We have heard about pyramids in Egypt or Mexico. Also we know about pyramids in China and Bosnia. There are pyramids in Indonesia, for example Borobudur. But have you heard about pyramids in Kenya? During my travel around this country on the way from Nanyuki to Nyahururu I have seen a hill which looked like a pyramid. I took a photo of it. Quality of my photos in this post is not good because they were taken through windows of buses by a mobile phone's camera.
Traveling by matatu from Nyahururu to Nairobi near a town called Gilgil I have seen a similar hill . If my memory is correct of course.
Shape of these hills reminded me shape of the Chinese pyramid, which I have seen only in the internet pictures.
and the Bosnian pyramid.
Except pyramid-like mountains, I also have seen hills that looked like burial mounds (kurgans). On the Mombasa - Nairobi route I have seen in the distance a hill looking like a big kurgan or pyramid.
I have seen a different hill up close, looking like burial mounds from Ukraine.
And this is what the kurgan from Ukraine looks like.
Also on the Nairobi - Mombasa route near Emali town, I have seen some hills that reminded me Chocolate Hills from Bohol in the Philippines or the multiplied Wanda Mound in Cracow.
Here are these hills from close distance. As you can see someone started to dig there already.
These are Chocolate Hills on Bohol
and Wanda Mound.
If someone will make professional researches of these unusual hills, it may turn out that they were not created naturally, but were built by someone hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.
On Indian Ocean coast in Kenya near Gede (Gedi) village neighbouring to Watamu town you can see ruins of a old town. It could be possible that the settlement was built even in eleventh century (Wikipedia):
"The earliest evidence for occupation at Gedi is a grave marker that has been radiocarbon dated to between 1041 to 1278, placing the original settlement of the site sometime in the eleventh or early twelfth century."
In anoher article Wikipedia informs us that it was a harbour:
"Although not thought to be mentioned in historic sources, extensive ruins of a former port have been dated to the thirteenth century or earlier, including a tomb with a date corresponding to 1399, until at least the seventeenth century. Later, the port was abandoned and not rediscovered until the 1920s."
The town was abandoned probably in seventeenth century:
"Gedi's population and prosperity peaked during the fifteenth and into the sixteenth century until it and many other coastal sites began to decline in the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Gedi was abandoned by the middle of the seventeenth century. "
The website museums.or.ke suggests the following reasons for leaving the town:
"Gede’s eventual abandonment to nature is believed to be as a result of a number of factors. Namely, the Wazimba raid along the East African coast in 1589. The removal of the Sheikh of Malindi and the Portuguese to Mombasa in 1593. The falling water table as shown by the deepening of the well outside the Great Mosque and finally the overhanging menace of the Galla, a hostile nomadic ethnic group from Somalia."
I suggest one more reason. Gede developed until the coldest period of Little Ice Age (Britannica):
Little Ice Age (LIA), climate interval that occurred from the early 14th century through the mid-19th century, when mountain glaciers expanded at several locations, including the European Alps, New Zealand, Alaska, and the southern Andes, and mean annual temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere declined by 0.6 °C (1.1 °F) relative to the average temperature between 1000 and 2000 CE.
Today some scientists use it to distinguish only the period 1500–1850, when mountain glaciers expanded to their greatest extent, but the phrase is more commonly applied to the broader period 1300–1850. "
"The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, all separated by intervals of slight warming."
I am not saying that it was too cold there and inhabitants escaped from Gede. Simply with rising of continental glaciers the sea level slightly decreased. Today ruins of Gede are around six kilometers from a line of ocean. During the peak of Little Ice Age it was much more and Gede was in the middle of a forest. If the town was the harbour it lost its position. I suppose that if the sea level decreased not so much, people carried goods from ships to town and back but at some moment this activity lost sense and people built new town close to sea line and step by step they moved from Gede to the new location. When the temperature on the world increased and glaciers in Greenland and other places began to melt, the sea level rose again and the water flooded the new settlement. In the meantime, the harbour located in that place have been losing its importance and became depopulated. Maybe Watamu is a remain of that former settlement.
Watching the coast line near Watamu in Google Earth, I started to suppose that maybe the new settlement was established in the current Watamu National Marine Park.
I made freediving in Watamu National Marine Park and took photos. I checked my photos from my freediving in this national park and saw many structures overgrown with coral. Corals quite quickly cover sunken objects. In Indonesia I have seen a tire covered with coral. Looking at the pictures from Watamu Marine National Park, I have seen something like a piece of a wall lying underwater.
Some stones without natural shape.
Something looking like a piece of a wall.
And something like a street.
There were corals growing along a straight line.
And other mysterious objects.
Of course, all this may have nothing to do with human activity. Everything could be natural. But it may also be a remnant of a human activity, but as a result of the action of nature, these ruins are indistinguishable from the natural coral reef.
I checked all Kenyan coast line in Google Earth. At the border with Somalia, there is a strange, regular structure in the ocean.
I checked the area on the internet and it turns out that there was a national park with an attractive coral reef there. Perhaps there was a city there in the past, but so long time ago that it was not included in any historical records. It could be at a time when the sea level was definitely lower, for example in one of the ice ages or when it was so hot that much water evaporated and the glaciers were melted and the water soaked into the ground.