Top 5 Must Do's in Mombasa

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1. Take a guided Safari. There are many companies in Mombasa that offer a wide range of different safaris. Air safaris give tourists an aerial view of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the ice capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the geological sights of the Great Rift Valley. Camping safaris are available from Mombasa and take you into Tsavo East National Park, the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Kenya noted for its vast elephant herds and giraffes, buffalo, zebras, waterbuck, and much more, and where you will spend the night in Ndololo Camp. This experience is unrivaled to any in Kenya.

2. Fort Jesus is Mombass's most popular tourist attraction. Located along the coast, it is a stunning 16th century piece of Portuguese architecture. The Fort houses a museum of many artifacts from the time when Mombasa was a thriving transit point for slave trade. Touring the inside of the Fort you will encounter torture rooms and prison cells where the slaves were kept before being sent off for trade. The museum is located across the gate of the Fort, and consists of ceramics, Chinese porcelain, an ebony chair inlaid with ivory, and carved wooden Mbuzi for grating coconut. The Santo Antonio de Tanna, a sunken ship, positioned approximately 55 feet below sea level, has been excavated and the contents are on display at Fort Jesus.

3. Mombasa beaches have gained popularity and notoriety in recent years. The sun shines all year round, and the long stretches of sandy beaches provide the most amazing atmosphere for numerous water sports, sunbathing, and swimming. Some of the best resorts and hotels are found on the North and South Coast of Mombasa. The beaches off the coast of Mombasa are some of the Indian Ocean's finest, and are often found completely secluded. The water here is shallow, calm, and warm, making for ideal swimming conditions.

4. Pirates Beach Bar and Restaurant is the only club in Kenya at the beach. Located at the beach edge, you can enjoy the breeze from the Indian Ocean while sampling some of the local fare in their fantastic restaurant. The Pirates Beach Bar offers water-slides, a disco, floor shows, pool tables, big screen TVs, and is one of Keny's favorite meeting places. It is opened daily with 5 bars to choose from.

5. Ngomongo Villages Park is the newest and most popular local excursion. A collection of 9 diverse rural Kenyan tribal homesteads, each complete with hut, crops, wild animals, traps, charms, and each village has a witch doctor. This interactive village park has activities in each village for guests to engage in such as archery, boating, rafting, tasting tribal foods, forest walks, fishing, and pounding maize. Some say a trip to the Kenya coast is incomplete without a visit to Ngomongo Villages Park.

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Janeen Lovejoy

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I highly recommend The Tamarind Dhow, the cost is around USD75.00 per person and includes collection from your Hotel a delicious 3 course meal (the choices are normally Lobster/Prawns/fillet steak/ chicken or a seafood stew, I'm sure they do a veggie alternative, but I'm not sure what it is.

When you arrive on the Dhow you are given a welcome drink called a 'Dawa' (swahili for medicine) this is delicious it's a combination of lime/honey and vodka on ice and is definately 'moreish'.

Once everyone is onboard you set off for a short more..

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