Kenya is a great place for a vacation if you like historical sites. The Portuguese settled in Kenya for a time along the coast and were envolved in trading. They were always being attacked by the Omani Arabs so they finally left. You can visit the Gede ruins that were once a Swahili town.
The history of Kenya goes back many centuries. Islam came to the coast in the 9th century and for next 5 centuries, a large trading business developed along the coast. In 1505, the Portuguese captured Mombassa but they left in 1720 after many battles with the Omani Arabs.
In 1593, the Portuguese built Fort Jesus on a coral reef at the entrance to the harbor. The fort was built to protect the Portuguese that were living on the East Coast of Africa. No fort experienced the hostilities that Fort Jesus went through. From 1696 to 1698, the Omani Arabs attacked Fort Jesus.
From 1837 to 1895, the fort was used as a barracks for soldiers. When the British took over in 1895, the Fort was made into a prison and in 1962, it was made into a museum. The fort is now a historical landmark and is open to visitors.
The Gede ruins were once a Swahili town and are typical for most towns along the East African Coast. The town and walls were rebuilt in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Many people lived here, the town became wealthy, and it reached its peak in the fifteenth century. The ruins consist of mosques, a palace and many houses. In the last half of the seventh century, the last families left town. Gede is now a national park and museum.
You can visit the Mnarani ruins in Kilifi District. Mnarani overlooks Kilifi creek. The ruins are made up of two Mosques and several tombs. Mnarani was first occupied in the early 14th century but the first mosque was not built until 1425. There was major reconstruction efforts made in the 15th century after the first building collapsed.
It is believed the Galla destroyed Mnarani in the early 17th century. Mnarani is well worth a visit.
The Darin Blixen Museum belongs to a different time in Kenya history. The museum is located on what was a farm at the base of the Ngong Hills. The farmhouse was made famous by the Oscar winning movie “Out of Africa” which was based on Karen Blixen's life
The museum was built in 1912 and was bought buy Karen and her husband in 1917. It became a farmhouse for their 4,500 acre farm, which had 600 acres of coffee.
The museum is open everyday with guided tours that are great. The museum shop has handicraft posters, postcards and other items for sale.
The Lord Egerton Castle was built between 1930 and 1940 and is located west of Nakurn. Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton England owned the castle.
The Lord Egerton Castleis a 4 story building with 52 rooms, is made of stone, and is built in a classical Victorian style and is a very interesting place to visit.
Kenyais full of history and has so many historical sites for its visitors to see. There are also many archeological sites you can check out inKenyathat are great.
When you are inKenya, there are many other places you can visit that are great.
The Masai Reserve is a very popular wildlife park inKenya. From July to October you can see the migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra. The Masai tribesmen conduct cultural tours that are very interesting. You will also see herds of elephants, buffaloes, lions and hippos to mention a few.
Lake Nakurais home to millions of flamingos and other bird species, white rhinos, warthogs, giraffes, hippos, ostriches and lions. You can visit this park year around.
A visit to this park is an awesome experience. You will also have a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Masai live here with their cattle. Amboseli is also home to over 50 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. If you plan on visiting here you should try to do it from June to October.
Lamu is on e ofKenya’s oldest towns that was settled by the Swahili over 700 years ago. The town is very primitive but enjoyable.
Malini is one of Kenyas most popular attractions. People love to go here for the beautiful beaches. Silver sands has many villas and small resorts. There is a Marine Park and it is a great place for some one who enjoys the water.
Kenyais an amazing place and it has much to offer its visitors.