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Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

1. 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: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

2. Mombasa: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

Get picked up from your hotel and proceed to Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Hear about the long and fascinating history of the fort before it was converted into a prison in 1985, and later, into a historical landmark. The tour takes you through a maze of cobbled narrow streets, past ancient mosques and picturesque residential houses that evoke the island's medieval past. Wander under overhanging balconies and through mysterious doorways to bustling markets filled with exotic spices, fruit, and colorful fabrics.  Then, drive through the Elephant Tusks on Moi Avenue and call in at the Akamba woodcarvers, where you can see them at work and take the opportunity to purchase some of their wonderful crafts and other souvenirs. Take a break for lunch, maybe at the delicious Tamarind Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dr. Rene Haller's Nature Park, a group of former quarries now reforested and home to many animals, including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, and crocodiles.  The park offers a variety of attractions that educate and entertain the over 160,000 annual visitors, among them a game sanctuary, reptile park, a small demonstration fish farm area, palm garden, crocodile pens, and a giraffe-viewing platform. The diversity of vegetation is considerable, from mangrove palms and majestic indigenous shade trees to coastal forests where several of these plants are rare and endangered: a true haven for botanists. Later, return to your hotel in Mombasa.

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What people are saying about Mombasa

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The guide was informative, he passed us over to a very knowledgeable person at Fort Jesus, who also took us around Mombasa Old Town , however we weren't taken to the Craft Market or to a restaurant for Lunch, so by the time we got to Haller Park, we were quite hungry, we asked for the guided tour at Haller Park as you can wander on your own, but left to us we wouldn't have bothered to see everything, it was a good day except for the 2 missing things, but be aware it's a lot of walking and we dont think Haller Park it suitable for someone with any walking issues as you walk over tree roots and mushy forest floor

We had a wonderful day - it couldn't be better. Thanks to our guides Mackenzi & Fami We learned a lot about the country and its people - we got insights that you wouldn't otherwise have 1 it was the perfect start to the holiday We can only recommend it A thousand thanks for this great day & we wish you all the best Patrick and Julia in October 2021 ❤️❤️❤️