Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. It has a major port and an international airport – Moi International Airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. Mombasa Island itself is not a main attraction, although many people visit Old Town and Fort Jesus. North of Mombasa Island is Nyali, Kenyatta, Bamburi, and Shanzu beaches. South of the town, there is Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani beaches. Several luxury hotels exist on these beaches, while most of cheaper beach hotels are located farther away from the town. Other local industries include an oil refinery and the Bamburi Cement factory.
The city has a population of 727,842 and is located on Mombasa Island, which is separated from the mainland by two creeks: Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbor. The island is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and to the west by the Makupa Causeway, alongside which runs the Uganda Railway. The port serves both Kenya and neighbouring countries of the interior, linking them to the Ocean.
The town is mainly occupied by the Muslim Mijikenda/Swahili people. Mombasa has a warm, tropical climate. Winter months are slightly warmer than summer. The amount of rainfall depends essentially on season. The rainiest months are April and May, while in January to February the rainfall is minimal.
Depart from your beach hotel and drive to Mombasa. Begin the tour with a visit to the Baobab forest along Mama Ngina Drive before proceeding to Fort Jesus Museum built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century. The Fort is now a national monument and houses an interesting museum.
Walk through Mombasa. It is a steamy, tropical, low-rise city with asymmetrical streets, languid pace, and a diverse and intriguing population. Walk through the streets of Old Town up to the Old Port to see the Dhows. The old town is a maze of narrow streets, mosques and crowded buildings, some with impressive carved doors or intricate balconies.
Later visit the Mackinon market, Elephant Tusks and Indian Temple before proceeding to Akamba Woodcraft at Changamwe where you can see the craftsmen at work and select your carvings at the lowest price you can ever get in the world. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.
Your day takes you down an intriguing maze of cobbled streets, past overhanging balconies and through mysterious doorways to bustling markets filled with exotic spice, fruit and colourful fabrics. Visit the Akamba wood carvers and enjoy lunch on the Tamarind Dhow. In the late afternoon visit Haller Park, a former quarry now reforested and stocked with animals. A great oppurtunity to purchase some of the wonderful crafts and other souveniers of your stay in Africa.
Sipping sundowners and nibbling appetisers you sail to Tudor Creek. An enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with a romantic cruise and a live band, playing popular tunes for dancing under the canopy of stars aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the old port of Mombasa Town.
Kisite is the best and most accessible Marine Park in Kenya. Once out on the Indian Ocean, there are regular sightings of dolphins, often accompanied by their rollicking offspring. Within the Wasini Channel, the rare hump-backed dolphins are also often sighted. Scuba diving and fun-diving guests often meet turtles underwater, too. Kisite also has a fantastic variety of fishes and coral. Snorkeling is done off the fringing reef of a large rocky islet and a wonderful sand bar, which appears out of the blue ocean at low tide. On top of the islet, is a large colony, in season, of noisy, nesting sooty terns. Provided with masks and snorkels but no fins, snorkels float above what can be compared to a personal, gigantic, tropical aquarium. Assistance is also provided to first timers.
Depart by traditional dhow as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. From the Old Dhow Harbour a short guided walk brings you through the Old Town to Fort Jesus, built by the Portugese in 1953. Here a vibrant evening includes excellent cuisine and the re-enactment of East Africa's turbulent history in an extravagant show. After the show, you are escorted to a spectacular dinner served in the fort. With torches to light the surroundings under a moonlit sky, the night air is filled with the call to prayer from nearby mosques. A delicious dinner is served.
This is a Private Tour to Wasini Island which includes Dolphin spotting, snorkeling, lunch and the amazing sunset. Wasini Island Full Day Excursion begins with a private meeting before the tour. A countryside drive in a private, air-conditioned van, through beautiful coconut plantations to “Shimoni” jetty. Begin your leisurely Cruise on your own spacious wooden dhow. On deck you can relax on big, comfortable pillows. Dolphin spotting- you can stay and watch the dolphins for as long as you wish, and if you are lucky enough, they may join you for a swim in the marine park.