Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Mombasa on an interpretive guided tour of Kenya’s second largest town. With a recorded 2000 year old history, the vibrancy of Mombasa is unveiled as you wander through bustling bazaars, visit quaint antique stores and navigate your way through alleyways that twist and turn through the exotic old Arab town.
The beating heart of Mombasa is found here, embellished in Arab architecture and interlaced labyrinths, where the air is laden with the scent of spices.
Explore the impressive Lord Shiva Hindu Temple, a stunning symbol of beautiful architecture; topped with a magnificent gold spire it attracts great numbers of tourists. Another Hindu temple to visit is The Swaminarayan Temple with ornately painted doors and paintings from Hindu mythology; it is one of the oldest Hindu temples.
Marvel at the intricate woodwork of the artisans of Akamba. Carving is an extension of Kamba spirituality, and is a tradition executed by Mukamba men, who are the traditional heads of households. Kamba chip carving takes a variety of forms including African animals, bowls, bookends, wooden jewellery and ceremonial masks.
Lastly, explore the historic Fort Jesus, impressively situated at the water’s edge, this imposing fort stands watch over the harbor.
Designed by Italian Joao Batista Cairato this fort stands as a testament to a tumultuous past. The lofty gun turrets, battlements and underground passages of this 16th Century Fort were the apex of a historic struggle for control of the Kenya coast between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs. Fought around Mombasa, the war waged for hundreds of years and endless battles.
The richly diverse fusion of Indian, Arabic and African in Mombasa is incredibly exhilarating and this bustling, heaving, colorful commercial and cosmopolitan port town is a stimulating, fascinating experience. Contemporary Mombasa is an astonishing city where all at once, you are woven into its rich tapestry and become a part of its atmosphere.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mombasa is famous for its beaches, world-class beach resorts, and it’s historical significance. It is the most popular tourist destination in Kenya and is the second largest city in Kenya (second only to the capital city, Nairobi).
f you dream of visiting a beach destination where you can spend a few indulged nights in a stunning beach resort and spend your day lazing around the beach, you should visit Mombasa. The city is a hip spot for beach lovers and it boasts some of the beautiful and best beaches in the world such as Diani Beach.
Mombasa is not a safe city for tourists. Attacks happen in the area of the old town and often at night. It is not recommended to walk around the town after sunset and carry a lot of cash and jewelry.
Masai Mara National Reserve, is one of Africa’s finest wildlife destinations
Amboseli National Park is one of the most well-known,national parks in Kenya
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park are staples of many safaris in Kenya