Located on the eastern coast of Africa, Mombasa is a leading tourist city with a very diverse range of attractions. With a history going back several centuries, it is the ideal destination for the history buff.
For centuries, Mombasa was an important trading port and the evidence of the various global visitors who made residence here is reflected in the city’s architecture. The island is also home to some of the most stunning white sand beaches in the world.
Mombasa’s leading attraction is Fort Jesus, a 16th century fort built by the Portuguese. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses a museum which has a very wide collection of artifacts which tell the various histories of the people that used this trading port in the past.
Near Fort Jesus is the city’s Old Town which is the place to go for the perfect souvenir. Old Town is home to many antique shops and its narrow streets are lined on all sides by buildings featuring architecture from diverse cultures and historical times.
Apart from its vast history, Mombasa is probably most famous for its palm-lined white sand beaches. One of the most popular beaches is Nyali beach which is located close to the swanky Nyali residential area. Unlike most other beaches in the city, Nyali is hardly ever crowded and would be a great place for the person who desires some quiet.
Other top Mombasa beaches include Bamburi , Shanzu and Copacabana beaches which are located to the north of the city. The city’s south also has plenty of beaches among which the most famous are Tiwi, Diani and Shelly. Mombasa enjoys 12 hours of sunshine throughout the year and the range of water activities available at all the beaches is diverse and includes water-skiing, diving, swimming and snorkeling.
For animal lovers, the place to visit is the city’s Haller Park, a nature reserve that is home to a very diverse range of wildlife. Home to more than 150 species of birds, Haller Park is also home to giraffes, Zebras and hippos among others. Mombasa’s Mamba Village is another popular destination for nature lovers. The village is a huge crocodile farm where you get to view the crocs at close range, see them fight over a meal or (if you so desire) partake of crocodile meat. Mombasa’s weather is pleasant and the temperatures do not fluctuate too much and this makes the city a destination that can be visited any time of the year. Unlike some cities in the United States like Spokane, the winter is just too cold to enjoy yourself.