The Ruins at Gede

The ruins of Gede are relics of the one of the Arab-African settlements found along the East African coast. These towns were built by the Swahili people during the 13th and 14th century. Scientists suppose that at its peak of prosperity about 2,500 people lived in Gede.

There are still various theories as to why the town was abandoned during the 16th or 17th century. However, after Gede was abandoned, it remained undistributed and nature had the time to re-conquer the place.

The ruins were rediscovered in the 1920s and gained status of Historical Monument in 1927. Since then, about 18ha of the site has been excavated and the remains of several mosques, a place, residential houses and elaborate pillar tombs have been revealed.

Since it is hidden in deep forest the site is very atmospheric and mysterious. Taking a guided tour through the ruins and the museum, will teach you a lot of interesting things about the fascinating culture of the Swahili people and the ancient town they constructed.

Additionally, you can walk along the nature trail network which comprises 40 different species of plants and leads to lesser ruins throughout the forest. Gede Ruins is also an excellent place to observe wildlife.

Forest birds like Fishers Turaccos, Malachite Kingfishers, Paradise Flycatchers and African Harrier Hawks can be sen from the tree platform which as built for the ASSETS programme. Mammals such as; sykes monkey frequently romp around the remains of the buildings at Gede.

If you are lucky, you might even spot the shy and rare Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew on the ground of the surrounding thicket.

It is best to combine your visit to Gede with a trip to the Kipepeo Butterfly House on the grounds as well take in a traditional dance performance by Randu Giriama Dancers which is situated just outside the ruins entrance gate. Contact us today via to a day excursion to Gede Ruins.