Mombasa Excursions

Mombasa City Tour

The tour presents some of the best highlights of this colorful old city. Your tour will visit the bustling fruit and vegetable market, which has been in operation since colonial days. As you wander the streets of the Old Arab Town, you will see the intricate hand carved doors, and balconies hanging over the narrow streets, unchanged for hundreds of years. Protecting the harbor stands Fort Jesus which was built by the Portuguese over 400 years ago to protect their interest in East Africa against Omani Arabs. See how it went from a fort to a prison, to a tourist attraction. Walk under the famous elephant tusks on Moi Avenue, which you probably have seen in those old African adventure movies. Finally we visit the Akamba wood carvers center. Here you can purchase a fine hand carved African memento. A short excursion full of culture, history and not to be missed.  For the photographer, sights and opportunities for great photos abound.

 Mamba Village Afternoon visit

Mamba Village hosts Africa's largest Crocodile Farm. Your visit will coincide with feeding time at 5:00pm.This one is great for the kids. This trip will also include the beautiful botanical in this area. Nature in all her glory with the assistance of man, presents breathtaking views. Great places to take pictures to send back home or just to put on the mantle. Take a picture with the flora and fauna as the background. It is just beautiful!

 Mombasa by Night & Dinner in the Castle

The enjoyment and romance begins when you are picked up from your hotel at 5:30pm. The exciting itinerary begins with atmospheric Dhow Sundowner Cruise which offers an outstanding view of the Old Port from the water. After docking our guide will lead you on walk through the historic Old Town to the 400 year old fortress of Fort Jesus. Built by the Portuguese as a stronghold at the entrance to the harbour, the ancient fort is a stunning example of 16th century military architecture that has survived centuries of attack and conquest. Here you will be welcomed by Portuguese and Arab fire-bearers before witnessing a dazzling sound and light show that is followed by a sumptuous dinner served alfresco within the ramparts of the Fort for a truly unforgetable dining experience. After this memorable experience of lifetime you will be taken back to your hotel.

Tamarind Evening Dhow

Spend the evening aboard a traditional Arab Dhow. Music, romance and fine food. As the dhow leisurely cruises in old Mombasa harbour past peaceful creeks flowing from the island you will dine on a sumptuous seafood meal. Later you can dance under the stars. The black African night, the stars as you have never seen them, music, and the sound of water against the dhow sets the mood for romance. As you cruise you can almost sense bygone time when life went at a much slower pace. Don't miss this one; it is the gem in the crown of any safari.  

 Ngomongo Cultural Tour

For centuries there existed a thriving culture and society in East Africa. This society was a mix of Arab and native peoples cultures. Then people from Europe came into this part of the world and put their mark on it. For several centuries their influence only went a short distance inland from the settlements along the coast. During the 19th century (1800's) the people from Europe came in force and pushed into the heart of Africa, and changed it forever. Ngomongo Cultural Center is a look back in time in miniature of tribal life and community groundings. Here you are able to get a glimpse of the lifestyle and cultures that existed for centuries before “civilization" came to Africa. Different traditional tribal huts are set up in this themed village, with peoples from the different tribes portraying their ancestors. Watch and even participate in different food preparation, its hard work, and no labor saving devices here. You are in for a surprise when you sample the local brews. Enjoy, marvel or participate in the various tribal dances, nothing to stop you from having a great time. As a matter of fact they will encourage you to join in. but then as all good things, they all have to come to an end. Hope that you brought along your camera, for the photo opportunities are plentiful. The memories will last a lifetime.  

Haller Park

This is an afternoon trip, headed just outside of the city. Here is an example of how a wasteland and Bamburi stone quarry has been reclaimed and made an attraction. An abundance of wildlife and birds resides in and amongst the Casuarina trees. Here you will see eland, buffalo, crocodiles and many reptiles. Majestic crowned cranes inhabit the area, and add beauty and grace to the area. At the end of the trip you will visit the commercial aquaculture in the area. Now that should be something to see and learn.

1 Day Wasini Island and Kistime Mpunguti

The day starts early as you head south towards Tanzania. On the drive south you pass through the lush coconut and cashew plantations. Here we have plantations that have thrived since the early days of settlement along the coast. As you drive by look at the coconut trees and you will see foot holds carved into the trunks. There are some trees as high as 60 feet or more. Imagine how many years these trees have been climbed for their bounty. Soon you will pass through the colorful villages of the Digo Peoples. When you reach you destination of Shimoni “the place of the cave” you will board a motorized dhow to Kisite. Now the best part of the journey begins as you sail through an enchanting seascape of islands set in a pristine sea of unbelievable blue. During this journey it is possible to spot dolphins. Then you arrive at Kisite Marine Park, an underwater park. It is here that underwater splendors await you. In the shallow warm water that surround Kisite Island the water abounds with marine life. Here you can snorkel and marvel at the incredible variety of marine life. Scuba Divers can explore a number of excellent dive sites in the coral reefs. There is an astounding amount of and variety of marine life at all levels of the reefs. To top off the trip, sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served at Wasini island restaurant. After lunch when you have had your fill we visit a traditional Muslim village before retuning back to Mombasa in the late afternoon. Do not forget your snorkel and bathing suit, and underwater camera if you have one.

 

 

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