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Rocky walk

Interesting history but not really much to see. Very little info at the actual monument.....and it's not even in it's original location. The walk and path not very well... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
Kampala, Uganda
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Nairobi, Kenya
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Just take tuk-tuk or work there and you will learn a lot about history of Africa and Kenya. And maybe you will understand this country more... You cam combine this visit with visiting national museum in Malindi. That type of history needs to be described by expert.

Thank Babadogo
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We were received by a very knowledgeable tour guide, Karisa who explained all there is to know about the pillar and its rich history. Unfortunately it is poorly managed and difficult to reach as its original access is private property. This leaves a very narrow path thats very bad, neither is there any parking and we had to do with... More 

Thank Susan M
Kampala, Uganda
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184 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting history but not really much to see. Very little info at the actual monument.....and it's not even in it's original location. The walk and path not very well maintained... and a fairly hefty charge... probably better viewing it from a boat.

Thank hmf5863
Nairobi, Kenya
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

My wife and I went back to this pillar in August 2016 after last visiting it in 1987 and there was nothing new except that this time, there was a small fee of US$ 1 per person to see the pillar. Once you have taken your photos, there is nothing else to do other than gaze at the ocean horizons.... More 

Thank Daniel J
Nairobi Region, Kenya
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

The view was amazing, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks was calming and just made me want to stand there all day. There is a plaque with a brief history of the pillar which is useful, especially if you do not want to hire a guide.

Thank Maddie Y
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Why on earth Vasco da Gama chose to come ashore here is beyond me. The Pillar does not improve the site one bit. It's the ultimate " Why did we bother going there" destination and they charge you money!

1 Thank Rory K
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I read the other reviews before visiting. We bought a ticket for the pillar, museum and church. It was a good relaxing afternoon. The pillar is built from limestone, not concrete, as one reviewer said, and paying for a ticket (500ksh) lets you walk right up to the pillar and enjoy the view/take photos - I could not see how... More 

Thank NigelWNottingham
Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The site was quite breathtaking, seeing the vastness of the indian ocean and the beautiful history behind it all. Worthy stopover whilst in Malindi

Thank 898sharon
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We visited in about 15 min and liked it - we paid 300 ksh for one of the official guides to give us a 5 minute history of the area. Pretty cool photo opportunity and nice view of the bay!

Thank Kereuter
Northampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Taken here by our regular Tuk-tuk driver and I thank him for that. Not much to do but admire the spot and learn the history. Great photographic value

Thank John T

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