Gede Ruins National Monument & Museum

The ruins of Gede are the relics of 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 undisturbed and nature had the time to re-conquer the place. The ruins at Gede were rediscovered in the 1920 and gained the status of Historical Monument in 1927. Since then about 18 ha of the site have been excavated and the remains of several mosques, a palace, residential houses and elaborate pillar tombs have been revealed.

Because it is hidden in deep forest the site is very atmospheric and mysterious. Gede Ruins is also an excellent place to observe wildlife.

A guide will drive you through the ruins and the museum teaching you a lot of interesting things about the fascinating culture of the Swahili people and the ancient town they constructed.