Half Day Mombasa City Tour
Mombasa City Tour Half-Day Sightseeing trip takes you to some of Mombasa city’s top attractions, giving you a real feel of the second-largest city in Kenya. Discover the diverse cultures and fascinating history of Mombasa on this informative journey through the city’s past and present. Experience the natural beauty, vibrant streets, and captivating architecture of Mombasa. This morning or afternoon guided city tour provides visitors with a good overview of Mombasa city, visiting highlights such as the Fort Jesus historical museum, the Bazaar, Markets, shopping at the Akamba Wood Carvers, and much more. The tour includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Mombasa.
Your local tour guide will collect you from our hotel accommodation in Mombasa for your half-day Mombasa town tour. Mombasa town dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrived from Arabia blown across on the Trade Winds. Visit the historic old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, with its ancient mosques and narrow bustling streets, the old dhow harbor, central market, and a visit to the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity to see the carvers at work and buy souvenirs. A leisurely drive brings you back to Mombasa City, where your guide drops you off at the Hotel at around 1400 hours. The tour includes a professional guide, entry fee to Fort Jesus historical museum, pick up and drop off at your hotel in Mombasa, and a visit to the Mombasa attractions mentioned above.
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip is a private tour showing you some of the best highlights of this colorful old city—Mombasa Town, the second largest city in Kenya on the island.
Mombasa City has a diverse and intriguing population. It is primarily a Swahili town and women can be seen chattering in dark bui-bui or wrapped in brilliant multicolored kanga. Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip includes the following historical and cultural places: the Fort Jesus:
Mombasa Old Town, the Mwembe Tayari open-air market, the local bazaars, and handicraft carvers, walk through the famous curvy alley roads and the central business district.
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip Highlights
* The Likoni Channel – Port entry into Kenya
* The Elephant tusks – the gateway to Mombasa
* The Old town with it’s Swahili and Arabic culture
* The Akamba wood carving factory – local talents in arts
* The Fort Jesus Museum, essentially a history of the East Africa Coast
* The City food and spice market – a glimpse into the lives of the local people
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip Itinerary
0800 Hours: Depart from your beach hotel in the morning and drive to Mombasa Town. Begin the tour with a visit to the Baobab forest along Mama Ngina Drive. The Baobab forest contains a number of trees like the baobab and neem tree which is medicinal and is supposed to cure over 40 illnesses.
Proceed to Fort Jesus Museum built by the Portuguese. The fort is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.
The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like.
Its interior comprises torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapons such as canons, which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the fort. The tour of the Museum takes about 1-3 hours to look around depending on your interest and level of fitness.
We take a walk into Mombasa’s “Old Town”. It is the part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, especially in the architecture and language.
(Kiswahili has a lot of phrases derived from various Arabic dialects). It is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs, and curio shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs.
Old Town is best seen when explored on foot with an experienced guide, as the streets are too narrow to accommodate a large number of vehicles. The town’s inhabitants are mostly of Arab origin whose forefathers once roamed the same streets of the town.
Later visit Mombasa “Tusks” which are symbolic representations of entrance into the heart of the town. The tusks were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the town in 1952, as they lay directly on the path from the port to the town.
Ivory was considered to be an exquisite commodity during the time, and in essence, the tusks were meant to embrace the Queen and the British Empire into the town and within its social structure. Coincidentally the tusks also spell the letter “M” for Mombasa.
Next, we visit the Hindu Temple. It is one of the many symbols of Mombasa’s cultural diversity. The temple is a popular tourist spot and a tour can be taken inside the temple, with a historical background of the temple given by one of the temple gurus.
Extravagant idols and stone carvings of various religious beliefs are displayed within the temple and on its walls. It is located near the Railway Station just outside the perimeter of the downtown area. We also visit Mackinon market before proceeding to Akamba Woodcraft at Changamwe where you can see the craftsmen at work and select your carvings at the lowest price you can ever get in the world.
1500 Hours: Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip Prices
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip Rates Includes:
Shopping time + Walking and drive + Mineral water during tour + Possible to customize the tour + Professional English speaking guides + All entry fees, guide fees, service charge, and taxes & Pickup from your hotel in Mombasa and drop-off to your hotel
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* Our Mombasa Half Day City Tour time: 0800 Hours – 1500 Hours
Mombasa City Tour Half Day Sightseeing Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Lunch (option and extra charges direct)
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)