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1-Day Mombasa Tour

The beach town of Mombasa is one of the oldest places in East Africa. This means that it has a rich history which you can explore through a one-day tour of the city. the tour is suitable for those who want to hit all the highlights but are pressed for time. We will take you on a scenic trip throughout the town, visiting major sites like Fort Jesus, Haller Park, and the elephant tusks on Moi Avenue. Here is what you can expect:
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Fort Jesus Outside Tour

You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern east Mombasa, Fort Jesus. This historical site has been standing for centuries and remains pretty impressive.

It attracts hundreds of visitors every day. You will tour the outside of the fort, taking pictures and learning about the heritage site. You can also enjoy some street food from vendors.

Old Town

Old Town is full of architectural gems. The buildings have a lot of Asian, European, and Arab influences. Some have been standing for centuries!

You will take a stroll through the streets, admiring the buildings, taking pictures, and interacting with locals. You can also visit some of the charming cafes for Kenyan-style meals.


Next, you will visit a tourist market in town where you will get an array of food, clothing, and souvenirs. You can get fresh fish, species, fruits, and other authentic Kenyan ingredients to try your hand at some local recipes. You can also get handmade jewelry, baskets, clothes, crafts, and even shoes.

Elephant Tusks

The famous elephant tusks are the symbol of Mombasa. They are two pairs of elephant tusks along Moi Avenue that have been standing for years. The giant tusks were built to commemorate Princess Margaret’s visit and are now a famous landmark. You will visit the tusks, take pictures, and get up close to see the immaculate design elements.

Hindu Temple

Next, you will visit Lord Shiva Temple. This famous Hindu temple is a spectacular architectural masterpiece that attracts visitors every day. You will visit the marvelous meditation and worship center, where you can participate in some of the rituals and prayers. Visitors are encouraged to participate before moving to the next location.


Expect a lovely lunch in the early afternoon. It is an opportunity to try Kenyan-style cuisine, including fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. You could try wet fry Tilapia with ugali. You can also get some side dishes such as samosa and mahamri, popular among locals. And do not skip out on the Mnazi, a traditional alcoholic beverage.

Haller Park

Haller Park is the nature park in Bamburi Mombasa. It was initially a quarry wasteland that turned into an ecological area with multiple plants and animal species. This recreational spot is home to crocodiles, giraffes, hippos, and an array of trees, including eucalyptus, date palm, coconut, and baobab. You can also visit the restaurants to try exotic steaks and seafood.

Your 1-day trip to the town should end with a transfer back to your accommodations, where you can continue your beach-destination trip.


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