Utamu wa Watamu (Part 1)

When that trip that you’ve been waiting for finally comes to fruition, nothing can keep you calm. Your mind is engaged, your body is ready and your feet can’t help but take off.  This post will be filled with pictures because my words aren’t enough for it. I’ll skip the boring details and head straight to the punch.

Here we are, at the Gedi Ruins Entrance. Magical doesn’t begin to explain it. They offered to give us a guide but we were too excited and wanted to explore by ourselves so we politely declined.

Favourite shot 

Just look at that! This structure has been preserved through all those years. Isn’t it something?

We walk though the Arabuko forest (yes, Gede is part of it) and soak in the ambiance brought about by the numerous trees and are met by this sight.

Trees everywhere

I promise not ruin it.

It’s ruined but still beautiful

There’s more.

Soak it in

And more.

Just beauty

Now to the various sections of the palace.
This place was huge. They probably got lost looking for each other inside.

The Palace

Who has a section in their house just to store iron lamps?

House of Iron Lamp

We should have taken that guide to explain all these, but the speed at which the groups were moving was not our desired pace.

House of the scissors
House of Venetian

This was constructed (or believed to have been) in the 13th century. It still stands strong. You could almost smell the ancient vibe it’s got going on.

See that arch! 

(Notice the names Gedi and Gede are used interchangeably)

A little history about the ruins – Gede Ruins were part of a Swahili town that grew wealthy over the years and reached its peak in the 15th century. It was declared a National Park in 1948 after being restored and preserved.  It is the first intensively studied sites at the coast of Kenya and is run by the National Museums of Kenya.

Easily accessible by both private and public means.
Entrance fees : Kes100 for adults

Information about the monument and curator contacts can be found here.  

Till next time.

 

 

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