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African Destination

Mombasa

Mombasa is a place steeped in history, yet at the same time fascinating commercial and cosmopolitan port town.

Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town overlooks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.

The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices.

At the water’s edge is Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor.

The high gun turrets, battlements and underground passages of this 16th Century Fort were the centre of a historic struggle for control of the Kenya coast between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs. This war was waged around Mombasa over hundreds of years and countless battles and the Fort stands as a testament to this tumultuous past.

Modern Mombasa is a city of great diversity and life. This is a town were all are welcomed and quickly absorbed into this great coastal melting pot.

Mombasa is a place where both history and progress are greatly valued, where a busy harbor existence is lived at its own unique, tropical pace.



Accommodation found in: "Mombasa"
Tijara Beach
Tijara Beach
Mombasa Attractions

Mombasa was a very influential port in the 15th century and has played a significant role in laying the foundations of the nation that it is a part of today. Some of the popular attractions in the town relate directly to the historical context, while others seek to complement the tourism industry that the town thrives on.

Safaris that include: "Mombasa" as a destination
12 Day Kenya Landscapes Safari
12 Day Kenya Landscapes Safari
Other destinations found in Kenya
Amboseli National Park | Hemingways Watamu | Laikipia Plateau | Lake Naivasha | Lake Nakuru National Park | Lamu | Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Maasai Mara | Meru National Park | Mombasa | Mount Kenya National Park | Nairobi | Samburu National Reserve | Shaba National Reserve
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