The largest port on the East African coast, Mombasa, although a busy modern city, still retains its low-rise character, particularly between the massive Portuguese-built Fort Jesus and the old dhow harbour, which remains much the same as it was 150 years ago. The attractive buildings are decorated with ornate balconies.
Mombasa is a kaleidoscope of different cultures and languages and is a town that thrives on tourism. Our full-day excursion provides a wide-ranging overview of this fascinating city. Let’s go!
We start with a visit to Fort Jesus, built in 1593.
Fort Jesus an old Portuguese fort located at the mouth of old port of Mombasa. It was built on the orders of King Philip 1 of Portugal between 1593 and 1596 to protect the port of Mombasa against Arab invaders as well as African pirates.
It covers an area of about 6 acres. Its construction was made in the shape of a man lying on the ground and given the name of Jesus.
After 100 years the Fort was captured by Omani Arabs in 1698 after two years of siege. Then it was conquered and reconquered by various rulers 9 times until British occupied it in 1895 and made a national prison.
In 1958 it was declared as national monument and opened to public. A small museum was established in it in 1960. In 2011, Fort Jesus was declared as World Heritage Site.
We then walk through the old town before emerging at Dhow Harbour.
From the harbor, we drive through city center, past the vegetable market, the busy main bazaar; the ornately decorated Hindu Temple; Mombasa’s spectacular landmark Elephant Tusks – erected in honour of Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 1952 – , and the Akamba woodcarving industry.
Lunch prepared by the Tamarind chefs aboard a traditional dhow anchoring in the tranquil waters of Tudor Creek.
The Tamarind is well known for its excellent cuisine and particularly its seafood specialties. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.
Next stop is the fascinating and world famous Haller Park.
This is a former quarry that has now been transformed into a variety of recreational facilities including forests /nature trails, game sanctuaries, crocodiles and fish farms.
See abundant wildlife at close range including hippo, antelope, birds, reptiles, snakes, giant tortoises, crocodiles and giraffe.
In the late afternoon, board your transport to be dropped at your pickup point in Mombasa.
Why you'll enjoy this excursion...
- Professional photography & guiding services
- All Transfers
- Transport in private tour vehicle with open roof
- Pick up and drop off to your area of residence or hotel within Mombasa
- Drinking water, throughout the tour
- All entry Fees
- Tips and gratuities to driver/guides
- Alcoholic drinks
- Entrance fee to activities labelled as “extra”
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