Mombasa tourist attractions are not only limited to the city and its environs; the list includes attractions in the Coast region in areas.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. The coastal city is home to a myriad of coastal, historical and cultural attractions. The bustling island boasts spectacular beaches, wildlife parks, marine reserves, architectural structures and ancient buildings. There are a lot of things to do in this island. Here are the top tourist attractions in Mombasa.
Thanks to its legacy as the largest port in East Africa, Mombasa is a cultural melting pot. British, Asian, Arabic, Omanis, Indian, and Chinese immigrants have enriched the city’s architecture and cuisine, and many mosques and temples grace the city streets. In the Old Town, where fragrant spices waft from local markets, visitors can step back in time and explore the ancient buildings. On the busy harborfront here, the World Heritage-listed Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, is an architectural jewel. Beyond the city, wildlife parks, villages, and ancient ruins round out the wealth of water-based fun.
Mombasa Tourist Attractions
Fort Jesus is a monumental piece of architecture built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapons such as canons, which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the fort.
Located to the southeast of the Mombasa’s CBD, Old Town is an architectural urban center occupied mainly by Arabs, Asians and Europeans. The history and culture enthusiasts visit this place to explore old buildings and learn the culture of the residents.When visiting Old Town, you will have an opportunity to shop for antiques, souvenirs, fragrant oils and spices.
An apt place for animal lovers, Haller Park is home to amazing creatures like giraffes, Cape buffalos, zebras, hippos, cranes, pelicans and storks. The park allows giraffe feeding as well. Haller Park had a famous interspecies friendship (between tortoise and hippo) that became a sensation in the online world.
The Mamba Village is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm with over 10,000 crocodiles. Mamba Village is a very renowned tourist attraction in Mombasa. It combines crocodile farming, conservation, and ecosystem friendly quarry. Other activities within the Mamba Village are camel riding, horse riding and a unique “a la carte” restaurant specialized in game meat e.g. Croco-meat, Ostrich, Zebra, among other delicacies.
Lake Nakuru is a very shallow lake in central Kenya. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts vast quantities of lesser flamingos, sometimes more than one million at once. Often called the greatest bird spectacle on earth, the flamingos are one of Kenya’s top attractions. Sadly, in recent years the number of flamingos at Lake Nakuru has been decreasing, due to environmental degradation and pollution.
North Coast Beaches
The coastline north of Mombasa is a little livelier than the south coast and the resorts are closer to the airport and Mombasa City. Palm-lined beaches, crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and a profusion of water sports, resorts, and entertainment venues provide plenty of tourist action. Mombasa Marine National Park fringes the coast here with multi-hued coral gardens, drop offs, and Kenya’s best wreck diving on the MV Dania. Traveling north from Mombasa, Nyali Beach is the first stop. Shops and hotels line the beach here, including Mombasa’s first mainland beach resort Nyali Beach Hotel.
Mombasa Tusks were created to honour Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1952. These aluminium structures welcome the guests in the heart of the town where most of the banks, shops, and markets are located. Photographers must keep their cameras ready to take a picture of Mombasa Tusks as they are absolutely unique.