A popular day trip to visit the historic city of Mombasa. Highlights include a guided tour of Fort Jesus and the Old Town, a tuk-tuk ride to a local Swahili restaurant for lunch and an afternoon at Haller Park, enjoying the wildlife.
This one day Mombasa City Tour covers the highlights including the Akamba Carving Market, Fort Jesus, Old Town and Haller Park.
You will be picked up from your accommodation at around 8.00am and driven to the Likoni Ferry a distance of 40kms from Diani.
You will cross over to Mombasa Island, arriving at around 9.30am.
Mombasa is an island covering an area of 15km² and the second largest city in Kenya (after Nairobi). It is connected by a bridge to the north coast, the ferry to the south coast and to the west a causeway. Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan Coast and also the largest coastal port in East Africa.
Akamba Handicraft Industry Cooperative Society! This is one of the largest wood carving workshops and craft markets in Kenya, employing an incredible 10,000 local people. This non-profit organisation is where you can meet the carvers and if you wish you can buy their carvings at affordable prices.
Thereafter you visit the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple to view the ornate painted doors and vivid paintings from Hindu mythology. Along Moi Avenue you will also have the chance to see the famous elephant tusks built in 1952 in honour of Princess Elizabeth visit and to commemorate her coronation.
Visit Fort Jesus, one of the oldest European buildings in Africa, built by the Portuguese in 1593. It is a huge bastion with a key position overlooking the old port of Mombasa. Changing hands nine times over the centuries it subsequently became a prison during the British Colonial period and thereafter it was declared a national monument and made into a museum in 1962.
Get transported back in time as you explore the Old Town where you can walk along the narrow winding streets and visit the fish market, old Mombasa harbour and the Mandhry Mosque, considered to be the oldest mosque on the island. You will then visit a local market where you will learn about spices, tropical fruits and vegetables.
Around 1pm proceed for lunch in Mombasa for some fabulous traditional Swahili/Arabic food.
After lunch visit Bamburi Haller Park. This small game sanctuary is a rehabilitated quarry covered in casuarinas, bamboo and eucalyptus trees. It is home to buffalo, eland, giraffe, antelope, crocodile, hippo, giant tortoise, a snake park and many different species of birds. At 4.00 pm you will head back to your hotel or accommodation arriving around 5.30 pm.
***Please remember to dress modestly as Mombasa is a predominantly Muslim city***
~ Transport in Luxury 4x4 Safari Land Rover
~ Hotel/Accommodation Pick Up/Drop Off
~ Activities as per itinerary
~ English Speaking Guide
~ Fort Jesus and Haller Park Entry Fees
~ Swahili Lunch
~ 2 litres of Mineral Water
~ Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Beverages
~ Crafts and Curios
~ Any optional activities not included in above the itinerary
~ Items of a Personal Nature
~ Tips and Gratuities
~ Travel Insurance
What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, camera, high factor sun screen, money for souvenirs and optional activities.
Price per person (based on min 2 adults):
Full Day Mombasa City Tour US$ 110pp
Children 3 to 12 years pay 50% of adult cost (if accompanied by 2 adults)