Mombasa – city tour

Apart from being the capital of all the coastal cities in Kenya, Mombasa is also one of the oldest cities in East and Central Africa discovered by Arab merchants in the 11th century. The city soon became a major trading center in East Africa, mainly trading in spices, slaves, millet, coconut and ivory. Trade ties reached as far as the Indian subcontinent and China.

For centuries it passed from hand to hand – the Arabs, the Portuguese, the Sultanates of Oman, in 1840 it was taken over by the Sultan of Zanzibar who later gave it as a gift to the British. It became a British-sponsored country that turned Mombasa into the sea terminal of the railway, which was established 120 years ago by many workers brought for this purpose from British India. Mombasa was the capital of the British colony, until it was decided to move it to Nairobi.

Mombasa had a sad chapter in the slave trade in Africa, in the 15th century Mombasa was a collection and transit station for slaves brought from various places on the continent and transported on Arabian wooden ships and sold at full price in the famous slave market in Zanzibar, until 1963 Mombasa still owned Zanzibar. .

Today, Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and boasts a population of about 1.5 million. This is the only city where modernization has combined with tradition to give a nice definition to a life without stress and hence Hakuna Matata! Hakuna Matata “Everything is good”

Welcome to Mombasa – “Karibu Mombasa” “karibu Mombasa”

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your beach hotel at 07.00 in the morning. A short drive to the city of Mombasa, your guide will accompany you throughout the tour and give you explanations about Mombasa in the past and Mombasa today. A very “lively” and active day awaits you around the city of Mombasa in the historic and new parts of the city.

 

First visit: “Artists’ Village -” Akamba Village

We will drive to the western side of Mombasa and visit the artists’ pad called “Akamba Village” named after the “Akamba” tribe (which is one of the 42 tribes living in Kenya) and known for its talent for the art of carving and creating “Tam Tam” toffees.

An artist carves a statue of a woman and the shop in the artists’ village

In “Village” you will discover the talents of African art in carving, sculpting, painting, by dozens and sometimes hundreds of artists working under makeshift wooden sheds.

Here there will be an unmediated meeting with the artists and you will be able to chat, take pictures with them and even join them and try your talent at carving a 10 kilo mahogany elephant with the help of the traditional chisel.

After a tour of the artists ‘classes, we will visit the main gallery in the village and you will be able to purchase some of the artists’ works.

Activity 2 – City tour

From the artists’ village we will continue back to the city and take the road and drive on the “Mijikenda” road that takes us to the old train station (which is no longer in use) but was the main focal point when it comes to the transportation system in the early 18th century. From there we will drive to the old “Klindini” road which today is called “Moi Avenue” after the second president of Kenya.

We will stop near the most famous momentum of the city of Mombasa where the huge elephant teeth that are right in the middle of the boulevard. These were created in 1952 to welcome Her Majesty – Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Kenya.

                 

Right next to it , we will stroll around the “Uhuru kenyata” garden that was Kenya’s first and mythological president and even declared its independence (now his son has been president for a second term) of Kenya and was its first president. We’ll walk among the giant mango trees that countless fruit bats hang in clusters on the branches of the trees.

Activity 3 – Mumbasa Market “MARKITI”

After you go on the “Digo” road and visit the Mombasa market called “Markiti”, what once stayed in the yeshiva hall only for whites in the colonial era, became a beautiful fruit and vegetable market after Kenya’s independence.  Around the market building, all the streets became shops packed with goodies, spices, utensils, fabrics, clothes and p.s. We will walk around and enjoy seeing the agricultural products that grow along the coastal area as well as those that come from the high levels of Kenya .A lot of tropical fruits such as mangoes, bananas, papaya, alongside other crops – tomatoes, potatoes, as well as cashew nuts, coffee and tea. It’s time to enjoy the red girls!

 

Activity 4 – Old City

We will return to the air-conditioned bus and continue to mombasa’s old town on the “Nkrumah Road” “Nkrumah Road” “Nkrumah” (this street also houses the main company offices and from here all the activity is organized in Israel, Kenya, Egypt and Rowanda)

Here we will get explanations about the rich culture and history of the city. We will explore the narrow old city streets between the old town houses and the beautiful wooden balconies on “Ndhia kuu” street

Look at the beautiful architecture on the doors, windows and balconies of

The houses we went to and then you will understand why the place is run by UNESCO.

 

Wooden balconies hanging in the old city

 

Mombasa effectively controlled the city. Today it is a museum rather than a weapons base and displays 15th-century architecture works .It was built by the Portuguese to protect their business empire along the east coast of Africa, the use of the name “Jesus” and talk of Portuguese presenting themselves as missionaries served only as camouflage to prevent strong business competition.

It is recommended to take you on a tour:

  1. Camera – since there are many photographs as souvenirs,
  2. Some cash for shopping.
  3. Wear light but decent to respect the residents of the Old City who will welcome you.
  4. Good mood.