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Mombasa-Kenya

30
Apr 2014

 

Mombasa City


Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city and has a rich history dating back over 1500 years when it started as a trading port for merchant ships from the Orient, Arabi and Europe. The Portugese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 and established a Portugese colony at the coast.

There are a range of hotels to the north and south of Mombasa, known as the North and South coast respectively. [See below]..

 

Mombasa has a long, rich history dating back over 1500 years when it started as a trading port.

The Portugese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 and established a Portugese colony at the coast. Arabs from Oman later took over the city, leaving their mark on the region.

Mombasahas a vibrant Swahili culture. There are a range of hotels to the north and south of Mombasa, known as the North and South coast respectively.
[See Below]. See More on Mombasa, including What To See and Where to Stay.

 

Mombasa North Coast Beaches

These are beaches to the immediate north of Mombasa, upto and including the Kilifi beaches. The beaches include Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu and Kikambala. There are many hotels along this stretch though the concentration of the hotels thins out while moving towards Kilifi. There are various activities on offer ranging from nature trails to fishing and golf.

Mombasa South Coast
To get to " South Coast" from Mombasa, one takes the Ferry across a narrow channel, usually a colourful experience owing to lots of noise and bustle of the swahili people as they go about their daily business.

South Coast is generally a quiter and cleaner stretch of coastline than the North coast. Beaches include Diani, Tiwi and Gazi, leading upto the Pemba area. Accommodation varies from hotels to cottages.

What to See in Mombasa

Fort Jesus :

Fort Jesus is a monumental piece of architecture built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It has aa museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapons such as canons, which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the fort.

 

 

 

Mamba Village :
Situated in Nyali, TheMamba Villageis East Africa’s largest crocodile farm with over 10,000 crocodiles. Mamba Village is a very renowned tourist attraction in Mombasa. It combines crocodile farming, conservation, and ecosystem friendly quarry. Other activities within the Mamba Village are camel riding, horse riding and a unique "a la carte" restaurant specialized in game meat e.g. Croco-meat, Ostrich, Zebra, among other delicacies.

 

 

 

Bamburi Nature Trail :
The largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa, Bamburi Nature Trail boasts of an large variety of animals. A walk around the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals found within. The trail was a result of an unusual attempt to rehabilitate a giant quarry. There is a large number of bird species, several hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and giant tortoise.

 

 

 

Mombasa Tusks :
TheMombasa Tusksare symbolic representations of entrance into the heart of the Mombasa town. They were built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the town in 1952, lying directly on the path from the port to the town. Ivory was considered to be an exquisite commodity during the time, and in essence the tusks were meant to embrace the Queen and the British Empire into the town and within its social structure.

 

 

 

 

Hotels in Mombasa

There are many hotels in Mombasa and along the Kenya coast, including Malindi and Lamu, with accomodation ranging from large resorts to small boutique hotels.

Quality Mombasa hotels offer the standard 4 or 5 star amenities such as ensuite, airconditioned rooms with sat TV and room service. Hotels in Mombasa also offer a choice of bars and restaurants in addition to state of the art gyms, steam and sauna facilities and usually alsowatersports.

 

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