two mosques and tombs — an indication of early life.

The foundations of the great and smaller mosque, which are located in the eastern tower, are still intact. The mosques have also served modern generations.

The mosque comprises six sections: a well where water was fetched and stored in a tank to be used before prayers, a baraza where sandals were placed before entering the mosque, a worship area for women and men, an imams’ changing room and a pulpit, which is known as "kibla" by Muslims.

Mnarani Ruins has a clean compound and is a perfect spot for picnics and for nature lovers to connect with the past. Clear pathways entice you to take a walk through history as you make a trip around the ruins.
Written December 9, 2018
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Eishhh
Hartbeespoort, South Africa93 contributions
Oct 2017
Beautiful beaches, Good summer holiday with all the amenities. Visited the village for the day, what an experience.!!!!!
Written June 26, 2018
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Kybe254
Nairobi, Kenya71 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We visited the historical site where one of the early Arab families lived. A walk with a guide who was telling us about the families that lived there and now buried there was quite informative.
Written November 3, 2018
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Upepo71
Nairobi, Kenya110 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Most people visiting Kilifi are not even aware of this little museum gem, tucked away at the back of Mnarani village. The site of an ancient 14th Century Arab settlement, a few skirmishes and a fascinating history. Bit of a climb up the 107 ancient steps, but well worth the time to step back into a little known history of the Kenya coast. Must see the 1000year (est) old baobab tree. The resident expert and guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Take plenty of water as it can be quite hot.
Written March 7, 2017
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sandra y
Nairobi, Kenya24 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
We easily easily found our way to the ruins while staying in Kilifi, It cost us 100ksh for entry as local residents. The guard (Chigomba) then took us on a tour , the 104 steps are small so not too much of a challenge. It was nice learning about the ruins and way of life of the Arabs then. I wish the national museums would preserve this site better. We also viewed the old ferry location before the bridge was opened in 1991 and got to visit the giant baobab tree where people apparently go to offer sacrifices and pray for special intentions. We finished off with a tour of the snakes they keep, turtles and a monitor lizard. Contributing to the upkeep of the animals is encouraged. Overall nice way to spend an hour or two while in Kilifi.
Written January 5, 2015
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vinrogue58
Lincolnshire, UK47 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
I believe this is supposed to be a review of the Ruins not the Hotel? The ruins are above the old ferry crossing, they cost 500 KeS each to enter and that included the guide. Overall it was a pleasant experience, we were the only people at the ruins and it is easy to see why there is no investment into making this into a true "very good" attraction. The whole tour around the ruins took about 90 minutes which included a rather bizarre reptile enclosure visit, (included in your ticket). For the cost it was ok, but it is not outstanding, however it is value for money. You are able from its elevated position to get some good photographs of the Creek and Old Ferry crossing with the new bridge in the shot too and as many photos of the ruins and old well as you wish. The Huge Baobob tree with the face on it is a must see. Put some mossie repellent on and be prepared for the 104 steps to the entrance after dodging all the land crabs.
Written February 7, 2014
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Anand G
Kochi (Cochin), India2,003 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
The Mnarani ruins are quite exciting a site but the authorities have stopped excavation after finding just a few structures. Whatever they could find too are not maintained properly. Only two mosques are remaining now with a house which could be seen earlier collapsing due to the growth of roots of trees near that. One of the reasons for abandonment of the city was supposed to be drying of fresh water sources. Is not there a lesson for everyone of us here? The guides are good but facilities very very poor. Further excavations and good upkeep can result in hordes of researchers visiting the place not to speak of tourists.
Written September 6, 2013
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JenS2011
London, UK10 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We walked up the bluff above the creek when Mnerani ruins hover and had a great couple of hours round the site with the guide (provided with your entrance fee). A beautiful spot, with an incredible view to the creek, enshrouded in history. Make sure you also visit the Reptile Farm attached where you can pick up a giant tortoise, and see a real black mamba in the flesh!
Written July 13, 2013
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Mnarani, Kilifi