Gede Ruins Holiday Travel

Gede Ruins and Kipepeo Butterfly Farm. Kipepeo Butterfly Farm is a communal initiative aimed at enabling surrounding communities earn a living through the forest. The communities breed the unique butterflies of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest then export them to live butterfly display museums all over the world. Kipepeo is the Swahili word for butterflies. The farm holds various species, colours and sizes of butterflies. You will get first hand experience on how butterfly farming is linked to developing livelihoods of over 100,000 people in rural communities surrounding the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Local butterfly farmers sell the pupae abroad in exhibitions in USA, Europe and Japan.

Gede ruins are now a National Museum, heavily overgrown with beautiful indigenous forest trees. A walk through the ruins will give you an opportunity to encounter Syke’s Monkeys, and the Golden Rumped Elephant Shrew.

Your Itinerary

This tour will take you to Gede Ruins a 12th Century Swahili village that was mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago due to unknown causes.

Gede Ruins is a 12th century Swahili trading village, mysteriously abandoned 600 years ago, now a National Museum, heavily overgrown with beautiful indigenous forest trees. A walk through the ruins will give you an opportunity to see the ruins of the village mosque, stone houses and huge picturesque stone houses. Also, look out for the dried up wells, drainage gutters and the well planned out right-angled city streets. Your Gedi Ruins encounter will not be complete till you encounter syke’s monkeys and the golden rumped elephant shrew. As you curiously look out the ancient wells, expect to be startled by owls!

This tour will also take you to the Kipepeo Butterfly farm. It is at the entrance to Gede Ruins.

Lunch will be at hotel in Malindi. Later proceed to your hotel in Mombasa or Malindi