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Mombasa’s full-day city tour excursion is a comprehensive tour of the island. It includes the old Arab town, with its maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying beautifully curved doors and verandahs and bazaars with curios and antique shops.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, with an estimated population of 1.3 million. It is an island covering an area of 20 square Kilometers. It has a bridge to the north side (North coast), and a ferry to the south (south coast) which ferries people to and from Mombasa city and to the west Causeway.
Mombasa also has the largest and busiest seaport in east and central Africa. Included are a visit to the Dhow harbor still in use, a Hindu temple, a visit to the Akamba wood carvers, and a drive to the bazaar for a short shopping expedition.
Mombasa City Tours 1 Day Sightseeing Trip Highlights
* Mombasa old town
* Fort Jesus Museum
* Moi Avenue Elephant tusks
* Lunch at Tamarind Restaurant
* Akamba Wood Carving Factory
* Mwembe Tayari open-air market
* Bamburi Nature trail (Haller Park)
Mombasa City Tours 1 Day Sightseeing Trip
0800 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel/ residence we pick you up and drive to Mombasa town. Visit the Akamba handcraft (where you will learn about the wood carvings). Akamba handcraft is one of the largest wood carvings industries and markets in Kenya. Thereafter, visit the Hindu temple – 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.
Next, we explore the Mombasa “Tusks” – 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.
Visit the Fort Jesus Museum – 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 when 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. You will also explore the “Old Town” – 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.
1300 Hours: Proceed to the Mwembe Tayari open-air market where you will learn about the food spices, foods, and vegetables. Meet different traders buying and selling different types of goods. Proceed for lunch at the centre of Mombasa city or by request, at Tamarind restaurant which is built on the shores of the Indian Ocean on the northern coast.
1400 Hours: After lunch, visit Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail) – the largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa. Located in Bamburi next to the Cement Factory, the park boasts an enormous variety of animals, reptiles, insects, and botanical gardens.
Walking along the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals, and on many occasions holding or feeding a reptile such as a snake is allowed under the close supervision of a guide. Educational videos are also shown, with emphasis on the history and continuous improvement of the trail.
The park is home to buffaloes, eland antelopes, giraffes, waterbucks, oryxes, snakes, crocodiles, hippos, tortoises, and different types of bird species. It was previously a barren piece of land that had been stripped of its resources through limestone mining and was redeveloped through reforestation and conservation efforts.
Today it is a habitat for a large number of flora and fauna species.
1600 Hours: In the late afternoon, board your transport to be dropped off at your beach hotel or cottage.
1700 Hours: Arrive at your hotel.
Mombasa City Tours 1 Day Sightseeing Trip Prices
Mombasa City Tours 1 Day Sightseeing Trip Rates Includes:
Lunch + 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 Full Day City Tour times: 0800 Hours – 1800 Hours
Mombasa City Tours 1 Day Sightseeing Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* 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)
Tamarind Sea Food Restaurant in Mombasa
Tamarind Sea Food Restaurant in Mombasa specializes in seafood. When it comes to seafood the Tamarind Restaurant dives deeper than anyone to bring you the finest and freshest fare and goes further than anyone to prepare it. Since our launch in 1972, The Tamarind has gained a reputation as Africa’s finest seafood restaurant.
The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian, and African cuisine and The Prawns Piri Piri, Chilli Crab, and Lobster Tamarind have earned the restaurant worldwide fame and rave reviews, from many international dining publications.
Built-in Arab-style architecture with high arches and a crenelated roof, the elegant, gleaming white building has the perfect setting, a starlit terrace perched on a cliff overlooking the picturesque Old Harbor of Mombasa. The seating capacity of the restaurant is 160 covers, and it caters to local residents as well as seasonal tourists and visiting business people.
Book for Tamarind Dhow Dinner Cruise or the Tamarind Dhow Lunch Cruise.