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The history of Mombasa is believed to be as early as A.D. 150 when Ptolemy marked the town on his map. In 1498 A Portuguese, fleet commanded by Vasco da Gamma called at Mombasa and for the next 200 years, the Portuguese ruled the area. The construction of Fort Jesus, built to protect the town was started in 1593.
In 1652, the Omani Arabs took over control and in 1837 the sultan of Zanzibar defeated these rulers and remained in control of the Mombasa Island until 1896 when the area became a British protectorate by treaty
Mombasa is an island covering an area of 20km2 and the second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi. It has a bridge to the north side (North coast).
Discover the culture and history of Mombasa on a full-day city tour. Discover Fort Jesus and the old town as you walk through Mombasa’s past and present. Feed the giraffes at Haller Park also known for its Game Sanctuary and Reptile Park.
Depart at 7.30 a.m. and drive to Mombasa. Spend the day exploring the island of Mombasa with visit to the Akamba hand craft (where you will learn about the wood carvings). Akamba hand craft is one of the largest wood carvings industry and market in Kenya. The Indian temple where you will learn about the Hinduism and Lord Swaminarayan and Lord Rama. You will also have the chance to see the elephant tusks which are found along Moi Avenue built in 1952 in the memory of King George of England during the British colonial period. During this time Queen Elizabeth was in Kenya where she became the Queen of England after the death of King George.
Visit the Fort Jesus which was built by the Portuguese in 1593 by architecture from Goa. It later became the government prison during the British colonial period in 1947. Fort Jesus was named fort because the Portuguese were Christians and they sailed with the flag of Jesus. It was built mainly for protection and to control the harbor of Mombasa. There arose war between the Arabs and the Portuguese from 1593 – 1729 where many of them died due to starvation and yellow fever. You will also explore the old town where you will walk along the narrow streets and visit the old harbor where you will see the old Arabic boats and one of the oldest mahindry mosque found near the old harbor. Proceed to the market where you will learn about the food spices, foods and vegetables. Meet different traders buying and selling different types of goods before breaking for lunch.
After lunch proceed to the fascinating and exciting Haller Park to view the resident wildlife including Giraffes, Oryx, Hippos, Buffaloes, Snakes, Fish and Crocodiles. Later drive back to your respective Hotel.
|Price Per Parson In US Dollars($)|
|High Season from 15th June to 1st April|
|Adult (Age 12-99)||US$ 150
|Child (5yrs to 11)