Mombasa City Tour
Pick up from an arranged location in or around Mombasa 7-8 am.
Drive through City Center towards Fort Jesus. Walk through Old Town starting from Fort Jesus passing the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering Old Port and continuing towards Old Market passing on the way old colonial houses and mosques.
Way back using different route – passing by the Treasury
Square with old colonial buildings – City Council, second Post, KCB Bank, District Commissioner building. Come back to Old Town and finish off by taking a tour inside Fort Jesus.
Lunch in the old town – local cuisine with pilau or biryani on the menu, and snacks like viazi and samosas also available for you to taste.
On the way out, Drive through Mama Ngina Drive passing State House, old golf course, huge Baobab trees then stop on the Moi Avenue to make photos at the famous Mombasa Tusks – the symbol of the town.
Continue to Akamba Handicraft which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Walk in the workshop and watch how its all done, you will be amazed at what can come out from a simple piece of wood. After the tour of the workshops, you will have a chance to shop and buy some of the carvings and souvenirs that you might have liked in the workshops. They can also ship them abroad for you!
Coming back to Mombasa in the afternoon.
Mida Creek and Gede Ruins
Pick up from an agreed location in or around Mombasa at 7-8 am. After about a two hour drive, you arrive at Mida Creek (100km from Mombasa). Here you will take part in a guided walk around a mangrove forest, learn about different species of crab that live within the mangrove and watch the different bird species that inhabit the ecosystem.
While in Mida,a walk on ‘Indiana Jones’ cable bridge and a canoe ride to one of the small islands is an exciting feature of the trip, plus a swim in the creek is also pleasant and quite refreshing. Finish the tour with a locally prepared dish of coconut rice, fried fish and some vegetables served at the local restaurant next to the reception desk.
After the delicious lunch, a short half hour drive gets you to Gede Ruins. This is a 15th century Arab settlement with 8 mosques, a palace, houses, wells and tombs as its main features. A Guided visit in the ruins will help you discover more about the ancient town of Gede, and perhaps why it was finally abandoned to its present state. This is real East African history, so pay attention, listen and learn.
After the Gede tour, a visit to the snake center is also as interesting. The display, while very simple and small, gives you a look into some of the reptile species that can be found in Kenya. There is also a small butterfly farm in same location which is also an option for those who have an interest.
Finally, after everyone is happy, we will drive back to Mombasa to get you back to your hotel/drop off location before dinner.
Malindi & Marafa Depression
Around 125 km from Mombasa lies Malindi town.
Malindi is one of the oldest towns in East Africa where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama first landed with his ships on the East African Coast.
Morning city tour includes a visit to the Vasco da Gama Pillar and walk around narrow streets of Malindi lined with souvenir shops (good place for shoe shopping).
After, Malindi tour, drive 1 hour to Marafa Depression (Hell’s Kitchen)– Kenya’s ‘Grand Canion’. A guided tour takes you round the depression where the guide shall briefly explain to you how this beautiful formation came to be and the different minerals and rocks that are present in that area. You will also find out in during the tour, why the locals decided to name it Hell’s Kitchen, maybe you can guess?
After the tour and a cold bottle of water which we will provide for you, you will drive back to Mombasa in the late afternoon.