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Mombasa Excursions

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 museum.

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 30 minutes.

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 art.

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 and leopard.

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 hotels.

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 meat.

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 Club

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 dances etc.

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 intact.

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 Ocean.

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 buffalo.


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 viewing.

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 centuries.

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 Shimoni jet.

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.


Wasini Island


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 Wasini channel.

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 family.

Wasini Island Full Day Excursion


Dolphin Spotting, Snorkeling, Lunch & Sunset Cruise on Wasini Island)


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 dhow.

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 Private Dhow)


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 shimoni jetty.

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 Kenya.

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 seafood restaurant.

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.

 
 
   
The Great Migration

Serengeti Annual Wildebeest Migration Safari

One of the greatest natural wonders of the world is the annual Great Migration that
crosses the Serengeti region of northern Tanzania. Travel with us and you
will travel right into the heart of the terrain where this remarkable animal trek occurs.

 
 
   
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Ride Safaris
Serengeti hot air balloon ride
 

A Serengeti hot air balloon ride is an adventure that can easily be included in safari itineraries that include at least two nights in central Serengeti or Western Corridor Camps (Grumeti River Camp, Kirawira Camp, Mbalageti Camp, etc).

 
 
     
 
 
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