We will depart from Diani at 8.00 am and drive to Mombasa, a distance of 35 km including a 500-meter ferry crossing and head to the famous elephant tusks which are found along Moi Avenue. These were initially commissioned to commemorate the visit of Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister) in 1956 when Kenya was still a British Colony. The tusks are meant to represent the entrance to the city of Mombasa and are the city’s most popular landmark.
We will then visit Fort Jesus Museum that was built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century at the southern edge of the town of Mombasa, over a spur of coral rock, and kept under their control for one century, Fort Jesus, Mombasa, bears testimony to the first successful attempt by Western civilization to rule the Indian ocean trade routes, which, until then had remained under Eastern influence. The design of the fort, with its proportions, its imposing walls, and five bastions, reflects the military architectural theory of the Renaissance. Fort Jesus, Mombasa, bears physical witness, in its structures and subsequent transformations, also to the interchange of cultural values and influences between and among peoples of African, Arab, Turkish, Persian and European origin that fought to gain and maintain their control over this strategic port.
Later we will explore the old town where you will walk along the narrow streets and visit the old harbor where you will see the old Arabic style boats and one of the oldest mosques in the city, we will then proceed to the market where you will learn about food spices, foods and vegetables. Afterwards we will take a break for lunch at the Tamarind restaurant.
After lunch, we wind up the tour with a visit to Haller Park which is a nature park in the north of Mombasa past the famous Nyali Bridge. The park was transformed from a quarry wasteland into an ecological area that holds a variety of plant and animal species. We will get an opportunity to feed giraffes & observe crocodiles and hippos, the park is also home to buffalos, eland antelopes, giraffes, waterbucks, oryx, snakes, giant tortoises and a variety of bird species.
We will then depart Mombasa and head back to Diani arriving in the early evening.