The 1 Day Mombasa City Tour explores some of the best highlights of this colorful old city. These include;
- Likoni Channel/Mama Ngina Drive - Port entry into Kenya
- Old town of Mombasa with Swahili and Arabic culture
- Fort Jesus Museum - synonymous with the history of the East African Coast
- Food and spice market - a glimpse into the lives of the local people
- Trademark Elephant tusks - the gateway to Mombasa
- Akamba wood carving factory - local talents in arts
- Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail)
You will be picked from hotel by our driver/guide in the morning and be driven to Likoni to see the point of entry into Kenya’s Port as you enjoy a scenic drive by the India Ocean past the Mombasa Sate House and on to the Fort Jesus.
The fort was built by the Portuguese in 1593 to enforce their rule over the coastal Swahilis, but they rarely managed to hold onto it for long. It changed hands at least nine times in bloody sieges between 1631 and 1875, finally falling under British control.
Our next stop will be the bustling Mackinnon fruit and vegetable market (locally called 'Marikiti' - a Swahili corruption of the word market), which has been in operation since colonial days.
We will visit the Mombasa Elephant Tusks which were first built in 1952 to commemorate the visit of then Princess Elizabeth II and Her Husband Prince Philip in the company of their two young children. However the visit to Mombasa was cancelled owing to the sudden demise of Princess Elizabeth’s father King George VI in England whilst the family was in Nyeri residing at the famous Treetops Lodge. The Elephant tusks write the letter 'M' – for Mombasa.
From town we will enjoy a drive on the Makupa Causeway which links Mombasa Island to Mombasa’s Western mainland and in essence the Kenyan mainland to the Akamba wood carvers shed where you will see skilled carvers make different sculptures from wood some of which are sold locally and others exported to other countries. You may want to purchase a fine hand carved memento for yourself. Lunch will be had in a hotel in town or at the Tamarind Dhow at own cost.
In the afternoon we will tour the famous Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail) - a gorgeous sanctuary that was reclaimed from barren limestone quarries into a thriving ecosystem of forest, grasslands and ponds. There are beautiful walking trails where you can wander and see various animals such as giraffes, hippos, reptiles and bird species. Haller Park was the first recipient of the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award for the unique, ecologically sound and successful rehabilitation undertaken.
Your visit will coincide with crocodile feeding. You will also have a chance to hand feed giraffes from raised platform.
Drive back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening.