Mombasa City Tour. Mombasa, city and chief port of Kenya, situated on a coralline island in a bay of the Indian Ocean. The island is linked to its mainland municipal territory of 100 square miles (259 square km) by causeway, bridge, and ferry and has an area of 5.5 square miles (14.25 square km). Before Mombasa became well established as an important port for trade across the Indian Ocean, the general area had long been the site of settlements inhabited by Bantu-speaking peoples who engaged in farming, fishing, and local trading. It was visited in 1331 by the Arab traveler Ibn Baṭṭūṭah and in 1498 by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama. Because of its strategic position, it was continually fought over, passing among the Arabs, Persians, Portuguese, and Turks until 1840, when the sultan of Zanzibar finally gained control. It came under British administration in 1895 and was the capital of the East Africa Protectorate until 1907. Mombasa became a municipality in 1928 and assumed council status in 1959.
Mombasa has two ports, Mombasa Old Port on the island’s east side and Kilindini Harbour on the west. The old port is now used only by dhows and small craft, bringing trade from Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and India. The old city is strongly Middle Eastern, with narrow streets, high houses with carved ornamental balconies, and mosques and temples. It is the site of Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese (1593–95) and now a museum. There are Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals. A Hindu temple built in 1952 has a gilded dome. Mombasa’s many historical and cultural attractions have made it a popular tourist destination.
You will be picked from your hotel exactly at 6:00am hours to Mombasa the second capital city of Kenya for your city tour trip. Commence the tour at the Mama Ngina drive road just when you cross the ferry.Drive through the famous Florida night-club to the locals as well as the tourists and Oceanic hotel being one of the oldest hotels in Mombasa.
Then to the museum ‘Fort Jesus which was build by the Portuguese in the 1593,then visit the old market, old town and the old port. After that proceed to the Hindu temple and to the mosque. Drive back to the south coast or North coast hotels.
Price: US$.30.- p.p
Transport, Fort Jesus entrance fees, and guided tour
Price does not include:
Tips, drinks and things of personal nature