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Mombasa tour and travel guide

Updated on October 18, 2015

Mombasa tour and travel guide

Mombasa is a regional economic and cultural hub. In Mombasa, there are extra large ports as well as international airports. The exact dates when Mombasa was founded are not known, but it must have

been a well-established business center in the 12th Century because Al indris an Arab geographer mentioned it in 1151.

1. Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese between the years 1593 and 1596 from the order of a Portuguese king called Philip 1. Fort Jesus is located in Mombasa Island and its main purpose was to guard the old port of Mombasa. It has the shape of a man when viewed from the air and hence the name Jesus. It was declared a world heritage site in 2001 by UNESCO because it was one of the best preserved Portuguese military fortifications.

2. Mombasa tusks

Mombasa Tusks are a famous landmark that was constructed in 1952 to commemorate when Queen Elizabeth visited Mombasa. They are made of aluminum. Mombasa Tusks also marks the entrance to the heart of the town where many banks and hotels are situated.

3. Old town

The old town is located in the southeast side of Mombasa. It is one of the reminders of when the Portuguese ruled Mombasa port. Europeans, Arabs, and Asians, mostly inhabit old town and the architecture reflects their culture in a big way. History lovers, visit this town to enjoy the historical buildings and buy antiques, fragrant oils, souvenirs, and spices.

4. Mombasa Marine National Park

The Mombasa marine national park is one of the busiest of shore reserve in Kenya with its main purpose being to protect seagrass beds, coral reef, mangroves and sandy beaches. Major marine creatures living in the Mombasa marine national park include stingrays, eels, and seahorses. Other major activities to enjoy here apart from the flora and fauna are Diving and snorkeling. For those who do not like getting wet, they are offered a glass bottom boat to view the diverse marine life. To access, Mombasa marine national park visitors can use the popular, Diani, Shanzu and Diani beach.

5. Haller Park

Haller Park was initially known as a Bamburi nature trail. Dr. René Halle started Bamburi nature trail in 1971 after transforming an abandoned limestone quarry into a well-established nature trail. Dr. Halle improved the mineral content of the soil in this quarry and then planted a lot of trees, established a fish farm and later created a wildlife park. Some of the wildlife animals living in this park are zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, Cape buffalo, and hippos. The park created an Internet sensation when 130 years tortoise adopted an orphaned hippo. Haller Park is also home to more than 160 species of birds. The Nguuni wildlife sanctuary is also within where eland, ostrich, and Oryx are farmed.

6. Mamba village center

The mamba village center is located in Nyari and it is one of the largest crocodile farms in East Africa. The Mamba village center is a good place to learn more about crocodiles and their behaviors. Here there is a restaurant that specializes with game meat for carnivores. Most game meat offered here includes ostrich, crocodile, and zebra.

7. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is located south of Wasani Island. This is a popular place for diving, dolphin spotting and snorkeling. Four tiny islands encompass this park; they are surrounded by fish rich coral reefs. Dolphins are many in the Shimoni channel where humpback whales also swim between August and October. Other marine life to enjoy at this park includes angelfish, moray eels, grouper, green sea turtles and snappers. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National park is also a great place to enjoy deep-sea fishing extending south of the Pemba channel.

8. Gede ruins

The Gede ruins are found in a rain forest. They were been rebuilt between the 15th and the 16th century. Gede ruins were an ancient Arab town within the East African coastline. Gede Ruins exhibits a rich Swahili culture and visitors can tour the Great Mosque, coral-stone, the Palace, pillar tombs and houses where ancient drawings can be seen in the plastered walls of the buildings.

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