Shimba Hills National Park

Located about 60kms south of Mombasa and lying 400m above sea level Shimba Hills is one of the most underrated parks in the country.This park is famous for thick forest and large herds of elephants roaming freely.other wildlife easily sighted in the park include;buffaloes,sable antelopes,giraffes,duikers,bushbucks and ostriches.

Other attractions include Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary.

Mombasa Island

Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city and one of the oldest settlements in the country with rich history and culture.Mombasa island is connected to the mainland by two causeways to the west, a bridge to the north and a ferry to the south however getting around the island is pretty easy.

Hundreds of kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches that fringe the low lying coastal strip are backed by dunes and coconut palms traversed by scores of streams and rivers.

Main attraction include:

  • Fort Jesus
  • Old town

Fort Jesus

 Constructed in 1593 by the Portuguese, the fort which acted as a look out for potential invaders of the island and  a harbour for Portuguese settlers.The island saw a lot of invasions from Omani Arabs and the sultans from Zanzibar which saw the fort taken over in 1631 in a popular revolt which saw the killing of all remaining Portuguese.the takeover didn't last long for the sultan and the Portuguese took over the fort again.

Many more ships french and British ships began to dock and the interest for the island grew year by year.

Old town

 Mombasa's old town however isn't that old as the name suggest.most buildings date from the early 19th century but the foundations and styles of construction is borrowed from the ancient Zanzibar architecture.the narrow Allys  and streets distinguish the town from the rest of the city.

 

Gedi Ruins

Gei ruins

Distance fron Nairobi to Gedi Ruins, Malindi.


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This is large 13th to 14the century Swahili settlements was apparently unknown to the Portuguese despite their presence only 15 kms away in malindi during their occupation of the coastal strip for nearly 100 years.

This is a mixture of settlements in a forest which is unique and intriguing at the same time.it is argued that the remains of the early settlers were the oromo tribe but that is still a subject to debate up to date.

Gedi is one of Kenya's great unknown treasures, a wonderful lost city lying in the depths of the great Arabuko Sokoke forest. It is also a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continues to engender debate among historians. To this day, despite extensive research and exploration, nobody is really sure what happened to the town of Gedi and its peoples. This once great civilization was a powerful and complex Swahili settlement with a population of over 2500, built during the 13th century. The ruins of Gedi include many houses, mansions, mosques and elaborate tombs and cemeteries. Despite the size and complexity of this large (at least 45 acre) settlement, it is never mentioned in any historic writings or local recorded history. The nearby Portuguese settlement at Malindi seems to have had no contact with, or even known of the existence of Gedi. The town has all the appearances of a trading outpost, yet its position, deep in a forest and away from the sea makes it an unlikely trading centre. What was Gedi trading, and with whom? But the greatest of all of Gedi's mysteries was its sudden and inexplicable desertion in the 17th century. The entire town was suddenly abandoned by all of its residents, leaving it to ruination in the forest. There are no signs of battle, plague, disturbance or any cause for this sudden desertion. One current theory is that the town was threatened by the approach of the Galla, an inland tribe known to be outwardly hostile at that time, and that the townspeople fled ahead of their arrival. Yet once again, local recorded history fails to mention any such large scale evacuation at this time. No written account of either the rise or sudden fall of Gedi was ever made. The ghostly ruins of Gedi lay within the forest that has overgrown and consumed the town. They had become a part of local folklore, regarded as a sinister lair of malevolent spirits, until archaeologists began to uncover the site in the 20th century. It was gazetted in 1948. Today there is an excellent museum and well trained guides on hand to take visitors through the ruins. Gedi remains a mysterious and atmospheric place to visit. The pillars and stone walls, ruined mosques and tombs now lie among stands of trees. The stone floors are thick with leaves, and giant shrews scuttle through the deserted houses while birds and butterflies drift through the air. Wandering through Gedi is an ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon, lost among the secrets of the past.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

This is arguable the largest patch of indigenous coastal forest in East Africa.Over 400sq kms of heavily forested area ready for exploration.

The forest is reffered to as IBA (important bird area) in Kenya for its abundant bird life and also home various species of monkeys.

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