GEDE RUINS TOUR EXPERIENCE IN WATAMU WITH AFRICANMECCA
When you visit Gede Ruins during your historical beach tour of Watamu with AfricanMecca, you are taken back to a 12th-century Swahili settlement that served as a model of other townships along the coast of East Africa. Evidence shows that portions of the original settlement were rebuilt during the 15th and 16th centuries as a result of an increasing population from surrounding coastal villages and towns.
The mosques, palaces, houses and other structures demonstrate the abundant growth of wealth that was enjoyed by the townspeople until the 15th century, and the mystery of the Gede lies in the ultimate abandonment of the fruitful and thriving town two centuries later. Studies of the ruins have revealed many factors that may have motivated the people of Gedi to leave behind the idyllic setting of the beautiful rural metropolis that was built within an ancient forest, such as the 1589 raids of the Wazimba along the coast of East Africa, the eventual demise of the Sheikh of Malindi and Portuguese loss of Mombasa in 1593 and the ever-present threat of a raid by the Galla tribespeople of Somalia.
Archaeologists have also found that the inhabitants deepened the well outside the Great Mosque, an indication that the water table was growing significantly harder to reach, leaving the people without a necessary resource.
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WHERE TO STAY IN WATAMU
Watamu offers a range of hotels, from the most opulent beachside villas where you are pampered with top service to deluxe resorts where you receive excellent service to affordable lodgings.
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GUIDE ON WATAMU
In Watamu, you may come to realize that the stretches of soft white beaches, ocean breezes gently swaying the coconut palms leaves and turquoise, marine life waters are exactly what you imagined.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT WATAMU
We consider July to October to be the best time to visit, as this is the longest dry season with cool coastal conditions and the skies are clear and sunny, but Watamu is a beautiful all year round.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR WATAMU IN EASTERN KENYA
When beach vacationing in Watamu, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Watamu attractions and tour activities after your Kenya safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a twin-beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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