Gedi or Gede Ruins, Watamu
Gedi Ruins was one of the ancient Arab towns located along the East African Coast from the late 13th or early 14th C. It was mysteriously abandoned in the early 17th C. The Great Mosque, the Palace, several residential houses and pillar tombs have been uncovered. Many of the buildings are near the entrance gate but others are scattered through the forest.
Opening hours: 7am-6pm
Gedi - Kipepeo Butterfly Project
Located at the entrance to Gede Ruins is the Kipepeo Butterfly Project. Kipepeo is Swahili for butterfly.Forest edge communities are given the opportunity to gain income directly from the forest, by live breeding the unique butterflies of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. These are then sent to live butterfly display centers around the world. Farmer's raise the caterpillars on leaves from forest trees; a very small but sustainable harvest. When the caterpillars change into pupae (the resting stage in the life of a butterfly), the farmers sell the pupae to Kipepeo.This project does help compensate farmers, somewhat, for the damage that elephants and baboons cause to their crops.