Excursions and Short Tours and Safaris From Mombasa, Kenya.
The following are some of the Short Tours and Safaris you
can book with us during your stay in the coastal Island of
Mombasa, we are very flexible and welcome you to choose and
make a combination other than those listed here.
Mombasa Town/City Tour
The island town of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean in Kenya is
composed of a blend of ancient and modern buildings. Mombasa
is Kenya’s principal port and the country’s second largest
city. A comprehensive tour of Mombasa island will typically
cover the old Arab town - 'Mji wa Kale' or old town, with
it’s maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying the
beautifully curved doors and verandahs, bazaars with curio
and antique shops, the Dhow harbour which is still in use, a
Hindu temple, a visit to the Akamba (a Kenyan tribesmen)
wood carvers and a drive to the Old Market (MacKinnon
Market) for a short shopping expedition. The high light of
the tour is probably the visit to Fort Jesus. Built in 1593
by the Portuguese to guard the entrance to the old Dhow
harbour, it is the island’s Landmark. Four hundred years
old, the port still stands and serves as a historical
Mombasa City Tour & Ngomongo Village
The colourful island town of Mombasa with its blend of
ancient and modern buildings on the Indian Ocean is Kenya’s
principal port and the country’s second largest city. A
comprehensive tour of the island include the old Arab town,
with it’s maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying the
beautifully curved doors and verandahs, bazaars with curio
and antique shops, the Dhow harbour still in use, a Hindu
temple, a visit to the Akamba wood carvers and a drive to
the bazaar for a short shopping expedition. The high light
of the tour is probably the visit to Fort Jesus. Built in
1593 by the Portuguese to guard the entrance to the old Dhow
harbour, it is the island’s Landmark. Four hundred years
old, the port still stands and serves as a historical
museum. Continue to Ngomongo Villages Theme Park for a
cultural tour and lunch at trekkers Restaurant. Ngomongo
Villages Park is a collection of 9 diverse rural Kenya
tribal homesteads, each complete with hut, cultivated crops,
domestic and wild animals (like crocodiles for the El Molo
man) wild animal traps, charms and fetishes, tinsmiths and
even a village witch doctor! Each village has tribe -
specific activities for you to engage in, including archery,
boating, rafting, tasting tribal foods and liquor, forest
walk, hook fishing, grinding and pounding maize. After the
trek through the village households, you get the "Deja vu"
feeling that you have literally walked throughout rural
Kenya in only 1 hour 30 minutes.
Real Africa Eco-tour and Ngomongo Village - Full Day
Pick up at 9am - 9.30am in the morning. Depart on a field
trip to a real African village of the “Giriama” people to
see their architecture, peasant farming, domestic animals,
their abundant children and family life. Here you will see a
"Giriama" tinsmith working on his goat-hide bellows to fire
his iron items.
You will also meet local artisans weaving reeds mats, hats
and baskets for sale. You will be amazed to watch “Giriama”
wine trappers as they climb to the top of 60 ft coconut
trees to tap coconut wine, locally known as “Mnazi”. You
will also meet the village witchdoctor. If you are lucky he
will “divine” a solution to your “problems”.
Continue to Ngomongo Villages Theme Park for a cultural tour
and lunch at trekkers Restaurant. Ngomongo Villages Park is
a collection of 9 diverse rural Kenya tribal homesteads,
each complete with hut, cultivated crops, domestic and wild
animals (like crocodiles for the El Molo man) wild animal
traps, charms and fetishes, tinsmiths and even a village
witch doctor! Each village has tribe - specific activities
for you to engage in, including archery, boating, rafting,
tasting tribal foods and liquor, forest walk, hook fishing,
grinding and pounding maize. After the trek through the
village households, you get the "Deja vu" feeling that you
have literally walked throughout rural Kenya in only 1 hour
Coastal Cultural Tour (Bush Tour)
The coastal countryside and its people offer a different
perspective to Kenya’s tribal heritage. The tour provides a
glimpse into the traditions and cultures of the coastal
people with a visit to a Giriama or Digo Village with our
local guide. Continue to Kaloleni to visit the local market
and thereafter drive to Kenya Marine land on the North
coast, which offers an opportunity to observe numerous
species of tropical marine life in giant aquariums. A snake
park, situated nearby is also visited and you can watch
carvers at work producing the famous “Makonde” pieces of
Shimba Hills Tour/Mwaluganje elephant Sanctuary
The Shimba Hills are a short drive from Mombasa. South of
the island, they are reached via the Likoni Ferry and are
over a thousand feet high which offers one a view of both
the Indian Ocean and the African bush. A visit to the MES is
highly recommended and is located about 30 minutes from the
glistening beaches of south coast. At MES you will
experience a unique safari in a spectacular landscape.
Elephants here never forget. Like them, you’ll always
remember Mwaluganje. MES’s 60,000 acres feature dramatic
cliffs and forested hills as well as bush land with baobabs
– all striking for the wildlife. Apart from the elephant,
you might see warthog, impala, bushbuck, sable, Cape buffalo
Malindi and Gedi Tour
Depart from your coastal hotel and drive north to Kilifi
through attractive country covered by extensive sisal
plantations dotted with huge baobab trees. Cross the scenic
creek and continue onto the ancient city of Gedi-a 13th
century ruin in the heart of a dense forest. Thereafter
proceed onto the coastal town of Malindi for lunch and an
exploration of the marine park in a glass-bottomed boat
where an experienced guide takes you on goggling and
snorkeling. Later, visit a nearby village and watch the
Giriama tribe perform exciting tribal dances before driving
back to Mombasa by sundown.
Full Day – City Tour and Nature Tour
A comprehensive morning tour of the island including a visit
to Fort Jesus is followed by lunch at Mamba Village. Mamba
is the Swahili name for crocodile and this “village” is
really a crocodile farm. Depart after lunch for the Bamburi
Quarry Nature Trail. The wasteland of the stone quarry has
been reclaimed and amongst the casuarinas trees and other
tropical flora reside a variety of wildlife and birds, Eland
and Buffalo, Crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen
wandering with crowned cranes. The commercially viable
aquaculture complex is also visited.
Tamarind Dhow Safari
At 12.00pm or 6.30 pm departure from the Tamarind jetty for
the lunch cruise or evening cruise respectively. After a
welcome cocktail the Tamarind Dhow Nawalicker (meaning
Gateway to Heaven) cruises past the Old Town and Fort Jesus.
Fantastic sea food meals prepared by the world famous
Tamarind Restaurant are enjoyed while a local band plays
music to suite all tastes. A tri-lingual guide, fully
stocked bar and friendly service all add to the
unforgettable atmosphere. 2.45 pm or 10.30 pm return to the
jetty and thereafter your hotel.
Wasini Island Tour
Early departure from your hotel and drive across the Likoni
ferry through Cashew, Coconut and Sugarcane plantations and
the villages of the Digo people arriving at the tiny fishing
village of Shimoni. Upon arrival at the jet you will board a
Swahili sailing boat, now motorized for flexibility and sail
through an enchanting Seascape of Islets and reef to marvels
of the underwater world of Kisite. This is a great chance to
snorkel with the Dolphins or scuba dive among the superb
coral gardens. Enjoy your Seafood Lunch on the ancient
Island of Wasini in a quite restaurant before sailing to the
jet for your return transfer to your respective beach
Mamba Village Visit (Crocodile Farm Tour)
Situated in Nyali, is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm.
The Crocodile Farm Displays the age, weight and length of
crocodiles. You will also see hatchlings to 5 meter long
"big daddy" - the man eating monster, sun basking along the
tropical garden trail. At five pm. daily, the crocodiles are
fed and you can see them jump high in the air to snap the
Camel Riding, Horse Riding & Mamba Restaurant overlooking
the crocodile pond, a unique "a la carte" restaurant serves
game meat like crocodile and ostrich. They also have
Beautiful collection of plants and flowers specializing in
orchids and aquatic flora. On display are carnivorous
species, marine aquarium and snakes.
Fort Jesus in Mombasa
Explore Mombasa by Night - Dhow Cruise, Casino & Bora Bora
You will be taken to the old port and escorted onto to an
authentic Arab Dhow. As the sun sets, you set sail into the
harbor and past Fort Jesus. The dark African night sky full
of stars, the lapping of waves against the Dhow, truly a
romantic setting if ever there was one.
Then as you glide past Fort Jesus you are treated to a sound
and light show that is absolutely spectacular. After the
show you will make your landing and venture into the Fort
for supper. When supper is done and you have had your fill,
the night life begins!
mombasa tamarind dhow & dinner
Tamarind Dhow Dinner & Dance Cruise
This evening cruise is the most renown of all the coastal
trips. An enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with
a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the
old port of Mombasa Town. The dhow, Nawalilkher, was built
in 1977 for trading. At 23 meters, she is the largest dhow
on the coast.
Purchased in 1986, she was converted for restaurant use by
her original builder Fundi Bini on Lamu Island, under the
watchful eye of Mohammed Shalle, who is still her captain
today. An enchanting evening of exotic sea food blended with
a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow.
Transportation to and from the Tamarind Dhow to your Mombasa
North Coast Resident Hotel is included.
Nature Trail Park (Haller park)
Haller Park nature Trail started as a cement factory in
1954. The factory obtained its raw materials from the
quarry, a fossil coral limestone reef that lived 125,000 to
250,000 years ago.
A variety of game animals and birds, which are not so easy
to see, inhabit the fenced area. Each has a function in
Nature Trail's ecosystem, and almost all of them utilize a
different feeding niche.
Ngomongo Cultural Tour
For centuries there existed a thriving culture and society
in East Africa mix of Arab and native peoples. Ngomongo
Cultural Center is a look back in time in miniature of
tribal life and community groundings. Here you are able to
get a glimpse of the lifestyle and cultures that existed for
centuries before “civilization" came to Africa.
Different traditional tribal huts are set up in this themed
village, with peoples from the different tribes portraying
their ancestors. Watch and participate in different food
preparation, sample the local brews and various tribal
Scuba Diving Excursion at Kisite Marine Park (75 Miles South
of Mombasa Town)
Kisite - Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserves are
found off the Kenyan coast, 75 miles south of Mombasa. This
Marine Park and Reserve has been a center of discussion for
European marine biologists because of its increasing number
of new fish species and corals being documented, and
particularly because of the marine environment still being
There are currently around 250 varieties of marine fishes,
and over 40 varieties of coral species documented. In the
Kisite - Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserves some of
the commonly seen fish include: large numbers of pelagic
fish, butterfly, parrot, rockcod, angel, manta ray.
Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks are also seen. The pristine
coral varieties are impeccable; corals like staghorn, brain,
liliac-blue, mushroom, and lavender present unique photo
taking opportunities. The colorful beauty of the coral,
complimented by the large number of yellow and red tuna and
snappers are unmatched.
kisite marine park snorkeling
Kisite Marine Park Snorkeling — Wasini Dhow
Kisite is the best and most accessible Marine Park in Kenya.
Once out on the Indian Ocean, there are regular sightings of
dolphins, often accompanied by their rollicking offspring.
Within the Wasini Channel, the rare hump-backed dolphins are
also often sighted. Scuba diving and fun-diving guests often
meet turtles underwater, too. Kisite also has a fantastic
variety of fishes and coral.
Snorkeling is done off the fringing reef of a large rocky
islet and a wonderful sand bar, which appears out of the
blue ocean at low tide. On top of the islet, is a large
colony, in season, of noisy, nesting sooty terns.
Provided with masks and snorkels but no fins, snorkels float
above what can be compared to a personal, gigantic, tropical
aquarium. Assistance is also provided to first timers.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Shimba Hills National Reserve (Day Trip)
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is 74 square miles in size
and access to the Park is via Diani South Coast, 56 km from
Mombasa. The reserve is made up of both open grassland and
dense rainforest, all with stunning views across the Indian
This pristine wonderland of rolling meadows and forests of
giant primeval trees harbors a wide variety of wildlife,
including some 500 elephant that favor the refreshing fruit
of the borassus palm.
There are leopards often heard but not frequently seen. The
most distinctive of the Shimba Hills National Reserve's many
species is perhaps the rare and impressive Sable antelope,
found in the same habitats as several large herds of
Tsavo East National Park Day Safari
The combined area of Tsavo East and West National Parks
makes Tsavo one of the world's largest game sanctuaries,
larger than Wales in Great Britain or Jamaica in the
Caribbean. Lying about halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa
it covers 20,812 square kilometers. Tsavo East is larger and
more arid than Tsavo West.
A variety of animals can be seen: lions, leopard, cheetah,
zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, Kongoni, lesser kudu,
Oryx, Klipspringer, Impala, Stripped Hyena, Ostriches,
Gazelles, Buffalos, Elephants and many more.
As day breaks, drive along Mombasa-Nairobi Highway for a
distance of 90 Miles/140 km entering Tsavo East National
Park through the Bachuma gate and start your ‘Spice’ game
Malindi and Gedi Tour – Full Day
Malindi was made famous after Vasco da Gama's stop over in
1498. In Malindi, you will see narrow alleys in the old part
of town where the old houses have been lived in for
One of the oldest East African churches still stands strong;
the Church of St. Francis Xavier still stands strong across
from Vasco da Gama's pillar, where he carved the Christian
cross. Also extant is the Juma'a mosque, which was misused
as a haven for slave trading until mid 1870's.
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary (South Coast Mombasa)
Full Day Safari
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary Full Day Safari from Mombasa
takes you to Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary Kenya's first
community Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Kenya's big tuskers
(Elephants), dry baobab bush land, the endemic cycad palm,
blooming desert roses, diversity of butterflies, birds and
monkey-eating crowned eagle.
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is located in East Africa, in
the Kwale District of Kenya's Coastal Province, and is a
mere 45 kilometers southwest of Mombasa.
The sanctuary has an area of 36 km², and it, along with the
adjacent Shimba Hills National Reserve combine to form the
Shimba Hills Ecosystem.
Wasini Island Sunset Cruise (From Diani Beach Hotels)
Wasini Island Sunset Cruise Excursion can be done from any
of the beach hotels in Mombasa South Coast Diani. African
Spice Safaris representative will pick you up from your
hotel, in an air-conditioned safari mini-van/vehicle at 1500
Hours or at your preferable time (we will recommend the
right time depending on sunset hour at the date) and take a
scenic countryside drive, through a coconut plantation to
Your crew, including a guide, captain and captain assistant
will welcome you at Shimoni jet and Escort you to your
private dhow. Start your private leisurely Cruise on your
own wooden dhow.
On deck you can relax on comfortable pillows surrounded by
flowers all the way to the perfect sunset spot with a glass
of wine or your favorite drink.
Family Dhow Excursion to Wasini Island
This tour is fit perfectly to families with babies and small
children who want to experience the dhow, spot the dolphin
and do some snorkeling and swimming in save water of the
We will pick you up at 0900 Hours from South Coast and drive
one hour from Diani to Shimoni. Upon arrival around 1000
Hours have a light breakfast on the dhow.
You will sail to wasini channel where the water is calm and
do snorkeling in the shallow water of the channel until 1230
Hours. Special equipment for children and infant for
snorkeling will be provided. Lunch is provided at wasini
Island offering both children and adult menu.
Those interestedcan visit wasini boardwalk or visit wasini
village. The children enjoy the goats and ducks in the
island. Walking is free for the children and also very
exciting. You will be back to Diani around 1500 Hours. Since
it is a private trip, the price is depend on the size of the
Wasini Island Full Day Excursion
Dolphin Spotting, Snorkeling, Lunch & Sunset Cruise on
Wasini Island Full Day Excursion is a Private Tour to Wasini
Island, Including Dolphin Spotting, Snorkeling, Lunch and
for the Grand Finale: The Amazing Sunset.
Wasini Island Full Day Excursion begins with a private
meeting before the tour, discussing all your needs then a
pick up from your hotel at your convenient time (our
recommendation: 1000 Hours)
A countryside drive in a private, air-conditioned van,
through beautiful coconut plantations to “Shimoni” jetty.
Begin your leisurely Cruise on your own spacious wooden
On deck you can relax on big, comfortable pillows. Dolphin
spotting- you can stay and watch the dolphins for as long as
you wish, and if you are lucky enough, they may join you for
a swim in the marine park.
Wasini Island Exploration (Sail Around Wasini On Your Own
Wasini Island Exploration; During You Holiday in Diani or
Mombasa, Take a Day Out And Do It Your Own Way: Rent a Dhow
and Tour Wasini Island and the Spectacular Marine Area.
The dhows are fully insured and have life jackets, life
ring, first aid kit and professional crew that can guide to
all the best places in the area. Boarding on the dhow in
Bombolulu Curio Workshop Half Day Tour
The Bombolulu Workshop for the Handicapped, located in
Mombasa, Kenya, works with some 150 disabled men and women
artisans to help them overcome their physical limitations
and empower them economically and socially to become fully
integrated members of their communities.
Bombolulu started in 1969 as a rehabilitation project
sponsored by the Association for the Physically Disabled of
The workshop trains artisans in jewelry making, weaving,
woodwork and crafting to provide them with a dignified way
of earning an income.
Profits from the sales of its first project- copper
jewelry-were used to purchase Bombolulu Gardens, a 12-acre
farm on the outskirts of Mombasa that functions as an
agricultural training center for the disabled.
At Bombolulu, priority is given to working with the most
severely disabled and to those from the poorest families.
Coral Spirit Dhow Tours, Diving & Sea food Restaurant Day
Tour (Wasini Island)
Coral Spirit is located on Wasini Island, Kenya, just a
short boat ride from the beautiful Kisite Marine Park, and
provides exclusive Dhow Tours, Diving and a first class
Coral Spirit romantic sunset tour gives many couples
unforgettable moments, and many
families enjoy the day tour. The restaurant offers excellent
Swahili sea food, and a cultural experience that highlights
any trip to Shimoni and Wasini.