Mombasa city is built on an island of an area of about 295sq kilometers; its history goes back some 2000 years. It is the second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi the capital.
The city was originally called Manbasa by the Arab traders as it was the trading center primarily exploiting ivory and slaves.
WHERE TO VISIT
Within Mombasa City there are many places of tourist attraction.
The elephant tusks
Located on Moi Avenue, the elephant’s tusks were built in 1952 to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth.
Mombasa old town
This part of Mombasa has a rich and interesting architecture, curios and art a walk through its narrow winding streets takes you back centuries.
This is islands premier lure build in 1593 overlooking the Indian Ocean. The fort was designed by the Italian artichtect Jao Batisto Cairato, variously occupied by the Portuguese and Omani Arabs before the Kenyan government first used it as a prison soon after independence.
In 1962 it was opened as a museum and declares a historic monument, it exhibits the culture of the coastal people and the archeological and historical excavations from the coast.
The Mombasa Marine Reserve
A fun of snorkeling and diving, this is a very popular destination you don’t want to miss you have a chance to view the beautiful coral gardens and fish.
OTHER EXCURSIONS UNDER MOMBASA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:
HALF DAY MOMBASA CITY TOUR
Mombasa City Tour – The tour presents some of the best highlights of this colorful old city including the old Arab town, with it’s maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying the beautifully curved doors and verandahs, the Dhow harbour, bazaars with curio and antique shops, a Hindu temple, a visit to the Akamba wood carvers and a drive to the bazaar for a short shopping expedition not forgetting a visit to the famous elephant tusks on Moi Avenue. Drop off at your Hotel in time for lunch.
TAMARIND DHOW CRUISES
With 02 sailing dhows per day you may choose lunch, shaded by midday sun by canvas, or a romantic candle –lit dinner under the beautiful African sky. As the dhow slips gently away from the jetty,the band starts to play and you quickly fall under the spell of the magical Tamarind atmosphere, the dhow leisurely cruises in old Mombasa harbour past peaceful creeks flowing from the island you will dine on a sumptuous seafood meal and dance under the stars. A tri-lingual guide, fully stocked bar and friendly service all add to the unforgettable atmosphere return to your hotel.
FULL DAY CITY TOUR & HALLER PARK
The tour presents some of the best highlights of this colorful old city including the old Arab town, with it’s maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying the beautifully curved doors and verandahs, the Dhow harbour ,bazaars with curio and antique shops, a Hindu temple, a visit to the Akamba wood carvers and a drive to the bazaar for a short shopping expedition not forgetting a visit to the famous elephant tusks on Moi Avenue, Finally we visit the Akamba wood carvers center before we break for lunch .After lunch depart for a visit to the haller park. The wasteland of the stone quarry has been reclaimed and amongst the casuarinas trees and other tropical flora reside a variety of wildlife and birds, Eland and Buffalo, Crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes.
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