1 Day Mombasa City Tour

Safari Route

Holiday Safari Description

Pick up from your residence, drive along Mombasa – Lunga Lunga road for around 30 minutes and arrive at the ferry. Arrive in Mombasa at around 0830hrs. Mombasa is the second largest town in Kenya and is located off the coast of Kenya. It is connected via a ferry to the south side of Mombasa called Likoni, and a causeway to the north called Makupa.

The culture and history of the people and town is remarkable. Mombasa is the most diverse town in all of Kenya; Kenyan’s of all ethnic backgrounds and religions can be found: native Blacks, Asians, and Arabs who are Muslims, Christians, Hindu and Buddhists. Most of the time visitors to Mombasa have a difficult time grasping the fact that Asians and Arabs, who are all Africans, but not black, have been living on the East African coast for over 500 years. The history and organization on the tour helps put into perspective how all this came about. On the tour, you will visit the following places: the Fort Jesus, the Mwembe Tayari, the local bazaars, handicraft carvers at the Akamba Handi crafts, walk through the famous curvy alley-roads, and the business district. The Portuguese built Fort Jesus in 1593. The site chosen was a coral ridge at the entrance to the harbor.
An Italian architect and engineer, Joao Batista Cairato designed the Fort.  Fort Jesus was built to secure the safety of Portuguese living on the East Coast of Africa. It has had a long history of hostilities of the interested parties that used to live in Mombasa. Perhaps no Fort in Africa has experienced such turbulence as Fort Jesus. Omani Arabs attacked the Fort from 1696 to 1698. The state of the Fort can be understood from the plan of Rezende of 1636 and other plans by Don Alvaro’ Marquis of Cienfuegas and Jose’ Lopes de Sa, made during the brief reoccupation by the Portuguese between 1728 – 1729. Between 1837 – 1895, the Fort was used as barracks for the soldiers.
When the British protectorate was proclaimed on the 1st of July, 1895, the Fort was converted into a prison. On the 24th of October, 1958, Fort Jesus was declared a national entity in the custody of the Trustees of the Kenya National Parks. Excavation was carried out, and the Fort became a Museum in 1962. Mombasa’s business district is a unique experience. The methods of conducting commerce are on the opposite extreme of what would be considered acceptable in western nations. The shops along Mombasa’s Digo road sell anything from locally made safari shoes to imported Calvin Klein jeans. The walk-through, the winding roads display street hawkers selling vegetables and fruits organically grown in their small farms. The houses built along these roads are made from coral-concrete.
Mwembe Tayari literally means “ready mangoes”. Here you will see vendors approved by city council selling all kinds of meats, vegetables and fruits. You may also buy some spices from the spice market from Zanzibar. These days, vendors outside the market sell used clothing brought from western countries. After the city tour, Have lunch and then drive to the Akamba Handi crafts where you will see at least 4000 wood carvers where you can buy their carvings at a cheaper price. Drive to Hallaer park where you will have the chance to see the giraffes feeding, Hippos, Tortoise, Crocodiles, Buffalos, Antelopes and various kind of fishes. There is normally done by a guide at the zoo. After Haller Park, drive back to Diani arriving in your residence at around 1700 hours.

The cost includes