[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Overview” tab_id=”1535788960543-0c6c56c8-7dd0″][vc_column_text]Mombasa Island is connected to the mainland to the east by a causeway, to the north by the Nyali Bridge, and to the south by the Likoni Ferry. Mombasa is a 5km by 3km island and the headquarters of Mombasa District.
It is a bustling busy town although it has kept its character, especially in the old town. There are a distinct Arabic, Indian, and Swahili influences, as well as regular reminders of the Portuguese in the older parts of the city. The original Arabic name is Manbasa; in Kiswahili it is called ‘Kisiwa Cha Mvita’ (or Mvita for short), which means ‘Island of War’, due to the many changes in its ownership.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Activities” tab_id=”1535788960625-39824bbb-3c7c”][vc_column_text]
Visit Fort Jesus
Constructed by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 and designed by Italian architect Cairati, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although it is partly damaged, Fort Jesus was built in the shape of a man and is a fine display of 16th-century Portuguese military architecture. Enjoy the exhibitions of the wide collection of ceramics and pottery reflecting the various cultures that traded along the coast. Within the compound are many fascinating battlements and derelict buildings, including Omani house, a building with Omani jewelry and displays on Swahili life.
Explore Mombasa’s Old Town
Known for its heavy historical Arabic influence, its ancient buildings, amazing architecture with extravagant art designs that teleport you back in time. With various curio shops to choose from, one can get amazing antiques at affordable prices, not to mention unique ornaments, fabrics, fruits and vegetables at such an affordable price. A walk down old town is therapeutic in itself, with the sound of children laughing and playing along the narrow streets.
Visit Haller Park
Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trails, Haller Park is ideal for cycling, jogging, nature trails while inhaling nature in all its beauty. With various options to choose from, such as the Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, Butterfly Sanctuary and bird watching. For only 200 Kshs one can take a leisure walk through lush forests, lakes, streams and plantation and get to be at one with nature.
Mamba Village Tour
Situated in Nyali, Mamba Village is one of East Africa’s largest crocodile farms. With daily tours along the farm and a separate playground for kids to enjoy when they get bored with the tour, makes the farm ideal for a weekend plan, the highlight of the tour is the feeding time when all the blood-thirsty crocodiles fight for food!
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