Mombasa Day Trips
Visiting Mombasa should be top of your list on Kenya safari tours and travel plans. Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya located on the Indian Ocean coast with so much to enjoy from its white sand palm beaches to the old architectural designs and building from its suburb towns.
Mombasa Day tours could last you half of your Kenya safari day or an entire day at the beach! Either way you decide to experience Mombasa is a choice you want to make without hesitation. There a number of Mombasa Kenya travel agents and operators that can arrange and tailor your Mombasa excursions to include all interesting Mombasa Attractions and sights yet allow you remain with several hours to enjoy the palm fine sand beaches.
Mombasa day tours and Attractions
The main part of Mombasa lays in the old town and its suburb towns. The narrow winding streets and Arab architecture, vibrant local markets, women wearing Bui-bui, stall along the streets and bright clothing of Kanga and Kikoyi define life in the Old Town of Mombasa. All Mombasa Excursions begin in this small ancient town.
Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor for several centuries dating back to the early 17th century. The fort has high gun turrets, battlements and underground passages that were used in the historic coastal struggle between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs. The fort stands as a testament to this past and is still used a lighthouse for Mombasa Port.
Off in the Mombasa north near Nyali is East Africa’s largest Crocodile Farm in Mamba village. The farm has several crocodiles both young and aged growing to remarkable length of 5-6m. You’ll find some of them basking in the sun but if you arrive here at 17h00, you’ll catch the crocodile feeding frenzy as many jump to snatch the day’s meal.
There are camel and horses to give you a tour of Mombasa in Mamba village. Mamba Restaurant is a famous spot for several Mombasa tourists overlooking the crocodile pond, serving game meats like crocodile and ostrich. The ambiance at the restaurant is relaxing and cool with a collection of plants and flowers specializing in orchids and aquatic flora.
The Shimba Hills are a few kilometres south of the Mombasa coast and accessed by ferry (Likoni ferry). The hills are home to Mombasa safari tours with a chance to experience Mombasa Kenya beach safari by visiting Mwaluganje Elephant sanctuary that occupies 60sq km on a beautiful cliff engraved in winding hills with forested slopes. Some of the other animals you’ll find her include warthog, impala, bushbuck, sable, Cape buffalo and leopard.
When you have the chance, drive to the north coast of Mombasa into Kilifi’s sisal plantations, view the traditional baobab trees, old sugar estates, drive past the creek and then for the Gedi Ruins. The ruins are found within a forest, unknown treasure that is rumoured to date back to the 13th century. Malindi is just nearby and remains a popular coastal town from the Portuguese settlements, visit the Giriama tribal settlements and enjoy lunch in this old town.
Haller Park Nature Trail was an old cement factory from 1954. The factory mined limestone from a fossil coral limestone reef that lived 125,000 to 250,000 years ago. The area is now fenced off with a habitat for variety of game animals and birds.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve has more than 250 varieties of marine fishes, and over 40 varieties of coral species documented. Some of the commonly seen fish include: large numbers of pelagic fish, butterfly, parrot, rockcod, angel, manta ray. Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks are also seen. The pristine coral varieties are impeccable; corals like staghorn, brain, liliac-blue, mushroom, and lavender present unique photo taking opportunities. The colorful beauty of the coral, complimented by the large number of yellow and red tuna and snappers are unmatched. Scuba diving and snorkelling are very popular within this Kenya Marine park.
Mombasa has undoubtedly one of the best white sandy beaches in Africa coast with amazing marine life, coral reef and beautiful gardens. The coast has the one of the best dive sites at Diani Beach-renowned with traffic of international divers. The beach is good for sun bathing, scuba diving, kite surfing, wind surfing and many other water sporting adventures.
Mombasa offers a diverse cultural history with the city being home to several people of different origins such as Portuguese, Arabs, Indians, Swahili people and British and others. Each of the cultural tradition has influenced life along Mombasa coast as seen in its architecture, every day living, language, dance, music, food and many other ways. Visit Ngomongo Cultural Center from where you’ll get a glimpse of the lifestyle and cultures that existed for centuries before “civilization" came to Africa. The centre has a mini African setting with different tribal groups living in old fashioned huts as they were then. Activities in the centre include local brew sampling, dancing, food and dining among many others.
The setting sun unfolds another time for adventure in Mombasa. The Tamarind Dhow Safari start at around 18h30 with an evening cruise on the turquoise ocean waters past remarkable mombasa attractions like Fort Jesus, Old town, serving traditional sea food, relaxing music and wines. There is no better way to end your Mombasa city tours than on this traditional Tamarind Dhow Nawalicker cruise- means gateway to Heaven.
Mombasa day tours and excursions are arranged by several Mombasa Kenya tour operators and travel agents. The day tour fees normally range between USD 60 and USD 200 depending on the tours itinerary that you want. Find many Mombasa tour offers online form different Kenya travel agent’s sites.