Africa Safari Travel – East Africa Attractions

Many historical and cultural evidences are found in East Africa. Each country features a rich history dating back many centuries. In Kenya sites like Gedi, Fort Jesus and Kobi fora have been declared as world heritage . Here is a description of a few of these sites for those looking for ideas when arranging to go on an African safari.

Fort Jesus
This landmark within the island of Mombasa was built in 1593 by the Portuguese acting as a guard of the old port found here.

The fort has now been converted to a monument and it has a history of being conquered several times by Portuguese, Arabs and the British empire.

Olduvai Gorge
Generally referred to as the cradle of mankind, this sharp sided ravine is located in the Great Rift Valley East of Serengeti plains and measures 30miles in length and 295ft deep. This is a pre historic site which enhances the understanding of human evolution.

The Gorge was discovered by a German entomologist named (Wilhelm) Kattwinkel who accidentally found it upon the gorge during one of his expeditions. The canyon comprises of an erosion-created rift with layer after layer of fossils, bones and old artifacts.

Louis and Mary Leaky pioneered excavation work at this anthropologist’s paradise in 1931 with other anthropologists carrying on the work into the 21st century.

Gedi Ruins
Once a Swahili town between the 13th and 17th century located at a village known as Gedi near the coastal town of Malindi, the ruins include of a palace, mosques, tomb stones and large stone houses.

The area was however, reoccupied by the nomadic Oromo tribe of Somalia in the late 16th century and later abandoned it in the 18th century. The name Gedi or Gede is a Galla word meaning “precious” which is thought to be either the name of the town or the name of the final Galla leader to camp there.

Koobi fora
Koobi forra is located near Lake Turkana vicinity and its name comes from the local language meaning the place of commiphora.

It consists of protrusions of mainly Pleistocene sediments comprising clay stones, silt stones, and sandstones that protect numerous fossils of terrestrial mammals, including early hominid genus and as such has been of great importance in the excavations of fossils important to the human evolution theory.

Article by:  By: Jamie S Hanson

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