Mombasa is the second city of Kenya and on the coast. Mombasa itself is an island connected by ferries and bridges to the mainland. Mombasa has a large commercial harbour. Mombasa is named after the arabic word "nabas" meaning to speak in public and reflects Mombasa's original role as a trading and meeting centre.
The heart of Mombasa is the old town with its Arab influence. Fort Jesus is a famous and historical sight that protected Mombasa Harbour and scenes of long running battles between the Portuguese and Shirazi Arabs. Mombasa is a mix of cultures and in the city Mosques, Temples and Churches thrive together.
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Mombasa is reached easily by train, bus or air from Nairobi. Mombasa International Airports has a number of direct international flights. Bus and matatu transport to the North and South coast beaches is easy to arrange.
Designed by an Italian as a European style fortress. Spacious inside with high walls and views across the harbour. Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese in 1593 and is one of the best examples of 16th century Portuguese military architecture. The Fort has changed use many times and was used as a prison until 1958 after which is was made a national monument and now open to the public. A sound and light show takes place every day except Tuesday and Sunday at 7.30pm.
A reclamation project of waste quarry land to create gardens and a habitat for a number of animals including giraffe, crocodiles and hippos. Located next to the Bamburi Cement Factory on the road to Malindi. (041 5485901)
Mamba Village Crocodile Farm
A crocodile farm at Nyali with a daily later afternoon show (041 475184).
Mombasa Marine Park
Glass bottom boat trips are organised by hotels and local tour operators to view the coral.
Mombasa Old Town
Near Fort Jesus is the Old Town is a collection of buildings that are worth exploring.
Mombasa Dhow Harbour
A few Dhows are to be found and Dhow trips can be arranged. Dining is possible on the Tamarind Dhow Restaurant (041 475074).
The temple on Digo Road is open to visitors who enjoy the design and scents and atmosphere.
An aquarium at Mtwapa village.