attractions/Tourist Attractions in Mombasa, Hotels safaris and activities.
is the second largest town in Kenya and one of the oldest permanent
settlement at the Kenya coast. Mombasa Island is connected via a ferry
to the south Coast by Likoni Ferry across the Kilindini Channel,
to the north coast by the Nyali bridge and to West by Makupa causeway.
Mombasa is cosmopolitan in both ethnicity and religious composition.
Kenyans of different descent - Africans, Asians, European and Asians who
are Muslims, Christians, Hindu and Buddhists are united by a common
coast culture-Swahili. It is a hybrid of the intermarriage of these
Accommodation:- Mombasa city has lots of hotels of all
classes to choose from. Mombasa Beach Hotels are to be found at the
Coast and North Coast. We can book you the specific hotel on
request or otherwise we advise depending on your destination,
preferences etc. Note that during summer most of the hotels
register heavy bookings and hence we advice you to book in advance.
This will apply to other coastal cities of Malindi and Lamu.
hire in Mombasa is available on request. Just provide us with the details
of the car that you desire, dates etc and you can easily collect your
car at the airport or it be delivered to your hotel.
Mombasa City Tour/Mombasa
to do in Mombasa
tour takes you to famous sights of the Mombasa -the Fort Jesus, Hindu
temple, Old town, Mwembe Tayari open-air market, the local
bazaars, handicraft carvers, the Haler's Park, Mamba Village, the
elephant tusks. Those that wish to enjoy an exotic dinner in the
ocean are better advised to book the Tamarid Dhow. This
floating restaurant is part of the Carnivore group of Restaurants.
The dhow has a life band. Port Cruises are available in the
afternoon and in the evening.
tourist Attractions/ Tourist Attractions in Mombasa.
1. The Fort Jesus museum:
built Fort Jesus in 1593. It was designed by an Italian architect and
engineer, Joao Batista Cairato. Fort Jesus was built to secure the
safety of Portuguese living on the East Coast of Africa. It has served
the needs of different ocupants throughout its existace. It was the
centre of prolonged struggle between the Arabs and the Portuguese
the Portuguese it was the secured there safety for 200 hundred years
Between 1837 - 1895, the Fort was used as barracks for the soldiers.
When the British protectorate was proclaimed on the 1st of July, 1895,
the Fort was converted into a prison.
On the 24th
of October, 1958, Fort Jesus was declared a national entity in the
custody of the Trustees of the Kenya National Parks. Today the fort is a
National Museum since 1962.
The Elephant tasks:- A visit to Mombasa would not be complete
without a visit to the Elephant tusks. These were set up in 1952
to commemorate the visit to the town by Queen Elizabeth 2. The
Elephant tusks write the letter 'M' and nearby are the curio shops of
Akamba wood carvers.
3. Local Bazaars, Business District,
Mwembe Tayari/Kuku And The Walk Through Town:
business district is a unique experience. Shopping is about bargaining
as the price you pay is not the tag price. Along Mombasa's Digo
road you can buy anything from locally made safari boots to imported
Calvin Klein jeans. Along the streets are hawkers selling local
vegetables. The houses built along these roads are made from coral-concrete.
Mwembe Tayari literally means "ready mangoes". Here you will
see vendors approved by city council selling all kinds of meats,
vegetables and fruits. These days, vendors outside the market sell used
clothing brought from western countries.
Haller Park-The Bamburi Nature Trail
Formerly Bamburi Nature Trail,
Haller Park is a reclaimed remnant of the moonscape landscape of the
quarry left by the Bamburi Cement Company. It has been named Haller's Park in honour
of Rene Haler, the German naturalist who reclaimed it.
Reclamation started in 1971. Today, the quarry is a luxuriant garden,
ideal for relaxation and adventure
featuring crocodile/fish farm, snake park and worth a visit. Haller's Challenge lay in establishing soil the medium for
vegetation growth. His first attempt was a dismal failure.
However on further trial only three trees survived-the casuarina,
Conocapus and Coconut palm. To establish soil, he introduced the
red legged millipende to feed on the fallen casuarina leaves.
Among the activities one can engage in at the Haller park are
horse riding, bird watching, tortoise rides.
Haller park is an education centre for sustainable development, wildlife
conservation, flora and fauna. They have a world class conference
centre located in cool atmosphere. You can also organize your
wedding at the park.
Park has been in the international focus following a unique relationship
between a tortoise and the hippo.
A variety of
trees are found in Haller Park. These include Neem Tree (Mwarubaine),
Mvule and Mbambakofi.
species of monkeys can be sighted including-Green
Vervet Monkey,Sykes Monkey and Mona Monkey, Other mammals include
the oryx, the eland, cape buffalo, giraffe.
Haller park boasts of 160
species of birds.
a crocodile farm amidst bridges. It also has a specialty
restaurant where one can taste all the marine and game meats.
also has a very lively disco.
A visit to
Mombasa is incomplete without a visit to Ngomongo Villages.
Like Bomas of Kenya(Nairobi) Ngomongo Villages Park is a collection of 9
diverse RURAL KENYA TRIBAL HOMESTEADS, each complete with hut,
cultivated crops, domestic and wild animals ( like crocodiles for the El
molo man) wild animal traps, charms and fetishes, tinsmiths and even a
village witch doctor!
Each village has tribe - specific activities for you to engage in,
including archery, boating, rafting, tasting tribal foods and liquor,
forest walk, hook fishing, grinding and pounding maize.
After the trek through the village households, you get the “ deja vu”
feeling that you have literally walked throughout rural Kenya in only 1
marine parks exists at the coast giving one the best opportunities to
visit the colourful marine life including the coral gardens and the
colourful fish. These
includes-Malindi Watamu marine park, Kiunga Marine Park, Kisite Mpungati
The parks are ideal for wind surfing, snorkeling, water skiing,
sunbathing, diving and bird watching.
National Parks and Sanctuaries
Mombasa you can organize excursions or day trips to the following
National Park-Covering 320Km2, the park has elephants, buffalo,
bush buck, monkeys, and the only population of Sable antelopes. It
provides superb views of the coast. You can even spend the night at Shimba Rainforest Lodge.
in 1995 to offer a solution to the human elephant conflict, the
Mwalugange Elephant Eanctuary covers 24,000Hac. It is connected to
Shimba Hills National park by a fenced corridor. The
Mwalugange Elephant Sanctuary is run by the local Duruma
community. You can be accommodated at Traveller's Mwalugange
these two wildlife sanctuary is the privately owned
Sable Valley Game
Sanctuary. It has an exclusive tented Camp-Mukurumuji Tented Camp.