There are diverse and incredible kinds of beads and beaded artworks found throughout Africa and we at African Beaded Safaris strive to help our guests discover these historic hidden beads. Some of the oldest documented beads on record actually come from Ostrich Eggshell beads found in the Enkapune Ya Muto rock shelter in Kenya. Our Natural History Beaded Safaris may follow the foot trails of the great explorers such as Hemingways, Livingstone, Joseph Thompson, Roosevelt, among others.
Gede Ruins Monument is the remnants of a large Swahili town that was settled first in the 13th century and again in the 17th century. There are actually ruins of Swahili towns all along the Kenyan coast, but Gede is currently the largest known and certainly the most extensively excavated. It includes a huge central area of historical ruins, a tree platform with great views of the site, and a large network of nature trails that meander through the surrounding forest leading to many lesser ruins. Just by the entrance to the Gede Ruins Monument, a local community group performs traditional Giriama dances for visitors and sells handicrafts in an effort to retain and share their rich cultural heritage.