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Shore Excursion:Mombasa City Half Day Tour.

1. Shore Excursion:Mombasa City Half Day Tour.

Full Description. If you’re arriving into Mombasa by cruise ship,this tour is ideal for exploring the city. Arrive at the shore of Mombasa and set off on a tour of highlights great for culture and history lovers. Visit the Fort Jesus Historical Museum, explore the Old Town and soak in the atmosphere of the local markets. See the Mombasa Elephant Tusk monument and find a spot for a local lunch. Tour Overview. You will be picked up from the port and taken to the Fort Jesus. This is Mombasa's oldest museum and it depicts the culture and the origin of the local people, mentioning the origin of Swahili. With a guide you will be able to trace the historical pattern leading to the influence of the sultans. In addition, you will learn the culture of the local people through different exhibitions. You will enjoy a walk in narrow streets of the Mombasa old town, passing through the famous fish market before driving to see the elephant tusks as a monuments of the ancient (now illegal) ivory trade. After, you will then walk in the market with lunch at a local dishes to sample the local cuisines. After lunch you will be taken to the Haller Park. This is not a zoo but a free roaming animal sanctuary born out of the idea to conserve a big old vast former cement quarry. There are lots of animals to see and depending on your excitement this will last between 2 and three hours from where you will dropped back to your cruise or hotel.

Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

2. Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa at around 8 AM. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. After lunch, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform.  Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Return to your accommodation by around 5 PM where the tour will end.

Mombasa: City Heritage Walking Tour with Tuk Tuk Ride

3. Mombasa: City Heritage Walking Tour with Tuk Tuk Ride

Mombasa, the coastal city of Kenya is best explored on foot. Mombasa is the country’s oldest and second largest city. The city’s charm can clearly be seen in the old style architecture of its buildings. A real melting pot of languages and cultures from different sides of the Indian Ocean Like an exotic desert waits for travelers the city is waiting to be explored. Modern Mombasa is a city of great diversity and life. Let loose and immerse yourself in the past and in the everyday life of the local friendly people who just smile at you and make you feel welcome, be prepared for the overcrowded spaces especially in the markets and on streets. Itinerary. 0900hrs:Meeting point near the Elephant tusks along Moi Avenue Mombasa. Our guide will be there waiting for you in an Orange Shirt. You will be given a brief history of the garden and the Tusks. Thereafter proceed to the Second World War cemetery. The walk will take you to Mama Ngina Drive where you will be shown one of the oldest Baobab Trees and you will be given a brief history why the Baobabs were planted there. Proceed to Likoni Channel that separates the Mombasa Island and the Mainland South. You will walk towards Fort Jesus and for those who will be interested to get inside will do so at an additional cost. The Fort was built by the Portuguese and it was a very important facility. The fort is a testament to how western powers of the time tried to control the Indian Ocean trade routes and wrest them away from Middle East and Asian influence. After visit to Fort Jesus you will pass by the Mombasa Club built in 1897 and you will learn the history behind it. From there you will take NTHIA KUU meaning highway and this was the first main road to be built in Kenya. You will visit the first Government square, the first British Governors house, Old Post Office, Old Prison and the Portuguese Cemetery. The walk will take you to the Portuguese Chapel which was built by the Portuguese. After the Chapel you will see the oldest mosque in Mombasa . You will meander in the narrow streets of the Old Town. The guide will give you a detailed History of the Swahili people and how they came about. You will as well learn about their culture, food etc. You will proceed to the Eleven Steps and this is where the first Christian Missionary Dr Ludwig Kraph lived and later it was a Germany Consulate. Our guide will tell you more about this. You will as well see the old or first American, Austrian and Italian Consulates in the Old town. The Old Town will not complete without seeing the Mackinnon Market where they sell Fruits, Vegetables, Spices and Meat. We will finish the tour by visiting the Slave Market and the Free Town Bell of Freedom. This Tour will take four hours and we will be having lots of walking.

Mombasa: Dhow Cruise Tour And Dinner Or Lunch Tours.

4. Mombasa: Dhow Cruise Tour And Dinner Or Lunch Tours.

After being picked up from your resort or hotel, drive to the pier to begin your ultimate romantic evening cruise. Climb aboard a traditional dhow, the Nawalilkher, a 23 m long boat which was built in 1977 for trading. Meet your traditionally dressed waiter who will show you to your table. Be served a delightful welcome cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar, and crushed ice to savor with the melting sun. Fruit juice or soda is available for those who don't drink alcohol. Watch as a live band on board begins to play as the dhow sets sail. Marvel at the picturesque setting as the dhow cruises into the sunset as you soak up the atmosphere of the music and lively chatter. Cruise around Tudor Creek and admire the panoramic view of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus. The dhow is then moored in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek. Savor a 4-course gourmet meal of finely grilled lobster and steak onboard. After you finish your delicious meal, a waiter will serve Arabic coffee in an original brass pot. Once the meal is over, you will be returned safely to your hotel. A choice between evening and day trips are available. Dhow Safaris Full Description. Tamarind Dhows "Nawalilkher" and "Babulkher" offering you and your guests a magical experience together with the finest of Tamarind cuisine. Nawalilkher, with a capacity for 70 pax for dinner and 100 for cocktails, is the main dhow available for individual bookings. Babulkher, with a capacity of 60 pax for dinner and 80 pax for cocktails, will also be available for exclusive hire. We will, of course, remain flexible to your requirements at all times depending on your numbers - if you have incentive groups that require both dhows please let us know in good time. Schedule for both Dhows is as follows: Lunch consists of a delicious Tamarind seafood platter, or a prime Kenyan fillet steak followed by fresh tropical fruit salad, and rounded off with Kenya coffee and halwa. The dhow returns to the jetty at 3.00 pm. The lunchtime cruise departs from the Tamarind jetty at 1.00 pm. Cruise gently up the Tudor creek to a quiet spot where the dhow moors. The dinner cruise commencing at 6.30 pm, begins with a welcome "Dawa" cocktail as the dhow sails smoothly towards Fort Jesus. The twinkling lights of Mombasa and the starlit skies provide idyllic surroundings for a delicious seafood dinner. The resident dj offers a wide choice of dance music, from the latest hits to the golden oldies. Dance to the beat as you gently glide back to the Tamarind Jetty by 10.30 pm. Charges. ✓Lunch cruise: Kshs 5,000 (usd 50) per person. ✓Dinner Cruise: Kshs 7,500 (usd 75) per person. Children between 2 - 11 years are entitled to 50% discount. NB: Same rate applies for residents and non residents.

Mombasa City Half Day Walking Tour And Street Food Tasting.

5. Mombasa City Half Day Walking Tour And Street Food Tasting.

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. After lunch, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform. Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Return to your accommodation where the tour will end.

Mombasa City Tour: Fort Jesus Museum, Old Town & Haller Park

6. Mombasa City Tour: Fort Jesus Museum, Old Town & Haller Park

Mombasa City Tour offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore historical landmarks, vibrant Swahili culture, stunning coastal views, wildlife encounters, and delicious cuisine. It's a unique and memorable experience. 9 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Mombasa or Diani 9:30 am: Mombasa Tusks Start your day by visiting the iconic Mombasa Tusks, a symbolic landmark representing the entrance to the city. Take some memorable photos and learn about the historical significance of these tusks. 10 am: Mama Ngina Waterfront Head to the Mama Ngina Waterfront, a beautiful public space along the coastline. Enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean, take a leisurely walk along the promenade, and relax in the shaded areas. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and maybe try some street food from the local vendors. 11 am: Fort Jesus Museum Proceed to Fort Jesus, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the museum located within the fort, which showcases artefacts and exhibits detailing the history of Mombasa. Learn about the Portuguese and Arab influences and the fort's role in the region's maritime trade. 12:30 pm: Mombasa Old Town Next, venture into the historic Mombasa Old Town. Take a guided walking tour through its narrow streets lined with Swahili-style architecture, vibrant markets, and colourful buildings. Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage, visit local shops, and learn about the traditions and customs of the area. 1:30 pm: Optional Lunch in Old Town Take a break for lunch in one of the local restaurants in Mombasa Old Town. Indulge in traditional Swahili cuisine, such as biryani, pilau, or fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy the flavours while taking in the ambiance of this charming neighbourhood. 3 pm: Haller Park Tour After lunch, head to Haller Park, a unique wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve. Explore the park's trails, where you can encounter giraffes, zebras, hippos, and a variety of bird species. Take a guided tour to learn about the conservation efforts and the park's reforestation projects. 5 pm: Return to your hotel Bid farewell to Mombasa's attractions as you travel back to your hotel. Take this time to relax, reflect on the day's experiences, and appreciate the beauty of the city.

Fort Jesus Mombasa Light and music Night Shows With Dinner.

7. Fort Jesus Mombasa Light and music Night Shows With Dinner.

Tour Descriptions. Fort jesus Mombasa -the sound & light show with fireworks + night tour + dinner. The enchanting Fort jesus Mombasa sound and light show with fireworks and dinner starts with the night tour of Fort jesus, followed by the Fort Jesus sound and light show with fireworks. You are served with bitings and a drink while you are touring the fort, once the show is completed, you are served with traditional Swahili barbeque dinner of BBQ chicken,skewers,chips and salad. When you enter the Fort Jesus Mombasa, you are served with a complimentary non-alcoholic local drink and some snacks to give you an authentic experience of Fort Jesus Mombasa.The show starts at 8:00pm.

Mombasa City Historical Walking Tour.

8. Mombasa City Historical Walking Tour.

Tour Description. Welcome, fellow adventurers! I'm excited to share with you the hidden gems of Mombasa, Kenya. Join me on a journey through the city's fascinating history and vibrant culture with this tour.As we begin our adventure, we'll explore the heart of Mombasa's old town, which dates back to the 12th century. We'll wander through its narrow alleys, marvel at the intricately carved doors, and admire the beautiful architecture that blends African, Arab, and Portuguese influences. You'll discover the stories behind the landmarks, such as the Fort Jesus Museum, where you'll learn about the Portuguese invasion and the famous Mombasa Tusks symbolize the entrance to the city. Our tour continues to the bustling markets of Mombasa, where you'll be immersed in the colorful sights, sounds, and smells of the city. We'll pass by the spice market and see the different spices that have been traded in Mombasa for centuries. You'll also visit the fish market, where you can witness the local fishermen bringing in their catch of the day. But that's not all; our journey takes us to one of the most spectacular and unique tourist destinations in Mombasa, the Haller Park. Here you'll discover the beauty of nature with a visit to the wildlife sanctuary, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including giraffes, zebras, and crocodiles. You'll also learn about the park's conservation efforts to protect the environment. The list of places are: ✓Fort Jesus. ✓Mama Ngina waterfront. ✓Old town. ✓Marikiti market ✓Nyali, pirates, Bamburi. ✓Mombasa tusks. ✓Haller park. ✓Mamba village. ✓Dhow tours. ✓Culture. ✓Street Food. Join me on this fascinating journey of discovery through the streets of Mombasa, and you'll leave with a deep appreciation for the city's history, culture, and people. Book your tour now and let's explore the magic of Mombasa together!

Mombasa:Private Shore Excursion And City Walking Tour.

9. Mombasa:Private Shore Excursion And City Walking Tour.

Shore Excursion Tour of Mombasa City is ideal for travelers on a cruise looking for cruise ship excursions from Mombasa. Traditional dancers awaiting visitors to disembark from a cruise ship at the Port of Mombasa is the typical welcome one receives in the coastal town of Kenya - Mombasa. Dressed in colorful "lesso" skirts and painted body art, the dancers sway in vigor following the upbeat African rhythm of the drums and other traditional musical instruments. There will be vociferous ululation and sonorous drumming expressing authenticity of the African spirit. The tour will start immediately after the ship docs and end on time so that the guests can return back to the port in good time. Alternatively, we can pick you up and drop you off at your preferred location within Mombasa. The Shore Excursion Tour will start with a Pick up from the Kilindini port and walk a few distance to get to Likoni channel and enter the city.You will have a chance for Full Exploration of the pre-historic site of Fort Jesus as well as Mombasa old town. After that you will Visit the Mombasa "tusks" for historical adventure and amazing photography and return to Barka or Swahili Dishes for Lunch. After lunch you will visit the Haller Park for a guided Nature Walk and get an experience to feed and get close and personal with the Giraffes. You will head to Mama Ngina drive to enjoy some cassava chips as we enjoy the amazing view of the Mombasa island and Kilindini Harbour.At the End of tour,we drop you back to the port. Meal Plan: Mbaazi, chapati, Swahili tea for breakfast. Coconut rice served with fish, or chicken biriyani, or pilau (local coastal dishes), seconded with a glass of fresh juice for Lunch. Tour Highlights: ✓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. ✓Likoni Channel - Port entry into Kenya. ✓Akamba wood carving factory - local talents in arts. ✓Haller park-Feed and get close with giraffes. ✓Shopping, people and local culture. ✓Mama Ngina Water front. ✓Swahili dishes and street food tasting.

Mombasa City Historical Guided Walking Tour.

10. Mombasa City Historical Guided Walking Tour.

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. Later, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform. Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa.

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In the morning we went for a walk through the old town. Ken told us a lot about the history of Mombasa and we visited exciting places. He also showed us the local market where we could taste and buy different spices. We had lunch at the Copa Cabban Beach Bar. The food was delicious (both fish and chicken) and the atmosphere on the beach was just great. In the afternoon our driver Eric took us to Haller Park. There we could watch the feeding of the crocodiles and the hippos. Our highlight was that we were even allowed to feed the giraffes ourselves. We can absolutely recommend this tour! We had a great day with Eric! He drove us safely through the busy streets and told us very interesting stories about Mombasa. It was great that he was also interested in our culture so we had a great conversation!

This is absolutely a must to do this trip in Mombasa. Everything was organized from A to Z. Everything on time. The trip and the beauty of the city is one thing but those lovely people that we had a great chance to met, Fami, and Jimmy. Lovely, warm hearted. We feel like home because of their efforts. Once again thank you! This service is not even close to the service that we experienced in Europe. This service was way better! The dedication and efforts that has been given to us in Mombasa was just brilliant. Thank you Fammi, thank you Jimmy! We will remember you. Great company definitely recommended!!! (The place where we had our lunch was just a piece of heaven on earth)

Even it was very hot day (our opinion) everything went smoothly and excellently. The driver, Ismail was very helpful. We hope he'll be our quide on our trip to Kisite WaterPark and Wasini island (27.1.).

Really Nice, we have a lot of fun all together around Mombasa! I suggest it to everybody! The guide was really kind and available all the time

Very great tour, professional guide who told us a lot about Mombasa. The hot spots we visited were also very interesting.