Mombasa is not only the oldest city in Kenya but also a great travel destination for a perfect beach holiday mixed with activities and culture. Read along to find out what you should be doing while you are there.
The city is located at the coast of the Indian Ocean meaning it had influences in architecture, culture, and cuisine from all over the world since it was founded in 900 AD. A testament to this variety is the city’s old town which is best explored by foot. Architectural influences can be spotted from the Arabs, the British, and the Portuguese.
Mandrhy Mosque is the oldest mosque in the city and a showcase of Swahili architecture in combination with Arab influences. Be aware that visitors are not allowed inside, the outside beauty of this building is more than enough though.
If you have spent enough time walking around the old city it is time to get some facts and information on the beautiful city you have wandered around in. Therefore, it is best to visit Fort Jesus Museum. Located in an old coastal fortress, the museum contains archeological finds from Kenya and teaches about the history of Mombasa.
Haller Park offers nature as well as wildlife in case you need a break from the vibrant city. Once the remainders of a quarry, the area has been turned into a sanctuary for flora and fauna. Animals that can be spotted include hippos, elands, giraffes, and tortoises.
A visit to Mombasa would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful beaches the city has on offer, the most popular being Nyali Beach. If you are looking for the perfect beach experience it is recommended to spend an hour’s drive to get to Diani Beach, which is more idyllic and much more beautiful.
Whatever you choose to do in Mombasa, you will have a great time there. Food, culture and people are warm and welcoming and it will be a trip you’ll never forget.